Cooking Up Cultures provides supportive, edible environments for learning languages and sharing cultures. Here in our online programming our goal is to increase cultural awareness in our diverse communities in a fun, family activity – COOKING!


Our lessons online utilize a couple different research based methods.

For cultural competency

We know it is impossible to separate language, food, and culture. They are all interrelated. In order to appreciate the cultural side of cooking better, we use an approach created by David A. Victor called LESCANT, an acronym that represents seven areas where differences come into play when dealing with other cultures: Language, Environment, Social Organization, Context, Authority, Non-Verbal Communication, and Time. 

For language

We believe that language learning should be hands-on. When learners physically touch, feel, smell, taste, interact, engage, share, when they make language learning a real part of living, that is when our learning takes off. In this way, when we participate in a cooking lesson, we are doing more than merely repeating vocabulary words, we are creating the context to retain and remember more.

For recipes

We do our very best to use authentic, traditional recipes to convey the cultural significance of the recipes. Our recipes allow room for substitutions and exceptions, and prepared in the way modern members of the culture can relate. The goal here in knowing these time-honored food traditions is to frame up a first time conversation between neighbors hopefully the beginning of life long friendships.