By Bill Daley, Tribune Newspapers
3:00 PM CST, January 25, 2013
Did Thursday’s Dining section story on African food, “A Taste of Tomorrow Today,” whet your appetite? Check out a free e-book called “The Cashew Cookbook,” published by International Relief & Development, an Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce suffering and encourage self-sufficiency among people worldwide.
The cookbook contains 25 recipes gathered at cashew festivals in Senegal and The Gambia. The recipes, an agency press release explains, were developed by professional and amateur cooks under the auspices of IRD’s Cashew Enhancement Project as a way to encourage the use of cashews in cooking. This project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Food for Progress initiative, seeks to improve cashew quality, increase harvests and exports, and raise incomes for growers and processors.
“Higher quality cashews raise incomes and profits and enable more investment along the entire cashew value chain,” said Jo Ann Yeager Sallah, IRD’s Gambia country director, in the press release. “It is the kind of virtuous circle that improves both lives and livelihoods. We hope chefs and individuals cooking at home will use ‘The Cashew Cookbook.’ ’’