March was a busy month and I've not really stopped to update folks on my recent and upcoming activities.
- It was a delightful surprise to be invited to be featured in a short documentary video about the work of BETUMI: The African Culinary Network for a joint project of the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK) and the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship initiative in the College of Engineering at Penn State. They interviewed me and came to one of my cooking classes to talk to some students, too. I understand the video will be available around June.
- I've always been a huge supporter of the glaring, if invisible, need to promote African Culinary Tourism, so was delighted when Kitty Pope, the Director of the International Association of Black Travel Writers approached me about writing about African food and culture for their new online magazine African Diaspora Tourism. You'll find my groundnut (peanut soup) recipe and a little food history there.
- Check out my interview for bizymoms.com (in March they picked me as a top food blogger for 2010!)
- Even before launching the Africa Cookbook Project at TEDGlobal in Tanzania in 2007, I've been interested in the role of culinary writing as social history, in shaping perceptions (see "Sub-Saharan Cuisine and Western Perceptions," and as a record of popular culture. On Wed., April 28 I'll be giving a talk at Penn State: "Asankas to Maggi Cubes: Ghanaian Cookbooks as Sources for African Food History."
- I plan to spend the month of June in Tema, Ghana finalizing the Ghanaian cookbook Barbara Baeta and I have been collaborating on for several years.
- In July I'll travel to Abuja, Nigeria to teach an intensive writing course and explore Nigerian cuisine.