Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods

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University Press of Kentucky
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6.64 X 8.81 X 0.94 inches | 1.26 pounds

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About the Author

Aimee Zaring has taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to refugees and immigrants through Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Global LT, Inc., and Jefferson County Public Schools. Her writing has appeared in Arts Across Kentucky, Edible Louisville, New Southerner, Louisville Courier-Journal, The Rumpus, and other publications.


"Zaring should be commended for transcending language and cultural barriers to document the international language of all people -- food and cooking." -- Maggie Green, author of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook

"We hope that the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky will read this book to better understand the positive changes being made by these refugees. It will appeal to everyone with a love of food and/or an interest in evolving culture." -- Paul & Angela Knipple, authors of The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover's Tour of the New American South

"Through the author's entry into the kitchen and foodways of a representative cross section of our diverse refugee population, we truly are made to feel 'at home' with our new neighbors....This book plays a vital role in breaking down barriers. The universal language of food and the sharing in the breaking of bread, provide an 'in' for those unfamiliar with refugee resettlement who might be curious about all the newcomers in town but are unsure how to connect." -- Sophie Maier, Immigrant Services Librarian, Louisville Free Public Library

"Food is best served with a healthy portion of love and personality. That's exactly what Aimee Zaring's scrumptious book, Flavors from Home, delivers. In addition to accessible culinary instruction on an array of global recipes, readers receive the vivid life histories of the cooks themselves. What comes through most poignantly is the resilience and hope of these cooks--people who change the place they've come to as much as they are changed by it. Cookbook? Biography? History? Personal essay? Yes. Flavors from Home is all of the above, and then some. Read it (snacks within reach!) and redefine your sense of the kitchen, and Kentucky, as refuge." -- Neela Vaswani, author of You Have Given Me a Country

"In Flavors from Home, Aimee Zaring has crafted not just a book of delicious recipes, but a beautiful meditation on exile, place, and cultural identity. The moving stories of these cooks and their recipes are a feast for the spirit." -- Jason Howard, author of A Few Honest Words

"In this beautifully written and completely original book, Zaring has done much more than interview refugees and collect their recipes. Instead, she has managed to articulate what binds us all together as people hungry for good food, community, and places to call home. Flavors from Home is an important and delightful book that will make you realize that we all have much more in common than we think, will shine light on culture and history that we don't often hear about, and will make your mouth water. Delicious in every way." -- Silas House, author of Clay's Quilt and Eli the Good and NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College

"A unique celebration of community that's appropriate for the bookshelves of adventurous foodies -- and good neighbors." -- LEO Weekly

"Their stories are heartbreaking, exciting, and remarkable, and they are now available in a cookbook as compelling as any work of fiction." -- Arts Louisville

"These short biographies are uplifting and the recipes tantalizingly appealing." -- San Francisco Book Review

"Aimee Zaring's book represents a delicious slice of a microcosm of the American melting pot." -- Louisville Medicine

"In her book, Aimee Zaring has collected interesting stories from refugees around the globe who have made Kentucky their home, as well as recipes and details of food dishes from various cultures that have simultaneously re-created a little slice of home for those who have started life anew in a foreign land and also contributed to an appreciation for diversity in Kentucky's schools and restaurant offerings. Flavors from Home includes several striking color plates of ethnic dishes and a general index." -- Bowling Green Daily News

"The refugees' life stories and their relationship to the food of their homelands reminded me just how intricately food is woven into our identities. F lavors from Home demonstrates the power of food to bridgethe divide between people turning strangers into friends and friends into family." -- Reviews with TLC

""[ Flavors from Home] offers refugees a chance to document and share the multiple ways in which food has served them, and it introduces general readers and cooks to the idea that there can be much more to a recipe than simply another way to make a meal, demonstrating that food provides many kinds of sustenance."" -- Lucy Long, Digest: a journal of foodways & culture