New e-Cooking Book Launched to Promote Cross-Cultural Appreciation

SINGAPORE – A new e-cookbook was launched at the Heartbeat@Bedok Community and Lifestyle Center on Saturday July 16 to promote cross-cultural appreciation among people from different communities through food.

The Feast From The Heart e-cookbook is a collaboration between the Malayan Activity (Mesra) Council of Executive Committees of the People’s Association (PA), the Indian Activity Council of Executive Committees of the AP ( Narpani Pearavai) and the PA Integration Council.

The e-book, which contains 45 recipes, includes main courses, starters, snacks, desserts and drinks such as hyderabadi chicken dum biryani and red bean falafel.

Administrative director Juriah Yatim, 57, contributed the recipe for grandmother mutton rendang, which she inherited from her late grandmother, for the e-book.

She said: “I decided to contribute this recipe as it is a familiar dish among Singaporeans. People of other races and cultures will be able to enjoy this dish at home.

“They can eat it with rice or noodles.”

The e-book was launched in conjunction with Racial Harmony Month. Racial Harmony Day falls on July 21.

Revenues were also contributed by grassroots volunteers, new citizens and immigrant associations.

Through the e-book, the public is encouraged to try various recipes from various cultures in the community and learn about the history, culture and traditions through fun facts and anecdotes.

Among those who attended the launch were Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary, who is also an adviser to Narpani Pearavai, and MP Mr Alex Yam, an adviser to the PA Integration Council.

DrJanil and Mr Yam took part in a “live” cooking demonstration with recipe contributors to prepare dishes from various ethnic groups.

Dr Janil said: “It shows us that as part of the PA, even though we have these voluntary organizations that mobilize people from distinct communities, when we organize events, in fact, we want to come together and spread the word. hand to all Singaporeans in all communities.”

Mr Yam said: “Events like (the launch) show us that coming together is a good place to start and that so many cultures can mingle and we learn from each other.”

The public can also download the e-book for free at

James C. Tibbs