My Recipe for Cultural Interchange

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Sarj's first book

About the Book

I think you’ll find my book interesting because it is about many aspects of life around the world.

I know from personal experience what it is like to live amongst many different cultures with very divergent ideologies yet I found there are always many fundamental similarities between all of them and it is comforting to me to know that we are all much the same as each other in most ways.

I wrote ‘My Recipe for Cultural Interchange’ because I had found that other books did not address many of the problems that I have covered. Over the last 15 years I have been involved in caring for international students in their early teens and helped them to adapt well to our way of life in Australia. In that process I found it necessary to train them so that they could avoid dangers  and also to come to  understand  and value the differences between cultures and then appreciate the similarities.

I have witnessed that many problems in society stem from a misunderstanding of other cultures and that these problems could have been so easily avoided if people were able to read a book that gave them advice on how to avoid these problems in the first place.

I have had to experience a lot in order to be knowledgeable about the topics covered in my book and it became obvious to me, and to others who were reading the first drafts of my book, that the advice was going to be useful to many other people too.  It will be as useful to migrants and refugees as it will be to international students and their own parents in their home country and to their Homestay parents in Australia. As I met more people in different walks of life and different areas of responsibility in education and government departments it became obvious that the book was also going to be useful for teachers, schools and governments and that it may help different cultures and countries to live together more harmoniously by helping them to better understand each other’s differences and similarities.
Even though my book is based on my experiences as a Homestay mother hosting International Homestay students in their teen years and adult migrants it also includes other useful information for anyone of any age to understand the causes of cultural misunderstandings that occur in any race or religion, including Australians. At some time or another all of us have made incorrect assumptions about other people through our lack of knowledge about their culture and we sometimes need to drop these preconceptions and start anew to really understand other people.
I truly believe in the expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, because my own life experiences have shown me that there is always a deeper story that needs to be understood about people, their culture, cuisine and their way of life in their own country and also about how they react to others in a country that is foreign to them. After a career spanning several decades, meeting so many people I know it makes sense to try to understand others better and this required some considerable effort on my part. I continue to make that effort every day and this blog is another means by which I can help others with their own issues and for me to learn from them too.
The topics in my book are wide-ranging and include the techniques that I had used to raise my own two sons and international students.  I provided them all with a safe and caring home environment and home-cooked meals that resembled their many culture’s cuisines in-order to minimise their homesickness to some degree. I really hope you will enjoy the book and recipes and stories that I shall upload each week and I look forward to your feedback whenever you get the chance.

Sample of the Book

Please click here to download a comprehensive extract of the book in pdf format.


To get your personal copy

To buy the printed version (black and white with full colour covers, A4 size) click here. You can also buy a full colour version.

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