Online Community Cookbook

Click here for link to Online Cookbook and check out the recipes and stories! Consider submitting one of your own!

Many long term Intercultural Society  members will remember the 1989 Channel 4 TV series of cooking episodes that developed into a collection of recipes and stories by Star Weiss.

The online Intercultural Community Cookbook is a joyful collaboration between the Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) and Vancouver Island University (VIU). Several years ago a Vancouver Island University – Cowichan Campus anthropology summer intern at Cowichan Intercultural Society  began the initial stages of interviewing community members about their recipes. What developed was a community cookbook filled with delicious and sumptuous recipes and stories.

In the spring of 2016, CIS and VIU brainstormed possible community research projects for the Department of Anthropology’s second year cultural anthropology class and the idea of an online intercultural community cookbook was born.

The result is a beautiful, online cookbook of recipes, cultural stories and hundreds of hours of interviewing by Anthropology students, coordination of transcribing the interviews and uploading to the website by an intern student and the keen technological expertise of VIU’s Centre of Teaching for Excellence in Learning – all adeptly coordinated by VIU’s Department of Anthropology Instructor Helene Demers.

Many individuals, students, and team members of VIU were at the heart of this project (full story and acknowledgement). With their contributions, we have an incredible account of the diversity in Cowichan and the family traditions we cherish for generations to come!

For more information about the online Intercultural Community Cookbook project, contact Jennifer by email or calling 250.748.3112.

We are grateful and proud of the long standing partnership with Vancouver Island University. Indeed this online cookbook project would not be possible without the students and staff of VIU Department of Anthropology, Cowichan Campus and VIU’s Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning. Particular acknowledgement goes to Lianne MacWatt, Michael Paskevicius and Helene Demers!

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