There’s a New “Black Panther”-Inspired Cookbook and It’s Packed with Cultural Flavor

published Apr 28, 2022
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Marvel's Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook
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You can now eat like the king of Wakanda without leaving the comfort of your home, thanks to a new Black Panther-inspired cookbook

Award-winning Malawian-American chef and food writer Nyanyika Banda compiled more than 70 recipes based on the fictional nation of Wakanda and the African continent for Marvel’s Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook

The cookbook is inspired by the fictional African kingdom and serves as a tribute to traditions from all over the continent. The recipes have something for every occasion with a range of dishes, and like the film, the book can be enjoyed by people of all ages with accessible options for beginners and serious chefs. Readers can enjoy whipping up market food — like plantain chips and smoked chambo — or spice blends and sauces, such as spiced ketchup and harissa. There is also a delicious range of main dishes including flavorful entrees like village-style curried chicken and cassava ravioli. 

Stunning photography also fills the pages of this unique book easily bringing African flavors to life, while history lessons are found throughout delivering background information and anecdotes on the dishes and their place in culture. So, for anyone stepping into the African-based cuisine for the first time (or even for those who are knowledgable of the culture), you’ll get a two-for-one benefit when flipping through these pages.

Marvel’s Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook is available online now. And, if you’re still hungry for more African-inspired cuisines, you can try chef Pierre Thiam’s moringa and kale super greens soup or this suya spiced slow-roasted salmon recipe.