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“Sharing food is at the heart of the community”

Food has the power to feed, nourish and unite. Ramona Andrews reports from Bristol, where she talks to women at a lunch held by 91 Ways, an organisation that’s bringing together people from around the world with sometimes life-changing results

REPORTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS JOSEPH TURP RECIPES ELLA SHAH/SHIV SAMA, SUSAN ARAFEH, NEGAT HUSSEIN, AZZA MUSTAFA FOOD PHOTOGRAPHS MAJA SMEND FOOD STYLING LUCY O’REILLY STYLING LYDIA BRUN

I’ve just arrived at a lunch hosted by the Bristol Hindu Temple and the kitchen is a flurry of activity. A team of cooks, some from the temple, some volunteers, are peeling potatoes, chopping cauliflower and rolling out dough. The spicy aromas of the cooking waft into the community hall where rows of tables are being laid. On the tables are cards asking guests to share details about their backgrounds and their food memories.

The lunch is organised by 91 Ways To Build A Global City (see p52). Its name might be a bit of a mouthful, but the premise is simple: bring people of different backgrounds together to share food and to build bridges between communities that would otherwise not have met.

As 91 Ways founder Kalpna Woolf puts it, “Food is a calling card. It doesn’t have an agenda. When people share food, they’re happy to talk about their heritage, and their likes and dislikes around that. It opens a door.”

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