A Garifuna-inspired Celebration

We’re so proud to announce that the Leaders from the Kitchen cookbook officially launched on Thursday, August 21 in Chicago. The Jane Addams Hull-House museum transformed into a Belizean inspired space for dancing, dining and dialogue. With more than 80 people in attendance, book sales raised $1,500 for the book’s four beneficiary organizations.

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Belizean Shrimp Ceviche

By Jamie Peterson

The other night I made Shrimp Ceviche, a recipe from the Leaders from the Kitchen cookbook (page 33). I was fortunate enough to first taste Shrimp Ceviche in San Pedro, Belize and didn’t think there was any way I could recreate the bold flavors that accompany this dish, especially being in Wisconsin and not having access to fresh shrimp. Much to my surprise, the ceviche turned out delicious, even with using store bought shrimp. My boyfriend (a huge shrimp fan and somewhat particular eater) loved the dish and the best part is that the recipe yielded enough for both of us to have for dinner and lunch the next day!


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A Look Inside the Leaders from the Kitchen Cookbook

By Sarah Sumadi

The Leaders from the Kitchen Cookbook is on sale now! Two years ago, putting this book together seemed like a Herculean feat – our team members live in Chicago, Wisconsin, Belize, Nicaragua and Argentina. We coordinated the recipe testing, translation, editing, design, publishing and distribution through Gmail, Skype and the occasional Google Hangout. Our humble hope is that you enjoy the finished product as much as we do! We wanted to share with you a brief peek inside the cookbook. You can also do the official “Look Inside” via Amazon here. Leaders from the Kitchen collects stories and recipes from women all over Belize and Nicaragua. Besides being incredible cooks, what do these women have in common? They’re leaders in their communities. They’ve started their own entrepreneurial endeavors, great and small. And they support women like them develop their skills, become independent and support their families. Anyone who’s traveled to Nicaragua and Belize will tell you that the cuisine is delicious. Whether in a renowned restaurant like Doña Pinita’s, or over an open flame in Debora’s backyard, the rich flavors are undeniable. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a cookbook in the U.S. to make those recipes – until now. Through this book, you’ll get to know these women through their stories and recipes, learn a little bit about Nicaraguan and Belizean culture, and discover ways you can help support women leaders.

The book's cover.

The book’s cover.

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