Vegan Africa: Plant-Based Recipes from Ethiopia to Senegal

The Experiment. Nov. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781615199006. $24.95. COOKING
Kacouchia, a Franco Ivorian recipe developer, drew on her Côte d’Ivoire childhood for this book of traditional vegan recipes of Africa. The 70 recipes collected here are simple for the most part, with easy-to-find ingredients. Fruits, grains, beans, corn, seeds, and spices form the basic pantry highlighted with African superfoods such as avocado, cacao, chili peppers, garlic, ginger, kinkeliba, plantain and sweet potato. A variety of chili pepper–based sauces is followed by snacks such as hummus, small cakes, and fried plantains. Starters include a chapter of salads and soups made with fruits (orange, papaya, pineapple) and vegetables (red cabbage, corn, cauliflower). The main dishes feature stews and vegetable bowls. Many of the recipes are adaptations of dishes traditionally made with meat such as bobotie, a South African casserole here made with lentils. Finally, desserts (coconut-lemongrass muffins; peanut-date cookies) and a selection of drinks (date-infused cashew milk; basil bissap) make a mouth-watering conclusion. A list of menus for various occasions (picnic, romantic dinner, Sunday brunch) is included.
VERDICT Generously illustrated with stunning color photos, this wonderful blend of African vegan recipes is sure to entice.
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