Only one of this year’s new releases in print cookbooks covers the cooking of Africa, unless you count books about Moroccan cooking by Fatéma Hal and Z. Guinaudeau, as well as Kittee Berns’s Teff Love: Adventures in Vegan Ethiopian Cooking. The rest only come in Kindle editions, a medium which is not my first choice for kitchen-ready cookbooks.
The following list, as with any such, fails to be comprehensive, but attempts to entice you, Dear Reader, into trying the cuisines of the vast continent of Africa. Africa is not just one country, but many: 53, if you include the islands like Madagascar, Mauritius, and others. Note that many of these books have been around for a while. And some you will find only in libraries.
One more thing: as I said above, this list is not comprehensive. You may not find your favorite country listed here. As for the cooking of North Africa, primarily Middle Eastern/Arab in nature, please look elsewhere for material on that.
I personally use Elizabeth A. Jackson’s book constantly. Note that Igor Cusack has compiled an exhaustive bibliography of cookbooks related to Africa. Take a look HERE. Click on Bibliography of Sub-Saharan Cookbooks.
The following are my choices, most related to sub-Saharan Africa.
A Slice of Africa: Exotic West African Cuisines, by Chidi Asika-Enahoro
Physics in the Nigerian Kitchen: The Science, the Art, and the Recipes, by Deji and Iswat Badiru
Taste of Uganda: Recipes for Traditional Dishes, by Jolly Gonahasa
Modern Zanzibar Cuisine, by Benn Haidari
A Zimbabwean Cookery Book, by Yvonne Hayward, ed.
African Recipes: Liberian Cooking, by Selena Hoffman
The Africa News Cookbook, by Tami Hultman
South of the Sahara: Traditional Cooking from the Lands of West Africa, by Elizabeth A. Jackson
Zainabu’s African Cookbook with Food and Stories, by Zainabu Kpaka Kallon
The Modern African Vegetable Cookbook, by Barbara Kimenye
Taste of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes for the West, by Miriam R. Kinunda
Contemporary Nigerian Cuisine, by Funke Koleosho
Swahili Kitchen, by Elie Loseleben and Javed Jafferji
African Flavors: Recipes with Proverbs, by Annetta Miller
“My Cooking” West-African Cookbook, by Dokpe L. Ogunsanya
The Ghana Cookbook, by Fran Oseo-Asare and Barbara Baëta
African Cookbook: Recipes from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya, by Rachel Pambrun
Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl, by Pierre Thiam
The Kudeti Book of Yoruba Cookery, by E. M. Tooleyo and J. A. Mars (first published in 1934)
Manna from the Motherland, by Tee-Tee Weisel
© 2014 C. Bertelsen