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Culture and Food

Explore foods and customs from a variety of cultures, and find traditional recipes from around the world.

Discover New Cuisines

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African Heritage Cultural Toolkit
Oregon State University Extension
Find videos, posters, and kids' activities that highlight African Heritage foods, flavors, and traditions.

Hospitality in Mozambique
Peace Corps 
In this video, learn about Mozambique's culture of sharing, or "servido". In Mozambique, everyone shares what they have with the next person, whether they are a family member, friend, or stranger. Servido.

Multicultural Child Care Recipes from Africa
USDA, Food and Nutrition Services
Add the flavors from different African cultures and regions to child care menus. Available in yields of 6, 25, and 50 servings. Download them in English and Spanish.

Healing Secrets of the Continent
Library of Congress
Watch Tambra Raye Stevenson share her culinary nutritional discoveries in African heritage foods.

Jollof Rice
Peace Corps
Jollof rice is a traditional African dish made with legumes, rice, vegetables, and spices. Make it at home with this recipe.

Peace Corps
View this recipe for matoke, a Ugandan staple food made from steamed green cooking bananas and typically served with soup or sauce.



Asian Recipe Cookbook
USDA, SNAP-Ed Connection
This cookbook features popular Asian style recipes, with 25% less sodium. Find this resource in English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Hmong.

Turon from the Philippines
Peace Corps
Learn how to make Turon, a sweet Philippine snack made of thinly sliced bananas which are rolled in a spring roll wrapper and fried.

Arroats Caldo
USDA, WIC Works Resource System
Inspired by the Filipino rice porridge dish, this flavorful meal uses oats in place of rice and can be eaten for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Enjoy this quick and refreshing appetizer made with fresh vegetables and herbs in less than 15 minutes. 

From the Kitchen of FEMA Staff
Discover FEMA staff favorite recipes and go-to comfort foods in celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Month. 

Peace Corps
This Moroccan split pea soup is hearty and flavorful.

Som Tam
Peace Corps
Try this recipe for a spicy and refreshing Thai papaya salad.


4 Foods to Try in Moldova
Peace Corps
Read about traditional foods of Moldova including sarmale, mamaliga, zeama, and placinta. 

 Khachapuri from Georgia
Peace Corps
Learn how to make Khachapuri, a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread with this easy-to-follow video. 

Potato Piroshki
Peace Corps
This Armenia pie with potato filling is the perfect vegetarian appetizer for any meal. 

North America

Early Colonial Florida Spanish Recipe
Florida Department of State, Florida Division of Historical Resources 
Discover the history of Spanish recipes in early colonial Florida in a brief article and video. 

American Latino Heritage Theme Study: Food
National Parks Service
Explore the history of Latino foods in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries and their growth and popularity in the U.S. food industry with this American Lantin Theme Study on food. 

Juneteenth: Remembrance & Recipes
Library of Congress
Read this collection that prompt family listening activities, recipes, and conversation to augment your observation of Juneteenth.

Soulful Recipes
USDA, SNAP-Ed Connection
Cookbook featuring healthy recipe versions of African American family-favorite meals and snacks. Provides, preparation tips, photos of easy-to-prepare recipes, including a variety of culturally appropriate fruits and vegetables.

African Influences on Colonial Cuisine
National Park Service
Learn about foods associated with African cuisine and their influence on colonial meals.  

South America

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Get ideas about what you can do as a Hispanic or Latino adult to improve your health and nutrition. 

Latinx Cultural Toolkit
Oregon State University Extension
Find videos, posters, and kids' activities that highlight Latino foods, flavors, and traditions.

Corn Tortillas
Peace Corps
Prepare homemade corn flour tortillas with this recipe.

Peace Corps
Try this simple Latin breakfast of mashed plantains with egg.

Ceviche from Ecuador
Peace Corps
Learn how to make ceviche in a few simple steps. Ceviche is a popular Latin American dish made by marinating fish or shellfish with citrus and seasonings.

Cuisines from Indigenous Cultures

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