African Diaspora in Brazil

Moqueca is one of the most famous dishes in Brazil and a staple of Afro-Brazilian cooking. In Paraty, Flavia runs a restaurant out of her home that specializes in Bahian cooking. She showed us how to prepare the dish and talked about the importance of this food to her, her family, and her community. 

Cooking Moqueca

Works Cited 

Gaspar, Lúcia. “Bahia Acarajé Women (Baiana Do Acarajé).” Bahia Acarajé Women (Baiana Do Acarajé), Joaquim Nabuco Foudation, 17 Nov. 2010,

Lutz, Diana. “Deep History of Coconuts Decoded.” The Source, Washington University in St. Louis, 13 Jan. 2016,

Watkins, Case. “Landscapes and Resistance in the African Diaspora: Five Centuries of Palm Oil on Bahia's Dendê Coast.” Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 61, 2018, pp. 137–154., doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.04.009. Accessed at:

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