CPS Community Cookbook


The Cambridge Public Schools World Language Department is creating a Community Cookbook. All PK-12 students and staff are welcome to submit their favorite recipe. Please use the Google Form link to send us a written recipe and photos or a video of how to make the recipe. Signed media release forms will be required for any student who submits a video. The deadline is 5PM on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

During National Foreign Language Week, March 1-5, 2021, the new CPS Community Cookbook will go live on our CPS website. At this time, we will ask our community members to vote for your favorite recipe project based on the criteria listed here. We will celebrate the winner the following week.

View sample videos below to give you an idea of what kinds of recipes and videos we are aiming to collect. Videos should be recorded in your preferred language. If your video is in a language other than English, it would be ideal to include subtitles in English to accommodate deaf members of our community as well as those who do not speak your home language. Captions are easy to add on CPS approved tools such as Screencastify.

This recent article provides a great overview of the powerful community-building role that cookbooks have had during this unusual time. Have fun!

Cookbook Criteria

  • All CPS students and staff are welcome to participate in this project.
  • Videos are not required. Any student video or photos that are submitted should have a signed data release form on file. Videos should not be longer than 10 minutes in length. All student chromebooks have cameras with recording capability and the ability to edit. Videos can be in any language, preferably with subtitles in English.
  • It may not be possible to include nutritional information but please provide tips on how this recipe fits into a healthy diet.
  • Projects and ingredients should be appropriate for a PK-12 school age population.
  • Please cite any sources for photos or recipes that are not your own.
  • Tell us a little bit about the background, cultural or family significance, a funny anecdote, good things to pair it with, a childhood memory, etc.
  • Is there any poem or piece of literature that matches well with this recipe?
  • Remember to give us the list of ingredients and quantities.
  • Include step-by-step directions of how to make your recipe.
  • This is intended to be a community potluck so any recipe is welcome.
  • This is a project we may continue in future years. We welcome feedback at any time as we develop this initiative further.

 Questions? Please email [email protected] or [email protected].

2021 CPS Community Cookbook

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