WHAT: Our first cookbook, “Our Stories Our Food: A University of Alberta Cookbook” was published in 2019 and served as one of Converse and Cook’s primary fundraisers. Currently, Converse and Cook is working on our second cookbook, this time, focusing on telling the story of how various Edmontonians are being resilient and keeping connected during this pandemic time period by creating an Edmonton community-wide cookbook focused on comfort food. It is our hope that through cultivating these stories and recipes we can capture the history of what is happening in Edmonton during this time, while also providing a source of comfort and hope to those feeling isolated and disconnected in our city.
Comfort foods have an array of definitions for different people, and we are thrilled to engage in these conversations with our city. We are looking to interview individuals with unique recipes and food stories; these interviews will be featured in the printed cookbook and/or a digital cookbook companion.
WHY: Our mandate is to build community through food, and by creating cookbooks that capture community stories, our hope is to bring to the forefront the stories of the people who inhabit our city. We recognize the power in storytelling, and also the responsibility to share our platform to help tell the stories of our communities.
100% of the sales from our cookbooks go towards Converse and Cook programming, where we continue to strive building community integration through various cooking social events and workshops.
WHEN: We hope to launch our cookbook in-person during late fall of 2021, pending funding opportunities and COVID-19 restrictions.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? Have a good story or recipe you’d like to have published? Maybe you know a local business or a friend with a story to share? Or maybe you have a definition of comfort food that others should hear about. We’re looking for submissions to fill the pages of our cookbook. Fill out this Google Form and our volunteer team will be in touch in early March. All selected submissions will get a free copy of the cookbook once it’s published in late 2021/ early 2022 (COVID pending as we’d like to do a launch in person). If you’re having trouble with the form email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are open until April 30th, 2021.