In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen

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  • Ma Gehennet’s Eritrean flatbreads (Kicha)

    • EmilyR on October 14, 2020

      These are super quick to make. I don't love frying things, but that's how these cook in a skillet. It was slightly mixed reviews, including some saying they tasted similarly to play-dough. They have a salty wheaty flavor.

  • Xawaash spice mix

    • EmilyR on October 14, 2020

      This is requisite to make the chicken biryani. I love the scent (heavy on the cumin) and flavor and think it would pair nicely with chicken or potatoes even if you don't go the extra effort to make the biryani. Also, it's a sizable quantity, so you may want to scale it down.

  • Somali spiced tea with milk (Shaah cadays)

    • EmilyR on October 14, 2020

      This is a solid chai style tea. I'd cut back the sugar a bit... it's definitely sweet, but it's delicious and smells incredible, too.

  • Tomato and onion salad (Kachumbari)

    • EmilyR on October 14, 2020

      This is a refreshing and simple salad of sorts, but I couldn't help but think it felt like I was eating salsa ingredients that hadn't yet been pureed.

  • Ma Kauthar’s chicken biryani

    • EmilyR on October 14, 2020

      I'd simplify this by not frying up your own red onions and buying those, but frying isn't my forte. There are several other components that need fried. The potatoes are quite filling and I think it generally tastes better the next day.

  • Watermelon juice with lime, ginger, and mint

    • EmilyR on October 14, 2020

      Refreshing and simple!

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  • ISBN 10 1984856731
  • ISBN 13 9781984856739
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 13 2020
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

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 Biubwa Fazaldin, a renowned cook who ran a Tanzanian high school cafeteria for years and now lives on the island nation of Comoros; 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.


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