The New Frontier: African Cuisine
Last summer in an excellent article about African cuisine, a New York Times article ended in the following by restaurateur Merkato saying this: "We know regional Italian food and regional French food. But a billion people’s experience is just a blur."
In bring this up because yesterday, the Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam was featured on one of my favorite shows: Splendid Table. This is a show for "people who love to eat" which, being one of said people, I tune into faithfully every week. The host, Lynne Kasper, echoed Mr. Merkato in saying little is known about the large variety of African cuisine. Mr. Thiam is trying to change that with his new cookbook Yolele! Recipes From the Heart of Senegal. According to the LA Times, the book has "recipes for popular African street food, hearty traditional stews, and dishes showcasing the country's Portuguese and Vietnamese influences, as well as the significant imprint of French colonialism." I definitely want to try out these recipes.
For those of you living in NYC, you can check out Thiam's restaurant in Brooklyn called Le Grand Dakar. Those of us in DC will have to suffice with Bukem Cafe in Adam's Morgan for delicious West African cuisine.
Anyone have recommendations on good African restaurants or African influenced food in your city?