“The one who has not traveled widely thinks her mother is the best cook.” — proverb from Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria

Foodies the world over well-versed in Asian and Latin American cuisine know the difference between taro and taco, but the food traditions of Africa have remained oddly uncelebrated — until now.

This might be because of the absurd stereotypes of emaciated African people, born of highly distorted and insensitive media coverage of food insecurity. Hunger and poverty are, of course, a real challenge for many. However, Africa is a horn of plenty in many regions, and the Ghanaian proverb “The good soup comes from the good earth” elegantly sums up the tradition of seasonal, local cooking that’s being rediscovered on…

Fran Osseo-Asare

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