Handmade cookbook: stories of strength through receipes…


HANDMADE is a cookbook, which tells the incredible stories of 34 war widows of Sri Lanka, through their relationship with food and recipes during and after the time of conflict.

Beautiful transcribed stories combined with stunning photography, reveal the journey of the widows together with what they cooked and what they dreamed of eating in the brighter future.


Since early 2014, there have been many Palmera, volunteers (a grassroots not for profit organization) who donated their time, tirelessly for this project and accumulated the stories through interviews.


Having done this, a team in Australia set about recreating these recipes in a modern kitchen to obtain the photos they needed, as well as testing out of all the recipes.


Being half Sri Lankan myself, this resonated with me immediately and am humbled to be able to help in this tiny way by posting information for this charity and the courageous widows featured in the book.


HANDMADE is a 250 page coffee table book which was produced by strengthening economic opportunities & building thriving village economies for rural entrepreneurs & young people. 100% of all profits from the sales of HANDMADE will be reinvested in rural women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka.

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For more details on how to purchase one of these beautiful books or to attend any of the launches being scheduled in London, please contact: Abhi Phatak | abhi.p@palmera.org Attached is flyer and details of next upcoming event:

What : The London launch of HANDMADE where people will get to hear the journey of HANDMADE, as well as taste test some of the recipes.

When : Tuesday 1st December 2015
Where : 630pm, at The Walrus & The Carpenter, 45 Monument St, London, EC3R 8BU

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