“Learn. Eat. Rebel!” — Wheeler del Torro
Wheeler del Torro’s new cookbook and storybook Fillet of Soul: AfroVegan is a tour de force of fantastic recipes and menus from five different countries. Also within the pages is Del Torro’s poetic and engaging personal story about his evolution as a chef and young man, including the tale of his sudden and life-changing move from New Jersey to Paris and the book club he started there that would turn into the dinner parties that would turn into the vegan pop-up in New York, that would ultimately become this book.
The five menus included in this book are:
- Dinner in Paris
- Jamaican Menu
- Around the Southern Table
- Senegalese Menu
- Ethiopian Menu
Each menu is comprised of 4 to 9 recipes, which are Wheeler’s brilliant and original vegan interpretations of traditional foods and dishes from across the African diaspora.
I can’t wait to try Golden Beet Tartare, Pepper Pot Soup, Faux Fried Chicken and Waffles, Faux Chicken Yassa, Injera, Lentils with Sweet Potatoes, and all of the other recipes in this book, one delicious meal at a time!
I did however already make some of the Spicy Chocolate Pots De Creme (pictured above) from the Dinner in Paris menu. Dessert first, right? ;) The ingredients are so simple that I had them all in my pantry already. Now I love Pots De Creme, but I have to say that this was the best I’ve ever had, and it was a cinch to make. I topped it off with some homemade cashew whipped cream and we happily gobbled it down.
There is so much interesting information in Fillet of Soul: AfroVegan. Thanks to Del Torro I now know that all coffee can be traced back to Ethiopia in Africa (thank you, Ethiopia!), and after reading the description in this book I am eager to attend an Ethiopian coffee ceremony!
Wheeler has been kind enough to sponsor this book giveaway. All that you have to do to win is be the first person to correctly answer the following question in the comments section below this post:
“What is name for a traditional Ethiopian coffee pot?”
Please include your email address with your comment so I can contact you if you win.
African Food Facts: African food is often flavored with curry powder, garlic, nutmeg, turmeric and cloves. Peanuts, called groundnuts in Africa, are used as a garnish on soups or meat dishes.