When I lived in Texas and went to culinary school, I accumulated around 40 cookbooks. It was my pride till I had to move back to Europe. I could not take all my cookbooks. After taking only three books back, I started my collection growing again since then, but I am very selective of what cookbooks I buy. We are travelers and cookbooks need to move with us from country to country.
One cookbook I have had my eyes on, even before it got written is A Little Taste of Home, a cookbook created by the parent association of the British School of Beijing Sanlitun (BSB Sanlitun). One of the parents of the association informed me about the book. It was still in the planning stages at the time, but she got me excited. Her chef husband would be helping with the cookbook, so naturally I knew it would be something amazing that I would want to have in my bookcase.
A Little Taste of Home is a cookbook created with recipes from parents and students of the school; showcasing home cooking, bringing us back to our roots, and showing off culinary delights. The parent association is not doing things by half measures – they got a photographer and chef to help create the beautiful book, and the pages look good enough to eat. The preview pages shown in this blog post are work in progress and are draft layouts, but give a image of what the cookbook will feel like.
“The cookbook is a great way for the BSB Sanlitun community to share their tried and true family recipes, showcasing them in a beautiful publication,” according to Grace Walter, a member of the very creative and passionate volunteer parents of the school. The cookbook will raise money for the charity Migrant Children Foundation (MCF), and will be launched at the school charity picnic on Sunday, June 11 from 3 to 6.30 pm, which will be open to the BSB community and friends. The book will cost RMB 150 and will be available at the reception of BSB Sanlitun. I for one, am excited at the prospect of adding this book to my collection, and supporting MCF by cooking some delicious culinary delights.
Picture credits: Elva Wu and Rodney Looi Keng Mun
Graphic designer credits: Diana Guzijan