Food for Thought: Healing the Mind, Body & Soul
A cookbook with recipes submitted by the Consumer Advisory Board of the Communicable Disease Prevention Program (CDPP) of Codman Square Health Center
Earlier this year, members of the Codman Square Health Center (CSHC) Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) developed the idea for a cookbook with the goal of uniting the community in a shared love of food. Food sustains us and can unite us. Food is something that connects us, transcends culture, and unites individuals and families. After all, what culture doesn’t get together to celebrate, grieve, and connect with food? That is why we decided to make a cookbook — to share the recipes that bring people together.
Our goals for this cookbook include demonstrating how food has the potential to brighten a person’s and a family’s day. It is the thoughtfulness, care, and intention behind each recipe that matters. It is also the stories, traditions, and familial bonds that bring recipes to life. Food is a language that requires no words, only that the person eating the food be present.
Another goal of this cookbook is to educate readers about HIV/AIDS, which is a public health crisis for the world, and especially in our community of Dorchester, Massachusetts. With this cookbook, we hope to provide insight into the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and help readers to understand, appreciate, and respect it. More than providing education on HIV/AIDS, our intention is to explain what it means to live with HIV — for persons who are HIV positive, also referred to as Persons Living with HIV (PLWH). With advances in medicine, PLWH can live full, healthy lives, without fear of dying from HIV/AIDS.
This book aspires to raise awareness and increase education for HIV/AIDS, while reducing stigma, fear, and misinformation. Most importantly, we seek to offer everyone a seat at our table, for good food, dialogue, and a promise for a brighter future.
Our wish is that we build a stronger youth and community-led coalition that roots out stigma and openly discusses the risks our communities face with HIV/AIDS. So, the next time you enjoy one of the meals in this book, please give thanks to those who came before, and for those we have lost along the way. Most importantly, please help pave the road to a tomorrow without HIV/AIDS.