You might know Alain Mabanckou as arguably the best dressed African novelist and the author of classics like Broken Glass and African Psycho, in addition to Professor of Literature at UCLA. You can now add Instagram Chef to the list.

It all started when lockdown hit, and Mabanckou shared a video of himself making the classic West African dish fufu. Since then, he has taken to sharing photos of his culinary life.

The videos are actually quite entertaining. Mabanckou’s persona as a “cooking show host” reminds us of some of his memorable fictional characters with their laidback and humorous disposition.

See below for photos and videos. Enjoy!

By the way, to know what’s cooking next in Mabanckou’s kitchen, follow the professor-novelist-chef on Instagram: @alainmabanckou


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