African Cookbooks

Yesterday’s recipe was from Senegal, the country where the author of Yolele!, Pierre Thiam grew up. He offers many more recipes in the book including  a delightful black eye pea recipe in the book.

Black-Eyed Bean Salad, from Yolele!

Black-Eyed Bean Salad, from Yolele!

The instructions are inexplicably in extra small type at the end of an article in the LA Times. Options for using this free recipe are therefore:

  1. Copy text and paste in Word and enlarge to the gigantic font your eyes can handle
  2. Get some extra eye-power (Specsavers?) or try an online astronomy store
  3. Buy your own copy (available on Amazon and I hope, good bookshops)

An old-style web-based project on African cooking is a mix of historiography,  stripped down recipes and absolutely no pictures. It is a treasure trove of recipes from around the continent, and is a good basis for experimentation.

A lot of small print and text has been mentioned in this post. All the better to recommend something to read by – a lamp improved by an African Kuba Cloth inspired lampshade. The standard Kuba textile from the Congo is woven from raffia, and embellished using applique, tie dye or embroidery. Our Twigs motif deconstructs the applique motif approach and throws it all back together in an updated twist, in blue with dashes of orange.

Toghal Blue Twigs Lampshade

Toghal Blue Twigs Lampshade

 

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