Food culture reflects the lifestyle of a society in relation to nutrition.
Food Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa West, South, and Central, written by Fran Osseo-Asare, sheds light on African cuisine and offers a refreshing perspective on how African societies grow food and celebrate important days and ceremonies with special foods.
“Food, like air, surrounds and sustains us and is not static.”Food Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa, Fran Osseo-Asare
The production, consumption, and preparation of food are in connection with traditions, beliefs, and taboos, which are all elements of culture.
This book introduces a part of the world that is still, however, very differnt from many Westerners. The ability to see it clearly may be affected by the many lenses we are of using”Food Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa, Fran Osseo-Asare
While it is a physiological need for people to eat, the foods they prefer to satisfy this need, as well as when and how they eat, is a feature of culture. A food that is unpleasant and inedible in one society may adapt to the taste of people in other societies and be very popular, and help define the different cultural characteristics of societies.
Throughout the history of humanity, food cultures have differed from society to society. They are shaped according to geography, religious beliefs, customs, and traditions of ethnic groups, and the lifestyles of the people they interact with over time.
Africa has often been explaind in negative terms. Rather than viewing Afreicans as active in creating their own history, a “Eurocentric” view of colonizer and the colonial experience has dominated writing about Africa the past 200 years, including culinary writing”Food Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa, Fran Osseo-Asare
The author of Food Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa aims to show readers how African history, religions, and ways of life are related to African and American food. Every region of Africa is covered in this book. Supported by representative recipes, a timeline, a glossary, and evocative photographs, the book is not just about food. It is truly a cultural guide to Africa.
Fran Osseo-Asare, who has written many books on African cuisine and food culture, offers us a very enjoyable work with her narrative style and informative research. Called the “godmother of African food writing”, she has made information about African food and culture accessible to us for over 3 decades.
Food Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa (Food Culture Around the World)
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