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Iona Abbey Kitchen Cookbook

Tuesday July 4 2023

The long-serving head of the Iona Abbey kitchen has released a recipe book showcasing delicious, healthy and inclusive meals while also highlighting the importance of gratitude and ethical discernment in our food choices.

The Iona Abbey Cookbook has been written by Anja Jardine, who has worked in the kitchen at the Abbey for over 17 years. It includes (often with vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives) soups, salads, numerous vegetarian main courses, fish and seafood, meat, sandwich spreads, bread, sweet treats, drinks and – as many Abbey guests will affirm – the best porridge ever.

Anja’s culinary expertise is complemented by her deep-rooted belief in ethical food practices. Drawing from her upbringing on the other side of the Iron Curtain, Anja understands the value of not taking food for granted. Her experiences have instilled in her a strong conviction that everyone, regardless of socioeconomic background, should have access to good food.

Her recipes prioritise local ingredients, supporting nearby producers and reducing food miles. Fair Trade, organic farming, animal welfare, and a range of plant-based options take centre stage, reflecting the Iona Community's ethos of living simply and responsibly on Earth. She also ensures that the meals are affordable and nutritious.

Iona Abbey Cookbook is now available for purchase from

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