Recipes and Reciprocity Virtual Book Launch

  • October 6, 2022
  • 7:00pm EDT
  • Online Event

Recipes and Reciprocity

Building Relationships in Research

Hannah Tait Neufeld (Editor), Elizabeth Finnis (Editor)

Recipes and Reciprocity considers the ways that food and research intersect for both researchers, participants, and communities demonstrating how everyday acts around food preparation, consumption, and sharing can enable unexpected approaches to reciprocal research and fuel relationships across cultures, generations, spaces, and places.

Join editors Hannah Tait Neufeld and Elizabeth Finnis together with contributors Kitty R. Lynn Lickers and Adrianne Lickers Xavier for the launch of Recipes and Reciprocity! This event will include a book discussion and recipe demonstration of Twisted Sister Soup. A Q&A will follow the presentation.


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Recipes and Reciprocity is a collection of ideas about food, intercultural engagement, Indigenous foodways, and reciprocal, relationship-based research. The book considers the ways that food and research intersect for researchers, participants, and communities around the world, including Canada, Cuba, India, Malawi, Nepal, Paraguay, and Japan. Each chapter contains a specific recipe for dishes like dumplings, soup, and small fry, and incorporates storytelling and methodological practices to offer insight into how food facilitates relationship-building and knowledge-sharing across geographical and cultural borders.


Hannah Tait Neufeld is a nutritionist and associate professor at the University of Waterloo in the School of Public Health Sciences (formerly the School of Public Health and Health Systems). She holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health, Wellbeing, and Food Environments. Her research focuses on Indigenous health inequal- ities, taking into consideration community interests, environmental factors influencing maternal health, and Indigenous food systems. 

Elizabeth Finnis is an anthropologist and associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on agricultural and dietary transitions, environmental change, rural livelihoods, and marginalization, and she has worked in India, Paraguay, and Ontario, Canada. Her work has been published in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals, as well as in edited volumes.

Kitty R. Lynn Lickers is a grandma, mother, and a storyteller. She holds a master’s degree in social justice and community engagement. Kitty is the community food animator in her community of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is engaged in every kind of food activity that leads toward access and sustainability. Kitty believes in cooking, growing, eating, preserving, and sharing good food. She is always striving toward sovereignty. She is a firm believer in the connections we have and that this is what will save our Mother Earth.

Adrianne Lickers Xavier is an Onondaga woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations Territory. She completed her doctoral degree focusing her research on Indigenous food sovereignty at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, and has recently received the Indigenous In-Community Scholar Fellowship from the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute, where she is working with the community to understand and build food sovereignty. Currently she is acting director of the Indigenous Studies Program and an assistant professor in the Departments of Indigenous Studies and Anthropology at McMaster University.

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