A taste of history: Roman bread

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By Christine Jenkinseducation writer

A great way to get children to actively engage with history is through food – not just learning about food from different periods but actually using recipes based on those from the past.

Roman bread

The recipes in this series can all be made in school. Each dish has a background ‘story’, providing opportunities to discuss aspects of its origins, the availability of certain foods and the connection to historical figures and events of the time.

Allow children to explore differences with the past and point out which cooking items would not have been available at the time. For example, how will we weigh the ingredients? Would a Roman/Tudor/Victorian/1940s cook have done it in the same way? This ensures that the lesson involves not only cooking skills, but some hands-on history, too.

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  1. TeddyLover1133
    on 6 January 2017

    Hmmm Cool :)

    Making it for my class will be fun :)

  2. Juliette
    on 12 February 2011

    A taste of history

    Bring history to life - there are masses of Roman recipes online and this recipe is a very good example! Lullingstone Roman Villa have a variety of roman recipes to try. Don't forget that other time periods offer opportunities for food including rationing for WW2, a street party with contemporary food and Britain since 1948.