Converse and Cook has been lucky to have the support of local Edmonton institutions and organizations that have given us a chance to share the amazing work our team does.
Below are some of the places we’ve been featured in. Feel free to browse as these links provide more detail into some of our programs.
Cooking, conversing, connecting=creating community
Faces of CSL: Interview with Mishma & Juanita
CBC Radio Active with Adrienne Pam
Student Voices: Addressing Students' Food Insecurity Issues
Storytelling and Food
First campus-wide cookbook explores the personal side of cooking
Our Stories, Our Food: The University of Alberta Cookbook
Cooking, conversing, connecting=creating communityAn Iranian student searched Edmonton unsuccessfully for months trying to find halal meats. A Nigerian student didn’t eat fruit and vegetables for a year because a friend said that in Canada, they were grown in labs for winter consumption and could cause cancer. A student from Mexico, where chili refers to the fruit, was surprised to be handed canned chili when she asked for chili at a grocery store.
Faces of CSL: Interview with Mishma & JuanitaMishma and Juanita are both alumni from the University of Alberta and the founders of Converse and Cook, a non-profit organization that serves to get people in their community more engaged with the food that they eat and with each other. Converse and Cook helps alleviate barriers people have to finding culturally relevant and nutritious foods. Read more to discover Mishma’s and Juanita’s journey with Converse and Cook!
CBC Radio Active with Adrienne PamWe meet two woman who are committed to helping international students with cooking and food security. The founders of Converse and Cook Juanita Gnanaparagasam and Mishma Mukith talk about their new book project.
Student Voices: Addressing Students' Food Insecurity IssuesStudent-led "Converse & Cook" class not only teaches cooking methods, it gives participants a chance to share a meal with others
Storytelling and FoodThis week we will be meeting Kyla Pascal, Juanita Gnanapragasm, Mishma Mukith, and Alexis Hillyard as we discuss how food tells a story, and how food creates space and comfort for storytelling. Each of our guests shares how food is a place where they have discovered new stories and how food can be used to create opportunities for voices we don’t often hear to share their stories. Eating is a matter of survival, and many of our guests will argue that so are stories. So why not combine the two, and have some fun eating and swapping stories!
Cookbook Conversation“There are a lot of stories around food to be told, and we’d love to tell them,” says Juanita Gnanapragasam, who with partner Mishma Mukith runs Converse and Cook.
First campus-wide cookbook explores the personal side of cookingThe first-ever campus-wide cookbook is focused on not only sharing recipes, but also the personal stories encompassing them. Juanita Gnanapragasam, a public health alum and current first-year occupational therapy student, and Mishma Mukith, an arts alum and Community Service Learning partnership coordinator, started the non-profit Converse and Cook, which tackles the issues of food literacy and accessibilities...
Our Stories, Our Food: The University of Alberta CookbookOne of the highlights of attending university for many undergraduate students is the amount of free food available. From club meetings to information sessions, if you were diligent and timed it right, there were days where you wouldn’t have to worry about breakfast, lunch, or dinner....