Cookbooks for West Africa

Good news arrived in my inbox this morning: a link to download of one of the most useful tools for toubabs cooking in West Africa. And of course,  I had to share it on Dakar Eats.

Click here to download Wild Boar on the Kitchen Floor. The cookbook was written by Harriet Hill (and friends) and is available with permission from

The section on Tropical Tips is just plain awesome. Need a recipe for homemade roach killer using sweetened condensed milk and boric acid? Or have you been wanting to start an herb garden, but not sure what will grow well in this climate? It’s all here!

Published in 1993 by SIL in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Other cookbooks for West Africa that you should get your hands on include…

The Wycliffe International Cookbook, by Gaylin Whalin
Recipes from scratch, using local ingredients and clever substitutions.
Buy it on

More with Less Cookbook, by Doris Janzer Longacre
500 recipes from Mennonite kitchens that tell us how to eat better and consume less of the world’s limited food resources.
Buy it on or from SIM

Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook, by Joetta Handrich Schlabach
Along the same lines as the More with Less, but brings in recipes from 80 countries
Buy it on

The Africa News Cookbook: African Cooking for Western Kitchens
This is the one you want for when you return to the US and are desperately trying to recreate the tastes of Senegal!

Also try the Congo Cookbook online.

Any other suggestions?


One comment

  1. It’s not a big or extensive cookbook, but DA’s 50th anniversary cookbook has great Dakar recipes, many of them with attached stories or memories. Just down-to-earth family recipes. And they’re only 3000 cfa!

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