Spiritual Flavours is a collaborative arts project with members of different faith communities in the area of Ealing and Hanwell, who contribute recipes that they relate to their spirituality and religious practices. Through interviews and cooking sessions, the project pays attention to affective relationships with food, as a vehicle to explore ideas about inheritance, tradition and belief. These sessions are the basis of a ‘multi-faith’ cookery photo book and a short film.
The film Spiritual Flavours interweaves biographical narratives and spiritual accounts from Betty, Aziz and Ossie (who belong to a Catholic church, a mosque and a liberal synagogue, respectively) with the experiences of cooking in their homes. The chosen recipes thread the narratives of past, present and future aspirations, spirituality and the everyday. The commonalities and differences between them are expressed through visual and sonic synchronies and asynchronies; and a variety of visual materials and formats make visible the nature of the film as a research process. At the end, Betty, Aziz and Ossie meet, cook and eat together.
A full colour photo cookery book will accompany the film. The book will include recipes that people from diverse faith communities in Ealing have cooked for the Spiritual Flavours project. These recipes have been chosen because of their biographical and spiritual significance. The book, which is part of a research process, will visually explore the relationship between food, faith and home, by intertwining portraits, biographical narratives, visual interpretations of such narratives, pictures of the cooked dishes and the food preparation, home interiors and objects, and Ealing landscapes.
A Multi-Faith Recipe
The three participants in the film Spiritual Flavours, Betty, Aziz and Ossie, met at a one-day workshop where together they developed, cooked and ate a dish inclusive of various different faiths.
Find this multi-faith recipe, as well as the recipes each of them cooks in the film at
For any enquiries regarding the project, the film, the book or the research, please contact: