I have a special treat for you today: The Modern Pioneer Cookbook Curriculum. This curriculum provides comprehensive lesson plans to teach traditional food recipes and kitchen techniques to students K-12. It’s free and over 250 pages!

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A Comprehensive Cookbook Curriculum

Do you love traditional foods, like bone broth, ferments, sourdough, cultured dairy, and more? And would you like to help your children, grandchildren, or students learn how to make these traditional recipes and learn traditional kitchen skills?

If so, The Modern Pioneer Cookbook Curriculum is the perfect set of lesson plans to give K-12 students a love of traditional foods and kitchen skills that will last them a lifetime.

The curriculum is structured into three grade bands and works with the chapters and recipes in my bestselling book, The Modern Pioneer Cookbook. Each grade band’s lessons are connected to a different pair of themes:

  • K-4 Themes: Homemade food and low-waste kitchens
  • 5-8 Themes: Real, whole foods and seasonal eating.
  • 9-12 Themes: Maximizing the nutritional value of food and preserving food for self-sufficiency

The curriculum is perfect for homeschooling families, parents who want to supplement their children’s public or private school education, classroom teachers, community educators, and more!

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The Modern Pioneer Cookbook

Seasonal ingredients, traditional techniques, and nourishing recipes. Over 85 traditional, from-scratch recipes! Discover for yourself how you can use simple ingredients and traditional techniques to cook the modern pioneer way.

The Cookbook Curriculum as a Teaching Tool

Thank you for being on this traditional foods journey with me over these last five years. I hope that The Modern Pioneer Cookbook Curriculum I am sharing with you for free today is a way for me to say thank you to YOU! This curriculum is the perfect companion to use with my bestselling book, The Modern Pioneer Cookbook. The cookbook is a beautiful teaching tool because it is so much more than a cookbook; it’s a detailed step-by-step manual for creating a traditional foods kitchen!

Teach Lifelong Skills

No matter where you are on your Traditional Foods Journey, I hope you will take others with you, and in the enduring words of Sally Fallon, “Teach, teach, teach!” We want to share and preserve these traditional food skills for future generations. In doing so, our children and grandchildren will develop lifelong skills, knowing how to prepare nourishing foods and developing a sense of self-sufficiency as they create their own Traditional Foods Kitchens. This curriculum makes it easier to teach traditional recipes and kitchen skills to students in grades K-12.

Creating this curriculum was a labor of love, much like writing The Modern Pioneer Cookbook. Because I wanted the final product to be top-notch, I enlisted the help of an experienced educator and curriculum developer, and the results far exceeded my expectations!

An Amazing Resource

This curriculum is over 250 pages and provides detailed lesson plans with grade-appropriate instruction that encompasses all areas of study, including creative writing, culture, geography, history, math, science, and more…all while learning how to make traditional foods. It’s the best of ALL worlds. 😊

As I shared with you, I homeschooled my sweet son Ben for grades 1-8. I would have loved to have had this curriculum back then! But I hope this curriculum contains much of what I learned as I taught Ben traditional cooking skills as he grew up with me in the kitchen. Just as I have taught my son how to be self-sufficient in the kitchen, you can also teach your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors how to do the same.

But you do not have to be a homeschooler. This curriculum is appropriate for teaching anyone how to be a traditional foods cook. You can use the curriculum as an after-school or weekend program, and you can even turn it into a summer camp community program. It’s also perfect for educators who want to institute a well-rounded home economics program. (This study area has been sorely missing from our school systems in recent times!)

Get Your Copy of the Curriculum

So be sure to head over to download your FREE copy of The Modern Pioneer Cookbook Curriculum to accompany your copy of my cookbook. (No Email required.)

And if you have not yet purchased my cookbook but would like to do so, you can find it on the shelves at all the major book retailers. (And many copies in Texas have been personally signed by me!) You can also order my book online from various retailers, and it is also available internationally!

Thank you again for being here on this Traditional Foods Journey with me and making The Modern Pioneer Cookbook a bestseller! I could not have done this without all the love and support you have shown me. I am blessed to be on this journey with you and have you in my life. 😊

Download Your Free 36-Page Pantry List

For an extensive list of the traditional foods you can make and purchase to stock your pantry, be sure to download my free 36-page Traditional Foods Pantry List. This comprehensive eBook is full of links to recipe videos, helpful articles, and more!

And if you’re looking for a printed book full of my traditional foods recipes that shows you how to create a traditional foods kitchen, be sure to order your copy of my new bestselling book, The Modern Pioneer Cookbook.

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  1. Lila says:

    Hi Mary,

    I’ve seen you some on YouTube and was pleasantly surprised to find you in Backwoods Home Magazine! I just started reading it. I enjoyed your article about ancient grains. I’ve tried baking some with spelt, hoping that it would be a good wheat replacement, but haven’t had much luck. I’ve tried it in quick breads, and it’s usually ok if I mix it with all-purpose flour. I will try your recipes and suggestions.



    1. Mary Bryant Shrader says:

      Hi Lila,

      Thanks for your kind words. I’m so glad you saw my article in the Jan/Feb/Mar 2024 issue of Backwoods Home. I enjoy reading that magazine, and I’m happy for the opportunity to write for it.

      When baking with ancient grains in their whole form, or any whole grain for that matter, yes, it will work best if you add a bit of all-purpose flour. I use various ratios, but I generally like at least a 3:1 ratio—3 cups whole grain flour to 1 cup all-purpose flour (or bread flour). I discuss this in detail in my new book, The Modern Pioneer Cookbook. You can learn more about the book with a chapter-by-chapter review in my video at https://marysnest.com/a-detailed-look-inside-the-modern-pioneer-cookbook/

      If you would like to add my cookbook to your kitchen bookshelf, you can find it at all the major book retailers or online at https://marysnest.com/my-cookbook/

      I like baking with Einkorn, and I have a video on How to Make All Purpose Einkorn Flour at Home at https://marysnest.com/all-purpose-einkorn-flour/ . You can use the same technique to make all-purpose spelt flour. So when you bake with whole-grain spelt flour, you can use some all-purpose spelt flour. It works great!

      Thanks so much for writing to me! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

  2. JD says:

    Very Interesting

  3. Zina Lott says:

    I do love your videos. Watching them is like visiting with a friend. Thank you so much for all that you do.

    1. Mary Bryant Shrader says:

      Hi Zina,

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. I’m so glad we’re on this traditional foods journey together! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

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