Get Your Recipe Featured in the United Nations Cookbook!

The United Nations are asking farmers to submit recipes to be featured in their upcoming cookbookThe United Nations Cookbook: For People and Planet.

A collaboration between UN entities like the Food and Agriculture Organization, in consultation with UN Indigenous Peoples, UN Women, and UNESCO — and compiled by Kitchen Connection: For People and Planet, a project of the Youth Representatives Steering Committee of the United Nations Department of Global Communications — the cookbook aims to inform the average consumer on how they can eat better for themselves in a way that is supportive to the planet. 

Let's make sure recipes from organic farmers are represented! Submit your recipe today and find all necessary information here.

The United Nations are looking for simple entrées or main course dishes (to feed a family of 4-8) with ingredients that are culturally representative of your region but that can also be accessible internationally or substituted with more widely available ingredients. The recipe should take a maximum of 45 minutes to prepare and cook and should be geared toward home cooks and home kitchens. 

The book aims to showcase recipes that can improve our food systems. For example, recipes that: encourage biodiversity, contribute to soil health, are plant-forward, can reduce waste, use less water, can be locally grown, have a high concentration of nutrients, and can boost the immune system. Your recipe doesn't need to do all of these things—just one or more.

1. Read and fill out this questionnaire.
2. Prepare your submission following the recipe guidelines.

Our food system needs fixing, and you can be a part of the solution. Food waste and other aspects of the food system contribute heavily to climate change, and symbiotically, climate change contributes to food insecurity. Economic injustices and gender inequalities are largely the reasons why some have too much to eat, while others have too little. Conflict and climate change are the greatest contributors to forced migration and displacement, also leading to increased food insecurity. Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic are a reminder of the importance of food safety, but increasingly, of the importance of responsible human interaction with nature.

The collapse of small to medium-sized restaurants due to the Pandemic, globally, threatens the international food landscape, prompting a homogenization of cuisines and a prospective shift towards “Big Food,” which is a threat to both human health and planetary health. Due to global lockdowns, people around the world are cooking at home more often, which is proven to be better for humans and for the planet, but there needs to be a clear UN-supported effort to direct people to eat in a manner that is sustainable: as much as science can teach us, culture has a tremendous power to do so, too, which is why we are asking you to help.