Love, Trust, Hope – Cooking to build and strengthen a community
This book was created and inspired by the women of Alana House.
With the success of the Alana House Community Café, and seeing how the women thrived in this setting, came the inspiration to create a cookbook, filled with recipes from the women, as well as those who work with Alana House.
As the women at Alana House come from so many different backgrounds, all with different skills and interests, this book is a reflection of the diversity and creativity of the women, including not only their recipes, but also poems, creative writing, artwork, and photography that captures the women’s passion, hope and vision for a better future for themselves.
Our hope with creating this book was to bring the Alana House community together, over the shared love of food and creativity. With the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the past year has been challenging for us all, but even more so for those who face vulnerability, are isolated, and with little access to support such as the women who attend Alana House.
During the covid-19 pandemic, the creation of this book has been a focus for the women and the team, and is something to be celebrated in a difficult year. We are grateful to cookery writer and Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith for supporting our project by writing the foreword.
The proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to continue the important work at Alana House supporting women in need. Order a copy for yourself or as a gift for someone special, in our shop!
It is a wonderful thing to see the transformation of a woman, not just in cooking skills, but in attitude, in outlook, in spirit.
Prue Leith, author of the foreword to the recipe book