Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds
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Winner of the 2017 John Avery Award from the André Simon Memorial Fund, this collection of essays from Nigerian blogger Aribisala is enthralling.
At once earnest and irreverent, thoughtful and impatient to experience and explain the food of her native land, Aribisala faces a daunting task in trying to shape its identity for outsiders who may fancy that they know world cuisine. But her willingness to admit and explore ambiguity in definitions and shortcomings in language, her affection for people who generously share knowledge with her, and her ability to place food vividly within the culture from which it arises, make this an unforgettable read. Yes, you will learn about Nigerian food and culture; but even if you don't have the slightest interest in these—and we'll bet that feeling won't last past a few pages of this book—you'll recognize you're keeping company with a writer who has an exceptional perception of the relation between food and the people who prepare it.