Diane M. Spivey is an independent scholar and Research Associate with the Department of History at the University of Miami.
With its diverse, delicious flavors, African food is “some of the best on the planet,” yet remains little known to many in the wider world. To introduce this wonderful cuisine, Duval Timothy, Jacob Fodio Todd, and Folayemi Brown started their popular bi-monthly London supper club The Groundnut to showcase the food of their childhoods, dishes that reflect their heritage in Western and Eastern Africa.
Based on their sold-out events, Food from Across Africa features both traditional recipes, many of which have been passed down through the generations, as well as experimental dishes using new ingredients and combinations: from the fragrant and ubiquitous West African dish, jollof rice, to innovative modern offerings like aromatic star anise and coconut chicken served in a steaming plantain leaf. Food from Across Africa includes nine complete menus with dishes that complement and enhance one another—from cocktails and juices to main courses, vegetables, sides, and desserts. Instead of making explicit distinctions, the menus represent the way these dishes fit together, whether attached by season, dominant flavors, or by another unifying point of inspiration.
Easy to follow and cook, each recipe includes a short history and uses ingredients found in local markets. Pork in Tamarind, Mustard Prawns, Baked Broccoli Falafel, Pineapple Jam, Spinach & Green Bean Salad with Peanut Pesto, Banana Almond Cake, Pickled Peppers, Baked Plantain, and much more—the mouthwatering fare in Food from Across Africa is meant to be eaten communally, with family, friends, and neighbors, and enjoyed with all the senses. “Our food encourages tactility, with influences form our childhoods growing up eating freshly picked mangoes sprinkled with salty chili powder, being served juice in a peeled, cored, and squeezed orange and hand rolling and dunking balls of eba into okra soup then straight into your mouth.”
A celebration of a fascinating and flavorful culture, bursting with dozens of gorgeous full-color photos, Food from Across Africa is a bounty of delights, presenting food that is simple, balanced, beautiful, and fabulous to share.
From Morocco to Egypt, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan; to lord it are hot climates and desert, water shortages and tasty cuisine, based on simple ingredients but combined so wise.
We list below some of the recipes given in this volume:
Coffee ginger (Qishr)
Onions Stuffed Saudi Arabia
Milk and rice
‘This treasure trove of a book is all you need, really, to cook the food of the Levant. It is as comprehensive and conclusive as it gets, but it also tells charming personal stories and masterfully takes you on a journey to all those enchanted lands.’ Yotam Ottolenghi
Levant, or rising of the sun, is the crossroads where western Asia, eastern Mediterranean and northwest Africa meet. A land that is culturally diverse but united by common culinary threads.
In this personal tour Anissa introduces the stunning food of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Palestine and Jordan. She draws them together through the themes of family, farm, souks (markets), restaurants, bakeries and the sweetmakers and attempts to record the food traditions of countries that are changing beyond recognition and at risk of disappearing.
Levant includes 150 inspired recipes for soups and sides, salads and mezze, meats, fish and vegetarian, sweets, preserves and breads. Dishes include Lemony Swiss Chard and Lentil Soup, Fried Eggs with Sumac, Kibbe Balls in Yoghurt Sauce, Cabbage and Tomato Salad, Sweet Pistachio Pie, Wild Chicory in Olive Oil with Caramelized Onion, Grilled Aubergines with Tahini Sauce, Turkish Cheese Pie, Lebanese Morning Bread, Halva, and Milk Pudding.
You will enjoy the different recipe explorations from oxtail stew to jerk chicken and everything in between. Loosen your belt and get ready for a filling meal.