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Please help me find a name for my food journal/magazine

I'm keen on starting a quarterly online/print food & drink journal in the coming year. The principal focus is on creating an awareness of Nigeria food (pantry, spices, seasonal fruits), history and culture, and its similarities with global cuisines.

I need a name. The one name I've thought of which isn't 'taken' is Cook Naija (Naija being a 'short' for Nigeria). I think it may be limiting.

All the others I've thought of have been taken - Feast, Eat, The Melting Point, ...

I need your help. And suggestions. Thank you

asked by Kitchen Butterfly almost 3 years ago
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added almost 3 years ago

How about NigerianFoodanddrink.com? Describes what you are going to do

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks Miss Jane. I love the idea of the title communicating exactly what I am aiming for. I'll let you know once I've decided on a name!

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks Miss Jane. I love the idea of the title communicating exactly what I am aiming for. I'll let you know once I've decided on a name!

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HalfPint

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added almost 3 years ago

How about Naija Food Journey?

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added almost 3 years ago

HalfPint, superb. Because that's what I'm embarking on. I'll let you know once I've decided on a name!Appreciate it

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pierino

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added almost 3 years ago

As far as the print part (as opposed to on-line, which you can do yourself) you might want to get in touch with a university press. Look for one close to you that you think you might be able to work with. The major universities do some stunning things.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks Pierino, I will certainly look for university presses close by. I'll let you know once I've decided on a name as well!

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added almost 3 years ago

Lagos Legumes ... And other Nigerian Treats

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added almost 3 years ago

:-) Love this. Lagos gets so much press, I think the rest of the country would be vexed with me. But I do like it. I'll let you know once I've decided on a name and I think some of these titles would be fantastic as column themes! Thank you

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added almost 3 years ago

How exciting KB. I'm not coming up with any great names for you, but wish you the best.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thank you for your kind wishes healthierkitchen. It made me feel good!

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Maedl

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added almost 3 years ago

A Nigerian Table: Seasonal Foods and Celebrational Meals

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added almost 3 years ago

I love it Maedl. I'll let you know once I've decided on a name. I really appreciate all the help!

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aargersi

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added almost 3 years ago

Edible Nigeria ?? There are magazines here in the states that come out quarterly in various cities, so Edible Austin, Edible Peoria, whatever ...

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added almost 3 years ago

I thought of edible Nigeria as I'd seen Edible Manhattan (I think) last year when I visited NY. It is a great ideas still for a column in the Magazine too so....I'll let you know once I've decided on a name. Thanks

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Maedl

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added almost 3 years ago

The Edible magazines are part of a network and there are considerable costs involvedin becoming a publisher. See http://www.ediblecommunities...

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added almost 3 years ago

I very much like Maedi's-- niger table ....
i would not use 'naija'unless you are targeting a nigerian audience, or unless you explained it in the title, i.e.
The Naija Table: Nigeria's Place in Global Cuisine
(Hmmm sound a bit dissertation-like, eh?!!)

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks Le Bec Fin. I want to share Nigerian cuisine, with Nigerians but not alienate other streams of interested readers. So I do appreciate your help. I'll let you know once I've decided on a name!

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added almost 3 years ago

Celebrating the Nigerian Table
or
!:Celebrating the Nigerian Table
Is there some fun Nigerian word that means Celebrate or Celebration- that could start off the above title?

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added almost 3 years ago

I meant this to read:
"___________! Celebrating the Nigerian Table"
That's a riff on Maedi's more book title-sounding name. But I think she's got a great idea- to use 'table' and 'celebrate.'

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added almost 3 years ago

I quite agree - celebrate and table convey the sense of what I want exactly!

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added almost 3 years ago

Celebrate is the best word to use in Nigeria. The other words I could have used are really 'slang'. It conveys the exact sense of what I want to accomplish. Thank you so much

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added almost 3 years ago

Well being a jazz lover I would look at "Airegin" or Nigeria spelled backwards. The famous Sonny Rollins standard from 1954. Something like "Airegin - traditional Foods of Nigeria."

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added almost 3 years ago

OMG. jmburns - what genius. I love the reverse name. And I've just updated my knowledge bank on Sonny Rollins. Appreciate it. Will let you know what name I decide on.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added almost 3 years ago

The Naijai Chronicles: Exploring the Nigeria food, history and culture, and its similarities with global cuisines.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks sexyLambCHOPx. I love the title. Chronicles.....now I'm thinking a whole feature of how Nigerian cuisine has evolved to what it is today. I appreciate it and will let you know what I decide

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks everyone, I intend to land on the name in a couple of weeks. Promise to report back, ok? I feel so much more ready...thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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added almost 3 years ago

...and be sure to (at least) update your profile with the URL so we can follow what you do. No suggestions from me -- we know how creative you are!

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added almost 3 years ago

Promise to do so susan. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

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added almost 3 years ago

I must admit having not visited Nigeria and it not being too high on my bucket list I would hesitate to click on and read a blog that said Celebrate Nigeria or The Nigerian table. I would need something more clever to attract my attention. The only food I remember having from an original Nigerian recipe was many years ago and they were coconut balls called Shuku Shuku. For whatever reason the name stuck in my memory. This is just off the top of my head but if your blog said something like: (Crocodile Feet and Shuku Shuku...The sights and smells of a Nigerian Kitchen) I would be far more drawn to it. I would be thinking do they have Crocodile in Nigeria? Can you cook their feet? (Pig's feet sure can be delicious if prepared well) What is Shuku Shuku?...such an unusual name. I've never been known to think like the majority (to be "normal") so feel free to give my suggestion little weight but at least another idea.

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pierino

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added almost 3 years ago

David, not being "normal" is a good thing. That's why we like you. Live outside that Dali drawn perimeter.

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added almost 3 years ago

David - thanks. I appreciate your comment of great weight. Period.

And you tickled me pink, from start to finish.

Chukuchuku, the snack (tch, as in choo, not sh as in shoo) is named a variety of long-stemmed grass which leaves bristly bits in your clothes if they 'kiss' it. Bristly, uncomfortable and irritating, as you have to pull it out bit by bit. Many childhood memories.

The exterior of the coconut balls are seen to resemble the prickly grass!

I am thrilled that you are familiar with Nigerian cuisine, especially non-mainstream stuff!

I love The Nigerian Table for what it conveys and who it speaks to - Nigerians.

I am now leaning heavily towards a print publication (I'm currently on an independent magazine publishing workshop).....

I'll keep you posted. Take care

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added almost 3 years ago

TY Pierino

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I happened on videos on youtube showing Nigerian recipes. There's a website, www.allnigerianrecipes... and 122 videos! I will spend some time with them, and other sources that showed up. I assume this means that people are out there waiting and looking for your unnamed work, and a good name would be one that picks up their searches.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks Susan - you make a great point. Searchability.....I'm almost there I think on the name. Just a few more sessions of brainstorming and I should land it! Appreciate the support

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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added almost 3 years ago

Best of luck Kitchen Butterfly. I'm sure whatever you do will be very well received.

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added almost 3 years ago

I'll look forward to reading your blog. I have no doubt of your success. You're genuine, determined and have great communication skills.