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Find, prepare and enjoy traditional African food.




Welcome to this directory of African food, featuring markets and restaurants in countries around the world. I grew up in Nigeria, and one of the things I miss most is the food. The scent and taste of a dish can trigger memories from long ago that we barely even knew were there. One of my favorite passages is in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. The main character buys a buttered yam from a street vendor, and then "I took a bite, finding it as sweet and hot as any I'd ever had, and was overcome with such a surge of homesickness that I turned away to keep my control."

The good thing is that in today's global economy it is becoming easier to buy African food no matter where you live. If you can't find a market close to you, there are many online stores now that will ship it to your door. If you don't want to do the cooking yourself, chances are there is a restaurant somewhere close where they are making authentic African chop.

Are you wondering how crack a coconut, slice a mango, skin black-eyed peas or make Ethiopian spiced ghee? You are in the right place. In the Kitchen you can find descriptions of many pantry items such as gari, ogbono, cizakis or daddawa. Learn about red palm oil, which is the latest on the list of miracle healing foods, and traditional to West African cooking.. Choose from a long selection of African recipes that cover all four corners of the continent.

Use the menu at the right or top to explore this site. Africa has a rich and fascinating history dating back thousands of years. There are many exciting things going on today as well. Read a review of the book The Eighth Wonder of the World: Made in Nigeria / Made in Naiga by Olaboludele O. Simoyan.

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