RAIS Cookbook

“Berbere & Beets: Recipes from Alaska’s Refugee Community” is a collection of recipes from Alaskan residents with refugee backgrounds from around the world who have worked with Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS) Program.

These recipes come from Somalia, Iraq, Ukraine, Mexico, and many other places around the world. Whether it’s replacing grape leaves with Swiss chard or using halibut instead of catfish, the recipes have been shaped by the Alaskan lifestyle and represent resiliency, flexibility, and how place affects food.

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This cookbook is a collective effort of RAIS clients, staff, and supporters. It is only because of their generosity and talents that this cookbook was able to come to fruition and is now being used to raise funds for the RAIS Program. Your purchase helps RAIS continue to provide services to refugee clients throughout the state of Alaska.

Interested in a preview of what you’ll find in this collection? Explore the following recipes, each highlighting the spices sold in our Fresh International Garden Spice Blend Variety Packs.

Salmon sambusas, a popular dish in Somalia made to celebrate Iftar, the break of a fast, during Ramadan

*All photos were taken by Shannon Kuhn and Will Koeppen, who donated their time and talent.

Receiving Your Cookbook

Cookbooks will be printed by November 23, 2020. We will be reaching out closer to that date with details about pick up, including dates, times, and locations, and will notify you via email you when your item has been shipped.

Please note that we are only able to ship cookbooks moving forward. We are also working with local distributers to sell these cookbooks and will update this page when that happens.

Thank you for helping refugee clients thrive in their new home.

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