10 Best West African Cookbooks & Recipe Books

Ever felt lost while exploring West African cuisine?

You’re not alone.

Those intricate recipes can get quite overwhelming, huh?

It’s like wandering in a bustling Lagos market without a guide.

But, hey, guess what?

There’s a solution!

West African cookbooks are your compass, guiding you through the delicious maze of vibrant flavors and exotic dishes.

Top 10 West African Cookbooks

Here is the list of West African Cookbooks

  • “My Cooking” West-African Cookbook by Dokpe Lillian Ogunsanya – Best Overall
  • Foods of Sierra Leone and Other West African Countries: A Cookbook by Rachel C.J. Massaquoi – Editor’s Choice
  • Cooking the West African Way by Constance Nabwire and Bertha Vining Montgomery – Best for Beginners
  • Hibiscus Discover Fresh Flavours from West Africa by Lopè Ariyo – Best for Nigerian Cuisine
  • Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh – Best for Ghanaian Cuisine
  • The Essential Nigerian Cookbook: Cooking Off the Beaten Track: the 12 Ultimate Nigerian Recipes by AuthorHouse – Best for Authentic Recipes
  • Grace Kerry’s Magic with Black-eyed Beans and Other Recipes: A Nigerian Cook Book by Amazing Grace Publishers – Best for Vegetarian Options
  • The African Cook Book: Menus and Recipes from Eleven African Countries and the Island of Zanzibar by Kensington Publishing Corp. – Best for Pan-African Cuisine
  • Cornbread & Collard Greens: How West African Cuisine & Slavery Influenced Soul Food by Deah Berry Mitchell – Best for Historical Insight
  • Vibrant West African Cuisine: Discover the West African Culinary Experience! by Ebere Akadiri – Best for Vibrant Flavors

My Cooking West-African Cookbook by Dokpe Lillian Ogunsanya

It’s a delightful journey into West-African cuisine, showcasing authenticity and creativity.

The recipes? Pure artistry.

The techniques? Rooted in tradition.

And the presentation? Simply captivating.

It’s no wonder it’s crowned “Best Overall.” If you’re keen on exploring diverse food cultures, this is your ticket.

And for those with a palate shaped by global traditions, it’s a must-have.

Hungry for more?

Grab your copy now.

Foods of Sierra Leone and Other West African Countries: by Rachel C.J. Massaquoi

Born and raised in Sierra Leone, Rachel’s passion shines as she delves into dishes like joloff rice, groundnut stews, and the tantalizing cassava leaf sauce.

What’s intriguing?

She introduces us to Western veggies like spinach and swiss chard, but with a West African twist.

Her personal anecdotes add a touch of warmth, making it more than just a cookbook.

It’s a narrative of her 50+ years of culinary adventures.

A must-have for those eager to explore diverse flavors.

Cooking the West African Way by Constance Nabwire and Bertha Vining Montgomery

This cookbook, penned by the talented duo of Nabwire and Montgomery, is a delightful journey into the heart of West African cuisine.

It’s not just a collection of recipes; it’s a cultural immersion.

From the spicy undertones of Groundnut Sauce to the comforting embrace of Fufu, each dish tells a story.

And for those with a penchant for healthier options, the inclusion of low-fat and vegetarian recipes is a thoughtful touch.

The book’s vivid imagery and clear instructions make it a treat for both the eyes and the palate.

It’s a must-have for beginners eager to explore the rich tapestry of West African flavors.

And for someone like me, who’s tasted global delights, it’s a nostalgic trip back to the bustling markets and warm kitchens of Africa.

Dive in, and let your taste buds dance!

Hibiscus Discover Fresh Flavours from West Africa by Lopè Ariyo

It’s a delightful blend of Nigerian dishes with a Western twist and British dishes with a Nigerian spin.

Lope’s unique approach to Nigerian cuisine shines through, making it a treasure for those who love to explore new tastes.

The book is not just for the traditional Nigerian food lover but for anyone who’s open to transforming their cooking.

From Braided Agege Bread to Hibiscus Chicken, the recipes are detailed, accompanied by vivid images.

And yes, there’s a notable emphasis on Hibiscus, showcasing its versatility.

A hardcover beauty, it’s a must-have for culinary enthusiasts.

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh

Zoe Adjonyoh, the genius behind this masterpiece, brilliantly showcases Ghanaian flavors.

