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Jikoni: Recipes from an Immigrant Kitchen

Jikoni: Recipes from an Immigrant Kitchen

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Jikoni: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from an Immigrant Kitchen

Recipes from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East inspired by Ravinder Bhogal’s mixed heritage and the kitchens she grew up in.

Jikoni, which means "kitchen" in Kiswahili, perfectly captures Ravinder Bhogal’s approach to food. She was born in Kenya to Indian parents; when she moved to London as a child, the cooking of her new home collided with a heritage that crossed continents. What materialized was a playful approach to the world’s larder, and Bhogal’s recipes do indeed have a rebellious soul. They are lawless concoctions that draw their influences from one tradition and then another – Cauliflower Popcorn with Black Vinegar Dipping Sauce; Spicy Aubergine Salad with Peanuts, Herbs and Jaggery Fox Nuts; Skate with Lime Pickle Brown Butter; Tempura Samphire and Nori; Lamb and Aubergine Fatteh; or utterly irresistible Banana Cake accompanied by Miso Butterscotch and Ovaltine Kulfi.

These proudly inauthentic recipes are what you might loosely call "immigrant cuisine," with evocative stories from a past that illustrates the powerful relationship between food, people, place, and identity. The tastes and smells of this brazen new world are sophisticated, welcoming, fresh, exciting, and bold.

"This is a wonderful mess of a book: inventive, fresh and deliciously irreverent. Duck Rendang and Paneer Gnudi with Saag are at the top of my cooking list." — Yotam Ottolenghi


Additional Information: 

  • Author: Ravinder Bhogal
  • Published 2020
  • 304 pages, hardcover
  • 10 X 7 5/8 inches



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