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Bellevue Cultural Cookbook to Benefit Hopelink

Sales from "The World in My Kitchen," created by the Cultural Conversations group that meets monthly, will benefit Hopelink.

A cookbook that celebrates the different cultures of Bellevue will help raise money for local families in need.

"The World in My Kitchen," which was created by people who meet in the Cultural Conversations monthly discussion group, features nearly 50 recipes from 16 countries around the world, including Somalia, India, China, Japan, Mexico and Russia. Contributors share family stories or cultural traditions with their recipes, according to a press release from the city of Bellevue.

Bellevue is a racially diverse city with more than 40 percent of the population identifying as an ethnic or racial minority, according to the U.S. Census.

The cookbooks are $10 each, and half the proceeds will benefit Hopelink, which provides services to Eastside families in need.

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The city of Bellevue provided the following information on the Cultural Conversations group:

Cultural Conversations, facilitated by the city's Neighborhood Outreach group, meets monthly for discussions that build cultural understanding and community connections. The group will have its annual ethnic potluck on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 12-2 p.m., Crossroads Community Center. Interested Bellevue women are welcome.

Since its launch in 2010, Cultural Conversations has involved more than 170 women. From cultural subject trainings to service projects, participants enjoy opportunities to learn, connect and grow in the community.

Cookbooks can be pre-ordered by contacting Julie Ellenhorn at jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-5372.

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