Cooking is most of the time about being hungry but it can also be about much more, about dealing with loss (cooking & remembering therapy designed by NY based therapist Peter Gevisser), about creating safe spaces, about remembering and keeping your identity in troubled times, about human security, about dealing with occupational deprivation and also about nurturing solidarity.

Our project to make a truly no border cooking book called „Cooking without borders” taps into this great potential that a harmless, basic but essential element of life such as cooking has. We believe that talking about cooking with migrants and refugees means talking about themselves, about their hopes and concerns.

On a more pragmatic level, literature in the field recognizes that: „Displaced from their homeland and housed in camps around the world, refugees live in hope of resettlement into a place of stability and peace. Although resettlement offers stability, it also creates a condition of occupational deprivation as a refugee steps from their culture into another. Occupational therapy recognizes that engagement in meaningful activities is paramount to sustaining health and well-being, and assists individuals in overcoming hurdles which prevent them from engaging in those activities.”[1]

Cooking is one of the methods that can address this issue as well, and for this reason, our projects aims to create a cooking book that can channel the experience of migrants and refugees but also to pilot a series of cooking lessons events that can facilitate the integration of migrants, of creating an environment for them and local people to interact and create bonds of common understanding.

This blog was created during the interim period between the two trainings titled “Migration & Inclusion – Chances and Challenges” ( https://solarev.org/migrationinclusion/ ) organised by Solar in Berlin and Amsterdam.

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[1] Lundēn Emily, (2012). Refugee Resettlement Through the Lens of Occupational Therapy. University of Puget Sound.

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