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As cook books go this is no-frills. You will find some good recipes that cover the cuisine from Kenya, Ethiopia, Sundan, and Eritrea, as well as descriptions of the ingredients, but that's about it. I've eaten Ethiopian food countless times, but nothing from the other countries and would've liked some illustrations as a guide.
I don't know if Linda made any of these dishes, but the way this book is presented I get a feeling that she hasn't. Of course, I could be wrong, but the book lacks the personal touch most Vegan cookbooks have. It's nice to read about the author's experiences with certain dishes/recipes and possible variations on them, but there is none of this this. However, I do like the brief history of food in that region, which was very interesting.
Beginners in the Kitchen and New Vegans
There isn't a lot of information for beginners who have little experience cooking. If you know how to cook and are familiar with this cuisine, the recipes should be a breeze, but if you are new to Veganism and the kitchen, there are much better books to start off with, such as How It All Vegan. However, you should definitely add this book to your collection at some point as well as the author's several other regional/ethnic cuisine books.
One final note, some of the recipes call for the use of aubergine and I went to all the markets in the area looking for this vegetable to no avail. No one I knew, and I know a lot of foodies, knew what it was. Finally, I did a search on the web and it turns out that aubergine is a fancy way of saying Eggplant. Call me a Brooklyn boy, but I had never heard of aubergine my whole life until I read this book (thanks for expanding my vocabulary) and I've been cooking with Eggplant since my teens.
Anyway, enjoy this book. It's worth purchase.
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