Tapa aka tou alo: Recipes from the islands of Tuvalu

The cookbook cover and sample pages from inside.

Tapa Aka Tou Alo offers a selection of delicious and traditional dishes made with regional produce. This resource is a reflection of indigenous food knowledge and cultural identity. 

This cookbook was created as part of the Food Futures project, an initiative funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and implemented by Live & Learn Tuvalu. Recipes in this book were provided by local women from eight of Tuvalu’s nine islands. Tuvalu’s first international cookbook is a celebration of culture, highlighting the link between food, environment and human connection.

Tapa aka tou alo means ‘come and have something to eat’, symbolising the connection between community and family. By preserving these traditional recipes for future generations Tuvalu can build resilience to climate change and continue to thrive. 

We hope that these meals delight, educate and inspire.

Thematic Areas
Climate Change
Resource Type