Title: The Kitchen without Borders: Recipes and Stories from Refugee and Immigrant Chefs

Authors: The Eat Offbeat Chefs

Publication Date:  June 2020

Genre: Cookbook, Non-Fiction

I love looking at cookbooks but I hardly use them even the few that I have purchased when I psyched myself to continue with my “glow-up”  journey. I tend to go back to my default recipes.  However, after my trip to Europe last year, I have been craving Middle Eastern food: tabbouleh, falafel, baklava and of course, hummus. I enjoyed them so much abroad that when I came back, I started hunting down restaurants and joints that would offer the perfect falafels. Sadly, I am yet to find one in Nairobi (in my humble opinion, recs are welcome). So when I saw The Kitchen without Borders on Netgalley, I knew that I had to give it a go.

This short cookbook features recipes made the chefs of The Eat Offbeat Kitchen in New York. Most of the staff are refugees from South East Asia, the Middle East as well as West and Central Africa. Their stories and pictures are featured alongside their favourite recipes which were so delightful. It provides human faces and links to the current state of refugeesin the world rather than just the statistics we get in the news.

As a vegetarian living in Kenya I am very excited about trying out the various recipes that furiously highlighted on my kindle. I was a bit anxious about getting some of the ingredients but most of them seem pretty accessible. I am looking forward to trying out the recipes with eggplants, red dhal and chickpeas which are not supposed to be rocket science but I can never get the right blend of flavours.

This is a great, non-intimidating cookbook for anyone wanting to diversify their palate by taking baby steps..

Image credit: Netgalley

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