A recipe is not just a set of instructions for preparing a meal. It is also a means of passing on stories of place, family and culture. The Refugee Cookbook aims to harness the immense potential of the ritual of food preparation to give voice to the stories of refugees in Australia.
The project is to develop, design and publish a cookbook that uses the power of food to establish links between refugees and the wider community. The familiar art forms of storytelling, photography and cooking will be used to make vivid and real the people, their stories and their food. The book will use the words of the refugees to present personal and cultural stories that relate to the food, together with recipes and documentary photographs of the storytelling and cooking processes.
The universal language of food can be a catalyst to cut across the geographical isolation, cultural and language differences that are at the heart of the lack understanding and acceptance of refugees in Australian society. The Refugee Cookbook will open an inter-generational and cross-cultural dialogue between generations within refugee families, within the refugee community, and between refugees and the wider community.