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Nigeria’s culinary culture and Tola Akerele

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Tola Akerele

“I really am proud of my heritage,” says Tola Akerele. “Food is one way people can get to know and understand a country, its culture, its people. With this book, I wanted to bring Nigeria alive for Nigerians in the diaspora, as I was when living in the U.K. Also to make the country’s culinary culture and recipes accessible to anyone with an adventurous palate, anywhere.”

Tola Akerele tests recipes in Nigeria for her Orishirishi Cookbook.

A cookbook for the culinary and culturally adventurous. People like herself, it strikes me as we talk.
When I Google “Tola Akerele,” the first thing that pops up is a feature in ritzy Harper’s Bazaar on her and her Lagos home, which you can read here. It begins, “Nigerian interior designer Tola Akerele is a woman of many talents.”

She says her intention with “The Orishirishi Cookbook” is to bring Nigeria “alive” for the world.

She had a vision, an image of what she wanted it to look like. For a team to work on it with her, she asked for ideas from her book club and a restaurant group she belongs to. She got names. Spoke to people.  She says she, “Found people I thought understood what I had in mind and who I thought I could work with.” The graphic designer, a key person, she had worked with before. She chose Lagos-based food photographer Anjola Awosika and her editor through her book group contacts…

Read my full article Tola Akerele’s Designing Passion for Nigeria’s Culinary Culture in Cuisine Noir magazine.

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