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Tekebash & Saba : recipes and stories from an East African kitchen  Cover Image Book Book

Tekebash & Saba : recipes and stories from an East African kitchen / Saba Alemayoh.

Alemayoh, Saba, (author.).


"From Tigray to the World, A Love Story Through Food Mother-daughter duo Tekebash and Saba tell their story, and the story of their homeland, Ethiopia, through the lens of food, demonstrating how sharing food from another culture can offer us all a path forward, towards empathy and understanding, and a world that is more cohesive and connected. Born in Tigray, Tekebash escaped the civil war at the age of 17 to join other refugees in Sudan. She has been on a migration journey ever since. Despite having spent more time abroad than she has at home, she is unequivocally Tigre and has worked with food all her life. Her restaurant, Saba's Ethiopia, brings Ethiopian food and culture to Melbourne. Tekebash not only worked with food but loved her daughter Saba through food. The recipes in this book are its backbone and the structure around which personal and cultural stories are woven"-- Provided by publisher.
"INSPIRING, HEARTWARMING FAMILY STORY TOLD THROUGH FOOD: Mother-daughter duo Tekebash and Saba share their experiences of civil war, migration, becoming refugees, and finding a way forward through food in recipes, personal stories, and cultural histories. UPLIFTS UNDER-REPRESENTED CUISINE: Ethiopian food is an under-published topic, but has a growing and very engaged audience. This book challenges the mainstream misconceptions about Ethiopian food, and highlights the distinct regional differences in dishes. EMPOWERING, FEMALE-DRIVEN NARRATIVE: Beginning with Tekebash's life in Ethiopia, this cookbook tracks the rise of two strong women who conquer a 7000 mile journey across continents to create a new life and culinary career in Australia. POLITICAL AND PERSONAL: Through telling their own story, Tekebash and Saba tell the larger political story of oppression, war, and migration experienced by millions of people around the world every year. PERFECT FOR SPECIAL DIETS: Ethiopian cuisine is inherently nutritious and naturally gluten-free and vegan-friendly; a great option for anyone with coeliac disease, vegans, vegetarians, and more. LIMITED EDITION RECIPE CARDS: Accounts will receive a free 4x6 recipe card featuring a recipe and image from Salmati to offer to consumers who purchase the book in-store or pre-order before the on sale date. Accounts can request one free recipe card per copy of the book ordered. While supplies last. KEY DEMOGRAPHICS: There are 251,000 Ethiopians living in the United States. Key metropolitan areas: Washington, DC (22%), Minneapolis, Seattle, and Atlanta. Key states: California, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, and Texas. Ethiopian Americans are the largest immigrant group from Africa"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781623710941
  • Physical Description: 207 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Northampton : Interlink Publishing, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Where is Tigray? -- The backbone of the cuisine -- Berbere and dilik -- The first dish she ever cooked -- Education during a civil war -- Fleeing Tigray -- Learning to cook in transit -- Wedding? No. Married? Yes! -- His favorite dish with a side of mistress -- Pregnancy cravings -- May Virgin Mary be with you -- Shipped off at four years old for praying to the wrong god -- Starvin' Marvin -- Leaving Sudan -- My mom butchered a hen in an apartment -- Opening a restaurant with my mom as head chef -- Raising a child through a tea cart -- An attempt at dessert and the blending of cultures -- Coeliac-safe restaurant -- COVID-19! -- Menu ideas -- Stockists and resources.
Subject: Cooking, Tigrinya.
COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / African
COOKING / Essays & Narratives
Genre: Cookbooks.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Skagit Evergreen Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Upper Skagit Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Upper Skagit Library.


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