West African Food in the UK: A New Food Book!
West African Food in the UK: A Book celebrating African food culture in the diaspora and the people who've dedicated their lives to it.
Welcome to West African Food!
From Gambian Delivery Vans, Plant-based Cameroonian chillout spots, Sold-out Senegalese pop-ups, Sierra Leonean community hubs, Vegan African Cooking Classes, Nigerian fine dining & Tapas, amazing Ghanain Streetfood, A 14 Shop Chain, Nationwide Bakers, a Michelin Star and much much more! Welcome to the exciting world of West African food in the UK!
London and UK Food guides continually have neglected and overlooked West African food. To some now it seems like an emerging food trend but not to those who've lived it for so many years. With your help we'd love to celebrate and illuminate the vast world of West African food culture in the UK like we did for Caribbean food in the UK with a beautiful coffee table photography foodie book including some recipes!
While West African people and their descendants have been in the UK for eras, from Cornwall to Scotland, the food still remains an outlier for many reasons and we want to change that by introducing you to the stories of the incredible people, families and places vital to the past, present and future of West African inspired food in the UK.
If words like if Shitake mushrooms can now evade childish giggles then why not Shito? If Teriyaki, Dim Sum, and Tika Masala can permeate the mainstream culinary lexicon of Britain, Europe, The USA and beyond then why not Kenkey, Fufu, Suya and Chin Chin?
Sadly it's impossible to chronicle everywhere but we want to illuminate tip of the iceberg of communities across the UK hailing from the multitude of ethnicities within each nation from the likes of Dakar, Senegal to Sierra Leone's Freetown as well as the Igbos, Hausa's and Yorubas of Nigeria, the Ga's and Ashanti of Ghana and well, as much as we can cram in!
While we all do different creative pursuits, African culture and its place in the diaspora is always at the basis of what we do. Riaz Phillips named Observer Food Monthly 2018 One to Watch and Young British Foodie 2017 Award Winner is a writer and photographer following up his first book Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK. Zezi Ifore is a creative consultant and DJ whose Radio Show and Party Palm Wine Club has for years been at the center of pushing African culture to the masses in the UK. Ishtar Oshun is an illustrator who's West African heritage consistently weaves its way into her incredible creations often centered around femininity, music and spirituality.
Stories + Recipes. We'd love to shine light on on over 60 restaurants, bars, snacks, bakeries and more across the UK with a series of stories and portraits of the people and families behind them alongside hundreds of sumptuous food photos and discussions that educate on and celebrate West African food and culture. This is NOT a cookbook but a book about food but no fear! It will feature a dozen or so illustrated recipes from the shops and our families to get you choppin!
There are some amazing books about West African food in the UK but for a region so large and a community so big sadly that handful isn't great. We'd love more! But if we wait around for others to give us a chance to create them we'll be sitting around forever!
As a small indie publisher our production costs, time (a LOT of time and late nights), travel expenses and an endeavour to support POC artists/creatives isn't covered so we'd love your support!
We are passionate about our ideas, and the great feedback from the last book shows you are too! Kickstarter is a fantastic way to generate support and engagement to help small creatives prosper. We want this to be a community project with a lot of communication!
We Want this to be a Community Effort! What are you fave W. African places in the UK? Do You or your Foodie company want to be featured in the book? Are you a Big foodie and/or Writer from Diaspora and want to get involved in this Project? Let us know on Social Media or Email. Contacts Below
Risks and challenges!
We've done this before!!! Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK
We (sort of) have an idea of what we're doing now coming from our last book project. However the thing about unforeseen circumstances is well, they are unforeseen!
Budget - 75% Print Cost + 25% Design cost and Artist Costs + We usually bear the cost of storage
International Postage - Apologies its so $ high at the moment. Working to find a partner to help lower the cost.
Please note: Kickstarter is NOT a Pre-order online shop. If successful the design production time can vary.
ETA: Estimated delivery date Autumn 2019. Could be Sooner and vice versa. We've done this before and will keep you posted at every stage!
Tezeta (ትዝታ) derives from the Amharic word, Tizita, a musical phrase in the East African language that connotes nostalgia and the idea of "never forgetting."
Tezeta Press is an independent publishing company based in London and Johannesburg dedicated to under-represented ideas, history and culture. Founded by Riaz Phillips (born in London and raised between Islington and Hackney) and the unwavering support of friend, native Zimbabwean, Zandi Nkomo.
Risks and challenges
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