“Wisdom Soaked in Palm Oil: Journeying Through the Food and Flavors of Africa” My Newest Book Now Available!!

Taroudant, Morocco - March 22, 2016: Meat on the market. Traditional slaughterhouse on one of most known markets in Morocco.

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.

Available in paperback and Kindle on It can also be ordered in paperback from Ingram, which is the place for bulk orders for libraries, bookstores, and teachers.

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