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Four culinarians and one illustrator to look out for at Kingsmead Book Fair

Join us on Saturday 13 May at the sixth annual Kingsmead Book Fair for fun culinary conversations by some of South Africa’s most prolific food-writers.

This year, five Quivertree authors – Vickie de Beer, Anna Trapido, Mpho Tshkudu, Dorah Sithole and Mieke van der Merwe – will be dishing the goods on everything food ‘n such (and in Mieke’s case, the art of drawing.) Be sure to catch them there.


Vickie de Beer
(9.30-10.15)
(The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics / My Low Carb Kitchen) Award-winning foodie, Vickie de Beer, shares one of her low-carb, gluten-free and sugar-free recipes with us.

Anna Trapido & Mpho Tshukudu (Eat*Ting) (10.45-11.30) discuss their collaboration in exploring African food

Dorah Sitole talks to Hilary Biller about The Great South African Cookbook (13.45-14.30)

Mieke van der Merwe (author of Beautiful South Africa) will be stationed in the courtyard throughout the Book Fair doing colouring-in demos and talks.
 
 

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Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

 
The Great South African CookbookThe Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra recently held a planting day. The community garden – which used to be a dumping site – is a beneficiary of the sales from The Great South African Cookbook, published by Quivertree Publications.

Partners and sponsors of the garden include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, City of Joburg, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), Quivertree and Urban Fresh, the two-man company in charge of garden sales.

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

 

Started in 2011, the Lenin Street Market Garden has received various support from a number of organisations and held different farming and gardening initiatives. But it was time to “kickoff” intensive training, said Robin Hills from the FTFA food garden department. The training would do two things, Hills said. Lessen the garden’s dependency on outside sources and increase output.

“A lot of these activities continue, but they continue in separate little silos. The cookbook has kind of brought it all together. Because it’s like now we’ve got to focus. So this is the kickoff.”

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

 
Among the book’s contributors in attendance were former True Love food editor Dorah Sitole and Johannesburg-based chef David Higgs.

The response the cookbook was receiving has been “amazing”, Higgs said, adding that, “I love the simplicity of the book. It’s easy reading. And everybody can do it.”

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

 
Urban Fresh, the garden’s brains and in charge of sales, joined the garden in April. And had done a lot of work to transform the place.

Co-owner Fazlur Pandor talked about the actions they had undertaken since joining. The garden had been a dumping site before.

“We’ve gone to a lot of effort to clean the soil first. When it started, it wasn’t like this. We’ve come a long way. We do soil tests. And we make sure it’s actually safe. We add compost and manure.”

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

 
Business partner Rogan Field outlined Urban Fresh’s future plans – packaging and processing tomatoes “properly”.

“Eventually, we want to look into value adding, making chili sauces.”

A cold room in the garden premises gave them an advantage over other co-operatives in their network, Field said. However this was no reason for Urban Fresh to “outcompete” them, he said.

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

 
“Rather to say that this project now must outcompete the other projects, how do we incorporate this project so they can support each other?”

At the garden’s initial opening in 2011, former Joburg Mayor Parks Tau said that communities had no excuses not to utilise land for their own benefit.

“There can be no justification for anyone in Johannesburg to go to bed hungry when there is space that people can use to produce vegetables for their own consumption,” he said at the time.

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

 
Five years later, the garden now supports 28 employees.

While Urban Fresh talked about expanding their network – currently they supply crops to surrounding establishments – Pandor said “building the trust of the community” was more important than maximising their production levels.

“It’s about building the trust of the community,” Pandor said, “It’s about developing a little bit of skills. So we’re not hugely focused right now on achieving maximum production. For the last six months it’s really about just engaging and solidifying our space.”

Pandor’s brother Haroon criticised people who loved calling for “land grab”. If the people were serious, they would, perhaps, plant tomatoes, he said.

