We are huge fans of Zoe Adjonyoh, the London-based writer and cook with a passion for remixing traditional Ghanaian cuisine. Her plans to bring contemporary West African food to the masses took a big step forward earlier this month with the launch of her debut cookbook “Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen”.
Born to a Ghanaian father and Irish mother, Zoe deepened her understanding of West African cooking after a trip to visit her extended family in Ghana. There she spent time exploring recipes in her grandmother’s kitchen and at the famous Kaneshi street market, where she met with cooks who shared their own takes on traditional recipes.
Featured in The Guardian, described by The Observer as a “standard bearer for West African food”, and picked up by Nigel Slater as one to watch on the topic of immigration food in Britain, Zoe has been making waves in the food scene ever since her first sell-out successful supper-clubs in 2011. Having taken her fresh interpretation of classic Ghanaian flavours to popup venues across London and Berlin as well as prominent street food festivals around the UK, Zoe has now documented her delicious recipes.
“I believe we are on the cusp of an African food revolution. There is a longing to try something that is actually new, not just re-spun, and Ghanaian cuisine is filling that gap. For too long Ghanaians have kept this incredible food a greedy secret.”
If this has whetted your appetite for Zoe’s cooking, head on over to The Sun & 13 Cantons, a popular pub in Soho, where she has been on a six-month residency since 4 April 2017.
Reservations can be made via the pub’s website: http://www.sunand13cantons.co.uk/food
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is available at Octopus Books.