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Dagga

Rustum Kozain muses over the cultural and alternative relations built, negotiations and dealings made as a resident of Cape Town. “The shame of being a man – is there any better reason to write?” -Gilles Deleuze I I first smelled dagga when I was seven or eight, walking to primary school with my brother through […]

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Bread of Life

Commercial bread contains additives to accelerate production and to improve the look and texture of the bread, all making it less than bread, an ancient and versatile staple. Baking his own, Rustum Kozain considers the history of bread, including the ancient history of sourdough. At a small, independent furniture workshop where my father worked as […]

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African Cookbooks and Excess Luggage

By Yemisi Aribisala There is a sense of justice and spirit of resignation in paying for excess luggage because of cookbooks, even if my pocket hurts badly. And there are some books that I will never again leave behind. This resolve is crammed full of reasons collated with hindsight. I did not come to the Western […]

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How to Wear a Kitchen

Yemisi Aribisala ponders the small-minded commentary on the room best kept by a woman, as espoused on an international stage recently by Nigeria’s head of state. She argues that more worthy of concern than the politics of gender specificity and cultural snobbery, is the contrarian notion that the kitchen is “a place where the scorned […]

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Nollywood Kiss

Is kissing a Nigerian habit or merely the preoccupation of neurotic French cinema? Also: how to invent your own Nigerian cuisine from scratch with herbs, vegetables and smoked fish, and make it taste like the kiss of your dreams. By Yemisi Aribisala The challenge is not only to create an honest Nigerian condiment, but to […]

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