A number of factors will determine the recipes you choose for your community kitchen.
As mentioned on our Start a Kitchen page, consider the following when selecting recipes:
- Participants with food allergies or sensitivities
- Effective use of kitchen space and equipment
- Sufficient time to prepare, cook, eat and clean up
For Assistance Regarding Food Allergies & Sensitivities
- Dietitians Services at Healthlink BC or Call: 8-1-1
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Food Allergy Fact Sheets
- Canadian Celiac Association (for information on gluten-free diets)
Cookbooks with Specialized Content
Recipes from other Community Kitchens
- Many Hands Cookbook, Community Kitchens Share Their Best – We published this cookbook when we were known as the Vancouver Community Kitchen Project. It is a collection of more than 130 recipes from community kitchens that are scaled to fit different serving numbers.
- You may also want to refer to the Community Kitchen Manuals that we’ve listed as they will also include recipes.
Recipes scaled for Large Groups
Community Kitchens cook a large amount of food, so it will save you time from calculating how much you need to increase of ingredients by, when there is a cookbook that provides recipes for large groups. In addition to our Many Hands Cookbook, we find this book is also a great resource when making foods in large quantities:
- Tips and Recipes for Quantity Cooking: Nourishing Minds and Bodies. – This book created by the Dietitians of Canada was created to assist people who prepare food for sale to student (e.g. food services staff, chef instructors, caterers), but it could be used for community kitchens. It includes tips for choosing recipes, making substitutions and recipes.
Easy to Read Recipes
These cookbooks are helpful if you have participants who are low literacy and/or those whose English is a Second language.
- Favorite Recipes from the Clinic: Cookbook and Cooking Dictionary – These recipe books were created by registered dietitian, Robin Hicken for the Prenatal Nutrition Program for Woolwich Community Health Centre and are available online for free. They just take a little while to load due to the drawings & photos. Be patient – it’s worth the wait!
- Vol 1 – 2000 to 2005
- Vol 2 – 2005 to 2007
- Vol 3 – 2008 to 2011
- You Can Cook Cookbook – This kitchen handbook by Nanaimo Community Kitchens uses plain language and simple, nutritious recipes, tips and kitchen information.
Take a look at our listing of resources relating to Indigenous cooking & foods.