Thanks for visiting! African food is as diverse as its sovereign countries and communities. Yet during the weekend of August 13 and 14, the Brooklyn Navy Yard will bring dishes from different regions of the continent to one setting during the inaugural NYC African Food Festival. One of them is Senegalese born chef and cookbook author Pierre Thiam, who will be preparing an eight-course African dining experience for the festival on August Photos by Evan Sung.
There is no such thing as one African cuisine. Each region has its particularities, and this immensely rich diversity makes African cuisines unique from region to region. In West Africa, [for example], flavors tend to be bold and fresh.
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We use fermented beans, dried fish and shrimp, which all add layers of umami goodness when combined with fresh ingredients in our sauces and stews. Our traditional diet… is recognized as [being one of the very] nutritious diets in the world.
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When it comes to greens, from sweet potato greens, to black-eyed peas, to cassava, nothing is wasted. The cuisine differs even within countries. Nigeria, for instance, has plus languages. Each of these different cultures has a distinct cuisine. However, when it comes to the broader regions of Africa there are still lots of commonalities, due to the environment and cultural influences.
Northern regions like Morocco , Tunisia or Algeria tend to have couscous-based dishes and use spices like cumin or cinnamon. Eastern regions like Ethiopia would use grains like teff and spice blends like berbere, among others.
Going up the Southern coast, countries like Mozambique or Angola have more seafood in their diets and [locals] tend to use spices like piri piri to add heat to marinades and sauces. In West Africa, food will also vary from country to country. Ghanaians would use fermented corn patties known as kenkey. In Senegal, they would prefer broken rice or millet couscous. While in Guinea or Mali, the fonio grain is king.
This new generation of chefs is bringing in new techniques and design elements that are adapted to traditional fares. However, this evolution is not entirely new. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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