Simply West African: Easy, Joyful Recipes for Every Kitchen: A Cookbook


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Clarkson Potter Publishers
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7.82 X 9.25 X 0.91 inches | 2.04 pounds

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About the Author

Chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Pierre Thiam was raised in Dakar, Senegal. He is the executive chef of the award-winning restaurant Nok by Alara in Lagos, Nigeria and the Signature Chef of the five-star Pullman Hotel in Dakar, Senegal as well as the executive chef and co-owner of Teranga, in New York City. He lives in El Cerrito, California with his wife Lisa, their daughter Na'ia, and dog Malcolm. Lisa Katayama is a Tokyo-born writer who has been featured in Wired and The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan.


"Chef Pierre has a tender and intimate relationship with West African food that he shares with others generously. His passion seeps into his creations in such a way that when you take a bite of his food, that passion transfuses into you. While cooking is an art with a complex language, Chef Pierre has translated it simply in his new book, Simply West African. Now, we all get to generate that passion for ourselves. His recipe book is as welcoming as Senegal itself!"--Lupita Nyong'o

"Chef Pierre Thiam offers an entry point into the cooking of a region that has been ignored by the mainstream food culture for way too long. From pantry stocking to mother sauces, and from street eats to adaptations of traditional favorites, Thiam leads the reader into the tastes of West Africa. Filled with personal anecdotes, recipe hints, gorgeous photographs, and more."--Jessica B. Harris, culinary historian and author of High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America

"Every American owes it to themselves to become acquainted with the cookery of those who were tasked with not only building this country but contributing mightily to its most exalted cooking--Southern cuisine. Start to understand your true American culinary history by beginning with this beautiful book."--Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota chef and founder of the Sioux Chef, NATIFS, Indigenous Food Lab, Owamni by the Sioux chef, and the BIPOC Foodways Alliance

"I'm honored to celebrate this new work that explores how simple it is to incorporate West African flavors into everyday home cooking as many of these components have influenced global cuisines."--Marcus Samuelsson, chef, author, and restaurateur

"Chef Pierre beautifully presents the diaspora in totality here. Not only does he showcase its rich cuisine but he shows us that these imaginary lines that border us weren't here that long ago. You should have this book in your repertoire."--Kwame Onwuachi, chef, author, and restaurateur

"Pierre shows off the vibrancy of West African cuisine in an approachable way that demystifies West African spices, ingredients, and techniques to make delicious wholesome food. This book has so much heart."--Maneet Chauhan, chef, restaurateur, author, and TV personality

"Thank you, Pierre, for sharing your generous storytelling and wonderful recipes with the world."--Mashama Bailey, chef and cofounder of Grey Spaces

"Pierre Thiam has created a culinary language and narrative, translating his exciting cultural history into a potpourri of heritage and flavors for the modern table. This book is a gift to the world."--Alexander Smalls, James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, activist, and owner of Alkebulan, Dubai

"Cookbooks have been evolving to touch on a variety of subject matters like the environment, farming, and cultural authenticity. In Simply West African, Pierre fully leans into the power of food to address some of the most perplexing issues of our time--and then uses simple deliciousness to unite us through a 'radically inclusive, perpetual cycle of joy.' How divine!"--Michel Nischan, chef, author, and Food Equity Advocate