Casting caution to the wind at the age of fifty, New York caterer and food writer Bonnie Lee Black decided to close her catering business and join the Peace Corps. Posted to the tiny town of Lastoursville in the thickly rainforested interior of Gabon, Central Africa, Bonnie taught health, nutrition and cooking, in French, primarily to local African women and children. In the two years she served in Gabon, Bonnie developed her own healthy recipe for a purposeful life, made in equal measures of good food, safe shelter, meaningful work, and unexpected love. Like M.F.K. Fisher’s classic World War II book, How to Cook a Wolf, Bonnie’s true stories comprise a lively, literary, present-day survival guide.
How to Cook a Crocodile won first prize in the Charity and Community – North Africa at the Gourmand International awards ceremony held at the Folis Bergeres in Paris on March 6, 2012.