Harlem NYC, USA November 2011

In conjunction with Litworld, The Cookbook Project just ran our first successful domestic project in the USA at the Polo Grounds Community Center in Harlem! Sponsored by Children’s Village, the workshop built on literacy work that Litworld has been conducting with Harlem youth who are underpeforming academically, and are more specifically in need of literacy support. The focus on creating Food Culture Recipes drew on participants growing literacy skills, and helped to cultivate pride amongst participants whose first generation immigrant families hail from Honduras to Nigeria and everywhere in between. The group came together on the final cooking day to prepare a Food Culture Thanksgiving meal to share with their families. Dishes included Machuco from Honduras (mashed plaintains), Dominican style Rice and Beans, Jamaican style Collard Greens, and down home Sweet Potato Pie. YUM!!!!

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