I'm so glad that us English-speakers have been treated to a version of this book, originally published in French. Marie's storytelling and recipes are great for any home cook to get a taste of African cooking on a plant-based diet.
Vegan Africa is a well researched and curated look at plant based food and cuisine from Africa by Marie Kacouchia. Released 15th Nov 2022 by The Experiment, it's 192 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats.
This is a richly, extravagantly written and beautiful collection of plant based recipes from Pan-African culture. There are a couple types of hummus not based on chickpeas (I would have bought the collection *just* for the hummus which is glorious), snacks, sauces (peri-peri!), salads, mains, and more than enough others to keep cooks going for ages.
The recipes are arranged roughly thematically: sauces, snacks, starters, mains, rice, desserts, and drinks. Each recipe has its ingredients listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in imperial (American) units with metric measurements in parentheses (yay!). Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. Nutritional info is not included in the book. The ingredients are mostly easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. Some of the more specialized ingredients and spices will need to sourced at an international or African food store.
The food styling throughout is absolutely beautiful. Photographs accompany each of the recipes and the presentations are attractive and appetizing. The index provided includes ingredients listed with referenced recipes as well as photographs in italics. The author has also included suggested menus for various occasions with relevant recipes referenced by page number.
Five stars. This is definitely a solid choice for library acquisition, for gift giving, and for cooks who want to eat less (or no!) meat without giving up flavor, texture, and taste.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
I am not vegan and I loved this cookbook. If you took Vegan out of the title, most people would not notice. This is just a wonderful cookbook. The recipes are well written and have (mostly) easy to find ingredients.
The pictures had my stomach grumbling. I cannot wait to work through this entire book!
Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to review the ARC of "Vegan Africa".
In the wake of "Korean Vegan" by Joanne Molinaro, for myself and others who are vegan or not always able to source meats or ingredients from across the world, this book gives a great sight into cuisines across Africa. The recipes are short and sweet in most cases and has plenty of direction in case you need it. It was difficult not to dream of the foods in the photos and descriptions. Although I would love to have some more pictures, I am glad to have more recipes with which to explore. I am excited for the rest of the world to explore cuisines that before, may have seemed out of reach.
Wonderful cookbook! Very interesting recipes with clear instructions, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for some inspiration for their plant based cooking! :
I received a digital review copy of this book from NetGalley.
Vegan Africa is filled with interesting recipes and menu ideas. Each recipe is depicted by a full color photograph.
I tried two of the recipes.
The kidney bean stew had clearly written instructions and came together easily. The stew had great texture.
We also made the rice pudding. This didn’t go as well. I’m not sure if it was me, my old stove, or the recipe, but it wouldn’t thicken until I added much more rice than called for. However, the flavor was spot on.
There are many recipes I’m interested in trying in this book. I appreciate the author sharing her story and her culinary world through Vegan Africa.
Absolutely one of the best cookbooks of the year…gorgeous photos and I couldn’t wait to try out the peanut stews and soups. I wish I
could pull off a feast of African foods for Thanksgiving but might need some practice beforehand. I got a big flashback to this pop up
African food truck in East Austin before anyone dared venture to that part of town…I love bringing up dining memories.
I thought this book was beautiful. The recipes all look incredible and accessible even to those of us not super familiar with African cuisine due to being a vegan/vegetarian. I tried the cauliflower and peanut sauce and it is so good! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to learn a little more about African cuisine
I love this cookbook. I’m not vegan, but I do appreciate flavorful plant based recipes and this book is full of them! I am enjoying the flavor combinations and learning about recipes from Africa. Highly recommended.
Magnificent Healthy and Delicious Vegan Recipes
In "Vegan Africa: Plant-Based Recipes from Ethiopia to Senegal", Marie Kacouchia not only provides healthy delicious recipes, but some are recipes that are from cross-cultural cooking and diversity, which she states were inspired by her childhood in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). They are both vegan and healthy.
Just to mention, the author states that you should always keep certain ingredients on hand in your vegan African pantry. These are listed in this book, along with a list of African superfoods.
She includes a great number of recipes, ranging from sauces, snacks, main dishes, to desserts with mouth-watering pictures.
This book is a must have for any vegan lover of great dishes.
Such an exciting cookbook! The flavor combinations in these recipes are fantastic. And I was pleasantly surprised by how accessible these recipes are. The ingredients are easily purchased and many of the recipes are surprisingly simple to make. I've cooked African food before, but I was still under the misconception that it's a time consuming cuisine. This book as completely dispelled that illusion for me.
