alannaAlanna Veronica Lastiwka

Alanna Veronica Lastiwka was born August 6, 1990, in the small town of Hinton, Alberta, Canada next to the Rocky Mountains. Alanna was part of a family of five, including three girls, a boy, a mother who worked in the medical industry and a father who worked in the Alberta oilfields. The large majority of Alanna’s childhood was spent north in Swan Hills, Alberta, surrounded by dense boreal forest and heavy snow. In 2000, Alanna and her family moved across the province, to live on an acreage property outside of Bonnyville, Alberta. There Alanna attended Bonnyville Centralized High School, and graduated in 2008. Alanna played the drums for many years, including with bands as well as to create multiple recordings. She also served as a leader for her high school’s humanitarian organization H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Peers Everywhere). In 2009, Alanna stated her studies in TV and Media at N.A.I.T. (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.) In addition, following her degree she also studied at NAIT again, starting a baking apprenticeship. Soon after her apprenticeship, Alanna founded the blog “100 Churches, 100 Sundays,” which has gained her recognition and the appearance on the cover of the Edmonton Journal in 2015. The blog’s goal is to document the process of attending 100 different Sunday services, each one at a different church. This has included documenting churches outside of Canada and the province of Edmonton. Alanna expects to complete the project in 2017. Alanna currently resides in her home city of Edmonton Alberta, and continues writing.

FarahFarah El-Jayyousi

Farah is a multiethnic Palestinian, white, Muslim womyn from Missouri. To say she is a cat person would be the understatement of the century. She wears cool pants and covers her backpack in rad buttons. She is a spoonie, having been diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer the summer of 2012 and, developing more fun, yet to be explained things in 2015. She loves stories, which means she loves to read and enjoys watching a tad too many TV shows and movies. She barely made it out of college alive and somehow came out the other end with degrees in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. In the aftermath, she is reading, practicing mindfulness, doing art, writing poetry, working on a few projects, and figuring out her next steps. Farah volunteers at the Muslim Peace Fellowship as the Social Media and Web Coordinator and is very involved in her local Muslim community. You can find more of her work at artcoloredglasses.net.

ImanImàn Omar

Imàn Zanele Omar is an aspiring college student from Cape Town, South Africa who loved contributing her Cape-Malay tastes to this cookbook. She is the youngest of six children in her family. Iman is often a paradox, lazy but hardworking and optimistically pessimistic. At Stony Point Center she realized she is very enthusiastic about chocolate chip cookies and an avid believer of the philosophy Hakuna Matata! She is currently studying at Holy Cross College - Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. She hopes to major in Communications and complete a minor in Global Perspectives. Her ultimate goal is to complete a Masters in Religious Studies. One day she dreams to reach out to and help as many people as she can, especially back home in South Africa. Specifically, she wants to contribute to the development of her country and impact the lives of youth in Cape Town.

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela​

MaggieMaggie Krueger

Maggie Krueger was born in a southwest suburb of Chicago, and has spent much of her life traveling and learning from the many cultures and stories present in the world. She obtained her BA in journalism from Ohio University’s in Athens, Ohio, where she developed an interest in religion reporting, international relations, and food justice. As a student and reporter, Maggie has traveled to such diverse places as Israel, Germany, Ecuador, and India and continued to pursue her education as a Masters of Theological Studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School. With a particular focus in community organizing, Maggie enjoys exploring the roles of religious communities in movements toward a sustainable food system, including her own religious tradition, Roman Catholicism. Her personal passion for cooking and gardening was inspired from her grandmother’s kitchen, where Maggie and her younger brother, Kevin, watched mesmerized as their grandmother prepared meals for their 20+ extended family. At Harvard Divinity School, Maggie served as a research associate at the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, as well as a member of the HDS Garden and mentor for the Harvard Prison Education Project. She finds practical application for her concerns with peacebuilding in her involvement with the Harvard Mediation Program, through which she serves as a small claims court mediator in the Boston area. In the future, Maggie hopes to foster a stronger link between religious communities and sustainable agricultural movements as an activist for food justice.