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Tekebash and Saba

Recipes and Stories from an East African Kitchen

Published by Interlink Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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About The Book

Mother-daughter duo, Tekebash and Saba, tell their story and the story of their homeland, Ethiopia, through cherished recipes and family memories. A touching, personal cookbook that tells a larger story of family, history, and the refugee experience.

Mother–daughter duo Tekebash and Saba tell their story, and the story of their homeland, Ethiopia, through the lens of food, demonstrating how sharing food from another culture can offer us all a path forward, towards empathy and understanding, and a world that is more cohesive and connected.

Born in Tigray, Tekebash escaped the civil war at the age of 17 to join other refugees in Sudan. She has been on a migration journey ever since. Despite having spent more time abroad than she has at home, she is unequivocally Tigre and has worked with food all her life. Her restaurant, Saba’s Ethiopia, brings Ethiopian food and culture to Melbourne.

Tekebash not only worked with food but loved her daughter Saba through food. The recipes in this book are its backbone and the structure around which personal and cultural stories are woven.

About The Author

Born in Sudan to Ethiopian parents, Saba arrived in Australia with her mother when she was 9 years old. She left high-school at the end of year 12, joined the army, and became an officer—she hated it but stayed for 5 years and was in the first era of women in the Australian army to go into combat.

Her mother, Tekebash, was born under the rule of the last Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie. Tekebash became a refugee in Sudan at the time of the rebellion during the transition in the 1990s from communism to a democratic government.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Interlink Books (April 4, 2023)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623710941

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“Written by a mother-and-daughter team, this Ethiopian cookbook offers family recipes and family history … Largely vegetarian, deeply personal, and rich with dishes that are likely to become part of many a dinner rotation.”

– Library Journal

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