This cookbook is the result of the recipes contributed by the people of the School of Geography, Development, and Environment. These recipes were collected starting the spring of 2020 when COVID-19 required everyone to stay home. We were all coping with online teaching and learning, which was pretty stressful. Many people were spending more time in the kitchen (or with someone who was spending more time in the kitchen). Given this new focus on food at home, I wondered if people would be interested in sharing recipes for the foods they were preparing to comfort and nourish themselves, their friends and family (or were being nourished by), or perhaps recipes for dishes that brought back memories of other times. The collection here reflects what people have chosen to share during these times, which have only intensified with George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, Carlos Ingram-Lopez, racism, equity and social justice issues coming to a head, the Bighorn fire, and more. The result is an assortment of dishes that represent that tastes of SGDE and that I hope will provide nourishment and comfort during these unsettled times.
Please also check out "Recipes for Revival" (http://www.youareheregeography.com/) in the 2019-2020 issue of You Are Here, The Journal of Creative Geography, published by graduate students in the School of Geography, Development, and Environment at the University of Arizona. And see graduate student Lara Tarantino’s project for the PandemiDiarios microgrant program, “As Thin As Silk: Homemade Pasta And The Taste Of Home” https://confluencenter.arizona.edu/funding/pandemidiarios).
July 14, 2020