Soul Food

It’s true when they say that food brings friends and family together.

This series of stories focuses on young people and their favourite dishes passed down from their mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles and grandparents. It celebrates the connection between food and culture; how food often acts as a gateway to stories of yesteryear. The dishes in this series are particularly special to our storytellers, all of whom have migrant parents or grandparents, and use food as a firm foundation for their understanding of their family’s history and culture, and connects them to foreign yet familiar lands.

Thank you to our storytellers: Alina Tang, Mason Vellios, Elisha Rahimi, Johanna Acs and Jay Anderson. 

Special thanks to Emmi Kerkham at Elks for the beautiful illustrations in this series. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @hello.elks

“Whenever we come together as a family which wouldn’t happen very often… we would all eat Vietnamese food and spring rolls were definitely one of the ones we’d all have. There's a feeling of community coming together, like a reunion almost.”
“My dad’s parents are from Myanmar. They emigrated here in their 20s and this is that one curry that my family has eaten our whole lives.”
“…when I make the dish now compared to when people made it 50 years ago, or 100 years ago, or are still making it now in Iran, or all over the world—space and time doesn’t exist for those things.”
“Every time I’d go to my grandma’s, or every time we'd have a family dinner, she would always bring them. If not to eat, then just for spares, you know. She’d always bring spare food, and a “here, have this later” kind of thing...”
“Paprikás csirke is a dish that is really simple to make… It’s a comforting dish that is a symbol of home and home cooking. For me, I think of my mum, I think of my parents.”
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