Crip Up The Kitchen Cookbook Launch and Signing: In-Person and Virtual

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Crip Up The Kitchen Cookbook Launch and Signing: In-Person and Virtual

In conversation with disability and trans rights activist, and the author of CRIP UP THE KITCHEN, Jules Sherred. Masks required and provided

By Jules Sherred

When and where

Date and time

Sat, May 20, 2023 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM PDT


Duncan United Church 246 Ingram Street Duncan, BC V9L 1P4 Canada

About this event

  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Join Jules Sherred, representatives from his publisher TouchWood Editions, and guests in a moderated conversation about his debut cookbook CRIP UP THE KITCHEN: TOOLS, TIPS AND RECIPES FOR THE DISABLED COOK plus a cooking demo. Then share in a meal, fellowship, and a book signing.

Cowichan Valley residents can pre-order CRIP UP THE KITCHEN via Volume One Bookstore. Volume One will also be there with copies for purchase. If you pre-order via Volume One, you may arrange with them to bring your copy to the event for pick-up and signing.

To help protect those most vulnerable, masks will be required when not eating. Masks will be provided if you do not have one.

If you are unable to travel to Duncan, BC, there will be the option to attend via livestream. People attending virtually will recieve a copy of the recipe prior to the event so that you can cook along.

Please register so that Jules knows how many people he has to cook for. Seating is limited.


A comprehensive guide and recipe collection that brings the economy and satisfaction of home cooking to disabled and neurodivergent cooks.

Cripping / Crip Up: A term used by disabled disability rights advocates and academia to signal taking back power, to lessen stigma, and to disrupt ableism as to ensure disabled voices are included in all aspects of life.

When Jules Sherred discovered the Instant Pot multicooker, he was thrilled. And incensed. How had no one told him what a gamechanger this could be, for any home cook but in particular for those with disabilities and chronic illness? And so the experimenting—and the evangelizing—began.

The kitchen is the most ableist room in the house. With 50 recipes that make use of three key tools—the electric pressure cooker, air fryer, and bread machine—Jules has set out to make the kitchen accessible and enjoyable. The book includes pantry prep, meal planning, shopping guides, kitchen organization plans, and tips for cooking safely when disabled, all taking into account varying physical abilities and energy levels.

Organized from least to greatest effort (or from 1 to “all your spoons,” for spoonies), beginning with spice blends and bases, Jules presents thorough, tested, inclusive recipes for making favourites like butter chicken, Jules’s Effin’ Good Chili, Thai winter squash soup, roast dinners, matzo balls, pho, samosas, borshch, shortbread, lemon pound cake, and many more.

Jules also provides a step-by-step guide to safe canning and a template for prepping your freezer and pantry for post-surgery. With rich accompanying photography and food histories, complete nutritional information and methods developed specifically for the disabled and neurodivergent cook, Crip Up the Kitchen is at once inviting, comprehensive, and accessible. If you’ve craved the economy and satisfaction of cooking at home but been turned off by the ableist approach of most cookbooks—this one’s for you!


Based in Duncan, BC, Jules Sherred in an award-winning commercial food photographer and stylist, author, journalist, and outspoken advocate for disability and trans rights. His website Disabled Kitchen and Garden and his cookbook Crip Up the Kitchen were born out of the need to include disabled people in the conversation around food. Find him online at,, and


“So much more than a cookbook! It’s an empathetic and expert guidebook full of tips, tricks and recipes, that helped this disabled senior safely equip and organize my kitchen, then plan, prep, cook, store, and enjoy tasty meals. Embracing the diversity of food and the diverse energy levels of aging with a disability, it’s a must have.” —Dorothy Ellen Palmer, author of Falling for Myself

"I've never felt so understood and supported as I did reading Crip Up the Kitchen. Sherred is the kitchen whisperer for chronic pain folks like me who have avoided that room in the house for most of my life." J. Albert Man, author of The Degenerates and Fix


Jules would like to acknowledge that this book was created on the traditional unceded territory of the Hul’q’umi’num’-speaking people, more specifically the Quw’utsun (Samuna’) Nation, whose food culture was criminalized and erased. He acknowledges that he is benefiting from the lands of a people who continue to face restrictions on hunting and gathering on the lands of their nation in traditional and culturally appropriate ways.

Jules would also like to acknowledge that holding this event at a church may activate trauma for some who would like to attend. Truth and Reconcilliation is an on-going process, one in which Jules and the United Church of Canada contintue to actively participate. Please do what you need to do to keep yourself safe, and reach out if there is anything Jules can do to accomodate your needs.

The United Church and this event is an affirming space and discrimination will not be tolerated. If you attend with the intent to disrupt, you will be kindly directed to leave.


1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Doors Open

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

In Conversation with the Author and Cooking Demo

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Audience Questions

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Signing plus Mix and Mingle

About the organizer

Organized by
Jules Sherred