SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE TRUDEAU opens The Shield’s cookbook with a forward dedicated to the women of Athena’s House, in recognition of their inspirational journey towards a life free of violence.
“Throughout history, the kitchen has been a friendly and joyful place to gather and to share our stories and our sorrows. But if our potential and talent is to continue to spread in different spheres of society over time, the work for equity and social justice must continue.” Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Available in both English and French, the Shield of Athena’s cookbook offers readers an insight on the women who have stayed at our shelter, Athena’s House, and their journey towards a life free of violence.
The book is comprised of 34 recipes of appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Twenty different countries are represented! Amongst these delicacies, the reader will be inspired by the women’s stories as they share their struggles and their triumphs.
These recipes were shared during our therapeutic cooking activities and helped foster a sense of normalcy and safety to the participants.
We dedicate this book to the women of Athena’s house and to the universal language of food that transcends our differences and connects us all.