‘Stop Hunger, Start Cooking’ Cookbook

Oxfam is a wonderful charity organisation dedicated to seeing a future free from poverty and hunger.

For the second consecutive year, Oxfam has created a cookbook that can be downloaded without charge from their website. The cookbook, titled ‘Stop Hunger, Start Cooking’ includes recipes from top Australian chefs and foodies including Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong and Australia’s first Master Chef winner, Julie Goodwin.  These highly skilled and talented chefs have teamed with a Sri Lankan farmer to draw attention to the growing food crisis facing the world’s poorest communities.

Over 30 chefs, food bloggers and home cooks from around Australia have donated recipes for the online cookbook that is helping to provide small-scale farmers with the tools, seeds and skills they need to feed their families.  I was honored to be asked if Hotly Spiced would like to donate a recipe and I enthusiastically agreed.

Chandrani from Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka’s North is the face of Oxfam’s Stop Hunger Campaign.  Until recently Chandrani and her husband worked as poorly paid labourers and were unable to afford enough food for their family or cover the costs of sending their three children to school.

Oxfam partnered with the RGNK organisation and supplied a water irrigation system to her area.  This enabled Chandrani to grow vegetables for her family and start a home gardening business.  Not only does her family now have enough to eat, Chandrani is earning an income from selling surplus vegetables and this covers the cost of sending her children to school.

Chandrani’s family eat what is harvested, vegetables like capsicum, radish, beetroot, spinach, eggplant and chillies.  The foodies who have contributed to the cookbook were inspired to donate their own vegetable-based recipes.

Julie Goodwin said, ‘No matter what country we’re from, mothers will do whatever it takes to give their children healthy food.  Women in Sri Lanka are prepared to do the work needed to plant a veggie garden and nurture their plants until they’re ready to be harvested and eaten.  But they need some help getting that garden started.  Please join me and Oxfam in partnering with these mothers, to provide the tools and seeds they need to grow food for their families.’

Kylie Kwong said, ‘I passionately believe that all people, the world over, should have access to fresh, nutritious and sustainable food to support their families.  Unfortunately, far too many are missing out, but together we can make a difference’.

To download the cookbook, Stop Hunger, Start Cooking! or to learn more about Oxfam’s work to combat hunger around the world, please visit their website.

A photo competition is also being launched asking supporters to get behind the campaign by cooking one of the many recipes provided and taking a photo to go in the draw to win prizes from the Oxfam Fair Trade gift range.

I hope you enjoy the cookbook that is behind such a wonderful and important cause and that you enjoy the fabulous range of recipes xx

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  1. What a great idea to help those that are hungry. The book looks wonderful. Well done.

  2. Minnesota Prairie Roots says:

    Congratulations on being included in this most worthy project.

  3. niasunset says:

    This is great. Congrats dear Charlie, Thank you, with my love, nia

  4. Minnie@thelady8home says:

    I’m downloading it. No one knows it better than us who have grown up in that sub continent how real and dire hunger situations really are. Congratulations Charlie on being included in the cookbook, what a worthy cause. You are truly versatile!

  5. Oh thank you so much Charlie, this is a great post. I;m heading to their website!

  6. What a great cookbook, Charlie. There are a few recipes in it that I want to try, mainly because they made my mouth water! Thanks for sharing this important organization with us.
    Eva http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

  7. Victoria at Flavors of the Sun says:

    I am a big fan of Oxfam. They do such important work. I hope this cookbook is a great success. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi,
    A fantastic idea, and all for a very good cause as well, thank you for the heads up on this one.

  9. Congrats on being included. This looks like a very good cause. 🙂

  10. A wonderful cause my friend with great results – I am thrilled you are part of it 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. InTolerantChef says:

    How lovely to be able to participate in such a wonderful project Charlie, congratulations!
    Isn’t it so true that mothers really will sacrifice so much to provide for their children. It’s humbling to think they mean food and water though, not soccer games and music lessons. We don’t truly know the meaning of the word here in the Lucky Country

  12. Thank you for letting me know about this wonderful project!

  13. Oh wow this is an amazing project 🙂 I’m always interested in these kind of things to help fight poverty ~ I didn’t know it’s the second year they’ve done it! Can’t wait to see what recipe you will share 😀

  14. ChgoJohn says:

    Oxfam is such a worthy organization. I like that my money goes for something tangible that will improve the living conditions of a person, family, or community. I didn’t know, however, about the cookbook. Thanks, Charlie, for helping to spread the word about this organization.

  15. justonecookbook says:

    I have never heard of this before but congrats on being asked to contribute your recipe along with famous people! That’s awesome, Charlie! Thank you for sharing about this organization. Off to check this site.

  16. What a wonderful cause Charlie!

  17. Thank you so much for this post, and congratulations on your recipe being included! What a wonderful thing to be part of. I hadn’t heard of this initiative before but I will definitely be downloading the recipe collection now.

  18. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    Lovely post Charlie and it’s always nice to hear about someone like Chandrani. It’s a nice idea to do vegetable based recipes to highlight what they do.

  19. Congratulations Charlie – a great honour for a great cause too 🙂

  20. GourmetGetaway says:

    This is such an amazing idea, thank you so much for informing us! I will be going over to the site and cooking a dish myself 🙂 Good on you for supporting this cause.

  21. I really like the cookbook and have made a couple of things from it already. Everyone should donate to this cause. I did.

  22. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    what a lovely idea! I’m off to download it now


  23. Thanks for letting us know about the free download! You are such a resource! Debra

  24. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    Congratulations on being invited to donate a recipe. It is a fantastic cause!

  25. What a great cause and a great cookbook … Can’t wait to download and check it out 🙂

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