From the inspiring projects that are teaching people how to cook, to entrepreneur refugees and teaching kindness in schools, Lucy Purdy, editor-in-chief, gives a flavour of the new issue of Positive News magazine
My gateway drug was flapjack. My mum taught me how to bake it when I was four, and from that golden syrup-slicked page of the recipe book, I graduated to all sorts of pies, puddings and Smarties-smothered cake experiments.
I was let loose in the kitchen – despite the mess and occasionally inedible results – and cooking has played a big role in my life ever since.
As the cover story of the October–December issue of Positive News magazine explores, whether it’s a five-year-old entrusted to chop vegetables for the first time, or a bereaved man getting to grips with cookery’s basics at age 82, being able to prepare food from scratch is empowering in so many ways.
There are as many barriers as there are benefits, though, so we’ve uncovered projects that aim to make cooking accessible to all.
Their work is down to earth, joyful and the dishes they serve up are designed to taste great above all else. I don’t recommend reading the new issue on an empty stomach.