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I worked at an Italian restaurant, at various French bistros but never for an African one.I was in New York where food cultures from all over the world are represented when I asked myself, why not do a research on food in my country of origin?It is through that research and visits to my parents in Senegal that I learned a lot from the women in my family and others in general because they are the true custodians of the secrets of the African cuisine. I took their recipes and adapted them to make a modern cuisine.Are your books a way to honour the victims of the slave trade? It is my own way of honouring them and kneeling down to their memory.They are the ones who brought this heritage here and who have allowed us to survive.