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Credit: Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

The key to the grilled bass (or red snapper) main dish is high-quality fresh fish. It's served in many of the open-air restaurants of Benin's major city, Contonou, and is always grilled over a wood fire. This Beninoise meal tries to duplicate the warmth of the maquis.