If you’re anything like me, your mood is led by your stomach – if I haven’t had dinner yet, don’t even think about asking for anything. If you want to catch me at my happiest, wait until I get my pan of sizzling hot oil going, in preparation for frying plantains. Then we can talk.
The UK has been blessed with many different food options, including the rich and flavourful offerings of African cuisine that Black British people have brought, and are still pushing, to the forefront.
Since we are all spending more time at home, what better time than now to indulge and learn about new dishes.
Here are my top three favourite cookbooks by Black British chefs and recipe makers.
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh
Zoe Adjonyoh is a Brixton-based chef and founder of “Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen”, a pop-up restaurant. Her love of food stemmed from her watching her father cook meals with the ingredients he would bring back from the market in south-east London. Her ambition is to “see a world as well acquainted will Jollof as it is with tacos”. And we’re sure her Ghanaian focused recipe book can do just that.
Original Flava by Craig & Shaun McAnuff
Brothers Craig and Shaun have learnt everything they know from their mother and grandmother – now they want to share all that tasty knowledge with us all! Their venture started in March 2016, when they started creating easy to follow videos of their favourite Caribbean recipes. In the space of just one month, they hit 70,000+ followers (not that we’re surprise, who doesn’t love Caribbean food?).
Sometimes it’s not everyday meat, which is why I highly recommend this cookbook – Youtuber Rachel Ama has introduced a plant-based alternative to tasty Caribbean and African dishes. Recipes include Caribbean channa and peanut fried rice – I think that’s dinner sorted…well for life.