A LITTLE FOOD FLIGHT READING
THERE are few cookbooks that can boast chefs as well known as Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, plus a foreword by Meryl Streep. The common thread among these contributors is their commitment to humanitarian work and to helping women whose lives have been devastated by war and famine, from Sudan to Afghanistan.
The organisers behind Women for Women International, a charity founded in 1993, wanted to produce a cookbook that would celebrate our shared humanity through the food we eat. Arecipe for porridge with spiced fruit compote from Annie Lennox, actress Robin Wright’s lettuce wraps with chilli sauce and Dame Judi Dench’s bread and butter pudding sit alongside poignant stories of women such as Huma from Afghanistan, who has plans to open her own beauty parlour after being provided with vocational training by WfWI, or Christine from the Congo, a widow and rape victim who has found new hope through the charity’s support network.
Despite the often harrowing personal stories and some sobering statistics — 70 per cent of those living on less than $1 a day are female; the average life span of an Afghan woman is 51 — this uplifting book conveys the message that food can unite us and be a tool for change. All of the publisher’s profits will go towards the charity’s humanitarian efforts, an expected income of $75,000 worldwide. It’s a beautiful compilation, with healthy, everyday recipes (including specialties from the eight countries in which the charity works), and will appeal to home cooks and experts alike.
Recipes are mixed with poignant stories