In 2013, we gathered a group of African American women in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego to help us craft healthy and delicious recipes for the California Department of Public Health. We had so much fun that we found funding to develop a cookbook for people without access to full kitchens. In 2015, we worked with Iraqi and African community cooks to bring their flavors to a broader audience and integrate local produce into traditional recipes.  In 2017, we worked with groups in California and Hawaii to develop recipes inspired by cuisines from Native American, Hawaiian, and other Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Check out our cookbooks below.

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Healthy, Easy Recipes Inspired by Asia & the Pacific Islands is a group of recipes developed with community cooks from Hawaii/Marshall Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.  These recipes are simpler versions of many traditional favorites, perfect for everyday mealtimes or special occasions.  Published in September 2017, This cookbook was produced with funding from the USDA SNAP-Ed program.  Download a copy of the cookbook here.


Young, Indigenous, and Healthy: Recipes Inspired by Today's Native Youth was developed in cooperation with the San Diego Native American Health Center.  The recipes are a youthful take on indigenous ingredients, foods, and culture. Published in September 2017, this cookbooks was produced with funding from the USDA SNAP-Ed program.  Download a copy of the cookbook here.

Around the World at the Farmers' Market: Recipes from San Diego's African and Middle Eastern Community Cooks is compilation of delicious recipes from Iraq, Somali, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya and Uganda.  This project was possible thanks to partnership from United Women for East Africa Support Team and the UC San Diego Center for Community Health. The USDA provided SNAP-Ed funding for development, design and printing. The recipes are available on in English, Spanish and Chinese, or you can download a free PDF of the cookbook.

From Iraq to the Golden State: Recipes Inspired by Iraqi Community Farmers was developed in partnership with IRC San Diego and community farmers from the El Cajon Community Garden. We held cooking and tasting parties where we tweaked traditional Iraqi dishes to accommodate limited budgets, San Diego produce, and limited cooking literacy. Recipes are available in English and Arabic (download free PDF) and English, Spanish and Chinese on

The Tenderloin Cooking School: Smart Meals for Small Spaces is a community-driven cookbook highlighting recipes, strategies and residents of San Francisco's Tenderloin and Mid-Market neighborhoods.  Featuring delicious, simple and inexpensive recipes that do not require a full kitchen to prepare, this cookbook exemplifies our belief that finding community "bright spots" is a joyful way to encourage healthy choices and spark imaginations.


Through a contract with Public Health Institute, Leah's Pantry developed recipes for A Fresh Twist on Traditional Recipes with a group of African American women in City Heights, a neighborhood in San Diego.You can also download a free PDF of the cookbook.

Photos from the Community Launch party on 11/19

Photos from development...