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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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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator 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 cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he 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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