A multicultural cookbook is proving to be the perfect recipe for fostering social cohesion and cultural diversity throughout the Snowy Monaro.
Recently launched, the cookbook connected more than 60 of the region’s high school students with local home cooks. The cookbook came about through the Cooking for Cohesion project, a joint initiative of Snowy Monaro Regional Council, ABC’s Heywire program, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and the YMCA.
Celebrating the Snowy Monaro’s diversity, the cookbook was launched at the Cooma Multicultural Centre by Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney, Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Project Coordinator and Youth Development Officer Mel Sass, and the multicultural community.
“This was a wonderful project that brought cultures together, “Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney said.
“The cookbook has some fantastic recipes that highlight the diversity our region is renowned for. The students found the project very worthwhile.”
The project focussed on increasing social cohesion through the shared experience of food with 12 cultures features in the cookbook.
Workshops were held at local schools and the Hub Youth Centre, where students were shown how to prepare the dishes in the cookbook from the home cooks. The cooks and students shared stories and enjoyed the dishes served up.
Copies of the cookbook are available at The Hub Youth Centre or on Council’s website, link below.