Award-winning traditional Sierra Leonean/Afro-fusion cuisine Shwen Shwen by Maria’s takes center stage in debut of her cookbook, “Sweet Salone,” which was released on Thursday July 13th 2023.
The culmination of her passion and hard work, this cookbook aims to bring Sierra Leone’s culinary traditions to the forefront, fostering cultural pride and facilitating cross-cultural dialogue.
With an overwhelming sense of joy, gratitude, and anticipation, Maria welcomes the publication of her cookbook, “Sweet Salone,” into the world. This labor of love is not only a celebration of her own journey but also a tribute to the rich culinary heritage of Sierra Leone.
From the moment you lay your hands on “Sweet Salone,” you are transported to the vibrant culture and traditions of Sierra Leone. The tactile experience of the cover, adorned with a beautifully designed Kontri cloth pattern, immediately immerses you in the country’s aesthetic. The presence of the Kola nut, a symbol of hospitality and welcome, serves as a fitting introduction to the pages within.
Maria’s intention was clear—to make readers feel connected and involved, regardless of their cultural background. Through her cookbook, she endeavors to guide readers on a culinary journey across proud lion mountains, showcasing the breathtaking cyan seas and, most importantly, revealing the hearts and histories of the Sierra Leonean people.
“I hope to take you to Sierra Leone!” Maria exclaims, her excitement palpable. Her desire is for readers to not only appreciate the flavors and techniques found within the pages of “Sweet Salone” but also to gain a deeper understanding of the country’s rich cultural tapestry.
Expressing her gratitude, Maria extends heartfelt thanks to the dedicated team that brought her vision to life. From the imaginative minds who conceptualized the book to the skilled photographers, designers, and publishers who contributed their expertise, their collective efforts have paved the way for “Sweet Salone” to make a lasting impact