Student cookbook provides recipes from migrants and refugees

The Spoonful of Spice cookbook. Photo: Supplied
The Spoonful of Spice cookbook. Photo: Supplied
A year of hard work has paid off for a group of Christchurch high school entrepreneurs after the successful launch of their unique cookbook - Spoonful of Spice.

Year 13 Rangi Ruru Girls' School students Lucy Johnson, Tulsi Lathia, Sarah Lawrence, Victoria Park and photographer Mette Van Pallandt have made more than just a cookbook.

The 100-page spread dishes up recipes, stories and "nuggets of wisdom" from migrants and refugees in Christchurch.

Spoonful of Spice head of production Victoria Park felt proud because the cookbook was not for the benefit of the team, but for the whole community.

"It feels great to be doing something that will also be helping others as well," she said.

The last two years saw the team involved with The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise programme, where the venture was presented to a panel of business experts and the idea came to fruition.

Spoonful of Spice is now available at Rangi Ruru Girls' School and at

All proceeds will go to Immigrant Resettlement Services in Christchurch.



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