Student-designed International Cookbook will promote cultural exchange

January 24, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State's International Student Council (ISC) has announced the official development of the International Cookbook, in hopes of achieving cross-cultural exchange among international students.

The International Cookbook is inspired by a previous version released in 2003 and will continue to publish a collection of international recipes submitted by students at Penn State. The cookbook will consist of about 100 recipes including appetizers, main courses, desserts and drinks from all over the world.

“This is a chance for us to publicize the diversity at Penn State and develop an opportunity for international students to shine,” said Jinghao Lu, president of ISC. Lu said the cookbook will be officially released by April.

Quchat Shekarri, secretary of ISC, is the leader of the project. “We plan to develop a project that will help the community in realizing all the different possibilities that international students have," Shekarri said. "If I have a good recipe from my home country, I want people to try it and tell me, ‘Wow!”

Public Relations Director Sally Chia, plans to use advertising sponsorships to raise money for the project. “We hope to make the cookbook a self-funding project that will not only raise our money, but also allow us to continue its legacy in the future,” Chia said.

For more information, contact Chia at 814-753-0228 or

The International Student Council is the voice and representative organization of all international student communities at the Penn State. It addresses international student issues and concerns with the University and organizes events to promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness.

Last Updated February 01, 2011