In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean

In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean

Grandmothers from eight eastern African countries welcome you into their kitchens to share flavorful recipes and stories of family, love, and tradition in this transporting cookbook-meets-travelogue.

In this incredible volume, renowned food writer Julia Turshen and Somali chef Hawa Hassan present 75 recipes 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, a real-life princess from Tanzania, who now lives in suburban New York and makes a mean Matoke (Stewed Plantains with Beans and Beef); and Somalia's Ashura Babu-Bi Ashura, widow to Abdulrahman Babu, the late Zanzibari Marxist and revolutionary leader, known for her Samaki Wa Kupaka (Coconut Fish Curry).

Through Julia and Hawa's writing--and their own personal stories--the women, and the stories behind the recipes, come to life. With evocative photography shot on location by Khadija Farah, and food photography by Jennifer May, In Bibi's Kitchen uses food to teach us all about families, war, loss, migration, refuge, and sanctuary.

Title:In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984856739
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    In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean Reviews

  • sssnoo reads

    I include cookbooks in my “books read” list if I read them from cover to cover. Well, I devoured this book. It is rare I find a cookbook where I want to make EVERYTHING. This is one. I’m familia...

  • Reading Fool

    "Bibi" means grandmother, and this book pays homage to these grandmothers and their kitchens, where they keep their cultures alive. This book is a collection of stories and recipes from eight African ...

  • Michelle

    Loved this! Not only is this the first African cookbook I've thought I could actually pull off in the Midwest, but the stories of the grandmothers and the info on each country were just amazing and ma...

  • Ashani

    This book is a jewel and a heartfelt ode to African Cuisine. For every cook, cooking is personal. These stories of Bibis’(meaning grandmothers) span generations !!! Africa as a region,countries as a...

  • Beth

    This cookbook is unusual in that it contains not only recipes, but the stories of the bibis (grandmothers) who provided them. They are traditional recipes from eight East African nations that all touc...

  • Heather

    This book isn't just a collection of recipes. Each woman featured is interviewed about her life and how food relates to her life and her culture. Some of these women are living in their homelands and ...

  • Catherine Woodman

    I love the cover of this cookbook. Something that is hard to come by in the pandemic is a communal activity, even one that is so inherently communal as food preparation. My husband and I have often pa...

  • Jillian

    Hell yeah this rocks, I'll be buying my own copy. It's a pretty book, I wish I could kick it with all the bibis, and it has a decent little overview of all the countries included in case you don't kno...

  • Nadia

    One of my favorite cookbooks that I've read this year! Loved reading the stories of the African grandmothers and the dishes they shared. Beautiful stories, gorgeous photography, and delicious recipes!...

  • Kathleen

    The recipes in this book are at once comforting and exciting and accessible to an audience outside of East Africa. Including introductory information about each of the countries and interviews with ev...