African Food on TV

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Season 1- Congo

Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Bourdain takes a cruise down the Congo River and discovers the food and people that keep the country standing in the wake of extraordinary conflict and instability.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Season 2- South Africa

Bourdain visits Johannesburg, South Africa and looks at the country’s complex colonial and racial history.  He also travels to the dangerous suburb of Hillbrow and spends a day with a Johannesburg taxi driver, while of course also stopping to try to local cuisine.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Season 4- Tanzania

In this episode Bourdain travels to Tanzania, a country famous for its safaris.  While there, he goes to Zanzibar, an island that was at one time a central part of the slave trade.  While there he samples street food, seafood, and Zanzibar pizza.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Season 5- Madagascar

Bourdain travels to the island nation of Madagascar, making his way from the bustling capital city of Tana and traveling via an old French railway to the other side of the island.  Along the way he samples the food of the locals, dishes that have aspects of both indigenous and European flavors.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Season 6- Ethiopia

Bourdain travels to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa where he shares injera bread and beyaynetu platters with locals.  He looks at the history of Ethiopia and how the east African nation is modernizing in the twenty-first century.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Season 7- Senegal

In this episode Bourdaiin visits Senegal, where he is taken back by the political stability of the country, the openness and kindness of its people, and the uniqueness of its food.  He meets up with successful Senegalese chef, restaurant owner, and author Pierre Thiam to share a meal and have a conversation about the country’s culture.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Season 12- Kenya

Accompanied by W. Kamau Bell, Bourdain travels to Kenya, where he explores the juxtaposition of the bustling, and increasingly cosmopolitan metropolis of Nairobi and the nearby wilderness filled with so many animals that are unique to Africa.  They try goat’s head soup and other Kenyan dishes that evolved out of poverty and the necessity to make the most with what you have.

Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Season 3- Ghana

In this episode, Bourdain travels to west Africa for the first time.  He visits the “old” Ghana, a land that is vastly different from the more developed regions of the country.  He explores the remnants of slavery and the takes the country’s food and music.

Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Season 3- Namibia

Bourdain looks at the history of German conquest in Namibia and how it shapes the country today.  He starts his journey in Walvis Bay, where he samples seafood.  He then makes his way inland where he hunts with a local tribe in the plains for bushmeat.

Influential African Chefs as Food Ambassadors

Check out this link for a look at African chefs who are putting the African palette on display internationally.  Be sure to keep an eye out for these names on TV, online, or in food publications.  Today, people all over the world are starting to have greater access to African foods through grocery stores and restaurants.  So people even predict that it will be the next big food trend.

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