Tuesday, December 04, 2012
A global feast - traditional meals in a new homeland
by Afife Skafi Harris and Beryl Lee
OTAGO UNIVERSITY PRESS - $39.99
‘This book is a treasure, a taonga, a gift to us from some of the special people who make up our community.’
Tushar Robins, Past Presidnet, Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council
More than a recipe book, this colourful and most interesting collection arose from a unique community project, in which recent settlers of different nationalities met as a group and shared their traditional meals.
A Global Feast invites the reader to explore the dishes and food lore of people from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, South America, Europe and The Middle East. Each migrant’s story is followed by a selection of their favourite recipes, carefully chosen to make a meal and to reflect the distinctive flavours, textures and traditions of their inherited foodways. All recipes have been adapted for use with locally available ingredients.
In telling her or his story, each cook reflects on their ethnic heritage and identity in relation to the food traditions of their country of birth, including preparation methods, rituals and celebrations. Beautifully presented, the book inspires new ways of thinking about food and an appreciation of the richness of our diverse communities. And the recipes will make tasty additions to any cook’s repertoire.
Afife Harris is Lebanese and teaches Lebanese cooking in her home and at a community night class. She often uses these occasions, along with her considerable catering skills, to fundraise for local schools and other organisations. She is a well-known stallholder at the Dunedin Farmers’ Market.
Beryl Lee was born in Dunedin where she spent most of her working life as a teacher. For many years she has provided support for overseas students and hosted world travellers through an international travel organisation. She is currently president of the local multi-ethnic council.