Diabetes is not part of your heritage. Neither is heart disease. What is in your heritage is a healthy heart, strong body, extraordinary energy, vibrant and delicious foods, and a long, healthy life.
A Taste of African Heritage, A Children’s Taste of African Heritage, and A Taste of Latin American Heritage bring heritage food traditions to life through hands-on experience. This 6-week cooking curriculum teaches history, nutrition, and cooking techniques that reconnect participants with vibrant, healthy, traditional foods.
“Thank you for your amazing curriculum - A Taste of African Heritage. Our team has so appreciated the thoughtful, strengths-based approach that celebrates culture and food.”
—Teacher in Minnesota
What Are A Taste of African Heritage Classes Like?
A Taste of African Heritage (ATOAH) is a six-lesson nutrition and cooking program. Most programs run over the course of six weeks, oﬀering one class per week. Each lesson is 1 hour and 45 minutes long, and covers a speciﬁc food group from the African Heritage Diet Pyramid.
Lesson 1: Traditional Herbs and Spices
Lesson 2: Greens
Lesson 3: Whole Grains
Lesson 4: Beans and Rice
Lesson 5: Tubers and Stews
Lesson 6: Fruits and Vegetables
- Class schedule: 1 class per week, for 6 weeks
- Number of recipes per class: 2–3
- Class components: Each class is divided up into 1) an intro, 2) an historical and nutritional discussion, 3) a cooking lesson, and 4) a time to eat together and reﬂect.
- Tracking success: Using conﬁdential lifestyle and physical health evaluations, instructors and students track their success to make sure that A Taste of African Heritage helps its participants make lasting changes for their health and wellbeing.
Learn more from our A Taste of African Hertiage Open House video below:
What Are A Children’s Taste of African Heritage Classes Like?
A Children’s Taste of African Heritage (ACTOAH) is a seven-lesson nutrition and cooking program. Most programs run over the course of seven weeks, oﬀering one class per week. Each lesson is 1 hour and 45 minutes long, and covers a speciﬁc food group from the African Heritage Diet Pyramid. The ﬁrst lesson is a cultural introduction to the African Heritage Diet Pyramid.
Lesson 1: African Heritage
Lesson 2: Traditional Herbs and Spices
Lesson 3: Greens
Lesson 4: Whole Grains
Lesson 5: Beans and Rice
Lesson 6: Tubers and Mashes
Lesson 7: Fruits, Vegetables and a Healthy Lifestyle
- Class schedule: 1 class per week, for 7 weeks
- Number of recipes per class: 0–2
- Class components: Each class is divided up into 1) an introduction, 2) an historical and nutritional discussion, 3) a cooking lesson and/or sensory activity, and 4) a time to eat together and reﬂect.
- Tracking success: Using conﬁdential lifestyle evaluations, instructors and students track their success.
What Are A Taste of Latin American Heritage Classes Like?
A Taste of Latin American Heritage brings the Latin American Heritage Diet Pyramid to life. This healthy eating model celebrates the traditional eating patterns (or “diet”) of our ancestors, indigenous people and immigrants whose food traditions shaped the culinary landscape of the four regions of Latin America: Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Participants explore the major food groups of the Pyramid while learning healthy eating habits with simple, delicious recipes based in the foods and ﬂavors of Latin American heritage. Each lesson is based on a diﬀerent plant-based food group in the culinary traditions of the various people and regions of Latin America.
Lesson 1: Herbs and Spices
Lesson 2: Tubers
Lesson 3: Whole Grains
Lesson 4: Fruits, Vegetables, and a Healthy Lifestyle
Lesson 5: Pulses
Lesson 6: Nuts, Seeds, and Oils
Bilingual (all pages are in both English and Spanish)
El sabor de la herencia latinoamericana da vida a la pirámide. Este modelo de alimentación saludable celebra los patrones de alimentación tradicionales (o “dieta”) de nuestros antepasados, pueblos indígenas e inmigrantes cuyas tradiciones alimentarias dieron forma al paisaje culinario de las cuatro regiones de América Latina: México, América Central, América del Sur y el Caribe. Los participantes exploran los principals grupos de alimentos de la pirámide mientras aprenden hábitos alimenticios saludables con recetas simples y deliciosas basadas en los alimentos y sabores de la herencia latinoamericana. Cada lección se basa en un grupo diferente de alimentos a base de plantas en las tradiciones culinarias de las diversas personas y regiones de Am.rica Latina.
Lección 1: Hierbas y especies
Lección 2: Tubérculos
Lección 3: Granos integrales
Lección 4: Frutas, vegetales y un estilo de vida saludable
Lección 5: Legumbres
Lección 6: Nueces, semillas y aceites
Bilingüe (todas las páginas están tanto en inglés como en español)
Who Are The Classes For?
A Taste of African Heritage is designed for people of all ages and interests, including:
- Anyone who wants to add more ﬂavor and nutrition to their life.
- Anyone interested in learning more about African heritage and culinary history.
- Friends wanting to get healthy or to start a cooking club together.
- Teens and preteens just learning how to cook.
- Seniors craving the foods of their childhoods and a taste of the old ways.
A Children’s Taste of African Heritage is targeted to children ages 8 to 12. Parents, guardians, and siblings are also encouraged to participate.
How Can I Attend A Class?
Check out our class site directory to locate a class near you. And if you can’t ﬁnd one happening now, don’t despair! New classes are added all the time, so check back with us regularly. Or, become a teacher and bring the class to your community.
Beginning December 1, 2021 you can take the course online at home. Our e-course gives you the experience of a class series, online, on your timeline!
Who Can Teach the Classes?
A Taste of African Heritage and A Children’s Taste of African Heritage are excellent programs to teach for anyone working in nutrition, education, food service, faith-based initiatives, community outreach work, or public health and wellness. You don’t have to be a chef or nutrition professional. Lesson plans have easily-followed, step-by-step guides for preparing and teaching.
How Do I Start Teaching?
The ﬁrst step is to purchase the curriculum. There are two ways to purchase the curriculum: buy a license for 1 year of digital access, or buy hard copies of the curriculum books.
Organizations interested in teaching A Taste of African Heritage, A Children’s Taste of African Heritage, or A Taste of Latin American Heritage can license the curriculum on an annual basis, which will allow the licensee to download a PDF version of the curriculum and related resources.
- Standard Single-Site License: For community health centers, SNAP-Ed providers, and other local organizations/small businesses. $300 per year per program
- Multi-Site License: For larger national organizations, or organizations with multiple sites across multiple states.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Purchasing the Curriculum
Alternatively, organizations can purchase the printed adult student handbooks and teacher’s manual and children’s student handbooks and teacher’s manual in our webstore with or without a license. Please note that photocopying the printed curriculum is a violation of the copyright. The minimum order of student handbooks is 15. Classes are also encouraged to purchase the African Heritage Pyramid poster or Latin American Heritage Pyramid Poster to display in the class, and purchase or download the trifold brochures.
Can I Teach a Class Online?
Yes! Please visit our Virtual Teaching Tips page for more information.