About the Book

Softcover | 100+ pages | Color Photography

Nourish is a collection of short stories, photos and recipes submitted by 10 organizers within the Seattle community. Compiled into a beautiful coffee table book, Nourish gives the space for organizers to document moments of social organizing in Seattle through the vehicle of food. Connect with these organizers and learn more about how you can support grassroots movements in your own backyard. Throughout over 100 pages of photos, stories and recipes Nourish is sure to leave you feeling satisfied.

We offer the book at different prices so you can choose the price point that makes the most sense for what you are able to give. Proceeds from Nourish will be donated to Seattle organizations (including COVID-19 Mutual Aid, Nurturing Roots, Queer the Land, Got Green, and No New Washington Prisons).

Donate to Nourish, Support Community-Based Media

As we strive to continue telling the stories of Seattle’s organizers, we need your help to transform this class project into a sustainable, community-based media organization. Our team needs $6000 to get Nourish off the ground. Can you help us by donating to Nourish?

Book Reviews

Ronnie Estoque

March 30, 2021

The love that is shown to me from my family is through food and shared meals. Nourish emphasizes one of the most vital parts of our lives, that food that not only gives us life but also holds our most precious memories. When I was younger, I often would wrap lumpia with my Lola; in these moments I felt her love in my soul. Her love continues to live through me with every single lumpia that I roll into perfection. Nourish reminds me that true strength is found by holding onto these moments. The act of sharing family recipes is sacred because it is an act of preserving ancestral energy and allows community to come together. Through them memories live on through those that are able to share the joy that food brings to our world

Martin Saunders

February 16, 2021

At first glance, the cynical might see Nourish as a childish fundraising gimmick. If only they'd walk past the polls as quickly. Nourish, in truth, is full of transgressive aromas breaking down the binary between radical and traditional. Here, the flames of liberation find their spark in ocean-crossing, home-cooked meals. Here, the family recipe is an act of political defiance and the best hope for equity might just be found in hotpot. With vivid photos and stories, Nourish promises (and delivers!) an intimate meal with Seattle’s leading activists. But more than that, Nourish serves up the intoxicating truth that fighting for BIPOC and Queer liberation is fighting for intimate family meals; that loving what was passed down to you is loving the revolution. This vulnerable journey into the heart and hearths of activists will feed you body, soul and fire. So when the hope you hold depletes you, you might be NOURISHed.

E.N West

February 15, 2021

Through this gorgeously photographed and delicately illustrated cook book, the Nourish team has put faces, tastes, textures, and smells to the individual-as-collective stories from Seattle and King County community members fighting for justice, from movement OGs to blossoming youth organizers. Through tales of ancestral sacrifice, familial struggle, and diasporic regeneration, woven together by the stories of recipes passed down through time, despite the chasms of state violence and colonialism, Nourish encourages all of us to consider: What foods sustain us in the fight for liberation? Where were we introduced to those foods? How are those foods a reflection of ourselves vis-á-vis community? Who do we love? Nourish is grandmothers’ hands carefully removing your favorite childhood delicatessen from the oven. It is agreeing to split the last pizza slice at the end of a long organizing meeting. It is a call to action; breaded, wrapped, and deep fried in comfort - and I, for one, found myself both full and fired up.

Meet the Contributors

Nancy Huizar

Nancy Huizar

Organizations:
Evana Enabulele

Evana Enabulele

Organizations:
  • Queer the Land
Nica Sy

Nica Sy

Organizations:
Kalayo Pestano

Kalayo Pestano

Organizations:
Johnny Fikru

Johnny Fikru

Organizations:
  • Uprooted and Rising
  • Climate Justice for Black Lives
  • Got Green
Rell Be Free

Rell Be Free

Organizations:
JM Wong

JM Wong

Organizations:
Jill Mangaliman

Jill Mangaliman

Organizations:
Clara Duffy

Clara Duffy

Organizations:
  • ILPS
  • International Women's Alliance Seattle
  • Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites
Jasmine Fernandez

Jasmine Fernandez

Organizations:
  • USAS UW
  • Anakbayan Seattle

Nourish in the News

‘Nourish’ Tells the Story of Seattle’s Social Justice Activists Through Recipes and Essays

Naomi Tomky
March 2, 2021

With bold, full color photos, emotional, complex essays, and simple but communicative illustration, the newly published Nourish has ambitious aspirations. Co-founder Alyssa Kearns hesitates to call it a cookbook, because while it began as one and recipes dot its 122 pages, the stories told within aim to do far more than teach the reader how to prepare certain dishes. Using food narratives to highlight Seattle’s community organizers, the paperback tome — per its introduction — hopes to “ignite a fire in your heart and on your stove.”

