ASCA launches first national cookbook

On Wednesday 17 May, ASCA launched it's first cookbook Food for Thought with help from two-time olympic gold madalist Cate Campbell. The book is the first of its kind in Australia, designed specifically for school canteens.

With over 200 pages of resource information and recipes, approximately 2000 copies will be distributed free of charge to schools across Australia.

The cookbook has been written in association with Queensland chef, Alison Taafe, and specifically designed for schools struggling to comply with new state government healthy eating guidelines.

Food for Thought was devised to inspire new menu ideas, as well as provide some tools to ensure the canteen can run as business through the resource pages. For example, there's information on food and recipe costing, as well as a catering section to increase profits. It includes 149 healthy and interesting recipes in bulk serves and over 35 pages of resource information for the busy canteen staff.

Since 2015, ASCA has been working with Alison Taafe to provide canteen-friendly recipes through a series of live demonstrations, and online videos. Alison will be demonstrating a number of her recipes at ASCA events during 2017 with schools invited to attend, and some available to view online.

Although the book was developed with ASCA-member schools in mind, interest prior to the launch means it will also be available for purchase online for schools wanting multiple copies, caterers, or for interested parents.

ASCA is a not-for-profit organisation that donates its surplus funds to a range of registered charities which support the education and welfare of school aged children. Learn more under Charities.