It is impossible to leave Ghana without having a taste of the delicious dishes. It is very likely someone is going to invite you to their home, and it is for sure you will get something to eat. And with something we mean a lot to eat. You can’t leave a Ghanaian home without a full belly.
Also when you around people who are eating they will invite you by saying “You are invited”. It is more a formality and it doesn’t mean “come and eat all my food so I don’t have something to eat”, but you can have a small bit if you like to try.
When people invite you to their home and you all eat from the same plate it means they like you. But we have enough talked about standards and food, it is time to show you some cookbooks so you can already try some food at home.
The Ghana Cookbook
Summary: “The Ghana Cookbook explores the flavors, ingredients and techniques most common in Ghana. With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients especially vegetables, fruits and legumes. Ghana’s cuisine is vibrant, healthful and eminently appealing. Also, since Ghana cannot grow wheat, most of its traditional recipes are gluten-free. The authors highlight the flavor principles, seasoning techniques, and basic stocks, with later chapters dedicated to snacks, soups and stews, protein entrees, beverages, baked goods, and much more. Among the 140 recipes, you’ll find Kofi Brokeman (roasted ripe plantain and dry roasted peanuts), Fante-fante Fisherman’s Soup, Jollof Rice with Chicken, Atadwe Milkye (Tiger Nut Pudding), and Lemongrass Tea. Historical and cultural notes throughout put the cuisine in its broader context.”
Written by Fran Osseo-Asare & Barbara Baeta
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
Summary: “I believe we are on the cusp of an African food revolution. There is a longing to try something that is actually new, not just re-spun, and African cuisines are filling that gap. It’s the last continent of relatively unexplored food in the mainstream domain. For too long Africans have kept this incredible food a greedy secret. – Zoe Adjonyoh Ghanian food is always fun, always relaxed and always tasty! From Pan-roasted Cod with Grains of Paradise and Nkruma (Okra) Tempura to Coconut & Cassava Cake and Cubeb Spiced Shortbread, this is contemporary African food for simply everyone. If you’re already familiar with good home-cooked Ghanaian food, you’ll find new ways to incorporate typical flavours – such as plenty of fresh fish and seafood, hearty salads and spices with a kick. If you’re new to it, you’ll no doubt be surprised and delighted at the relative ease of cooking these tempting dishes. Most of the ingredients are easy to come by at supermarkets or local shops, and the recipes are super flexible – you can take the basic principles and adapt them easily to what you have available in your cupboard or fridge. Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen will help you bring something truly exciting and flavour-packed to the kitchen. Get ready to bring African food to the masses.”
Written by Zoe Adjonyoh
Also visit Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen in London
Summary: “African, Caribbean, and southern food are all known and loved as vibrant and flavor-packed cuisines. In Afro-Vegan, renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes the favorite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to present wholly new, creative culinary combinations that will amaze vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.
Blending these colorful cuisines results in delicious recipes like Smashed Potatoes, Peas, and Corn with Chile-Garlic Oil, a recipe inspired by the Kenyan dish irio, and Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad with dried apricots, carrots, and almonds, which is based on a Moroccan tagine. Creamy Coconut-Cashew Soup with Okra, Corn, and Tomatoes pays homage to a popular Brazilian dish while incorporating classic Southern ingredients, and Crispy Teff and Grit Cakes with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Peanuts combines the Ethiopian grain teff with stone-ground corn grits from the Deep South and North African zalook dip. There’s perfect potluck fare, such as the simple, warming, and intensely flavored Collard Greens and Cabbage with Lots of Garlic, and the Caribbean-inspired Cocoa Spice Cake with Crystallized Ginger and Coconut-Chocolate Ganache, plus a refreshing Roselle-Rooibos Drink that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
With more than 100 modern and delicious dishes that draw on Terry’s personal memories as well as the history of food that has traveled from the African continent, Afro-Vegan takes you on an international food journey. Accompanying the recipes are Terry’s insights about building community around food, along with suggested music tracks from around the world and book recommendations. For anyone interested in improving their well-being, Afro-Vegan’s groundbreaking recipes offer innovative, plant-based global cuisine that is fresh, healthy, and forges a new direction in vegan cooking.”
Written by Bryant Terry
The Ghana Cookery Book
Summary: “One of West Africa’s earliest recipe books, “The Ghana Cookery Book” was first published in Accra in 1933. More than 800 recipes make use of a wealth of local ingredients: ripe, tropical fruit, abundant fresh fish from the Atlantic Ocean, exotic spices, and a profusion of vegetables, grains and nuts from the fertile plantations of the Gold Coast.”
Written by various authors
A Date with Plantain
Summary: “If you don’t know how easy it is to cook delicious dishes with plantain you may be in for a pleasant surprise. It’s easy to find, quick to cook, nutritious and delicious. These 51 ways with plantain have something for everyone – smoothies, snacks, starters, salads, mains, desserts and tapas-style entertaining tips. Why focus on plantain I hear you ask. I had so many positive comments about the plantain recipes in A Plate in the Sun that I planned a plantain chapter for my next book. Once I started talking through ideas with friends I quickly realised that this chapter was my next book. There’s nothing complicated about cooking with plantain and I’m sure you will find it enjoyable. Is it the perfect ingredient? One of the many exciting things about plantain is its versatility and ability to combine with other tastes and textures. Its distinct and subtle flavours across all stages of ripeness, from green to yellow to black, can bring variation and another layer to favourite recipes. I sometimes break with tradition and explore classic recipes to create fusions from around the world. From burgers to brownies, to chutneys to dim sums. From a simple grilled snack like “Kofi-Brokeman,” to a Sunday special of plantain stuffed lamb, there’s a lot to discover and enjoy – little wonder plantain is so popular across more than half the planet including Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Americas.”
Written by Patti Gyapomaa Sloley
If you are going to Ghana and would like to learn how to cook Ghanaian dishes from Ghanaian chefs, take a look at our food tour packages. Also our ebook has some Ghanaians recipes. Have a great meal!
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