When Estela Fernandez Gonzalez moved to Germany a year ago, she wanted to share her culture with new friends and colleagues. She developed a taste for cooking the traditional Spanish meals she first grew to love in her grandmother’s kitchen.
“Food means people. It’s a social activity,” said Estela, a pricing specialist for our company who enjoys cooking with friends after work.
When TIers across Europe were invited to submit recipes for an employee cookbook to raise money for the European Federation of Food Banks, she jumped at the opportunity to share her family recipe for frixuelos, a type of Spanish pancake. “This is a traditional recipe from my region, Asturias, and it’s something I wanted to learn from my grandmother. She loves cooking, and when she cooks with me she likes to be the boss. I’m the sous-chef.”
Estela was one of more than 50 TIers who contributed recipes to the cookbook. The non-profit provided food to 6.1 million people through 37,200 European charities in 2016. To date, the cookbook has raised about 2000 Euros.
“We are grateful to have been part of promoting the diversity of the employees of TI, and thank each one of them for their support to reduce hunger in Europe,” said Carolina Diaz-Lönborg of the European Federation of Food Banks.
A melting pot of cultures
People from more than 60 countries work for our company in Europe. In Freising, Germany, many meet regularly for lunch to speak their native languages or for cultural activities when they’re away from work. “It’s a melting pot of cultures,” Estela said.
“With this cookbook, we wanted to celebrate and raise awareness of the different cultures we have at TI while supporting those in need,” said Jean-François Fau, president of TI in the region that includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
When Needhu Gunasegaran, an applications engineer, moved from his home in India to Germany to pursue a master’s degree in scientific instrumentation, cooking became a way to stay connected to his culture. He learned the basics of cooking from his mother and likes to cook for friends. In the cafeteria at our facility in Freising, he is a regular at the table where employees from India gather for lunch. He submitted a favorite recipe for chilli chicken for the cookbook.
“Having lunch with people of the same culture and background helps me reflect on where I am from,” Needhu said. “I like to keep up traditions, like celebrating Indian festivals such as Diwali and cooking traditional meals with friends.”
Thanks Estela and Needhu! The recipes look great. Someday soon I'll attempt to make both! If you have the recipes in a written form I'd like to have them.
I would love to get a copy of this book. I am very interested in trying new things from different cultures.
I agree, I would love to get a copy of the cook book as well!
Please let us know how we can get our hands on a copy; I'm very interested as well!
Great idea! I would be interested as well.
Please count me in! ^_^
I am also interested to try what you have in the cookbook.
Great idea! I'm also interested in getting a copy of the cookbook! :)
I would love to get a copy too. Very nice idea.
I would love to get my hands on this!
Seems like a great cookbook to raise money for United Way (or similar cause) in the US as well.
It would be wonderful to get this cookbook in the States as well!
Fabulous idea and a really nice article. Please let me know if this cookbook can be purchased by TIers based in the US.
I love trying foods and recipes from different cultures. It would be awesome to get a few copies here in Maine!
I would love to get a copy of this cookbook! What a neat project. Thanks for sharing.
Hello?!?......How can you make people's mouth water then not tell them how to get their hands on this cook book? Please let us know how to get a copy.
I would like to buy a copy of this cookbook too!!!
Please let us know how we can get it in the US.
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