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Recipes for Resilience Cookbook

Exploring the foods we love, the people who cook them and the links between our favorite meals and the critical challenges of our times.

Food brings us together. It connects us to our roots, to our families, our neighbours and our traditions. It can also help us explore and open our minds to the wide diversity of human experience.

But not everyone can equally enjoy this most basic of human rights. Climate change, economic upheaval, displacement, conflict, natural disasters and a global pandemic have put the nutrition and well-being of many people at great risk.

This is why it’s critical we fully understand the link between food — the way it’s produced, prepared and consumed — and the great global challenges of our times. And it’s why we a need to understand the full human costs of these challenges, and how food can help us learn and work together to solve them.


In this cookbook, you’ll get a flavor of how young mothers in Zimbabwe nourish themselves and their babies by growing their own vegetables, despite the impacts of climate change. And you’ll get a taste of a traditional fried fish and beet salad direct from the garden and fishpond of an indigenous community in the Bolivia highlands.

And if you follow this link, you’ll meet a Syrian refugee who got a new lifeline through a Turkish Red Crescent cooking course. You’ll visit people in Hungary finding their way through hard times by making gourmet goat cheese. And you’ll learn how to cook fish the true Bahamian way, from a local restaurant owner who served up warm plates of food immediately after a massive hurricane battered the island.

These recipes aren’t just about food. They are about inclusion, fundamental good health and economic survival. They are about community, equal opportunity, dignity and about love.

We encourage you to try these recipes and share the meal with colleagues, friends and family. You may not solve all the world’s problems over the dinner table, but it could be the start of a nourishing conversation, a new sense of solidarity and a bit of sustenance for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

You can download our full Recipes for Resilience cookbook in this link.


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