I love learning about cultures from around the world, and one of my favorite things to learn about a country or region is what kinds of food they like to nosh on. Looking at what people eat can give you clues about their culture, such as what kinds of food are grown in their area, whether they eat a balanced diet and if they prefer Westernized food or more traditional fare.
There's so much variety in how common foods are served around the world. For example, rice can be eaten in many different ways, from Japanese rice balls called onigiri to puto, a pudding made from stone-ground rice, served in the Philippines.
If I’m feeling adventurous, sometimes I’ll even make food from the region I’m studying. Want to try some global cuisine? Check out the recipes at www.kids-cooking-activities.com/international-gourmet-recipes.html, which includes fun facts and a variety of recipes from around the world. Ask a parent to help plan a global dinner. Take your taste buds to Greece, Mexico or even South Africa. Get ready to feast!
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