One of many things I have learned while homeschooling my kids is that they love eating food that is similar to what the people ate during the historical period we are studying.  Of course, my kids love food in general, so that might be part of it.  😉

Recently, we made more food based on what colonists might have eaten.  We found the recipes in the Ann McCallum book, Eat Your U.S. History Homework.   This book by Ann McCallum Books retails for $15.95 and contains six delicious recipes along with interesting historical facts.  We received a hard cover version of the book for our review.

About Ann McCallum Books

Ann McCallum has a teaching degree and is currently a teacher in addition to being a busy mother with two kids.  She has written several books that will likely make your children more exited to learning including:

  • Eat Your Science Homework
  • Eat Your Math Homework
  • Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere
  • Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant

You can see Ann McCallum’s full list of books here.

About Eat Your U.S. History Homework

This book includes not only recipes, but historical information for each recipe.

IMG_6577aFor instance, for the Lost Bread section, the author first describes what life was like for people living in the colonies in the mid-1700s.  The book explains the causes of the French and Indian War, and then explains what life was like for the soldiers.  While the British soldiers ate what they could hunt and gather as well as hard tack that could chip their teeth if they weren’t careful, the French ate pain perdu (lost bread).

IMG_6578aWhen my kids ate the Lost Bread, they said they’d gladly fight on the French side if this was the food that the soldiers got to eat!


Our Experience Using Eat Your U.S. History Homework

The kids and I read through the book as soon as we got it.

Even though we have many food intolerances including gluten and dairy, we still found these recipes easy to adapt.  During the review period, we made Thanksgiving Succotash (twice!) and Lost Bread.

IMG_6558Thanksgiving Succotash, according to my kids, “tasted like Thanksgiving.”  In fact, they want to eat it for Thanksgiving so they’ll have a dish that is more like what the Pilgrims ate.

IMG_6576We made Lost Bread for an afternoon snack.  The recipe calls for day old bread.  Instead, we used gluten free bread (which is often dry), and it worked perfectly.

We will definitely be making this dish again because it was easy and tasty.  A perfect breakfast!

What We Liked about Eat Your U.S. History Homework

We all loved how the book seemed to bring history to life.  We imagined the colonists eating Thanksgiving Succotash, and we enjoyed learning more about this historical period.

The recipes were fairly easy to make using basic ingredients.  The directions were simple enough that even my youngest children could help with supervision.

We also enjoyed the illustrations throughout the book that made the text both visually appealing and funny.

Best of all, there was nothing we disliked about this book.  In the future, we’d like to also get Eat Your Math Homework and Eat Your Science Homework.

I was one of 100 reviewers to review five different books by Ann McCallum.  To read more reviews, click on the link below.

Ann McCallum Books Review
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