The Best Congo Cook Book and Recipe Books

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through the best Congo Cookbooks. Join me on this journey of taste and discovery.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

Congo Cuisine

Flavorful, spicy, and exotic, Congolese cuisine is diverse in its food ingredients and cooking techniques. There are some influences from French and Belgian cuisines in Congolese cuisine, but the Congo recipes are also closely related to foods found in Central and Western Africa.

Common crops that are frequently used include cassava, yams, sweet potatoes, plantains, taro, okra, tomatoes, beans, rice, and peanuts. Cassava holds a great culinary value in Congolese food: the tuber is pounded and rolled into a dough ball and eaten with stews, while the cassava leaves are tossed into stews and curries. Many Congo recipes use simple ingredients and are easy to pull together, yet they create exceptionally flavorful foods.

If you’re wondering how delicious Congo foods taste and are willing to try out some fantastic Congo recipes for a change of palate or perhaps an exciting culinary adventure, read on!

This article lists the ten authentic Congo Cook books to get you started on a diverse Congolese food journey.


1. Saka Saka: South of the Sahara – Adventures in African Cooking 

This Congolese cookbook is a fusion of delicate recipes, enticing photos, one-on-one interviews with the African chefs, and the daughters and sons of the authentic recipe creators in an attempt to unfold the roots of specific African recipes. 

With many 5-star reviews, and the strong culinary credibility of the author herself, this cookbook has become our top pick. Try it yourself to see if you agree with our review!

“What’s good is that there are pics of the common ingredients used. So, people know what to look out for if they aren’t familiar with the ingredients,” – Chloe, UK.

About the Author

Chef Anto Cocagne documents each African ingredient with illustrations to help non-natives better understand the African cuisine. Chef Anto, as she is known, wants to popularize delicious African foods across the world. She is a chef and a consultant on African recipes in France, and is the artistic director of the Afro Cooking magazine.


2. The Congo Cookbook: African Recipes

Just like their vibrantly diverse culture, the Congolese food is equally interesting. From vegetable gravies to crisp roasted meat and comforting soups to enchanting rice dishes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

This cookbook contains authentic Congo recipes complemented with some classic African recipes. Readers will learn about an array of Congolese foods with categories such as vegetable and side dishes, fish and seafood, and more. These fantastic recipes include Palm Oil Chop, Afang Soup, Grilled Tilapia, Doro Wat, South African Malay Curry, Mchuzi Wa Samaki, Coconut Pie, Congo Bars, Fruit Salad, the famous Piri-Piri Chicken, and many more.

You’ll get a lot of protein-rich fish recipe ideas like Boko-Boko, Brochettes, Ashanti Chicken, Dahomey fish stew, Mullet Farci, Dongo Dongo, Akoho sy Voanio, etc. Readers will even have vegetarian Congo recipes like Adalu, Beans, Gari Foto, Koko na Nyama, Plantain curry, Sukuma Wiki, and other enticing Congo staple dishes.

Rated 5 stars on Amazon, this is one of our top 5 Congo cookbook picks. A partial recipe list can be found on Amazon!


3. Flavors of Africa: Discover Authentic Family Recipes from All Over the Continent

Like their culture, African food is spicy, deep, and colorful. The individual ingredients come together in perfect harmony creating endless flavors and dishes, representing the various ethnic groups coexisting in unison throughout Africa. This Congolese cookbook encompasses recipes from different parts of Africa. Some of the notable recipes are Red Stew, Jollof Rice, Red Lentils, Egusi Soup, Ewa Oloyin, and the ever-famous Zanzibar Pizza.

“The directions are clear, and most recipes are perfectly suitable for weeknight cooking. I can’t recommend it enough!” -M. Hooper, USA

“This is a must-have for anyone who loves deep flavors,” -Anezzetta, USA.

About the Author

Evi Aki is a travel contributor for the Daily Meal who collected recipes from across African with the help of family and friends. She is also the founder of Ev’s Eats. Her recipes have been featured on websites such as BuzzFeed.


4. 365 Daily Congolese Recipes 

The second Congo cook book that comes under our recommendation is none other than the “360 Daily Congolese Recipes”. Why? Well, that’s because it’s packed with exotic Congo recipes under the umbrella of 3 magic words: Healthy, Simple, and Quick!

The best part of this cookbook is that the ingredients used in the recipes can be easily found no matter where you are. The recipe book includes various categories of food, including traditional soups, strews, cassava dough recipes, grilled and sauteed Congolese vegetables, and meat dishes.

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About the Author

Dahlia Ellis, the author of this cookbook, believes in moderation, variety, and taste which are thoroughly reflected in this Congo cook book. Ellis personally tested all of the recipes herself, to make sure they met her requirements, which was for the cuisine to be quick and easy to make, but also healthy and flavorful.


