In this book of short stories and poems-the full proceeds of which will go to charity-25 women from around the world share part of their personal life journeys. In so doing, they speak to the universality of the human experience and provide lessons for women everywhere. Why this title? Sushi and tapas are dishes found in the far corners of our world, across traditional boundaries and divides. They are small plates, like these chapters, snippets of a cuisine. A mix in taste, texture and mood. Some delight while others feel curious, many are savoury, a few sweet, others bitter. The reader will connect with the stories, whether from your own experience or as a result of knowing someone who has enjoyed or endured something similar. Is sushi Japanese and tapas Spanish? What if the sushi is made from biltong and jelly beans? And the tapas served with kimchi and chapatti? We can agree there is no need for a recipe so long as it tickles the senses, provides sustenance for the soul and warms the heart.