The Africa Cookbook is an archive of stories and recipes, as Dr. Harris makes her way through home kitchens across the African continent. I follow her work so closely because her writing is in part what inspired the work I do. My name is Gabrielle Eitienne, and I consider myself a culinary creative of sorts. I recently returned home to North Carolina after almost a decade away between New York and San Francisco, where I had a career in fashion design until homesickness turned me into a cook and writer. I tried to recreate smells and flavors from my childhood and in turn, found a true love for the kitchen. I am an avid gardener, seed hoarder, and I, much like Dr. Harris, enjoy sharing the stories of my community, elders, and ancestors through food.