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Recipes against racism: How food is helping people connect

New cookbook is celebrating Asian culture

There is nothing tastier than chomping on sesame prawn toast dunked in sweet chilli dip, before annihilating some sticky tofu noodles with bok choy.

Now, this divine taste of Asia is being used to celebrate diversity and help stamp out racism.

It’s all thanks to Claire Sachiko and Lex Shu, two pals living in Hackney, launching their brilliant cookbook brimming with Asian recipes from London’s top chefs.

[Credit: Sachiko and Shu]

While Claire and Lex are both lawyers, their passion of delectable dishes means they also run supper clubs and music events in their spare time.

Now, they are sharing their flair for flavour with the public.

In addition to collating 20 mouthwatering recipes into one downloadable book, they will be donating all proceeds to two charities supporting east and south-east Asian communities; namely Stop Hate UK and End the Virus of Racism.

Both women are third culture kids, meaning they were raised in a culture other than their parents’ or the culture of the country they were born, and have a passion to defy cultural stereotypes and create diverse communities through their experiences.

[Credit: Recipes Against Racism]

As a teaser of what to expect, think zesty salmon and cod green curry balls, the sweet and spicy mix of Kung Pao chicken, and traditional Taiwanese minced pork.

Other than their love of good food, Claire and Lex felt motivated to help after seeing the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes throughout the pandemic.

Speaking about their mission, they said they believe the power of food is more than just about sustenance, and that it can tell a story to connect people too.

Claire and Lex explained in a joint statement: “Food can be a source of comfort, a gateway of discovery beyond our own cultural identity, or a way to take us home.”

[Credit: Recipes Against Racism]

They added: “Most importantly, food can be a vehicle for social change, it can broaden world views, break down barriers and bring people together. 

“Food can lead to positive storytelling and cultural exchange in order to challenge ‘othering’ and celebrate multi-ethnic and multi-cultural identities and heritage.”

They now hope their Recipes Against Racism cookbook can contribute to anti-racism by providing a powerful tool for building connections and communities.

To grab your copy, click here: Recipes Against Racism.

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