This Cookbook Belongs To Us!

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Action for Refugees’ sellout fundraising cookbook This Cookbook Belongs To Us is back for Christmas 2018 following a recent reprint, offering all of the same culinary delights from around the world to raise funds for refugees in transit in Greece, and families closer to home. Get it quick! List of stockists at the end of this post. Not heard about it? Here you go:

This Cookbook Belongs To Us, compiled by Bearwood and Kings Heath Action for Refugees, brings you stories of food – of making, sharing and enjoying – to show the importance of welcome, friendship, tolerance and love for refugees in our community. The book is dedicated to all the people who call Birmingham and Smethwick home, and to those fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in new ones.ThisCookbook - no photo credit required

Birmingham and Smethwick have welcomed those escaping conflict and persecution since the early 19th Century, offering sanctuary to individuals and families, fostering a culture of welcome, and extending a hand of friendship to those forced to flee their homes, where it is most deeply needed. The region is home to individuals and families from Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central America.

This Cookbook Belongs To Us is a collection of recipes from Birmingham to Damascus, each with a different and personal story behind it. It is for everyday home cooking but can also be used to find inspiration for those special occasions; to rustle up a quick post-school/work dinner with Mujadarah; Arabian Buttered Eggs for a lazy Sunday brunch; creating “The Best Lamb in Ethiopia” for a dinner party with friends, or baking up some delicious Syrian Toffee Apple Cake for a special birthday treat or just plain old elevenses (any day!).

Food plays a vital and powerful role in migration and in welcoming new communities. The familiar smells and tastes of a favourite dish providing comforting replenishment – a reminder of cultural ties to home but also a potent way of connecting with new and undiscovered places and in constructing new identities.

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The sharing of new tastes, ingredients and techniques cannot be seen more clearly than in Birmingham and the Black Country. They have diverse, multi-cultural neighbourhoods with many different communities and with a wealth of ingredients and cuisines available locally in supermarkets and restaurants: from fine dining (Birmingham has no less than five Michelin starred restaurants) to street food and cafés celebrating cuisines from South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and beyond.

The book can be ordered online at It is also available to buy from a range of stockists across Birmingham and the Black Country. The price is £12.50 with all profits going towards the Aegean Solidarity Network and the vital projects they support.

What is Action for Refugees?

Bearwood and Kings Heath Action for Refugees were set up in September 2015 in response to the current crisis and are part of the Action for Refugees network. They are volunteer-led groups engaging local individuals, groups and schools in helping refugees and asylum seekers through fundraising, awareness raising and advocating for refugees locally. They fundraise for the Aegean Solidarity Network and proceeds of this book will support refugees in transit through the grassroots projects they fund.

For more information visit


Aegean Solidarity Network Team UK (ASN), a UK-registered charity, launched in September 2015 after witnessing first hand the desperate plight of refugees and people fleeing conflict arriving on the Greek island of Leros. The group is dedicated to supporting all people escaping life-threatening conflict landing in Greece by supporting safe places to stay, safe spaces to talk, provisions of food, dry clothes, and education amongst many other needs.

The ASN team are passionate about what they do and have all spent time working “in the field” or have been involved in refugee support extensively since summer 2015. Funded solely by donations, ASN seek out volunteer-run initiatives. They ensure that the projects they support are volunteer run so that donation has maximum positive impact in supporting refugees.

ASN have a number of projects we support on a regular basis, on an ad-hoc basis, and we also fund supplies of aid (link).

For more information visit the website


As well as the website, we have an ever increasing list of stockists. Here are the places where the cookbook is available at the moment:

Armadillo  14 Poplar Road, Kings Heath, B14 7AD ||

Basement Cafe and Bakery 374 High Street, Harborne, B17 9PY ||

Bourneville Community Hub  27 Sycamore Road, Bournville, B30 2AA ||

Cafe Reem  115 Grove Lane, Harborne, B17 0QT ||

Hedge  16 Lonsdale Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9RA ||

Loaf  1421 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2JL ||

Ikon Gallery  1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS ||

Ngopi – Indonesian Coffee & Munch  56 Dale End, Birmingham, B4 7LS ||

Old Dresser Cafe  434 Bearwood Road, Bearwood, B66 4EY ||

Waylands Yard  42 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF ||

Webbs Walled Garden  64-68 Three Shires Oak Road, Bearwood, B67 5BU ||

Why Not Coffee  594 Bearwood Road, Bearwood, B66 4BW ||

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