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The Fonio Cookbook: An Ancient Grain Rediscovered (Pierre Thiam)

The Fonio Cookbook: An Ancient Grain Rediscovered (Pierre Thiam)


In this landmark cookbook, chef Pierre Thiam, a native of Senegal, celebrates fonio, an ancient "miracle grain" of his childhood that he believes could change the world. Grown for centuries in Africa, fonio is not only nutritious and gluten-free, but also as easy to cook as rice and quinoa. The Fonio Cookbook is full of simple recipes for the home cook, with both traditional West African dishes such as Fonio Fritters with Sweet Potato and modern creations like Tamarind Roasted Chicken with Fonio and Fonio Seafood Paella. There are also numerous fonio dishes for breakfast and satisfying your sweet tooth, including Fonio and Plantain Pancakes and Fonio Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis. 

Among the recipes, you'll find a rich cultural history of fonio that Thiam recounts in fascinating detail. The Fonio Cookbook also takes the reader on a journey to Senegal's fonio-growing region, with evocative photos and stories from harvest season detailing the grain's ease of growth and highlighting the people who transform fonio from crop to edible grain. 

Come along and discover this nutrient-rich ancient grain that's gaining incredible momentum in the western world and how it can replace any grain in your favorite dishes.