An Introduction to Ethiopian Food and Berbere

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 1, 2012

Last week, I shared my take on Swedish comfort food on the TODAY Cooking School on This week, I spoke about my Ethiopian heritage and our famous Berbere spice. When I think of Ethiopian comfort food, straightaway I think of Doro Wat. It’s one of the most traditional Ethiopian dishes and each household has its own special recipe for. My wife Maya makes some of the best Doro Wat, and I actually learn a lot about Ethiopian cooking from her.

One of the essential Ethiopian spices is Berbere. It’s used as often as we use salt and pepper here in the States. With its growing popularity, Berbere is now available in more and more specialty spice shops.

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