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By Jeremy Rich Ph.D. MA BA

ISBN-10: 0803207417

ISBN-13: 9780803207417

ISBN-10: 0803210914

ISBN-13: 9780803210912

In Libreville, the capital of the African country of Gabon, the colonial previous has developed right into a current indelibly marked by means of colonial rule and ongoing French impact. this is often specially obtrusive in parts as necessary to existence as foodstuff. during this advanced, hybrid culinary tradition of Libreville, croissants are as available as plantains. but this comparable culinary range is followed by means of excessive costs and an absence of in the neighborhood made meals that's bewildering to citizens and viewers alike. A amazing two-thirds of the country’s foodstuff is imported from open air Gabon, making Libreville’s rate of dwelling equivalent to that of Tokyo and Paris. during this compelling learn of nutrients tradition and colonialism, Jeremy wealthy explores how colonial rule in detail formed African existence and the way African townspeople constructed inventive methods of dealing with colonialism as ecu enlargement threatened African self-sufficiency.
From colonization within the 1840s via independence, Libreville struggled with difficulties of foodstuff shortage because of the legacy of Atlantic slavery, the violence of colonial conquest, and the increase of the trees export undefined. Marriage disputes, racial tensions, and employee unrest usually founded on nutrition, and townspeople hired different strategies to wrestle its shortage. finally, imports emerged because the resolution and feature had a long-lasting impression on Gabon’s culinary tradition and economy.
Fascinating and informative, A Workman Is worthwhile of His Meat engages a brand new road of old inquiry in interpreting the tradition of nutrients as a part of the colonial event and resonates with the questions of globalization dominating culinary economics today.

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Southern Gabonese workers originally toiling in the timber camps took part in Libreville’s expansion. The Great Depression led timber workers without employment to move to Libreville, much to the annoyance of administrators seeking to expel them back to rural areas. 113 A member of an Nzebi clan from southern Gabon, he walked in 1959 to Kango and then Libreville after hearing “they killed people” at the timber camps. Others made a living from trade. 114 Mpongwe women claimed property rights and rented out houses to Africans and Europeans alike.

Some snubbed Fang people. 93 Mpongwe people jealously guarded their own unique identity, yet also remained open to making alliances with Africans and Europeans. The cruel days of war and famine from 1914 to 1930 would test their ability to negotiate with the colonial state and private companies. 96 The old trading economy never recovered. Fighting between German and French colonial armies in Gabon and southern Cameroon lasted until 1916, sending Fang clans scurrying away from French army recruiters seeking new soldiers and porters.

Another dispersed group of hunting and foraging people, the Akele, made a living killing game and capturing sardines and other fish in the Estuary. All groups also hunted game in the region, but even so, meat was not consumed as commonly as fish. French officials noted with displeasure how scarce bush meat was in Libreville. Reasons for its absence are unclear. Perhaps the decision of Mpongwe families to concern themselves with trade, fishing, and farming made hunting more of a domain for forest specialists like the Séké.

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