Announcing the publication of my newest book, a collection of essays and meditations related to Africa and the wonderful food there, dedicated to the women of Africa, may they persist:
And the book includes dozens of recipes, too! Plus a multitude of chapters on ingredients found in the cooking of Africa.
Africa has a way of capturing souls. Years ago, I lived in Morocco, in North Africa. The food, the carpets, and the landscape enthralled me. Then came Burkina Faso. Sub-Saharan Africa. Hot. Dry. Dusty. Mysterious. And seductive. The two years I lived there, in the capital city of Ouagadougou, seemed like another world, the name an opening into a reality completely unlike anything I’d ever seen. Or even dreamed of.
Although the years I spent in Africa seemed at the time minimal, fleeting, and inconsequential, it was a bridge to a more exciting future. And I know now that a spirit there burrowed into my soul. My heart beats faster, stronger, and happier when I think of Africa.
Africa taught me a lot about life. This book is based on my own experiences, as a white woman navigating very different cultures from my own North American experience. And yet there were not so many differences when it came to our shared humanity.