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Salvos cookbook wins major award

Project 614 Chef Adam Thomson and his book that won a major Gourmand award in Saudi Arabia.

The Melbourne Project 614 free cookbook, Meals to make ends meet, has been successful at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

The cookbook, compiled by Project 614 Hospitality Coordinator Adam Thomson, won the major award in the ‘Fundraising – Charity’ category for the Pacific region.

“I’m super excited for our humble little book to officially be given the title ‘Best in the World’ at the Gourmand awards in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this week!” Adam said.

“Massive thanks to Pressroom Partners and the entire team at Salvos 614. What a great result for the small army that helped get this book together.”

More than 200 countries take part in the annual awards.

Meals to make ends meet, launched in March, focuses on recipes based on everyday kitchen supplies but with additional tips to make the food budget go further. It includes suggestions on creating many variants from one basic recipe, basic chopping techniques, growing your own herbs, substituting ingredients if you don’t have something available, and minimising food waste.

“It’s really encouraging to know that something we put together to help with a local issue here in Melbourne has initially been so well received on a national level and now has even impacted people on an international level,” Adam said. “We’re really proud of the book and what it stands for and are elated.

“I’ve been a chef for over 20 years now, and the book is a small collection of tried and tested recipes I’ve collected along the way ... a great deal of which we serve from our café here at Project 614 in the Melbourne CBD.

“I think the cookbook was very timely in regard to the economic climate that we’re currently living in, and as a result, a lot of people are feeling the pinch due to the rising cost of living in all areas.”

The initial press run of 50,000 has now been distributed to Salvation Army centres around Australia, but a digital copy of the cookbook can be downloaded by clicking here

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