Senegal: A Feast for All

Marche Kermel, in Dakar
Marche Kermel, in Dakar.Penny De Los Santos
Madiakhere Gueye, one of the author's hosts in Dakar
Madiakhere Gueye, one of the author's hosts in Dakar.Penny De Los Santos
Khady Mbow (left) and her niece Sini prepare a meal at their home in Dakar
Khady Mbow (left) and her niece Sini prepare a meal at their home in Dakar.Penny De Los Santos
The remains of a meal at the home of the Gueye family, in Dakar
The remains of a meal at the home of the Gueye family, in Dakar.Penny De Los Santos
A fishing boat comes ashore at Soumbedioune
A fishing boat comes ashore at Soumbedioune.Penny De Los Santos
Marie Jeanette Diop (left) and a household employee at Diop's home in Dakar
Marie Jeanette Diop (left) and a household employee at Diop's home in Dakar.Penny De Los Santos
Corniche Ouest, a beach in Dakar
Corniche Ouest, a beach in Dakar.Penny De Los Santos
Peppers, scallions, tomatoes, and herbs for sale at Marche Kermel, in Dakar
Peppers, scallions, tomatoes, and herbs for sale at Marche Kermel, in Dakar.Penny De Los Santos
A coffee vendor at Marche Kermel, in Dakar
A coffee vendor at Marche Kermel, in Dakar.Penny De Los Santos
A tea break on the beach at Corniche Ouest, in Dakar
A tea break on the beach at Corniche Ouest, in Dakar.Penny De Los Santos
fresh bread in Dakar
In Senegal's cosmopolitan capital, Dakar, the Wolof are the largest ethnic group. As of 1902, this was the capital of all of French West Africa, which accounts for the ubiquity of fresh bread.Penny De Los Santos
Man making Chinese gunpowder tea
Chinese gunpowder tea is brewed with sugar and mint and served in a tiny glass called a kas.Penny De Los Santos
three-cup ritual in west Africa
In the midst of a busy day, the ataya, an elaborate, three-cup ritual that is ubiquitous in west Africa, functions as a social and gustatory salve.Penny De Los Santos
Fresh produce
People go grocery shopping at markets like the large covered one downtown called Marche Kermel for fresh produce.Penny De Los Santos
hot peppers
Dishes like _thieboudienne_ call for vegetables like Scotch bonnet peppers, turnips, and squash to create the perfect flavor.Penny De Los Santos
A dish with chopped carrots and onions
A dish with chopped carrots and onions cooks on a stove.Penny De Los Santos
navigating the Dakar market
Despite symmetry and order at Marche Kermel, in Dakar, navigating any Dakar market requires great tactical sense.Penny De Los Santos
A street vendor grills kabobs
A street vendor grills kabobs.Penny De Los Santos
Classic Senegalese street foods are midday snacks
Classic Senegalese street foods are midday snacks.Penny De Los Santos
women cook while the men sit in thumb-twirling inertia
In Senegal, the women cook while the men sit in thumb-twirling inertia.Penny De Los Santos