Organized by their time-of-day attractiveness, with a beneficial score for the commitment degree it requires to make them, recipes bounce from hoppy to citrusy, creamy to natural, refreshing to extreme. A single most loved: U-Me & Everyone We Know by previous Los Angeles bartender Gabriella Mlynarczyk. It is really an uplifting mix of tomato-watermelon-basil juice, basic syrup, lemon juice and a splash of umeboshi vinegar.
‘In Bibi’s Kitchen’
Hawa Hassan — a native of Somalia who modeled in New York before founding the bottled sauce business Basbaas — has assembled a venture that is equal elements critical documentary, persuasive scholarship and cookbook.
With foods author Julia Turshen, she collects stories and recipes from bibis (grandmothers) who depict eight countries in East Africa that contact the Indian Ocean: Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and the islands of Madagascar and Comoros.
Dishes as diverse as stewed plantains, denningvleis (lamb braised in tamarind), cornmeal porridges, spaghetti with spiced beef, rooster biryani and steak sandwiches doused with piri piri drop light-weight on record, colonization, cultural connections and the everyday life of these gals and their family members. Try just one of Hassan’s beloved comforts: digaag qumbe, a spiced hen stew with potatoes and carrots in a yogurt and coconut sauce (served about rice or, as Hassan prefers, around a mattress of spinach) with banana together with as traditional accompaniment.