• May 28, 2024
  • AD Staff Writer
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Cultivating Connections Through Cuisine: Introducing “From My Family to Yours”

Cooking has long been recognized as more than just a culinary endeavor; it’s a powerful medium for preserving cultural heritage and fostering intergenerational bonds.

In a celebration of diversity and connection, the recent release of “From My Family to Yours” stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of traditions woven throughout Los Angeles.

This collaborative effort, spearheaded by the Alliance for Healthier Generation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, and Woodcraft Rangers, in partnership with Jewish Family Service LA, showcases over 100 pages of culinary delights sourced from both seasoned cooks and budding chefs. What makes this cookbook truly special is its ability to transcend mere recipes, offering readers a glimpse into the vibrant stories and experiences that shape the meals we share.

The genesis of this initiative arose from a shared vision to bridge generational and cultural divides through the universal language of food. Tammy Williams, a nutritionist at the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, and Josephine Thomason, national advisor for Whole Child Health Alliance for a Healthier Generation, conceived the idea during a transformative conference experience. Inspired by their journey, they embarked on a mission to create a platform where younger and older Angelenos could come together to exchange not just recipes, but also the narratives that accompany them.

Drawing upon the rich mosaic of Los Angeles’ diverse communities, participants were invited to submit their cherished family recipes, resulting in a compilation that reflects the city’s multicultural essence. From traditional Jewish dishes to global delicacies, each recipe tells a story of migration, resilience, and the enduring bonds that unite us all.

One such contributor, Lillian Mizrahi, congregate meal site coordinator for JFSLA, shared her mother-in-law’s recipe for Melanzane Mizrahi—a dish that traverses continents and generations with its flavors. Mizrahi’s recipe exemplifies the cookbook’s ethos of flexibility and inclusivity, inviting home cooks to infuse their own creativity and preferences into each culinary creation.

As we embark on this gastronomic journey, let us embrace the opportunity to connect with our neighbors, both young and old. Through the act of sharing a meal, we forge bonds that transcend cultural boundaries and nurture a sense of belonging within our diverse community.

To explore the vibrant tapestry of flavors encapsulated in “From My Family to Yours,” visit the campaign page at

For more information about Jewish Family Service LA and its impactful initiatives, please visit

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