SolidarityNow introduces a Cookbook with Recipes and Gastronomy Secrets
by Women Refugees in Greece
“One of the authentic cultural elements of a place is its gastronomy. The uniqueness of the cuisine of a region is often linked to the qualitative characteristics of its society, while also ‘revealing’ elements of its cultural and economic history.
At the same time, taste seems to be a way of communication; a way to ‘talk’ to someone else’s heart”.
With these words, Antigone Lyberaki, General Manager of SolidarityNow, introduces to the public the organization’s Cookbook entitled #TasteMyWorld, a multicultural edition aiming to ‘talk’ to the heart of everyone, through food and taste.
Cook, Hope, Love
The idea of collecting and putting recipes on paper, the ones cooked daily by women – beneficiaries of SolidarityNow at the Open Accommodation structures where the Child and Family Support Hubs* program is implemented, goes to Irene Polykreti, the Women Friendly Space Facilitator:
“The goal was not just an exchange of ideas and the mingling of recipes, but above all, for their creators to remember again how many things they can do in their own unique way and how much they can teach us. As we noted, the quantities and methods of execution, women narrated, either the importance of the dish to their culture or stories about significant events in their lives linked to the recipe”.
Women who cooked together at the Gastronomy Museum in Athens shared the importance of each dish for themselves, spoke** paving the way and the foundations for the creation of the Cookbook. “When I cook this dish, I feel so good because you can’t eat it on your own. You’re definitely expecting people to come”, says Zakia from Morocco. “The scent of Dorho in the neighborhood means that the festive period has arrived”, says Rout from Eritrea, while Bibi from Afghanistan remembers that the first time she ever cooked Kuku was for her husband, once they got married, and says that “you make Kuku when you feel like it”.
“Cooking connects the past with the future”, according to Irene Polykretis and taste is a sense and a way to communication, a way to connect us. Everyone -regardless of origin, gender, religion. And while exchanging culinary knowledge, traditions, stories, and even emotions are shared; all of which connect people and create the conditions for more open and tolerant societies.
The #TasteMyWorld Cookbook is available online (both in English and Greek):
Let’s all Taste their World by cooking SolidarityNow’s #TasteMyWorld recipes and travel the world through them!
**”Η ενσωμάτωση στην ελληνική κοινωνία περνάει από το στομάχι | Μαγειρέματα στο Μουσείο Γαστρονομίας”, Article by Eva Tomara, Kathimerini, 2019