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Welcome to a project to preserve traditional plant-based recipes from around the world and the stories of people who created them. Recipes using minimally-processed, healthy ingredients with few or no animal products are especially sought. Why? Because these best represent what most people ate before Westernized, fast-food. This survey takes four minutes to follow and collects one recipe. The link may be used repeatedly. There are spaces also to tell about the cooks. Here is a sample completed form: 

1.) Recipe name, your name and description:  Mary´s Akkra funfun. Wendy Lee Hermance, American non-fiction writer and former cafe owner.

 2.) Categories for your recipe: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish

3.) List of Ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups dried white beans
2 tsp salt

2 tbsp finely chopped onions
cayenne pepper to taste
oil for frying: two parts peanut oil, one part red palm, or your choice.
Heavy flat-bottomed skillet or wok for frying.

4.) Geographic region recipe is from: Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Benin.

5.) Recipe Steps (up to 16 lines): Soak beans overnight, cook until tender. Drain. Hand mash or blend in blender until smooth. Fold in onions and cayenne pepper. Heat the oil over a hot flame. To see if it is hot enough, dip the non-stirring end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If bubbles rise, oil is ready frying. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls. Fry until fritters turn golden brown. Drain on a paper towel. Serve hot. Serves six. 

6.) Name of cook, if known. How you obtained the recipe: “Mary Dahome worked at a hostel in Porto Novo when I worked in the 1980s for the United Methodist Church. She was Igbo in a Yoruba-held area during the Biafran War." 

I hope you enjoy remembering recipes and the people who gave them to you. Questions may be sent to For more information on this project, please visit Thank you.


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* 1. What is the recipe name and what is your name?

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* 2. What Categories are suitable for the Recipe? Please list it in several!

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* 3. What ingredients are needed for this recipe? If there are more than the 12 lines, please combine multiple ingredients in one line, and list basics like water or salt and pepper in the body of the recipe.  

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* 4. What region is your recipe is from? Recipes migrate, so feel free to choose a couple of regions.

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* 5. What Steps do you take to prepare this recipe?  Include cooking time, temperature, and your tips and notes on desired consistency, etc. using the Steps spaces:

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* 6. Who and what inspired this recipe?

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* 7. Do you have an original photo of cook or area to share? If yes, please send  to with the Recipe Name in the Subject line, and a short caption with photographer´s name for attribution in the Body of the email. By sending photos you state that they are available with no copyright restriction for this project.

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