I've already tried out a couple of the recipes and they are yum, not to mention healthy!
"Vegan Africa" by Marie Kocouchia is a feast for the eyes, even before you delve to the wonderful treats inside. There are so many gorgeous photographs in this book that compliment the well-written and highly achievable recipes. This book covers a wide range of vegan cuisine using ingredients found in many kitchen pantries and the techniques are simple and straight-forward. I would recommend this to anyone who loves good food, has an adventurous spirit or wants to expand their repertoire of vegan dishes.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I adore cookbooks the convey a strong sense of destination and this gorgeous book does this oh so effortlessly! Vegan Africa is a colorful compendium of richly woven, time-honored traditions with deep cultural ties spanning fifteen African countries. The author is a compelling storyteller and presents unique, mouthwatering, plant-based recipes using ingredients that are accessible to most. A glorious read and one that I can't wait to add to my cookbook collection!
Working for a Vegan company I was very interested in reviewing this book. I thought the recipes were easily adapted from meat centric ones to vegan. I would purchase this book to add to my collection to cook from
The photographs were mouthwatering. Oh my gosh. I wish I could live in those photos. I didn't have the time to try a lot of recipes from this book but I did have a chance to make the Jollof rice. Oh MAN it was delicious. I liked that the recipes used mainly fresh ingredients. One of the tricky things about vegan dishes is that a lot of them sub out animal products for super processed vegan substitutes. Which can be great when you are making something like pasta, but not very affordable to buy constantly. The author made it as simple as just veggies, spices, and sauces.
This book is beautiful: the photos, layout and fonts are all a pleasure to the eye. There are several really strong recipes that are very eye catching, such as "Cauliflower Tabbouleh with Pistachio and Lemon Confit" -- which I cannot wait to put into action. Some of the simplest recipes sound the most appealing - like sauteed spinach, mushrooms & ripe plantains. Plantain beignets sound really amazing as do the "Sweet Pepper and Corn Cakes" and I will be planning a meal from this book very soon.
The recipes are very accessible -- some much more than others, making me wonder about the target audience for this book. Some of the recipes remind me of recipes in a book about ancient Roman dining -- particularly the "Cauliflower Yassa with Olives" and "Cumin Spiced Orange and Chickpea Salad" -- making me wonder about the cultural exchange between Africa and the ancient Romans.
The main drawback of this book is that there are a lot of filler recipes in the book such: sprinkling the spice blend ras al hanout on popcorn, lemonade, iced tea, hot tea and avocado-based chocolate mousse.
Some recipes assume access to items that might not be normally found in most grocery stores such as the "vegan brioche" called for in the Coconut-Lime French Toast -- Where? Hook me up! At least 3 recipes call for harissa. There's no recipe for harissa in the book, which feels like a loss. Likewise leaving out instructions for creating your own "ras al hanout."
Overall - this is a good starter book for someone who is not an experienced cook and there are enough novel recipes for people who are not lucky enough to have grown up with this kind of food to keep experienced cooks interested.
This is a fantastic vegan cookbook, with delicious recipes that are easy to follow. Recognizable ingredients, with some traditional African ones that are great to learn about, make it easy to shop and prepare. Some of my favorites include Sweet Potato and Ginger Loaf, Sweet Pepper and Corn Cakes, Roasted Eggplant with Tamarind, and Red Red (Ghanian Red Stew). The beautiful photographs and wide variety of recipes make this journey through Africa both delicious and educational. Thanks to Netgalley and The Experiment for the advance digital copy!
What a warm and inviting book. I sat down with a cup of tea, and was drawn into the bright pages of wonderful recipes. By the end of my cup, I had almost half the book post it noted to try! I usually have a few items, but everything in this book looked wonderful and supremely tasty. I look forward to working my way through, and I am sure will be more than a few pounds heavier when I am done, as one bit will not be enough! Thank you for a lovely book.
I am always looking for and excited by vegan cookbooks from all cultures and this is such a beautiful example. Every recipe sounded absolutely delectable and did not fall upon the American crux of let-me-imitate-meat-dishes-with-faux-meats etc. People all over the world have been perfecting vegan dishes for years in a way that will always exceed fried "chicken."
The spices and utilization of fresh ingredients is divine. I will definitely be purchasing this one for myself as well as recommend our library purchase a few copies! This was really well-written and easy to understand for beginner cooks. Well done! And thank you!
Vegan Africa is the most gorgeous cookbook I have ever had the pleasure of opening. The recipes are so delicious and the art of the food and photographed are breathtaking.