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AfriCali: Recipes from My Jikoni (A Cookbook)
Kiano Moju



African cuisine is infused with Californian culture to create delicious, unique meals in this beautiful fusion cookbook.

Kiano Moju was born to a Kenyan mother and a Nigerian father and raised in California. While she spent her summer breaks in Kenya, her home in the states during the school year held African house parties where Nigerian jollof rice, moin moin (steamed bean cakes), roasted chicken legs, and plantains were a common part of life. On weekends and special occasions, they would make Kenyan dishes like samosas, sauteed collard greens, barbecued meat, and other favorites from her childhood including Ethiopian and Eritrean recipes. As Kiano says, “Californian cuisine embraces the flavors of its immigrant communities while celebrating the state’s agriculture and the flavors of fresh produce,” and that’s the concept behind her cooking.

AfriCali is not a traditional cookbook, but rather one inspired by the delicious meals Kiano has experienced in life. The recipes are unfussy but dedicated to flavor including:

  • Peri Peri Butter
  • Herby Harissa
  • Lentil Nuggets
  • Cherry Tomato Kachumbari
  • Kijani Seafood Pilau
  • Chicken and Okra Wet Fry
  • Berbere Braised Short Ribs
  • Coconut and Cardamom Mandazi
  • Garlic Butter Chapos
  • Pili Pili Pineapple Margarita

The gorgeous food photography as well as photos from the author’s travels in Africa make this a cookbook like no other. Dive in and enjoy the delicious, unique meals that the whole family will love.


Kiano Moju is a Kenyan/Nigerian American author, recipe developer, producer, director, and video host. Kiano’s culinary identity draws on her Kenyan and Nigerian heritage, her upbringing in the melting pot of California, and her travels abroad. Until 2019, she was a creative video producer at BuzzFeed’s food video vertical, Tasty, where she amassed over 100 million cumulative video views in recipe content. After departing from BuzzFeed, Kiano set her sights on starting her own media company, which led her to launch a nonprofit organization called The Jikoni Recipe Archive. It celebrates the rich cuisine of Africa and across its diaspora by documenting the legacy of traditional and modern cooks, while amplifying its vibrant food culture. Kiano also opened her own production company in Los Angeles called Jikoni Studios. Since opening, Kiano has produced cooking videos for the Food Network, Tastemade, and the USDA, to name a few. Kiano lives in Los Angeles, California.


“Explore the world of AfriCali, Kiano’s debut book that weaves together the flavors of her California upbringing with the richness of her Kenyan and Nigerian roots. Through enticing recipes, she invites you on a culinary journey that not only fills your kitchen with delicious aromas but also celebrates the joy of family and community. Join Kiano as she shares the warmth of her heritage, one recipe at a time.” -- Marcus Samuelsson

“With each recipe in AfriCali, I find a connection to my roots, a taste of California living, and a celebration of rich history. AfriCali is more than a cookbook; it’s a journey of flavors that resonate with the soul.” -- Amin Joseph, actor

“Kiano Moju turns up the flavor on traditional African recipes with a California-cool vibe in AfriCali. Reading through it is like having a seat at her dinner table, where every recipe is carefully crafted to keep things relatively unfussy while maintaining a dedication to flavor. AfriCali is a must-have for anyone seeking a contemporary take on time-honored dishes.” -- Hawa Hassan, author of In Bibi’s Kitchen

“The best cooks can imbue their dishes with deliciousness and heart, and Kiano Moju does both in abundance in AfriCali. Each recipe and picture make me feel invited to stand with Kiano at the stove as she talks about her favorite memories growing up in California, the Kenyan and Nigerian dishes her parents made for her, and the world of flavors she found in her travels.” -- Korsha Wilson, writer and host of A Hungry Society podcast

[H]  August 13, 2024  /  S&s/Simon Element