An Evening to Remember.. our Cookbook Launch, June 2019

Levenshulme-based dumpling project Heart & Parcel to publish first ever cookbook in June 2019 in order to continue providing English language support for migrant women in Manchester.

“Dumplings in all cultural forms are nourishing, delicious little parcels perfect for sharing, made with care and many hands”.

The process of making dumplings is a food-making tradition passed down through many cultures, where grandmothers or mothers teach their children how to make dumplings whilst spending time with one another. The humble dumpling brings people together. It is no surprise that different forms of dumplings are made on the eve of many new year’s celebrations around the world. By creating a dumping, you are creating something special. Dumplings in all cultural forms are nourishing, delicious little parcels perfect for sharing, made with care and many hands.

Heart & Parcel is a Manchester based food and women’s project focused on developing English language skills whilst cooking. The project uses dumpling-making as a medium to connect with women from migrant communities around Manchester, practising English whilst sharing stories, experiences, making connections and breaking down barriers.

This cookbook is the result of three years of weekly English language and cooking sessions, where recipes brought in by women, would be presented, cooked together, eaten together, written about and shared. Many of these dishes were showcased at Heart & Parcel’s popular fundraising supper clubs, local markets, catering and open workshops, where the users of Heart & Parcel’s projects could develop their skills further through business, employment and English language.

Over 250 women have benefited from Heart & Parcel’s sessions. Incredible homemade unique dishes normally cooked in many domestic kitchens across Manchester have been shared with us, and now Heart & Parcel would like to share them with you.

The book is a collection of recipes and stories generously offered by some of the women Heart & Parcel works with. The book contains 29 home-cooked recipes from Syria to Greece, Pakistan, to Bangladesh, Ethiopia to Poland, Iraq to Gambia, Morocco to Tibet to with a selection of hot and cold dishes, warming soups, fresh salads, versatile sides and indulgent sweets. Dumplings are the main attraction, showing favourite parcels such as Tibetan steamed momos, Polish pierogi, Chinese jiaozi and Syrian kibbeh.

All dishes celebrate the women’s own identities, their daily lives, memories and experiences. Every nourishing recipe is presented alongside its own story from each woman’s memory. The nature of the stories mean that each page is full of individual takes on traditional recipes and nostalgic memories surrounding the selected foods.

The book is accompanied by stunning photography from local photographer, Rebecca Lupton. Each section contains spreads of the final dishes, photos of the Heart & Parcel women themselves and of the food being lovingly made in their Manchester kitchens.

The Heart & Parcel Cookbook is an essential kitchen cookbook for anyone who agrees that food is much more than what you see on your plate.

If you enjoy reading beyond the recipe and trying new flavours you will appreciate the ethos behind Heart & Parcel. This cookbook is for anyone who recognises the connection of food across the world, whilst also celebrating and respecting those differences that are created through influences from our life stories. This is a book for anyone who believes getting to know more about your community through food.

This book is self-published using only local Manchester-based designers, printers and creators to produce the book.

All profits from the book go back into Heart & Parcel’s projects, providing further English language provision for women from different communities.

Heart & Parcel cookbook launch video – the cookbook is a collection of recipes and stories generously offered by some of the women Heart & Parcel works with.

Buy our Cookbook!

View our press release // View our promo video! // View our Cookbook launch! 

Book Price: £19

Details: Paperback /  240 x 170mm / 100 Pages / Recycled paper extract Cactus cover from G. F Smith with Foilco hot foil matt 709 stamped type / Printed by Pressision and full colour photographs by Rebecca Lupton and Designed by Minute Works   

ISBN 978-1-5272-4030-8

BUY INSTORE

You can buy our cookbook in the following stockists:

Bottega Caruso, Margate, Kent

Chorlton Bookshop, Chorlton

Coffee Cranks Co-Operative, Alexandra Park, Manchester

HOME, Manchester

Isca Wines, Levenshulme, Manchester

Epicerie Ludo, Chorlton

Milk & Honey, Oxford Road, Manchester

Oklahoma, Manchester

Station Hop, Levenshulme, Manchester

Trove, Ancoats, Manchester

Trove, Levenshulme, Manchester

FOR DELIVERY

Click on Paypal links below, depending on your delivery method.

