meeting your neighbours,
one dish at a time
the sound of silence
My name is Rachel. I'm a professional storyteller and I also fill my life with activities that nurture and explore the nature of community - festivals, rituals, circles, homes, shows.
When I moved into a new London street in early 2016, the lack of interaction between neighbours was a bit depressing. I'm not saying we should be best friends forever, but it is kind of abnormal for humans to live so very close, yet be so very distant.Social isolation is harmful to our health: loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%. Really.I learned that the elderly people here know each other: they've lived on this street since the 1950s.But somehow, since then, busy-ness, headlines and who-knows-what have stolen that sense of 'us' from - well - from us. Maybe it's time to claim our streets back.
Why a Cook Book?
Because food is tasty
Because this is one thing we have in common
Because recipes are quick, easy and free to share
Because neighbours have the freedom to connect or not simply by sending or not sending you a recipe
Because even if you get only a single recipe back, you've not failed. You're closer to community by one!
A couple of notes:
I want to make a cook book with my neighbours
A few details and away you go!
2) Print it, Post it, Be Patient
3) When the recipes are in, invite the contributors over for a Cook Book Crew hangout at your home or a local café.
I'd make you a form for this as in step 1, but hand-written invitations make a big difference to the response rate...
4) Make & then Share the book
Basically you want it cheap and easy enough to make that it doesn't drive you crazy, and attractive enough that people want to keep it!
More resources on book-binding this soon. Consider inviting crafty members of the cook book crew to help out.In the meantime, check out youtube for a host of home bookbinding tips
Make at least enough books for each contributor to receive one.
If you can't afford the card, glue and paper, you could ask for donations at your cook book crew social, but be sensitive of the varied incomes in your neighbourhood.
The of course you'll need to have another party or gathering in order to celebrate this special publication! Why not ask one of the contributors to host it?
5) Share your recipes and photos!
If this becomes popular, I would love to make a gallery of delicious dishes and fun photos. I will edit and post these to prevent someone accidentally publishing their name and street address for the whole World to see!To submit words, pictures, or links to videos related to your Cook Book creation, click the button below!