Empower young people share recipes in the press cookbook

Empower young people share recipes in the press cookbook

Long before online message boards existed, people shared their culinary skills through cookbooks.

Initially, they were just a catalog of recipes used as fundraisers, political pamphlets, or community historical records.

Echoing this traditional concept of community strengthening, St. Albert’s Amplify Youth Advisory Committee was inspired to create a more modern genre of culinary literature. The committee has convened Comfort Cookbook, an overview of 137 pages of special family recipes contributed by young people. In addition to individual practical how-to recipes, each recipe is accompanied by an additional illustration, drawing, or poem. The artwork serves as a story behind each recipe.

To celebrate the completion of the project, the 14-member advisory committee is hosting a cookbook launch party on Thursday, May 26 at the picnic shelter in Lions Park. Audience attendance is free, and copies of the cookbook sell for $30.

The launch is an opportunity to gift each contributor a copy. In addition, several committee members create mini-samples of dishes that are available for public taste testing. Food samplers include fruit pizza, creamsicle cookies, perogies, lemon tarts, and chocolate chip cookies.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate the artists who have collaborated. But it’s also a celebration of bringing the community together after such a long time. We look forward to giving the artists their books. It was a fun project with many twists and turns and I’m excited to finish it,” said Kathleen Bell, liaison with the City of St. Albert Advisory Committee.

The cookbook came to fruition in 2021 when the advisory committee sat down at Zoom to discuss how Amplify could celebrate art during COVID without fear of transmitting the virus. Amplify is largely arts-oriented, but in recent years the culinary arts have been largely downplayed in favor of the performing, visual, and literary arts.

Dana Koroluk, a former Amplify Youth Advisory Committee member and aspiring medical student, suggested bundling recipes together to create a cookbook.

“Food was still something we shared during COVID – dropping food off or leaving someone on someone’s doorstep. We thought this was a way to combine culinary art with traditional art forms in a way that COVID wouldn’t pass on,” he said. bell.

In total, young people submitted 60 recipes. They were divided into categories ranging from breakfast and brunch, soups and salads to main courses, snacks and desserts.

“What’s great about this is that there are a lot of family recipes and a lot of artwork that illustrates how we take care of each other. It shows how food is central to family gatherings. And it eventually became more culturally diverse with some dishes I had never heard of,” Koroluk said.

Cultural diversity is showcased in vaniljbullar, a sweet Swedish vanilla bun, and kransekake, a Norwegian wreath cake. There is also Mama Leung’s Shanghai Noodle recipe and Baba Chicoli’s Ukrainian Pedaheh.

“The cookbook is a really nice mix of culture and personal traditions. It was an exciting challenge that made this happen,” said Koroluk.

The Amplify Youth Advisory Committee hopes to raise $500 through cookbook sales. The funds are earmarked for future programming. For the time being, the committee has ordered one edition. However, if demand increases, a second print run will be launched.

The launch party will take place on May 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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