AN AMATEUR’S GUIDE TO AFRICAN CUISINE
— New cookbook features authentic recipes from the distinctive cuisine of Tanzania
In her native language of Swahili, Miriam Kinunda often says “Ufurahie chakula chako!,” or “Bon Appetit!” to her guests when making traditional Tanzanian recipes in her kitchen. A food blogger and owner of spice brand, Taste of Tanzania, Kinunda enjoys sharing the distinctive tastes and treasures found in this unique geographical location. And now, she’s sharing this with others through her new cookbook, Taste of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes for the West.
Blending influence from surrounding Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi, as well as other areas such as Britain, Portugal and Asia, Taste of Tanzania offers authentic African recipes appropriate for even the greenest of at-home cooks. While most ingredients can be found in grocery or speciality stores, Kinunda offers alternatives for those that may be more commonly available in Africa. In addition, many of the delicious recipes call for the freshest of ingredients, offering healthy and flavorful options for the everyday diet.
“I love to cook and entertain and have always served Tanzanian dishes to my guest and friends,” says Kinunda. “After receiving many requests for my recipes, I decided to start a website where they would be accessible to the masses. From there, the only made sense to highlight a select group of those recipes in a cookbook!”
Throughout Taste of Tanzania, readers will find descriptive recipes accompanied by vibrant and decadent photography. Some lesser-known but favorite Tanzanian recipes found in the cookbook include:
- Kacholi – A potato-based appetizer commonly sold by street vendors
- Kachumbari Ya Parachichi – A vibrant salad of avocado, cucumber & tomato
- Maharage Ya Nazi – aka Swahili Beans, a daily staple in Tanzanian households
- Makange Ya Kuku – A popular, flavor-packed chicken dish
- Vipopoo – A homemade dessert pasta traditionally made during Ramadan
And many more!
Explore a new worldly cuisine and learn about the wealth of geographical treasures of Tanzania through the pages and recipes of Taste of Tanzania.
Born in Tanzania, Miriam Kinunda has traveled and studied in her home country as well as Kenya, Canada and the U.S. but always took with her the traditional recipes of her childhood. After many requests from friends and guests for the delicious Tanzanian recipes she prepared in her own kitchen, Kinunda began a blog to share her recipes with others. Her blog has now blossomed into the Taste of Tanzania brand, including her website, line of spices and new cookbook, Taste of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes for the West.
Taste of Tanzania is available at www.tasteoftanzania.com and Amazon.’