It is with great pride and delight that I can today announce the publication of a new cookbook that I have been heavily involved in. A cookbook that hopefully is a little different from others, and one which has a real and genuine sense of community. That is because it was designed and written solely by a community of passionate professionals, who all have children at Wallaby Street Early Learning Centre.
The cookbook has been 6 months in the making and initially came about as the pre-school found itself regularly getting requests from parents for their recipes. Children wouldn’t eat at home but always said how much they enjoyed the food at school!
From this point the school sent out a request to the parent community to see if anybody could lend their services, and guess what, it turned out they comprised of professional designers, photographers, writers and stylists, who were all excited to be involved.
Wallaby St is part of the Guardian Early Learning Group, who believe that children learn best through play and when they are allowed to discover themselves what they want to learn. They provide a very home like setting, where children learn to plant and grow vegetables and look after the two resident chickens, Shadow and Rosie. Sustainability and the environment are very important to them and we have tried to reflect all of this through the book.
In keeping with Wallaby Street’s sustainability and garden-to-plate philosophies, Cook Share Belong is a beautiful reflection of the importance of gardening and meal times in a child’s personal development.
As centre Manager, Danielle Leete says:
“Cook Share Belong shares not just some fabulous family-friendly meals, but also something very special about the children that we cherish. It celebrates the way we come together at meal times, the way children learn and the sense of belonging that comes with engaging with each other at the table. I believe we’ve captured our love of fresh food, the importance of food in our young people’s lives and an overwhelming sense of community spirit.”
I am extremely proud to have been a part of the making of ‘Cook, Share, Belong’, especially as everybody has given up their time and energy for free, and with all proceeds going to the Starlight Foundation, it is a fantastic cause too.
The recipes in the book have all come from either the school or from the parents of children at the school, that they know their kids will eat, so this project has turned into one of the biggest demonstrations of community spirit that I have ever had the privilege to be a part of.
Editor, Kristy Gordon and Stylist, Zoey Milczarczyk
Danielle Leete, Kristy Gordon, Zoey Milczarczyk , Christopher Perkins, Katherine Hall, Melissa Chandler. The team behind cook book, ‘Cook, Share, Belong’
To order a copy of the book, which are $35 each, you can contact the centre directly via email at [email protected]
And here is a very deserving BIG shout out to the main collaborators:
Creative Director & Graphic Design:
Katherine Hall, Design & Opinion
Christopher Perkins of Underatreehouse Photography
Linda Atkinson, InBloom Photography
Kristy Gordon, K’s Word Communications
Press article about the book: Daily Telegraph