Self-taught chef Alexandre Bella Ola celebrates the varied flavors of the African continent

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Will “mafé”, “ndolé” or “yassa” soon be as popular as sushi or pizza? In any case, these classics of Pan-African gastronomy seduce the taste buds well beyond the borders of the continent. Chef Alexandre Bella Ola, who has just signed his “Mafé, Yassa et Gombo”, his 3rd book dedicated to the cuisines of the continent, shares his essential recipes and his definition of Pan-African gastronomy.

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