3 Best East African Cookbooks & Recipe Books

Hungry for East African cuisine?

It’s a real pickle: there’s a drought of cookbooks on the topic.

Does it bug you?

How you can’t find a good guide to whip up some Ugali or Pilau?

I get it.

It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack, right?

But hey, cheer up!

A solution is on the horizon.

Keep your eyes peeled for an exciting new release.

Top 3 East African Cookbooks

Here is the list of Top East African Cookbooks-

  • In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan – Best Overall
  • The East African Cookbook by Shereen Jog – Editor’s Choice
  • Cooking the East African Way by Bertha Vining Montgomery – Best Traditional Recipes

In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan

“In Bibi’s Kitchen” by Hawa Hassan is a culinary masterpiece.

This cookbook transports you to the heart of East Africa, offering a delightful blend of traditional recipes and heartwarming tales from grandmothers across eight countries.

The vibrant imagery and sensory-rich descriptions are a testament to the region’s rich culinary heritage.

The authenticity and depth of flavors are unparalleled, making it deserving of the “Best Overall” accolade.

If you’re keen to embark on a gastronomic journey that’s both educational and engaging, this book is your ticket.

And… it’s a must-have for every culinary enthusiast.

The East African Cookbook by Shereen Jog

Shereen Jog’s cookbook is a delightful journey, capturing the essence of the region’s rich culinary tapestry.

Each page? A sensory explosion.

Imagine savoring Ugandan Luwombo while feeling the warmth of a Kenyan sunset.

Or tasting Tanzanian Zanzibari Biryani, its flavors dancing on your palate.

This isn’t just a cookbook; it’s an experience.

And the “Editor’s Choice” award?


If you’ve ever wanted to explore East African dishes, this is your golden ticket.

Hungry for more?

Grab a copy and let your taste adventure begin.

Cooking the East African Way by Bertha Vining Montgomery

This book, suitable for readers aged 10 and up, offers a curated selection of recipes from countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a cultural immersion.

The authors delve deep, explaining the nuances of East African food culture, such as the significance of fresh ingredients due to limited refrigeration.

The recipes?

They’re tailored for an American audience, ensuring ease of preparation with familiar measurements.

From Chapatis to the aromatic Meat Curry, each dish tells a story.

And while it misses out on some staples like ugali, it’s a fantastic starter for anyone eager to explore East African cuisine.

A must-have for culinary enthusiasts!

Final Say So!

East African cuisine is a treasure trove of flavors waiting to be explored.

While the scarcity of cookbooks on the topic has been a challenge, the horizon looks promising.

Dive into these culinary masterpieces and embark on a gastronomic journey like no other.

From Ugali to Pilau, the heart of East Africa awaits you.

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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