Have you ever explored the cerebral side of iTunes? iTunes U is a part of Apple that has free downloads of classroom lessons that anyone can access. You don’t have to be a student. You can grab your iPod and a cup of coffee at any time, sit down at your own kitchen table, and learn a little something.

Here are a few the courses you can download for free onto your iPod that can teach you more about food.

  • Food Production, Public Health and the Environment – This course from Johns Hopkins University “provides an understanding of the complex and challenging public health issue in a world where one billion people are under-nourished and another billion are overweight.” About 20 lectures are broken up into 51 separate audio-only tracks.
  • Foodways – This East Tennessee State University course focuses on the food and traditions surrounding the food of the Appalachian Mountains. The stories told in Foodways follow food from the garden or barnyard to the table. About 10 separate tracks are in the series.
  • Food Policy – Oversized and Undernourished and The Meat We Eat: Safety and the Industrial Animal are just two of the 13 lessons from A World of Possibilities that focus on food, who grows it, nutrition and equity.
  • 60 Second Chef – Northern Virginia Community College offers these one-and-a-half minute instructional cooking lessons from a professional chef. If you want to know how to season your wok or make lattice pie crust, check out this course.
I sometimes find that hunting things down on iTunes can be difficult, but if you put any of the names of these courses into the search feature, you should be able to find them easily.

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