Thursday, July 26, 2007

Africa Cookbook Project Update 3

I promised to let people know what's happening on the Africa Cookbook Project. First of all, I'm getting ready to move to Brazil in a week for 5 months, followed by 6 months in Ghana, which will slow me down with the database, but the project is moving forward. Devra Moehler has just e-mailed that she's sending a Ugandan cookbook, and Paola Roletta, the author of a Mozambican cookbook published by Europa-America in 2004 (Cozinha tradicional de Mozambique) wrote to let me know of her work. Actually, Europa-America has published cookbooks on cuisines of Angola, Cape Verde, and Morocco as well, all in Portuguese. I'd love to have them in the collection if someone would like to donate copies (remember, there is no budget for this project!) Also, people from around the globe are talking about the project, teaching me about their cuisines, even collecting recipes for me (maybe there's another book in all of this?) Though I'll be away, books can still be sent to the BETUMI mailbox: BETUMI/P. O. Box 222/State College, PA 16804 USA.

I'll soon post information about a few of the culinary entrepreneurs I met on my recent trip to Ghana, including a shito maker, a scientist, and a store owner.

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At 10:16 AM, Blogger Julie said...

Iwent to college with Gloria Mensah at the U of MO and haven't seen her in over twenty years. I came across her picture on the Betumi website. Do you know how I can contact her?
Julie Noelker Mannion

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Fran said...

Julie: If you send me an e-mail at, I'll give you her contact information. Isn't the internet wonderful?

At 12:47 PM, Blogger cameo said...

Hi, I am an internet technologist from Ghana living in the UK. I came accross your site whiles looking for somewhere on the internet to buy garden egss..the irony. but I am now interested in your africa cookbook project as it will help increase the presence of africa on the internet..

Were you able to do it? We can setup a wiki and make people post to the wiki.. a collaborative approach will be very nice.. let me know if you need any help in this regard


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