"One of the most enduring myths on the Nigerian Femme Fatale - mammy-water, 'winch' or husband-snatcher - has to do with the cooking of fish stew ...A woman can do what she likes with a man when she knows how to satisfy his appetite for food. "Longthroat Memoirs" presents a sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian food, lovingly presented by the nation's top epicurean writer. As well as a mouth-watering appraisal of the cultural politics and erotics of Nigerian cuisine, it is also a series of love letters to the Nigerian palate. From innovations in soup, fish as aphrodisiac and the powerful seductions of the yam, Longthroat Memoirs examines the complexities, the peculiarities, the meticulousness, and the tactility of Nigerian food. Nigeria has a strong culture of oral storytelling, of myth creation, of imaginative traversing of worlds. Longthroat Memoirs collates some of those stories into an irresistible soup-pot, expressed in the flawless love language of appetite and nourishment.A sensuous testament on why, when and how Nigerians eat the food they love to eat; this book is a welcome addition to the global dining table of ideas

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Chimurenga Chronic

17 Apr 2017
8.0
I When the goddess of happy accidents stumbles on a plot improbably hatched behind her back, she dreams of the perfect return to a state of grace. She nudges Yemisi Aribisala, a writer who loves, makes and writes about food with equal passion, to go ...
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Homeland Reviews

20 Mar 2017
9.0
I’ll admit to not being especially experimental with my food. Also, I am not one to think about food other than as a means to an end. This could range from satisfying hunger to a companion to my book. In fact, if I had to live with the author, my e ...
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African Cuisine Magazi

20 Mar 2017
9.0
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 Longt ...
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Pen & Spoon

20 Mar 2017
9.0
Oh this is a stunning, delicious feast of a book. When it popped up on the short list for the prestigious André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards 2016, many food writers, even those with a keen radar for culinary literature and a rapacious appetite f ...
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xokigbo.com

20 Mar 2017
8.0
There are many reasons why you must read The Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds, Yemisi Aribisala’s lovely volume of essays, published by Cassava Republic Press. One: It is a gorgeous book, professionally done, one that proudly ...
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Food52

20 Mar 2017
8.0
Yemisi Aribisala’s Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds, out today from Cassava Republic Press, opens with a note of caution. “Nigerian food,” she writes, “belongs to the Nigerian.” If this sounds territorial and possessiv ...

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Cassava Republic Press

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978-1-911-11526-7

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English

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