More than a recipe book, this colorful collection arose from a unique community project and invites us to explore the dishes and food lore of 26 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 presenting their recipes, each new New Zealander 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 encourages an appreciation of the richness of our diverse communities.
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.