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In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories

In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories

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In this incredible volume, Somali chef Hawa Hassan and food writer Julia Turshen present 75 dishes and stories gathered from bibis (or grandmothers) from eight African nations: South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea. Most notably, these eight countries are at the backbone of the spice trade, many of them exporters of things like pepper and vanilla. We meet women such as Ma Shara, who helps tourists “see the real Zanzibar” by teaching them how to make her famous Ajemi Bread with Carrots and Green Pepper; Ma Vicky, who now lives in suburban New York and makes Matoke (Stewed Plantains with Beans and Beef) to bring the flavour of Tanzania to her American home; and Ma Gehennet from Eritrea who shares her dishes for Kicha (Eritrean Flatbread) and Shiro (Ground Chickpea Stew).