Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods

Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods

by Aimee Zaring
Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods

Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods

by Aimee Zaring


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Each year, the United States legally resettles tens of thousands of refugees who have fled their homelands. Refugees, unlike economic migrants, are forced to leave their countries of origin or are driven out by violence or persecution. As these individuals and their families struggle to adapt to a new culture, the kitchen often becomes one of the few places where they are able to return "home." Preparing native cuisine is one way they can find comfort in an unfamiliar land, retain their customs, reconnect with their past, and preserve a sense of identity.

In Flavors from Home, Aimee Zaring shares fascinating and moving stories of courage, perseverance, and self-reinvention from Kentucky's resettled refugees. Each chapter features a different person or family and includes carefully selected recipes. These traditional dishes have nourished both body and soul for people like Huong "CoCo" Tran, who fled South Vietnam in 1975 when Communist troops invaded Saigon, or Kamala Pati Subedi, who was stripped of his citizenship and forced out of Bhutan because of political and religious persecution.

Whether shared at farmers' markets, restaurants, community festivals, or simply among friends and neighbors, these native dishes contribute to the ongoing evolution of American comfort food just as the refugees themselves are redefining what it means to be American. Featuring more than forty recipes from around the globe, Flavors from Home reaches across the table to explore the universal language of food.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813160917
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 03/20/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Aimee Zaring has taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to refugees and immigrants through Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Global LT, Inc., and Jefferson County Public Schools. Her writing has appeared in Arts Across Kentucky, Edible Louisville, New Southerner, Louisville Courier-Journal, The Rumpus, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 Hungary: Irene Finley, 1957 9

2 Vietnam: Huong "CoCo" Tran, 1975 21

3 Iran: Azar and Ata Akrami, 1979 35

4 Myanmar (Burma): Dr. Mahn Myint Saing, 1990 47

5 Bosnia: Mirzet Mustafic, 1994 59

6 Bosnia: Zeljana Javorek, 1999 71

7 Rwanda: Nicolas Kiza, 2000 81

8 Somalia: Amina Osman, 2004 93

9 Cuba: Milagros Guzman-Gonzalez and Lázaro Hondares, 2006 103

10 Myanmar (Burma): Win Khine, 2008 113

11 Bhutan: Kamala Pati Subedi, 2008 125

12 Myanmar (Burma): Pastor Thomas Kap, 2008 139

13 Democratic Republic of the Congo: Aline Bucumi and Genevie1 Fames, 2008 147

14 Bhutan: Goma Acharya, 2009 157

15 Somalia: Abdiaziz Haji, 2009 165

16 Azerbaijan: Elmira Tonian, 2010 175

17 Iraq: Hasana Aalarkess, 2010 187

18 Iran: Baharieh Moosari Arabi, 2011 199

19 Pakistan: Dr. Gulalai Wali Khan, 2011 207

20 Myanmar (Burma): William Thang, 2011 219

21 Iraq: Zainab Kadhira Alradhee and Barrak Aijabbari, 2012 227

22 Democratic Republic of the Congo: Sarah Mbombo, 2012 237

23 Cuba: Omar Pernet Hernandez, 2012 249

Afterword 259

Acknowledgments 261

Appendix: Fast Facts about Refugees 263

Selected Bibliography 267

Index of Recipes by Country 269

General Index 271

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