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An Hour With Hawa Hassan

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South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Eritrea—do you know the predominant flavors of the eight countries that make up the backbone of the spice trade? Likely not. Hawa Hassan and co-author Julia Turshen are changing that through their book, In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean. This hour: a conversation with Hawa Hassan. The Somali-born cook, entrepreneur, and now cookbook author shares recipes from the book as well as a bit of her own journey from child refugee in Kenya to small-batch sauce maker in Brooklyn. What do we mean when we talk about global cuisine? It’s time to add African cooking and flavors to the conversation.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.

Guest:

Hawa Hassan – Entrepreneur and author of In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean.

Featured Recipes:

Sukuma Wiki (Greens and Tomatoes)
Zanzibar Pilau (Rice Pilaf)
Kicha Fit Fit (Torn Flatbread with Spiced Yogurt)

Robyn is the senior producer of 'Seasoned,' a show celebrating food and farms. She's food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Co-Host of Seasoned and Host of Restaurant Road Trip.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned from 2020 to 2022.