Recipes for Refuge cookbook

In 2018, a group of ReWA supporters came together to produce a unique cookbook, full of the migration journeys of ReWA clients, staff, and supporters who all came to this county as immigrants and refugees. This full-color book is rich with their portraits, stories and the recipes of dishes they brought with them—some of them written down for the first time.

Recipes for Refuge tells a story of food, tradition and community—no matter were in the world you live.

Some copies may be available for purchase from ReWA’s office at 4008 MLK Jr. Way S.
Call (206) 721-0243 to check availability.


Recipes for Refugee cookbook cover shows Ethiopian dish


How it began…

Somali woman in blue headscarf and red patterned jalabeya smiles at tha camera

In 2018 ReWA held a cooking party where Rahima (above) demonstrated how to cook Somali rice to a group of ReWA supporters. Among the attendees was a book publisher. An idea was born, and a year later–thanks to dozens of talented volunteers who donated their skills—from recipe testing (and tasting!), to photography, set design, editing, and more, Recipes for Refuge hit store shelves. You can now order it online here.


Some recipes inside….

This Konafa recipes was provided by Rayed who worked in his famliy’s bakery in Homes, Syria.

Mealtime around a large table, the whiff of a certain aroma, and the sight of a special ingredient: this act of eating together…create(s) magical, indelible memories for people the world over. It should be no surprise that people who live far from their childhood homes often try to re-create those treasured mealtime moments in their new homes.

Mahnaz Eshetu

Perfect for a winter afternoon, this Ukrainian borscht recipe was provided by Oksana Bilobran.


All proceeds from cookbook sales go to support Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA).