West Africa boasts one of many world’s most influential cuisines. Its impression will be seen all through the Black diaspora, from the Caribbean to Latin America to the U.S. Now, as Atlas Obscura experiences, anybody can discover the delicacies’s recipes and historical past utilizing a free on-line library referred to as Feast Afrique.

Meals historian and blogger Ozoz Sokoh launched Feast Afrique in January 2021 after engaged on the undertaking for the higher a part of a decade. Born in Nigeria and at the moment residing in Canada, Sokoh is obsessed with her tradition’s delicacies. In 2020, she collected roughly 200 digital books on African and African-inspired meals. These texts grew to become the idea of her on-line archive.

Feast Afrique has simply as a lot to supply historical past buffs because it does meals fanatics. The texts—which come from such free sources as The Web Archive, HathiTrust, and The Nationwide Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medication—date again to 1828. Readers will discover the earliest documented recipe for jollof rice from the 1910 cookbook Sensible West African Cookery, in addition to early recipes for Southern cornbread and Creole gumbo. Along with recipes, the library incorporates writing that provides vital context to how West African delicacies was impacted by the Atlantic slave commerce.

“African, African-American and African-inspired information should not usually acknowledged in culinary apply,” the introduction to the web site reads. “I would like individuals to know this and see that African culinary excellence exists as a result of it’s exhausting to know who you might be with out figuring out your historical past.”

You may entry the greater than 190 books and collections within the digital library at FeastAfrique.com.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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