A new cookbook celebrating the Windrush generation and their contribution to the local community is being delivered to Sanctuary Housing residents in Hackney.
Sanctuary has teamed up with Hackney Council to deliver 500 free copies of the book – filled with mouth-watering recipes such as plantain tarts, sweet bread and coconut drops – to residents on its Kingsmead, Gascoyne and Morningside estates.
The cookbook, which features Hackney’s own Great British Bake Off star, Liam Charles, was produced by the council to celebrate the contribution of migrant communities and preserve their stories for future generations.
About eight per cent of Hackney’s population is of African and Caribbean ethnicity and it is believed to be home to hundreds, if not thousands, of the Windrush generation and many others from Commonwealth countries across the globe.
Jane Windle-Hartshorn, Sanctuary’s Head of Community Investment, said: “The Windrush cookbook is a wonderful way to celebrate the diversity of our community in Hackney.
“It’s been great to see people of all generations coming together to contribute to the project and we hope our residents will enjoy preparing these fantastic recipes.”
Cllr Carole Williams, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources with a Windrush-specific cabinet brief, added: “The Windrush generation and our migrant communities are at the heart of our borough’s identity and make it the special place it is today.
“This cookbook is a recognition of the need to continue to celebrate the huge contribution they have made and we’re delighted to be working with Sanctuary to share it more widely with residents in our local communities.”
This project is supported by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.