Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds by Yemisi Aribisala
Nigerian food is a multifaceted cultural treasure trove full of intriguing stories. There was an urgency to find and tell those stories like hot treacle in my veins. I longed to start a vigorous conversation with Nigerians on our food. The book Longthroat Memoirs – Soups Sex and Nigerian Tastebuds came from attempting to break that cultural reticence shrouding the person of our food. I was desperate to enter those stories as our food entered me… and put words to all the sensations.’ Yemisi Aribisala – author and food blogger
Curated in mouth-watering and delicious prose, Yemisi Aribisala examines the relationship between food, sexuality and Nigerian culture in her collection of essays. Her ability to conjure the delights of soups, stews and Nigerian life gives a uniquely fascinating view of West African culture.
‘Yemisi’s witty writing will transport you into the fantastic universe of Nigerian food and culture. In this beautiful and inspiring ode to the foods of Nigeria, Love is the secret ingredient which Yemisi uses abundantly. It is refreshing to see an African food memoir written with a truly original African voice. Translating Nigerian food into words never tasted so deliciously authentic. ‘ Pierre Thiam chef and author of Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl
About the author: Yemisi Aribisala is a writer and a lover of good food. She has written about Nigerian cuisine for over 7 years and has an influential social media following. Based in Cape Town, she was named as one of seven bold and new international voices of African writing 2016 by author Sarah Ladipo Manyika on Vela.com.
Who would love this book: Yemisi’s book will appeal to lovers of beautiful prose and evocative descriptions of food. It is a perfect gift book for those who have enjoyed the writing of Nigel Slater, Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson, who inspired Yemisi to write. Yemisi’s redolent descriptions of umami, coral pink smoked crayfish and fragrant scotch bonnet peppers will kindle a sense of home cooked food so strong that readers from the West African diaspora will long for a visit home!
Press Enquiries: Yemisi is available for remote interviews via email and telephone