The book’s vibrant pages are filled with recipes that are both traditional and innovative.

Think spicy fried plantains meeting creamy groundnut soup.

Every dish tells a story, echoing Ghana’s rich heritage.

The visuals? Simply tantalizing!

It’s not just a cookbook; it’s an experience.

A must-have for those eager to dive into West African cuisine.

And guess what?

It’s crowned as the “Best for Ghanaian Cuisine”. Hungry yet?

Grab your apron and let your taste buds dance!

The Essential Nigerian Cookbook by AuthorHouse

This cookbook isn’t just a collection of recipes; it’s a journey into the heart of Nigerian food culture.

Bola Komolafe offers a simple, easy-to-follow guide, highlighting dishes that are not only flavorful but also packed with nutrition.

From yams, a powerhouse of vitamin B, to plantains that combat bad cholesterol, and the humble okra, a low-calorie veggie bursting with vitamins.

It’s evident that Nigerian food is organic, nutrient-rich, and a testament to the country’s rich soil and traditions.

A must-have for those seeking authenticity in their culinary adventures.

Grace Kerry’s Magic with Black-eyed Beans by Amazing Grace Publishers

Venturing into the world of Nigerian cuisine, Grace Kerry’s cookbook is a delightful revelation.

Centered around the nutrition-packed black-eyed beans, this book is a treasure trove for vegetarians and food enthusiasts alike.

With a keen focus on authenticity, the recipes are a testament to Nigeria’s rich culinary heritage.

The dishes? They’re not just meals; they’re experiences.

From the aroma wafting through the kitchen to the burst of flavors on the palate, each recipe is a journey.

And for someone who’s traversed the globe tasting culinary wonders, this book feels like a warm embrace of home-cooked goodness.

A must-have for those eager to explore and… because it’s just that good.

The African Cook Book by Kensington Publishing Corp.

Authored by Bea Sandler and published by Kensington Publishing Corp., this cookbook offers a curated selection of dishes spanning multiple nations.

With 256 pages brimming with recipes, from appetizers to desserts, it’s a comprehensive guide for anyone eager to dive into African cuisine.

Some readers have expressed a desire for visual aids, but the content remains robust.

The book’s emphasis on authenticity and diverse flavors aligns with my values as a food critic.

It’s a testament to the rich culinary heritage of Africa.

Cornbread & Collard Greens by Deah Berry Mitchell

Dive into a world where cornbread isn’t just a side dish.

It’s a story. Deah Berry Mitchell’s cookbook is a flavorful journey, tracing the roots of soul food back to West Africa.

The book’s essence? Think of a cornbread: golden, buttery, with a perfect crumb, yet deeply rooted in history.

Mitchell’s narrative is like that sizzle you hear when batter hits a hot skillet.

It’s engaging, educational, and oh-so-delicious.

The historical insights? Top-notch.

You’ll rediscover cornbread and soul food, understanding their significance beyond the plate.

Grab this book, and you’re not just cooking; you’re time-traveling.

And… it’s a journey worth every bite.

Vibrant West African Cuisine by Ebere Akadiri

It’s a journey. A journey into the heart of West Africa, where every meal is a celebration of community, history, and flavor.

Imagine the nutrition of superfoods, combined with the indulgence of exotic spices.

That’s what this book promises.

Ebere doesn’t just share recipes; she shares stories, traditions, and the very essence of West African culture.

And the best part? A portion of the proceeds supports a noble cause: fighting human trafficking in West Africa.

So, while you’re savoring the flavors, you’re also making a difference.

Dive in, and let your taste buds dance to the vibrant rhythms of West African cuisine.

Final Say So!

Embarking on a culinary journey through West Africa has never been this enlightening and flavorful.

With these top-tier cookbooks, you’re not just flipping pages; you’re diving deep into a rich tapestry of traditions, stories, and mouth-watering dishes.

From the bustling markets of Lagos to the serene kitchens of Sierra Leone, these books are your passport to a world of vibrant flavors.

So, why wait?

Grab your apron, pick a cookbook, and let the adventure begin!

Renee Searcy

Hi! I’m Renee. From a young age, I’ve been enchanted by the flavors, aromas, and the art of cooking. My journey has taken me from my family’s kitchen to working with some of the most talented chefs and culinary experts in Atlanta, GA, and beyond.

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