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Recipes and memories on the menu at book launch

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RECIPES and memories of the joys of cooking will be on the menu when West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Action Team launch a community cookbook next Tuesday (November 22).

The book has been devised by the Team’s Families and Friends Network, which runs drop-in centres throughout West Sussex for families and friends who have been affected by someone else’s drink and substance misuse.

Called What’s Cooking: Family Friendly Recipes, the book is being launched at The Place, 24 Marine Place, Worthing (next to the Yoga Centre – behind Iceland), between 4-5.30pm.

Network volunteer Glenis Rhead, who spearheaded the project, said: “One of the reasons for producing a recipe book was to promote the importance of families getting together and communicating.

“Being a recipe book, it highlights the fact that food and meal times are really important to all families. It’s when they’re together, enjoying a meal and sharing thoughts and views about their day without any distractions.”

One of the book’s recipes – a pasta bake – has been contributed by Pete Bradbury, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection.

He writes: “Just after our youngest child was born in 1996, we had a Spanish student called Christina come to live with us for the summer. She cooked this for us and told us it was a family favourite with her family in Valencia. It is now a family favourite for us as well.”

Pete added: “Food is a big part of everyone’s life. It brings families together no matter what is happening around them. Indeed, I would encourage all families to make time to sit down together for at least one communal meal every day.

“What’s Cooking Family Friendly Recipes has attracted contributions from throughout the county. As well as underlining the importance of communicating at mealtimes, it has shown people who use the Network for support they are not alone.”