Today we celebrate one year of Cooked History

Today marks exactly one year since Food Hub launched its very first online training: Cooked History. In the course, which we developed with our friends Ira & Ayra Kip of KIP Republic, you look at your own story through food. On this first anniversary, we reflect on the power of culinary stories.
Published on 02 Jun 2023
Steamed plantain

Free Heri Heri For All

You may know Ira & Ayra Kip from their initiative "Free Heri Heri For All. Again this year on July 1, their initiative will provide the entire country with Heri Heri. The meal was prepared by enslaved people on plantations during the transatlantic slave trade - and is now being prepared to commemorate the abolition of slavery by the Dutch Kingdom. Free Heri Heri For All aims to create awareness of this historic day and its lasting impact on our society. Their goal is to create a deeper understanding of our past and stimulate meaningful discussions about the complexity of our shared history.

Ira and Ayra Kip stand in front of the Rijksmuseum
Ayra & Ira Kip

'Food is a great tool to create change because food connects people'

- Ira & Ayra Kip, KIP Republic

The power of stories

Ira and Ayra provide a great example of how stories can be told through food. In a world where cultural understanding and empathy are increasingly essential, they show that "Cooked History" can be a powerful tool to promote inclusion, celebrate diversity and build bridges between communities.

Whether the messages we want to convey are of great cultural and/or social importance, or consist of fond personal memories - cooked history can be found in all of us. Think of your grandmother's apple pie recipe, that special meal you always eat with family, or a favorite dish from childhood. Apples or onions, herbs or spices become more than just ingredients and can be carriers of history, tradition and cultural significance.

The universal language of food

By exploring the connection between food and our personal history, we gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which what we eat reflects our identities, traditions and shared experiences. We become storytellers who can share the stories behind the dishes we prepare. It allows us to express our personal history, connect with others on a deeper level, and preserve cultural heritage through the universal language of food.

With Cooked History, we want to encourage you to explore your own culinary traditions, discover the stories behind your favorite dishes, and appreciate the cultural diversity that food represents. Cooked History invites you to view your own history through the lens of food, unraveling the stories and traditions that have contributed to who you are today and will forever change the way you view food.

Take the course for free

What is included?

  • 9 instructional videos (including subtitles and full transcripts) - English language
  • Video portrait of Ira and Ayra Kip, the experts in cooked history
  • Your personal workbook
  • Learning through examples
  • Carefully curated sources for additional learning
  • Unlimited access (including future course updates)
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