The International Festival of Raleigh has been celebrating multicultural diversity with global performances, food, art, games, cultural exhibits and education since 1985. Over 60 local ethnic communities ranging from Afghan to Zairian participate each year to showcase their cuisine, dance, and music; to share traditions and to showcase the Research Triangle’s unique cultural diversity. This cookbook is a product of these communities’ contributions, and you will find mouth-watering, authentic recipes from around the world provided by our ethnic groups. Special thanks go to the wonderful volunteer cookbook committee who have tirelessly researched, compiled and tested the recipes for your enjoyment. I had the honor to taste-test some of the dishes and can attest they are really magnificent. We hope you have as much fun on your trip around the world as we did, as you try all these delicious recipes. Enjoy!