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SU24-1: Brazil: A Culinary & Cultural Journey
SU24-1: Brazil: A Culinary & Cultural Journey
SU24-1: Brazil: A Culinary & Cultural Journey
SU24-1: Brazil: A Culinary & Cultural Journey

SU24-1: Brazil: A Culinary & Cultural Journey

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45 Professional Development/Clock Hours: $590

  • Idioma Professional Development Certificate (accepted by most states)
  • Approved Illinois CPDU Certificate through partnership with CEII
  • Approved Massachusetts PDP Certificate
  • Approved New York CTLE Certificate
  • Approved Pennsylvania ACT48 Certificate
  • Approved Texas CPE Certificate

3 Graduate-Level Credits

  • PEDD 9172: University of the Pacific: 3 Graduate-level PDUs: $925
  • PDLL 550ID: Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): $1005

Course Description

Brazilian Culinary traditions are some of the richest in the world due to the country’s geography, diverse climate and rich history of significant cultural influences. Each region presents its own products, cultural characteristics and influences as well as distinct flavors and tastes. Over centuries, the fusion of native cultures, Portuguese colonizers, and enslaved Africans has evolved into a unique and multi-faceted national cuisine that was later enriched by European, Japanese, and Lebanese immigrants who arrived in Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century.

Beginning with an exploration of some of the most important native products and recipes and their deep-rooted influence,  i.e. pepper (molho de pimenta), cassava (beijú, farofa, escondidinho), and corn (canjica, mugunça), we will also examine the presence of several products brought by the Portuguese; i.e. sugar (caipirinha, brigadeiro), pork, and olive oil (feijoada and cozido), and others with strong African influence, okra (quiabada), dried shrimp, and palm oil (acarajé and moqueca) and finally Brazil’s own style of couscous called cuzcuz

Throughout the course we will read, explore, and reflect on the most significant historical, economic, cultural, and social implications of food production and consumption in Brazil from pre-colonial to current times. We will also learn about the different kinds of restaurants, menus, cultural customs, cuisine literature, gender, and racial related image constructions and some specific practices related to cuisine and food production, and at the same time, acquiring technical skill to recreate important recipes. Conducted in Portuguese.

What participants are saying about this course

"Excellent course!"

Required Texts 

There is no required textbook for this course. All materials are digital and will be provided in the online course.

Course Delivery 

Online weekly learning modules, collaborative discussion boards and instructor feedback. This course is not self-paced. 

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date. Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

About the Instructor

Dr. Javier Escudero Instructor. Read more about Our Team page!

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