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The shortlist of the 2016 Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards has been announced and Yemisi Aribisala’s Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds is named in the Food Category.

The Andre Simon’s Award is a 2000 pounds prize that goes to the best gastronomic literature. Congrats to Aribisala for making the shortlist. But we are not surprised at all.

The collection of essays, published by Cassava Republic on October 31, is a celebration of Nigerian delicacies and culinary culture. It’s a must-read, which is why we’ve spent the entire year telling wonderful things about it. Remember when we gushed over the amazing cover [read here]? Before that, we told you about her delicious essay on pepper. In November, we were also hosted the first stop on her week-long blog tour and had a wonderful time talking about Nigerian food. Clearly, we’ve always loved Aribisala’s book. It’s just so nice that the world is taking notice. We can assure you that this shortlist will be the first of many!

On the shortlist, also, are: Felicity Cloake’s The A-Z of Eating, Ruby Tandoh’s Flavour: Eat What You Love, Meera Sodha’s Fresh India, Gill Meller’s Gather, Fuchsia Dunlop’s Land of Fish and Rice, Regula Ysewijn’s Pride and Pudding, and The Oxford Companion to Cheese, edited by Catherine Donnelly.

Congratulations to Yemisi Aribisala! We wish her a delicious win!

Read the full announcement here.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. His first published story, “A Tenderer Blessing,” appears in Transition and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His second story, "Mulumba," appears in The Threepenny Review and has been translated into the German. His story, "You Sing of a Longing," is currently on the 2016 Gerald Kraak Award shortlist and is forthcoming in an anthology by Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and Brittle Paper where he is Submissions Editor. He edited Enter Naija—The Book of Places, an anthology of writing, photography and digital art about places in Nigeria created to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence anniversary. Otosirieze teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he blogs popular culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna. He is currently looking for an agent for his short story collection.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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