The winning essay for Igby Prize for Nonfiction on food —
Tanzanian Gloria D. Gonsalves for her essay about cooking what home is
I grew up in Tanzania’s mainland town of Korogwe. This road and rail junction town is about an hour and half drive from the coastal city of Tanga. The transportation costs in trucks with ice therefore made fresh seafood an expensive choice for a meal. Keeping frozen fish also resulted in a high electricity bill, which priced it beyond most people’s budget. Street vendors bought fresh fish then fried it for selling, but it decayed faster than dried fish which remained their preferred method. Although not as tasty as fresh fish, most families could afford dried fish.
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