Isi Cookbook

Collection of Easy Nigerian Recipes

by Iswat Badiru & Deji Badiru



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/19/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 7.5x9.25
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781475976700
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781475976717

About the Book

Food is celebrated as a key element of the Nigerian culture. Food is embraced for fellowship, worship, and survival. The staple foods of Nigeria include rice, yam, cassava, and wheat (bread). Traditionally, Nigerians (at least the elders) don’t cook by recipe. The fine art of cooking Nigerian food is normally handed down through observation, apprenticeship, and experimentation. When asked how they cook so well without a written guide, the older Nigerian mothers would only say that “they just do it.” This attests to their experiential learning of the art of Nigerian cooking. As modern practices take root, more and more Nigerians are resorting to the guiding “hands” of written recipes. That is what informs the writing of this book. Our American and European friends often request copies of Nigerian recipes. If not written down, the much-desired Nigerian recipes cannot be disseminatee and promulgated throughout the world. Thus, it is the hope that this book will contribute to providing a lasting archival repository of Nigerian recipes, just as other books before it have done.

Nigerian foods, particularly the soups, are usually spicy hot. Each family often has its own twists and turns to the process of achieving hotter and hotter meals. The common belief is that eating spicy foods is good for the heart and facilitates longevity. “Mild” is not normally in the vocabulary of Nigerian menu, except when dealing with our Western counterparts.

The diversity of thoughts, beliefs, and Nigerian kitchen practices lead to many different ways of preparing the same food. As such, many of the recipes in this book do present alternate approaches to preparing the same basic food. Please don’t be timid, experiment and enjoy!

About the Author

Iswat and Deji Badiru live in Beavercreek, Ohio. Originally from Nigeria, they have lived in the USA for over 37 years. They have three grown children, Abidemi, Adetokunboh, and Omotunji. Adetokunboh is married to Deanna, who originated from Karo, Michigan. Iswat and Deji are proud of their energetic grandson, Blake, courtesy of Adetokunboh and Deanna.