The Library is an ecclectic collection of resources and links I rely on to keep up with the African food and culture scene. Some are general popular resources (like restaurant listings or recipe sites), others are more scientific or academic. It’s also a place to share interesting information or sites I’ve come across, as well as some of my own research.


This section is currently under development.

Asantewaa Tweedie’s self-published all-color 2nd edition (2011) of Melting Pot: Ghanaian Cooking with a Twist, 101 pages. Price: $30.00 plus $4.50 postage and handling.

  • African Markets – a great list for locating ingredients in your area, thanks to African Chop
  • Or visit the betumiblog and ask other people where they buy their African ingredients
BOOKS FOR SALE is the most comprehensive source on the internet for recently published African cookbooks, largely since many self-published authors sell their books on the site. However, you’re often out of luck when it comes to texts that are a few years older, out-of-print, or published outside the U.S., as is the case with the Tweedie’s (Ghana), Ayensu (Ghana) and Shardow (UK) cookbooks below.

The Art of West African Cooking

by Dinah Ameley Ayensu

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Originally published in 1972 by Doubleday & Company, reprinted by Fredina Tours,1994. Price: $15.00 plus $4.50 postage and handling (PA residents add 6% sales tax). For multiple copies, add $0.75 per additional book.
A Taste of Hospitality

by Marian Shardow
Trafford, 2002. Price: $12.60 each (over 10% off the retail price of $14.25) plus $4.50 postage and handling (PA residents add 6% sales tax). For multiple copies, add $0.75 postage per additional book.
A Good Soup Attracts Chairs  

by Fran Osseo-Asare
Pelican, 2002. Unfortunately, the original full-color hardback 1993 edition of this book is now sold out, though a few copies are still available from on-line book sellers. The paperback version, which came out in 2002, is in black and white, and the quality of the photographs and paper is marginal. However, the content is still excellent. .