I am late with this, at least here on the site. I’ve been talking up the 2011 International Year for People of African Descent since late 2010 with friends, on Twitter and on Facebook but haven’t done anything special to commemorate it with Roots Cuisine, for various reasons. Most of them logistical and […]
Yam, igname, ñame, inhame… all rooted in various West African words: nyam, iyan that not only refer to the tuber itself, but can also mean food, or even to eat reflecting the importance of the vegetable to cultures throughout the region . In Jamaican the word for eat is nyam. No coincidences here. I have […]
Hibiscus sabdariffa. Here in Jamaica, jamaica is sorrel. But, much like everything else throughout Diaspora (and around the world), there are one hundred and one names for the stuff. Alright, perhaps I exaggerate a bit, there are about five that I can think of including jamaica (my personal favorite) and sorrel. There […]
Today my most recent article, which also happens to be my second feature, appeared on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times food section. It’s a piece on –surprise, surprise– the food of the Diaspora in Chicago. Of course they published it as the big Black History Month food feature but hey, I’ll take what I (and […]
After a somewhat emotionally draining last few days–go BO!–I’m back and ready to pick up with things again. And the best part is that Guantanamo Bay is being dismantled as I write. Happiness!!!
Last winter/spring/summer, my obsession was Afro-Latin food from the Caribbean and Brazil. I read, ate, cooked everything I could. For a month […]