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Beyond Gumbo: A History of Ghanaian Cookbooks

Fran Osseo-Asare


Despite significant recent research into culinary history, rarely have studies utilized West African cookbooks or cookbook authors extensively. This paper identifies primary Ghanaian/West African cookbooks in English during the latter half of the 20th century and develops a typology using authors and audiences as a framework for analysis. The cookbooks’ origins, development, and relationship to African-American and African diasporan cookbooks are briefly examined. Finally, the paper posits the need for the establishment of a West African culinary archive.


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