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Cooking Up Fun in Santa Fe With Your Grandchild

Get a taste of the Southwest as you and your grandchild learn about traditional dishes and cook some yourself at a cooking school and with a local family at their Pueblo home.
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Program No. 21847RJ
6 days
Starts at
New Mexico

Cooking Up Fun in Santa Fe With Your Grandchild

Get a taste of the Southwest as you and your grandchild learn about traditional dishes and cook some yourself at a cooking school and with a local family at their Pueblo home.
6 days
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Program No. 21847 RJ
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On this delicious adventure in New Mexico, travel through Southwest history not with a time machine but through the heritage foods of the people who have lived here for the past 11,000 years! Find out how Native American people cultivated, gathered, hunted and cooked, and learn about the food influences of many different cultures who settled in New Mexico. Then try your hand at cooking some of the Southwest’s most famous foods and traditional dishes, and finish the week with a full stomach and some new cooking skill to take home with you.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Make tortillas and salsa at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, and prepare a traditional Feast Day meal at the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo home of a local family.
  • Enjoy a "Feast and Float" trip as you raft on the Rio Grande and enjoy a traditional lunch al fresco with a Pueblo Indian family.
  • Stroll around the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, and make some folk art with an award-winning artist.

General Notes

Program intended for grandchildren ages 10-12.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History
by Joe Sando
An expansive history of the Indian Pueblos of New Mexico from a Native American perspective. The book explores the origins of the tribe to its current struggles to maintain sovereignty, land and water rights.
New Mexico, A History
by Joseph P. Sanchez
This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.
The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook
by Susan Curtis
An excellent introduction to cooking Santa Fe style from the region's most notable cooking school. With 50 black-and-white and 16 color photographs.
Moon Handbook New Mexico
by Zora O'Neill
This comprehensive guide is packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, culture and destinations throughout New Mexico.
Talking With the Clay, The Art of Pueblo Pottery
by Stephen Trimble, Tom Ireland (Photographer)
With color photographs throughout, this 20th anniversary edition of Trmible's portrait of the Pueblo people as revealed through pottery traditions includes interviews with a new generation of artists.
Ancient Pueblo, Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of America's Past
by Anita Croy
A captivating, illustrated overview of the Hohokam, Anasazi, Mogollon peoples of the four corner region for ages 10 and up. With hundreds of color photographs, maps, glossary and interviews, it's an excellent introduction to archaeology for the whole family.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
by Jack Parsons
Some of the best work of Jack Parsons, a longtime and accomplished Southwest photographer, is compiled in this full-color coffee table book. Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces.
The Spell of New Mexico
by Tony Hillerman (Editor)
A selection of 12 thoughtful essays on the New Mexico state of mind by great writers, including C.G. Jung, Mary Austin, D.H. Lawrence and Lawrence Clark Powell. Hillerman succeeds in communicating the lure of the desert Southwest in this wonderful, literate introduction to the state.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah
by Peter Alden
A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the American Southwest.
Running Scared, A Mystery in Carlsbad Caverns National Park
by Gloria Skurzynski
The Landons travel to Carlsbad Cavern to study the local bat population, but find themselves lost in the dark tunnels of the caves in this installent of the Mysteries in Our National Parks series.
Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey
One of the great works on the value of the desert, eloquent and laugh-out-loud funny. Although Abbey writes specifically about his experiences as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, his message is universal.
Navajo Long Walk, The Tragic Story of a Proud People's Forced March from Their Homeland
by Shonto Begay (Illustrator), Joseph Bruchac
A shameful chapter of American policy, the Navajos' forced relocation in the 1860s, is introduced to a new generation of readers in this handsomely illustrated history. Ages 9-12.
Fodor's In Focus Santa Fe
by Fodor's
A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining.
Santa Fe Indian Market, Showcase of Native American Art
by Bruce Bernstein
A beautifully photographed book about the Indian Market and the history of cultural arts in the 20th century.
Bless Me, Ultima
by Rudolfo A. Anaya
The first-person tale of Antonio, a Chicano boy whose life is changed when a mystical woman named Ultima comes to live with his family.
Feast of Santa Fe, Cooking of the American Southwest
by Huntley Dent
An easy-to-follow introduction to the cuisine of the Southwest written by a cooking school instructor.
Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City
by David Grant Noble (Editor)
A revised edition of of this classic history of Santa Fe to the mid-nineteenth century, featuring essays by ten scholars and hundreds of archival photographs, drawings and maps.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
by Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
This illustrated introduction provides an in-depth look at the ancient cultures that first inhabited the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest. Organized chronologically, it features hundreds of maps, mostly black-and-white photographs and site diagrams.
Santa Fe Map
by MapEasy
A plastic-coated, fold-up map of Santa Fe, including Taos and Albuquerque. Size: 18x27 inches.
Indian Arts of the Southwest
by Susanne Page
Featuring color photographs of the basketry, pottery, weaving, jewelry, and carvings of 200 noted artists, this book is both a collector's guide and cultural history of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo peoples and other native peoples.
Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico, A Sense of Place
by Barbara Buhler Lynes, Lesley Poling-Kempes, Frederick Turner
A catalogue of O'Keeffe paintings pairing 20 original images with modern photographs of the landscapes depicted by the curator of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

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