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Luftun hunts for traditional Bengali recipes

PUBLISHED: 17:58 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

Luftun (far right) with her Spitalfields veg growers' club

Luftun (far right) with her Spitalfields veg growers' club

AUTHOR Luftun Hussain is looking for traditional Bengali recipes before they disappear, to be included in her new book. She has set herself the task of recording Bangladeshi country recipes which are usually passed on by word of mouth and never written down

By Alistair Kleebauer

AUTHOR Luftun Hussain is looking for traditional Bengali recipes before they disappear, to be included in her new book.

Bangladeshi country recipes are usually passed on by demonstration and by word of mouth. Nothing is written.

But now Luftun has set herself the task of tracking down some of these dishes which she wants to record for posterity.

So she is appealing for recipe contributions she is collating, to be published in September.

The emphasis, however, is on healthy eating, as part of a general move for better diets in East London's Bangladeshi community, with its high rates of diabetes and obesity.

Luftun, who started the Coriander club at Spitalfields City Farm in 2000 to teach good cooking and growing organic vegetables, wants to record recipes that have never been printed before.

She wants recipes sent to Spitalfields farm manager Joanne Doyle, or emailed to: Joanne@spitalfieldscityfarm.org


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