Food has brought people together since the beginning of time and it’s a wonderful way to share each other’s favourite recipes and cultural heritage.
With this in mind, Higgins Partnerships and Brent Council, with the help of community development experts, NewmanFrancis have worked closely with the local community around its development on land north of Chippenham Gardens to create The South Kilburn Community Cookbook.
Amy Ross, Head of Social Value at Higgins Partnerships explains, “We embarked on the cookbook as a way to celebrate the local community through their love of food. From the outset it was important for the residents to have ownership of the book in order for it to represent them in the best way. They were asked to share their favourite recipes and short stories which would be collated into this cookbook to showcase the cultural heritage of the community. We are really impressed with the recipes that we have received, and each cookbook sold will raise money for charity.”
The Cookbook was officially launched at a celebration event last weekend where the community came together, enjoying free Caribbean food and drink along with music and children’s activities.
Cllr Shama Tatler, Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning at Brent Council said:
“From Caribbean cuisine to Irish classics, traditional Indian dishes to family favourites from East to West Africa - this cookbook is a direct reflection of the strong and inclusive community here in South Kilburn.
“Together, our residents have produced something special – a true taste of South Kilburn!”
Copies of the Community Cookbook are available for a donation and all money received will be donated to The Granville Community Kitchen. For further details please visit: South Kilburn cookbook - NewmanFrancis
Higgins is building 52 high quality new homes for Brent Council, including 22 affordable homes for existing South Kilburn council tenants. The redevelopment site comprises of 4-26 Stuart Road (even numbers only) and 5-9 Chippenham Gardens and forms a fundamental and key part of phase 3a of Brent Council’s South Kilburn regeneration programme.
Designed by award winning PRP Architects and wider multi-disciplinary design team, the project has undergone an extensive and inclusive consultation process with existing residents and wider stakeholders.
As well as the new public square, the scheme will also be a car-free development with, the intended adoption of Stuart Road by the local highway authority and CPZ parking also intended to be implemented along Stuart Road.