Jessica Londeree Saleska
Jess is a lifelong traveler and culinary experimenter. As you may be able to deduce from her picture, she is not African. However she has a passion for traveling and meeting new people, and feels that the best means to connect with fellow humans is through sharing a meal together. Jess is also a PhD student in Epidemiology at Ohio State University, studying HIV and reproductive health in Sub-Saharan Africa.
When she is not conducting her research, Jess is working on starting Kulishana Cookbooks, a social venture that will publish cookbooks containing cuisines from developing countries. The primary mission of this venture is to create a ‘global community’ through cooking that fosters mutual respect across cultures and provides financial support to local women. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the books will support interventions that fight malnutrition within the featured countries.
Note from Jess: Some of the following recipes are for traditional dishes, while others are for dishes that are more of a reflection of the flavors within East African cuisine. All could not have been written without the guidance, creativity and culinary expertise of my friends in Malawi Kenya. I am so grateful for the generosity they expressed with their time and energy as they taught me how to make these dishes, and offered me suggestions in developing my own creations.