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Curious Sounds: A Dialogue in Three Movements
by Roger Mooking and francesca ekwuyasi


A collaborative book by two extraordinary Black artists about finding beauty in the chaos.

Roger Mooking is well-known as a celebrity chef and the host of such television shows as the Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food and Everyday Exotic; he is also a recording artist with five albums to his credit and a visual artist who creates immersive experiences that merge the visual, sonic, and culinary arts. francesca ekwuyasi is a writer and filmmaker who won wide acclaim for her award-winning, bestselling debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread. These two enormously talented Black artists join forces in Curious Minds, a book of art, stories, and conversations that illuminates the journey to find solace and perspective in an increasingly hyperactive and distracting world.

Inspired by the fact that the average human attention span lasts 8.25 seconds, Curious Sounds is a collection of small bursts of light, color, and words that explore how time shapes and defines the world, especially from a Black perspective. Comprising three parts, which mirror the arc of a life—the Learning, the Living, and the Leaving—the book is a series of fleeting moments and visuals that help us to discover the beauty in our own chaos.


Roger Mooking is a Trinidadian-Canadian chef, musician, and television host. Mooking is the host of the television series Man Fire Food. He is also the host and co-creator of Everyday Exotic. Both programs aired on the Cooking Channel and Food Network Canada.

francesca ekwuyasi is a Nigerian-Canadian writer and artist. She is most noted for her debut novel Butter Honey Pig Bread, which was published in 2020. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, she is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

[H]  Arsenal Pulp Press  /  November 28, 2023

 0.7" H x 10.1" L x 8.0" W (1.9 lbs) 208 pages