Our brand new recipe book 'New Scots Cooking: Food for Freedom' features personal stories and delicious cuisine from across the world.
What is the New Scots Cooking recipe book?
'New Scots Cooking: Food for Freedom' is the substantial and delicious result of a project that began as a client-led cooking workshop in 2019, called 'The Multi-Cultural Baking and Cooking Project'. The cuisine, culture, friendships begun, learning, teaching and all-out happiness shared amongst the participants, turned into a passion project that has kept on growing; managing to reach its way to the virtual realm while we can’t meet in person.
Ms. Christina McKelvie, Minister for Older People and Equalities said:
"I would like to thank Freedom from Torture and the Women Together Group, who are and have been tirelessly developing an inclusive platform, changing the world around them and empowering other women to do the same. This amazing recipe book is only a small sample of their potential and of the vast cultural wealth that New Scots have to offer to our country. I am truly excited and honoured to have been given the opportunity to contribute to this incredible initiative, and I wish it all the success it deserves. May it inspire young cooks of all walks of life, for generations to come."
Who took part in the project?
With this book, featuring stories and recipes contributed by women from 4 continents, we hope you, too, will experience the joys of finding new recipes and old favourites to love and pass on for generations to come. When we learn from one another, we become better. We become fuller in the heart, mind, and stomach.
Why was the New Scots Cooking recipe book developed?
The women who contributed to the book say they came together to do so because:
"When we leave our homes, whether that’s our childhood homes, hometowns, or countries, the most palpable feeling of loss often comes in the form of food. We just can’t cook it the way grandma used to! We can’t find the ingredients in this new neighborhood! We don’t know the names of foodstuffs in another language! These are problems shared by everyone who’s ever moved away. However, through community, we relearn, find, and exchange. We sink deep into the spices, flavours, and delicious memories of our past, nourishing both our hearts and bellies."