Family cookbook competition puts literacy on the menu in Bradford

04 Apr 2018
Bradford Family Cookbook

Families across Bradford are invited to share their favourite recipes for the chance to see them published in the Bradford Family Cookbook.

The new competition celebrates the literacy-boosting benefits of families cooking, talking about food and sharing mealtimes together. It has been launched as part of the Bradford Stories campaign, which is led by us in partnership with Bradford City Council, funded by the Morrisons Foundation.

Local children are encouraged to write their favourite family recipe and submit it with a picture of the dish and details of why it is so special to them. The recipes could include meals that have been passed down through generations, or a new dish the family has created together. 50 winning recipes will be chosen to be published in the cookbook later this year.

Our research shows that children and young people who sit down to eat dinner and talk with their family are more confident communicators than those who do not. An interest in food can also be a great way to engage reluctant readers and writers in choosing recipes, writing shopping lists, and following instructions to produce a meal that can be shared and enjoyed with family.

Local sports stars and Literacy Champions will also be invited to share their favourite dishes.

“Bradford is famous for its delicious curries and we know that local people are passionate about food. We hope this competition will inspire more families to talk about their favourite meals and cook together, which we know can have an important impact on children’s literacy skills. We can’t wait to see the recipes, which I’m sure will inspire even more families when they are published in the Bradford Family Cookbook!”

Imran Hafeez, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford

To submit a recipe, email it with a photo and a short description of why your family likes it to Bradford@literacytrust.org.uk or post it to: Bradford Family Cookbook, National Literacy Trust, 68 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RL.