A Cook in Colonial Africa

Esa nearly drops the wine bottle, all because of colonial British ideas about propriety in cooking and dining. That’s from an unforgettable scene in the film, “Out of Africa,” epitomizing the British way with food in their colonies. And their focus on the cooks, mostly male, who worked for them. Meryl Streep, as Baroness Karen…

East Africa, Flavor Principles

East Africa (Mauritus, Zambia, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Réunion, Seychelles, Comoros)** Except for its rather reticent use of red pepper, East Africa’s indigenous cuisine resembles that of West Africa in many ways. Starches: Millet, sorghum, corn, cassava, cocoyams, yams, sweet potatoes, bananas, plantains (matoke), potatoes (because of British influence), and rice Flavoring:…

The Picnic as it Might Be

Despite the title [No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, A Perilous Climb, by Felice Benuzzi], this is a book about a series of picnics on Mount Kenya (and much more besides) – although, in that strangest of times during which Signor Benuzzi made his climb, the supplies became depressingly depleted as the atmosphere…