South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea—do you know the predominant flavors of the eight countries that make up the backbone of the spice trade? Likely not. Hawa Hassan and co-author Julia Turshen are changing that through their book, In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean. This hour: a conversation with Hawa Hassan. The Somali-born cook, entrepreneur, and now cookbook author shares recipes from the book as well as a bit of her own journey from child refugee in Kenya to small-batch sauce maker in Brooklyn. What do we mean when we talk about global cuisine? It’s time to add African cooking and flavors to the conversation.
Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.
Hawa Hassan – Entrepreneur and author of In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean.