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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 is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. 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. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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