NOTE: BUYING TWO OR MORE BOOKS FOR DELIVERY TO SAME ADDRESS – if you wish to purchase more than one cookbook for delivery, please email Clare at Clare@heartandparcel.org

Heart & Parcel Cookbook incl. RECORDED DELIVERY P+P to UK

Weekly posting on Saturday. Expect delivery the week after you order. Recorded Delivery.

£24.00

1 x Heart & Parcel Cookbook incl. SPECIAL TRACKED DELIVERY P+P to UK

Weekly posting on Saturday. Expect delivery the week after you order. Special Tracked Delivery.

£27.00

1 x Heart & Parcel Cookbook incl. SPECIAL TRACKED DELIVERY P+P to Europe

Weekly posting on Saturday. Expect delivery the week after you order. Special Tracked delivery.

£31.00

1 x Heart & Parcel Cookbook incl. SPECIAL TRACKED DELIVERY P+P to US

Weekly posting on Saturday. Expect delivery the week after you order. Special Tracked delivery.

£33.00

1 x Heart & Parcel Cookbook incl. SPECIAL TRACKED DELIVERY P+P to Australia

Weekly posting on Saturday. Expect delivery 1-2 weeks after you order. Special Tracked delivery.

£33.00

Heart & Parcel Cookbook incl. SPECIAL TRACKED DELIVERY P+P to Rest of world

Weekly posting on Saturday. Expect delivery the week after you order. Special Tracked delivery.

£31.00

Heart & Parcel Cookbook BOOK ONLY – NO DELIVERY

For events and market stall sales – BOOK ONLY NO DELIVERY

£19.00

NOTE: You will receive a confirmation email from Paypal. Consider this confirmation of your cookbook purchase and do not contact Heart & Parcel until two weeks have passed from order confirmation.

This book has been completely created by ourselves using freelance designers, photographers and huge amount of pro-bono work and volunteers. We are running our own distribution and deliveries. Our resources are precious and limited. We will do weekly post delivery on Saturdays. 

As such, please be patient with your delivery or collection. Please allow a week after this date to receive your copy.

If after two weeks you still haven’t received your cookbook, please email Clare at Clare@heartandparcel.org and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

Why dumplings? why women? Why ESOL? Why supper clubs?

After three years of running our project, it is really important to reflect on why we decided to set up. The post below sets out the background research we did relating to women from communities who access ESOL provision. It also displays our attempts to fund raise to keep these sessions going.

Why Dumplings? Dumplings are interesting as they appear in almost every culture but differ in shape and filling. The process of making dumplings requires teamwork, a long period of time and many conversations in between.

At Heart & Parcel, we view dumplings as a powerful metaphor. Continue reading “Why dumplings? why women? Why ESOL? Why supper clubs?”

ESOL & Cooking Lesson Plan

We thought we would share this lesson plan we have used about three times now with different groups. This is an all round lesson we have created that covers many skills. It works very well with group work and building conversation. More specifically for literacy and numeracy, this lesson familiarises learners with nouns,  adjectives, verbs, spelling, quantities and process adverbs. For well-being purposes, it gets participants chatting, working together to create something, and the cookies are pretty delicious for open conversation at the end.

Materials needed:

Continue reading “ESOL & Cooking Lesson Plan”

Heart & Parcel ESOL Session #1 – Making Pierogis

Last week we held our debut dumpling making session at the Wai Yin Society Welcome Centre in Cheetham Hill.

Home to a growing number of ethnicities from waves of immigration most prominently throughout the 19th and 20th century, Cheetham Hill is an area rich in cultural diversity in the North of Manchester. However, it has been seen in the last few decades as a deprived area with high rates of poverty and low income which makes the work of the Welcome Centre even more significant.

Continue reading “Heart & Parcel ESOL Session #1 – Making Pierogis”

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