Kearns and her four co-founders saw Seattle’s Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements in the national spotlight over the last year and wanted to feature the people behind the scenes, the ones often left unnamed. Each of the ten chapters of the book is from the perspective of a different organizer, kicking off with a story by another co-founder, Nica Sy.

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UW Students Create ‘Nourish’ to Document Local Organizers’ Histories Through Family Recipes

Ronnie Estoque
February 5, 2021

University of Washington (UW) students Josh Williams, Cassidy McGee, Alyssa Kearns, Sandra Li, and Dionica Sy were placed in a project group for their two-quarter Foster School of Business course called “Creating a Company Class,” which began last September. After witnessing a 2020 packed with various social movements sustained by community organizations, they chose to create a book called Nourish, a collection of short stories, photos, and recipes from 10 local Seattle organizers.

“Food is integral to our liberation,” Sy said in a video preview published on Nourish’s Instagram feed last week.

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Nourish: Seattle Organizers Document Their Histories Through Family Recipes

Andrea Pesola
December 18, 2020

Nourish is a collection of short stories, photos and recipes submitted by 10 organizers within the Seattle community. These stories are compiled into a visually appealing coffee table book, highlighting the stories of these organizers through family recipes and food.

The team behind Nourish is made up of five seniors at the University of Washington, united by their appreciation for sharing food and dedication to social justice. The five entrepreneurship students are launching the Nourish project with the support of a course offered at the Foster School of Business called Creating a Company. This course tasks students to create and run a company between Autumn and Winter Quarters. A number of successful, local businesses have been launched through Creating a Company, including Sugar + Spoon and Joe Chocolate Co.

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UW Students to Publish Cookbook Celebrating Community Organizers

Michele Rubinstein
December 10, 2020

“Nourish” is a cookbook with a collection of recipes and various media from 10 organizers in the Seattle community. Created by a team of five UW students, “Nourish” aims to document and uplift the stories of Seattle organizers through food. According to CEO Dionica Sy, the idea for “Nourish” was developed as a project for the popular Foster School of Business entrepreneurship course “Create a Company.” “The five people on our team were kind of brought together through this class, but ultimately, through a passion for social justice and also a love of sharing food,” Sy said. “We had those ties between us that inspired the creation of something that had to do with justice and food.”

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Team

Five UW seniors brought together by a passion for social justice

Dionica Sy

CEO

Josh Williams

COO

Alyssa Kearns

CFO

Sandra Li

CTO

FAQ

What is Nourish?

Nourish is a hardcover book with over 100 pages and printed in color.

What is the story behind the book?

We set out at the beginning of this project with the goal of fostering stronger relationships between Seattle organizers and the Seattle community. After long discussions and brainstorming sessions we decided to pursue a book about the intersection of food and organizing. Our team recognized the inherent connection between food and community.

For stories as important as those that our organizers have shared, we wanted to provide recipes as a way for the audience to understand the organizers and better connect over the dishes which are important to them.

When can I expect the book to arrive?

The book will take approximately a week to arrive, depending on how close you live to Seattle.

Who are the 10 contributors featured in the book?

Our contributors are Nica Sy, JM Wong, Jill Mangaliman, Rell Be Free (aka Jerrell Davis), Kalayo Pestano (aka Rogue Pinay), Johnny Fikru, Evana Enabulele, and Nancy Huizar. We are proud to have a group of organizers representing organizations such as COVID 19 Mutual Aid, King County Equity Now, Decriminalize Seattle, Queer the Land, BAYAN, Got Green and more contributing to the book.

What kinds of recipes and cultures will be represented?

The recipes in Nourish are either family recipes or are tied to meaningful memories and histories in the lives of our organizers. You can expect a wide range of cultures represented, and many foods you may not have tried before. We strongly encourage you to get cooking on a rainy day and try them out! Tag us in a picture of your recreation on Instagram (@NourishBookSea) as we’d love to see what you’ve made.

Where will proceeds be donated?

Proceeds from Nourish are donated back to the community to organizations in Seattle such as; COVID-19 Mutual Aid, Nurturing Roots, Queer the Land, Got Green and No New Washington Prisons. We will evenly split the proceeds when they are donated to the various organizations.

Still have questions? Use our contact form or email us at TheNourishBook@gmail.com

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