Plant-Based Recipes from Ethiopia to Senegal
by Marie Kacouchia
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Pub Date 15 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 22 Nov 2022
Drawing from the cultures and traditions of more than 15 countries, years of cooking expertise, and cherished memories from her own childhood on the Ivory Coast, Marie Kacouchia takes us on a tour of flavorful, healthy, naturally plant-based African dishes. Explore over 70 irresistible recipes for main courses, rice dishes, sauces, snacks, desserts, and drinks, including:
- Peanut Hummus
- Cassava Tabbouleh with Radishes and Herbs
- Yassa Burger
- Paprika-Spiced Plantain Chips
- Sweet Potato and Ginger Loaf
- Coconut Rice Pudding
- Lemongrass Lemonade, and so much more!
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Average rating from 29 members
This cookbook is wonderful! The recipes are clear and easy to follow and the pictures are stunning. I have spent time in Kenya, and fell in love with chapati and I was so please to see them included in this cookbook. I immediately made the chapati and rice pilau and they turned out so good. Definitely recommend this cookbook!
I received an ARC of Vegan Africa and it is probably one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have ever seen. It is a very colorful book and each picture is so appetizing. All of the ingredients are commonly used in houses, especially vegan homes. Reading through, it didn't seem like there were any ingredients that would be difficult to find in a grocery store. I can't wait to try many of these recipes this weekend! This cookbook gave a variety of recipes ranging from snacks to main dishes to drink/desserts.
Wonderful! Finally a new vegan cookbook with recipes I’ve never heard of and are new to me. Hurrah! I especially love the simple, basic ingredients in each recipe. The photos are beautiful and the layout nice 👍 will be recommending
I loved flipping through this! The recipes are unique and much different from other vegan cookbooks I've gotten my hands on. I can't wait to purchase a finished copy.
Beautiful cookbook. I can’t wait to try several of the recipes. They look straightforward and easy, with a lot of common ingredients! There are hummus recipes that are unique and that sound delicious! Beans and rice dishes that look great, too. Lots of items to choose from for starters, main, and desserts. There are pretty pictures of the recipes but not on the same page.
The only slight negative is that there isn’t calorie information, but this can be figured out pretty easily. I would recommend this book. 5/5 stars
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy.
This cookbook had absolutely gorgeous pictures. There was a nice introduction that included a list of African superfoods, which I found interesting. I appreciate that the recipes are simple and without many hard-to-find spices or ingredients, I think that makes it very user friendly and it would be well-suited as an intro to African cooking.
I really loved the menus in the back that would help you pair recipes together- great idea!
I'm so excited to make the roasted cauliflower peanut ginger sauce and the chakalaka!
Thank you for allowing me to review and preview this book.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Wonderful cookbook! Very interesting recipes with clear instructions, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for some inspiration for their plant based cooking! :
I knew I wanted to peruse this cookbook the second I saw the title and the cover (I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest).
Ms. Kacouchia offers recipes with a joyous spirit within these pages.
The photos in here are gorgeous, the layout is bright and friendly but never overpowering or stressful. The recipes are all very appealing and many are very clean, which I love.
We’ve made a few things - we’re planning on making way more. While some of the recipes do contain my teen’s allergen, sesame, it’s not in so many of the recipes that I would feel disappointed if I had ordered this upon publication.
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.
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!
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.