Here, Eat This

Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Nigerian Cuisine

Tackling Nigerian cuisine so early in the Here, Eat This series? Why not? Nigerian food is some of the most accessible "ethnic" food out there -- or at least, it will be for anyone who grew up eating Cajun, Southern or soul food. I'm looking at you, Houston.

See also: - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Korean Cuisine - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Indian Cuisine

Nigerian cooking is the mother of many American cuisines. Tina Edebor -- the friendly woman who runs Nigerian restaurant Finger Licking Bukateria with her husband, Eghosa -- admits that despite this, Nigerian cooking can be a little daunting for newcomers. Especially the dishes spiked with Guinea peppers, alligator peppers and a whole host of spices that make Nigerian dishes ideal for heat-seeking diners.

"Our food is not mainstream," Edebor once explained. "So you have to be willing to come in and taste it."

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Katharine Shilcutt