Friday, July 1

Around the World in 80 Days & International Cooking

Through the study of international cuisine, students also learn the culture, history, and geography of countries and regions of the, it's super tasty!

There are so many reasons to study international cooking methods and foods, not the least of which is:
  • Cultural awareness.  Popular restaurants that are typically associated with a cuisine (eg, Taco Bell) aren't necessarily representative of the real thing.  There are ethnic bases of cooking (which you'll often see in sauces), and you'll get to know these staple crops for each region of the world, giving you insight into their geography.  
  • World history.  Places that are close to each other and / or share a similar colonial history generally have similar cuisine.  For as long as people have been traveling place to place, they've been bringing their cuisine with them.  You can trace the mobilization of historic cultures by looking at regional cuisines today.  Look at the regional cuisines in America, and see how they match up to the earliest immigrants to that region...
  • Shared experiences.  Have you ever noticed how there is a chicken and rice dish in nearly every culture?  Take that a step further and you'll see geographic similarities, or ethnic bases of cooking.  Tropical foods tend to be spicier and rely on more seafood, whereas Scandinavian foods tend to be heavier, heartier, and a little more bland.
  • Preparation for future business or travel opportunities.  Everybody eats, and food is often an icebreaker.  Knowing a bit about someone else's foods and being respectful (even if you don't love the food) can go a long way in the world. 
  • Did we mention it's fun and tasty?  😊


  • Around the World in 80 Days  (Jules Verne)
    • Called Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours in French, Around the World in Eighty Days was published in French and English in 1873. It is one of Jules Verne’s best-known and acclaimed novels. The intrepid adventurer Phileas Fogg of London, along with his French valet Passepartout, attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. Their trip is further complicated by Phileas becoming a suspect in a robbery. Can they make it in time?  This beautiful unabridged edition has 55 illustrations from the 1873 English first edition.
  • International Cooking for Kids


  • These 95 recipes from Taste of Home will take you on a trip around the world.  Choose at least three different foods (from different countries) to create an international feast!  Invite friends to do the same and share the fun!

Make / Do

  • Identify two problems Fogg faces on his journey, and tell how he solves them.
  • Compare and contrast the characters of Fogg and Passepartout.
  • Write a newspaper article describing Fogg’s arrival at the club as the winner of this wager.
  • Using Canva, create an infographic on one of the countries Fogg and friends visit.  Include geography, important historic moments, and most importantly, famous foods!
  • Write an epilogue for the book, telling what happens next for the main characters.
  • For more travel & cooking inspiration, pick up Cooking Around the World.
    • Each country includes recipes, books, printable activities, crafts, and more for a complete unit study.  Cook three to four dishes, and follow the Homeschool Connections unit page for each country.
    • Italy, India, France, America, Germany, England, Greece, Russia, Egypt, China, Puerto Rico, & Ireland  


  • Equanimity
  • Palanquins
  • Pernicious
  • Dogmatically
  • Caprice
  • Avaricious
  • Maledictions
  • Rubicund
  • Zebus
  • Whist
  • Perambulating
  • Antipodes
  • Habiliments
  • Vicissitudes
  • Heinous
  • Indemnified


  • Fogg spent his fortune to win the bet, so what does he really gain from the experience?  How much money does he end up with?  How has Fogg's character changed?
  • How does the author rely on stereotypes or common traits to display different cultures throughout the adventure?  Do these cultures become characters in their own rights?

Get the entire World History Bundle!

Includes ten unit studies (plus a bonus!) covering World History. Each unit addresses a new topic, spanning from Ancient Hawaii to modern-day. There is also a study of archaeological concepts. Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.
  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.
These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together. Our family has used unit studies as curriculum for many years, and we hope that your family will enjoy these, too!

Product samples:   Motel of the Mysteries & Encounter

  • Motel of the Mysteries
  • Island Boy
  • Encounter
  • The Odyssey
  • A Loyal Foe
  • Indigo Girl
  • Gold Rush Girl
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Number the Stars
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • House of the Seven Gables (bonus)

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