TASTE & TALES FROM A DISTANT HOMELAND
A brand new cook book featuring heart-warming stories and recipes inspired by displaced people across Europe is set to be released to raise funds for Refugee Support Europe, a charity founded in 2016 in response to the growing humanitarian crisis.
Taste and Tales is a lovingly created cook book filled with home-style recipes, inspiring thoughts and heartfelt stories from Middle Eastern and African refugees.
Including more than 80 delicious one pot or easy grilled dishes, from Zara's special Iraqi Chicken Rice to Azita's Iranian Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Herb and lamb stew), the book showcases mouth-watering tastes from around the world and shows you how to recreate these authentic and heartfelt recipes at home.
With a host of starters, main dishes, sweet treats and dips, this cook book is full of recipes inspired by real people and their favourite flavours.
The stimulus for Tastes and Tales came when authors Katherine and Alan Strang were volunteering for Refugee support at a camp in Katiskas Greece, where they often helped in the free shop the charity had set up there. The camp, which at its peak welcomed 1,200 refugees, was custom-built to include clothes boutiques, classrooms and a mini-market.
"It was fascinating to see how the ingredients that people chose from the limited selection on offer at the market were so different from one culture to the next," says Alan.
"We started to ask them what they were going to cook and then about the foods they cooked and missed from their homelands. Inspired by their discussions, and the feeling that nothing is better than sharing stories over a big pot of food, the idea for the book was born."
All of the recipes within Taste and Tales were prepared and photographed in Katherine and Alan's kitchen, and 100% of all proceeds raised after costs will go directly to Refugee Support Europe.
The charity, set up by John Sloan and Paul Hutchings in 2016, was founded in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Europe. With tens of thousands of refugees still living in makeshift camps, Alan and Katherine hope that everything will taste much sweeter knowing all proceeds from the book will help displaced people live their lives with the dignity they deserve.
Taste and Tales is a hard back book, 192 pages which retails at £20. It's available to buy at RefuMade Website
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