This Somali cookbook is the first of its kind. These recipes represent traditional ways of food preparation and cooking that were for centuries transmitted orally and practically by generations of Somali women: from mothers to daughters, elder sisters to younger sisters, aunts to nieces, grandmothers to granddaughters. To this extent, the recipes recollected in this book also represent an aspect of female history that captures Somali ways of living as maintained by and through generations of Somali women.
The book is divided into seven sections, from appetizers to desserts. In addition to the instructions on how to prepare the recipes, suggestions of what dishes compliment each other are included in most recipes.