The Republic of Kenya offers armchair travelers exquisite beauty, a wealth of culture, and a critically important social history. You can experience the Literature, and Food, Kenya, or take a virtual tour with volumes of Travel Writing and Photography!


Out of Africa

Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)

Out of Africa

In this now classic book, Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke of Denmark gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives: of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom: of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her: of primitive festivals: of big game that were her near neighbors--lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes--and of Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful.

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Petals of Blood

Wa Thiong'o Ngugi

Petals of Blood

The puzzling murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery sets the scene for this fervent, hard-hitting novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya. A deceptively simple tale, Petals of Blood is on the surface a suspenseful investigation of a spectacular triple murder in upcountry Kenya. Yet as the intertwined stories of the four suspects unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel their leaders have failed them time after time. First published in 1977, this novel was so explosive that its author was imprisoned without charges by the Kenyan government..

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The Soul of a New Cuisine

Marcus Samuelsson, Heidi Sacko Walters , Gediyon Kifle, Desmond Tutu (Foreword)

The Soul of a New Cuisine

Award winning chef Marcus Samuelsson shares more than 200 enticing recipes, including his own African-inspired creations and traditional dishes from all parts of Africa. You can delight in spicy stews and Barbequed Snapper from West Africa and the familiar Mediterranean flavors of dishes like Moroccan Lemon-Olive Chicken, or make your way east and south for the irresistible taste combinations of dishes such as Curried Trout with Coconut-Chili Sauce from Kenya and Apple-Squash Fritters from South Africa's Cape Malay. Using ingredients that are readily available in American markets, the recipes are doable as well as delicious.

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Classic African: Authentic Recipes from an Ancient Cuisine (Classic Cookbook Series)

Rosamund Grant

Kenya - A Culinary Journey

This title offers a collection of traditional and contemporary recipes from across the African Continent - such as yassa chicken, Tanzanian fish curry, black-eyed bean stew with spicy pumpkin, and many more. It presents an introduction to African food and practical cook's tips. Every recipe features step-by-step photography to make recreating the taste of Africa simple and delicious. Illustrated throughout, each book in this series introduces culinary traditions from around the world. 40 recipes are featured, with introductions to the dishes and ingredients found in that culture.

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Travel Writing and Photography

Kenya: The Land, Its Art and Its Wildlife; An Anthology

Frederick Lumley

Kenya: The Land, Its Art and Its Wildlife; An Anthology

A selection of poetry and prose from Kenyan writers, personally selected by the author. These are presented with a collection of stunning black and white photographs.

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Kenya From the Air

Arthus-Bertrand, Anne and Anne Spoery

Kenya From the Air

Kenya is a land of excesses, contrasts and living forces. Viewed from the air it is a jagged, volcanic Africa where shapes and colours clash violently beneath flashes of lightening; it is also an immense, flat land that the sky seems to reflect out to infinity. Lush and green lands at high altitudes dominate desolate plains. This wild Kenya can be experienced by only a few privileged flyers. Yann Arthus Bertrand's aerial view makes it possible here to observe a medley of landscapes and populations: a herd of elephants or gnus in toy-like detail, a pink swathe of millions of flamingoes or the vibrant patchwork of wares laid out on blankets in a marketplace. We see dense green plantation carved out by meandering rivers, washed by the Indian Ocean in the east and bejewelled by lakes to the west, contrasted by the rich textures of the plateau.

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