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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 born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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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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