Presented as a journal-cum-photo-album, Flavours of Africa is the first book to combine the thrill of the outdoors with the excitement of pan-African cooking. African food is bold and colourful, with rich, earthly textures and strong, spicy undertones. It is natural and honest, without pretence. Arab merchants, European colonists and Malay slaves have all influenced Africa's native cooking, resulting in a cuisine diverse and yet simple to prepare. Familiar ingredients: chicken, chillies, corn, couscous, fish, peanuts, plantain and potatoes, all widely available in today's supermarkets are combined in delicious and fun new ways.In the home kitchen this translates into ideas for all meal occasions: breakfast and brunch dishes, picnic and barbecue food, lunchbox ideas, soups, salads, snacks, party hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, plus breads, desserts and sweet baking.