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Family cookbook puts literacy on the menu in Nottingham

30 Jul 2020


Families across Nottingham are invited to share their favourite recipes for the chance to see them published in the Nottingham 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 Read On Nottingham campaign, which is led by the National Literacy Trust, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, SSBC and the National Lottery Community Fund . 

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. 40 winning recipes will be chosen to be published in the cookbook later this year. 

National Literacy Trust 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.

Families can download a template and find recipe-writing hints and tips on the Read On Nottingham website:

Find out more about the Nottingham family cookbook

Read On Nottingham is offering a free copy of the finished cookbook to families who enter a recipe.*

Families can send recipes to us by email or by post to Read On Nottingham, SSBC, Nottingham Community Voluntary Service (NCVS), 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB by 16 October 2020.

*Offer available to Nottingham City residents and while stocks last.

Find out more about Read On Nottingham
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