Published Date

June 13, 2024

Resource Type

#AHRSyllabus, For the Classroom


Food & Foodways

AHA Topics

Graduate Education, Teaching & Learning, Undergraduate Education


Latin America/Caribbean

This module is part of the #AHRSyllabus project. More information about the project can be found on the AHR website under #AHRSyllabus.

Rebecca Earle

In this #AHRSyllabus module Rebecca Earle offers a lesson plan for teaching her own 2010 AHR article “‘If You Eat Their Food …’: Diets and Bodies in Early Colonial Spanish America.” Earle reflects on how she came to write the article and why she wanted to pay attention to the history of food. She also provides a selection of primary documents from the fifteen through seventeenth centuries, and guiding questions that allow students to undertake a deep dive into the significance of food for early modern colonists in Spanish America and their understandings of bodily health.


Read the module in full here.