5. Oh! Top 50 Congolese Recipes Volume 1 

Unlike other cookbooks that consist mainly of main entrees, the “Oh! Top 50 Congolese Recipes Volume 1” also delivers side recipes for dips, dressings, sauces, and salads to complement Congolese food. It’s a combination of modern and Congo classic recipes (check out our guide on the Best Classic Cookbooks), of which Spicy Garlic Shrimps, Trash Puff Balls, Tortilla Soup, Beef Gyros, Crescent Samosa, and Gyoza are worth mentioning.

 The author has added a myriad of salsa recipes and dips like Corn and Black Bean Salsa, Zesty Tomato Salsa, Heirloom Tomatoes, Yogurt Dip for fruits, and Hummus. Readers will also receive 50+ blank pages in this paperback Congo cookbook to write down their collection of Congolese recipes.


6. Bravo! 365 Congolese Main Dish Recipes

Next on our list is “Bravo! 365 Congolese Main Dish Recipes,” which comprises the personal favorite family recipes. Learn how to make Domoda, Kuku Paka, Mchuzi wa Samaki, Mafé, Boko-Boko, and sizzling African stew recipes like Groundnut Stew, Bunny Chow, Calalu, Pepper Soup, Places, and many more.

Maize, cassava, and rice are considered a staple throughout the African continent. Readers will also get all recipes for Banku, Fufu, Couscous, and Congo rice dishes.

Additionally, the author included a fusion of modern recipes from around the world to add more colors, flavors, and variety to classic Congolese food.

Note: Readers can access this Congo cook book free of cost through Kindle Unlimited.


7. Creative Congo Recipes: A Must-Have Cookbook of Authentic African Dish Ideas!

Since a large area of Congo is covered in forests with dense vegetation, a good portion of the population relies on vegetarian-centered food. Plantains, cassava, and maize are stapled dishes of Congolese cuisine.

This Congo cookbook is perfect for understanding the Congo’s food and culture. Most importantly, readers will learn to make Congo food at home with the authentic recipes the author has collected over a long time.

Note: Readers can access this Congo cook book free of cost through Kindle Unlimited.


8. Modern and Traditional: Africa’s Cuisine

If the readers want to master the art of Congolese cooking, this congo cookbook comes in the top nine of our list. Readers can benefit from the recipes involving appetizers, main courses, snacks, and even side dishes. This Congolese cookbook includes 365 easy-to-cook and healthy recipes.

We especially love the part that this cookbook is divided into three sections: Congolese heirloom historical recipes, appetizer recipes, and Main course recipes. The author, Dahlia Ellis, ensures the readers that the listed recipe ingredients can be easily found while the recipes are easy to put together.


9. 365 Congolese Recipes: Happiness is When You Have a Congolese Cookbook!

The Congo inhabitants residing near the coastal areas rely heavily on fish as a protein source, while those living in the forested regions consume grasshoppers, caterpillars, and bush meat. Other main animal protein sources in popular African recipes are chicken and goat.

The 20 Minute Chicken Creole is the star of this Congo recipe cookbook, while others like bean and chicken casseroles, pot pies, and stews like Alicha (Ethiopian stew) are equally promising. Not only that! The dessert ideas are similarly diverse and include everything from delectable puddings to tarts and tasty cakes to fruit pies. There are so many options to satisfy your sweet tooth. This Congolese cookbook has something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.


10. 365 Ultimate Congolese Main Dish Recipes

The Congo inhabitants residing near the coastal areas rely heavily on fish as a protein source, while those living in the forested regions consume grasshoppers, caterpillars, and bush meat. Other main animal protein sources are chicken and goat. 

This Congo cook book is a fusion of different recipes from around the world that are as vibrant and diverse as the traditions of Congo. This one book is a must-have if you have a big family that constantly complains about the same bland foods.

The 20 Minute Chicken Creole is the star of this Congo recipe cookbook, while others like bean and chicken casseroles, pot pies, and stews like Alicha (Ethiopian stew) are equally promising. Not only that! The dessert ideas are similarly diverse and include everything from delectable puddings to tarts and tasty cakes to fruit pies. There are so many options to satisfy your sweet tooth.

This Congolese cookbook has a recipe from every part of the world. Be it Chinese, American, Italian, South Asian, or Europe, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds.

About the Author

Layla Walker is the author of this cookbook. She learned the recipes from her family, especially her mother and sisters. She enjoys recipes that are both healthy and indulgent, and believes that food can bring people together. With a strong passion for delectable foods, everyone is sure to find something to enjoy in this cookbook! 

Note: Readers can access this Congo cookbook free of cost through Kindle Unlimited.


Wrapping up

Now we believe you’ve found the best Congo cook book to suit your culinary needs. Congolese recipes are full of depth, flavor, and spices. Since it’s rich in starches, the food is super delicious, chewy, and addicting.

Make sure to explore our website and discover more about world cuisines and our recommended recipe cookbooks relevant to your search for more flavorful foods!


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09/22/2022 03:41 am GMT
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