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December 4, 2009
Local community launches tasty neighbourhood cookbook: A Pinch of This - Recipes from Alexandra Park
Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) in partnership with Marion Kane, famous food columnist, writer, broadcaster and cook, Toronto Community Foundation, City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing and the Alexandra Park Green Space Collective will launch the community cookbook “A Pinch of This - Recipes from Alexandra Park.”

The book launch celebrates the culmination of the Alexandra Park - Recipe for Community project, which was established to revitalize the neighbourhood by building a safe and healthy community.

Date: Wednesday, December 9
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Ceremony starts 7:30 p.m.
Location: Alexandra Park Community Centre, 105 Grange Ct.

The community will gather to showcase local entertainment and savour the flavours from the cookbook. Many of the recipe contributors will be in attendance. The book captures the rich diversity of local residents, their stories and favourite dishes that contribute to Alexandra Park’s vitality, including recipes from Trinidad, Jamaica, China, Italy, the Middle East, Afghanistan, the Philippines and others. More than a book of recipes, it’s a testament to the vibrancy of the neighbourhood and the strong community values of its residents.

The cookbook launch ends a year that saw residents of all ages plant and harvest a community vegetable garden and install bleachers, public art installations and nearly 300 window boxes.

Money raised from sales of the book will go to the Alexandra Park Green Space Collective to fund a community cooking program and gardens. The book is available for purchase for $5 by calling 416-678-3439 or e-mailing Visit
for more information.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Jason Wagar, Toronto Community Foundation 416-921-2035 ext. 211,
Kyle Rooks, Toronto Community Housing 416-981-4347,
Manjit Jheeta, Toronto Office of Partnerships, City of Toronto 416-392-8684,



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