In Bibi's Kitchen
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, Somali chef Hawa Hassan and renowned food writer Julia Turshen present seventy-five recipes and stories gathered from bibis (grandmothers) from eight African nations: Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, and Comoros. 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, who makes Matoke (Stewed Plantains with Beans and Beef) to bring the flavors of Tanzania to her American home; and Ma Gehennet from Eritrea, who shares her recipes for Kicha (Eritrean Flatbread) and Shiro (Ground Chickpea Stew). Through Hawa’s writing - and her own personal story - the women, and the stories behind the recipes, come to life.