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Review: Monique Mulligan 

Share: The Women for Women InternationalFood. It’s a basic need for all humanity. For some, food is hard to come by; others have food in abundance. Physically, food sustains us, maintains us and boosts us; emotionally, food can strengthen bonds between families and friends. These truths are celebrated in a beautiful new cookbook, Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates our Common Humanity, which has been published in aid of Women for Women International.

I was fortunate to be sent a copy of this thoughtful and inspiring cookbook to review. I spent a while one Sunday afternoon with my sister-in-law, leafing through the pages; not only were we excited by the tempting recipes, but the message behind the book spoke to us. It’s one of those books – one designed to make you think about more than food as you turn the pages. Stories showing the inner strength and resourcefulness of women facing great hardship in war-torn countries – rape, assault, starvation, losing homes and family – are interwoven between a cornucopia of recipes. We wiped away tears and spoke of how blessed we were in our lives … in between noting recipes to try.

The book includes recipes from world-class chefs, celebrities, influential humanitarians and unsung heroes – such different people, but all committed to making a difference, however small. There are also recipes from some women whose lives have been improved by Women for Women International. A quick glance shows a focus on fresh ingredients and simple cooking, in which nurturing the soul is more important than fuss and bother. That’s how I like to cook – I want to cook things that people want to eat, not stare at like an artwork. What caught my eye? A hearty chicken soup (made it that night), an orange scented olive oil almond cake, baklava, pot-roasted silverside with shallots, roast pork fillet with five-spice plum sauce … and much more. Did I mention the gooey chocolate brownies?

A visually stunning cookbook with heart, I know it won’t be long before it takes on the appearance all well-used cookbooks have … a few splatters here, a smudge there. I can’t wait to get started. With a foreword by Meryl Streep, contributors include Paul McCartney, Trudie Styler, Annie Lennox and Richard Branson. All profits from sales of this book will go towards Women for Women International … so if you are looking for a cookbook, this is the one you must have!

Available from good bookstores. This copy was courtesy of Simon & Schuster.



Monique Mulligan

Monique Mulligan

0 Responses

  1. Nowadays, the food and cooking have been promoting as the most television show, following cook book to be considered as fashion, then there is so many cook book appear into market,but that confuse the kitchen work.
    Therefore the people in the world have been alerting about the diseases come from food as obesity, heart attack, high blood pressure…but people also attract by the cook show, cook book. Unlikely, the health department for every nation, WHO warn the smoke about lunge cancer, stroke, heart attack…but the cook show, cook book could be the cause of risky health.

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