Book Review: From Pasta to Pigfoot by Frances Mensah Williams

From Pasta to Pigfoot is a fictional story. The novel revolves around the main character, Faye Bonsu. Faye is a young lady living in London but was born in Ghana to Ghanaian parents. She left the country when she was a little girl and moved to England. In the book, she decides to visit Ghana having not visited since she was a child. When she gets to Ghana, she makes friends, develops relationships with new people, learns about her culture and Ghana in general.

The storyline was beautiful and I enjoyed reading about Faye and her experiences in Ghana. Through the book, I felt that Ghana was similar to Nigeria where you can see major contrasts in the way people live. One minute, you see open gutters and poor people, the next minute, you see fancy hotels and mansions. 

Moreover, the way they celebrate weddings has similarities to a Nigerian wedding. Faye attended a traditional wedding in Ghana and  the ceremony had representatives of the bride and groom’s families and this is similar to a Yoruba traditional wedding in Nigeria where the alaga iduros represents the bride and groom’s families. At the Ghanaian wedding, there was a spokesperson for both families called the okyeame. See this book educated me on Ghanaian culture, I felt like packing my bags and going on holiday to Ghana like Faye did in the story.

In Britain, where there is a large African community, it was great to read a novel that focused on a Ghanaian family living in a multicultural society in the UK. I enjoyed it so much that I bought a physical copy as a gift to my mum. I had a conversation with my mum about the book and you can read that below.

A few weeks later, she told me she enjoyed to proceeded to share some of the scenes she loved. 

I thought I’d share some excerpts and illustrate why Michael was classified as annoying.  To introduce you to Michael, he was Faye’s boyfriend. Faye’s brother, William was the one speaking below.

This is what comes from hanging around with Michael Duncan… Ever since he got into this “I’m black and I’m proud” thing, he’s become even more of a prat than he was when we were in school.’


The part I’m sure my mum would have loved was the description about Faye’s dad.

“Dr Bonsu was a firm believer in the Ghanaian tradition whereby children respected and obeyed their parents’ wishes so long as they remained under their roof.”

Faye’s dad was a father who believed his children had attend to mass whenever he was around, regardless of his children’s opinion on the subject. It was interesting to read about Faye living at home with her family as an adult and having to conform with family standards. We all know how some of us move from home just to be independent so I could relate with Faye. 

To purchase From Pasta to Pigfoot, you can find it on Amazon and at waterstones.com. The sequel to From Pasta to Pigfoot is out now as well.

Photo credit: Amazon Kindle

4 thoughts on “Book Review: From Pasta to Pigfoot by Frances Mensah Williams

  1. Tunrayo A.

    Thank you Frances. I enjoyed your books a lot but I haven't finished your sequel, From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings yet. I sent my mum my copy of the sequel so I need to buy a new one. Can't be sharing books across the Atlantic.

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