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

 
Lungile Sojini (@success_mail) tweeted live from the event:

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Join Quivertree Publications at a pop-up market in Cape Town – with discounted books

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Braai: Reuben on FireThe Low Carb Solution For DiabeticsThe Great South African CookbookReal Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenEat Ting
Indigenous Plant PalettesCook BetterStar FishTartsThe Real Meal RevolutionA Life Digested

 
Quivertree Publications will be hosting a pop-up market from 2-3 December 2016 at 147 Main Road, Rondebosch.

There will be a Quivertree Book Shop selling your favourite Quivertree titles at a discount – come and stock up on your Christmas gifts here!

Reuben Riffel, Pete Goffe-Wood and Obie Oberholzer will be around from 3 PM on the Friday afternoon to sign books.

On 3 December, there’s a fun food workshop for children (ages two to six), hosted by experienced clinical dietician Kath Megaw’s Nutripaeds team in the photographic studio. Designed to expose children to sensory experiences, teach them about healthy ingredients, and help them develop fine motor skills, this event costs R120 per child, and prior booking is essential. (Please email thembela@quivertree.co.za or call 021 686 6849.)

But that’s not all, below is a list of stallholders that you can expect to see at the market:

Peta Becker, crochet art
Jackie Knutsen, sojo children’s wear
Dan Wickham, Garagista artisan beer
Janine Davidson, Scarab jewellery
Pete Goffe-Wood, steak rolls
Karen Canning, lis-spa, beauty products and treatment vouchers
Ilse Menck clothing
Nondumiso wine
Ceramics by Louise Gelderblom & Karen Henstra
Skinny laMinx
Amanda and Kathleen from Nutripaeds will host a Clever Cooks children’s food workshop in the photographic studio
Verushka Louw – cakes, biscuits and pastries

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, 2 and Saturday, 3 December 2016
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Quivertree Publications
    147 Main Road
    Rondebosch
    Cape Town | Map
  • Facebook event: Click here for more

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The Great South African Cookbook – a collection of recipes by SA’s finest – launched in Cape Town

Guest, Siba Mtongana and guest
The Great South African Cookbook

 
The Great South African Cookbook was launched at a glittering function in Cape Town recently.

When you the hear the names Reuben Riffel, Ina Paarman, Siba Mtongana, Dorah Sithole, Jan Braai and Abigail Donnelly, your thoughts (and tummies) immediately set off on a deliciously satisfying journey where the food experience (albeit on television or in a book) is so deep, it’s hard to imagine not sharing it with anyone. This is precisely what 67 of the country’s finest cooks, chefs, bakers, gardeners, foragers, farmers and local food heroes did – shared with us the food they love to cook for the people they love.

Reuben Riffel and Andy FennerPete Goffe-Wood

 
The satiny, metaphorically melt-in-your-mouth cookbook is published by industry-revered Quivertree Publications and features crisp, clean photography that captures the essence of what it means to be a South African. With over 130 recipes decadently spread like ganache on a chocolate cake, there’s almost no need to wade through the ingredients to envision the outcome of each of these dishes. Expect to find tried and classic favourites alongside contemporary fare. It’s about diversity and creativity – and The Great South African Cookbook certainly lives up to this mandate.

The book

 
As the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, celebrity chef and author of Kitchen Cowboys Pete Goffe-Wood pointed out, this book is more than just a lip-smacking collection of recipes, it is a beacon for social justice and is completely geared towards humanity. Sello Hatang, Chief Executive for The Nelson Mandela Foundation, echoed these sentiments, saying that food is something that we don’t often think of as being a necessary item to free our brothers and sisters out of poverty, but is certainly is, and it is one of the reasons that the foundation has chosen to collaborate day or night on this book to ensure its success. The foundation will receive all royalties from the book sales to cultivate food security and agricultural projects that will improve the lives of those in need, both socially and economically.

Craig Fraser, Justine Drake and Glenda PhilpKobus van der Merwe and Cass Abrahams

 
Although at times difficult to coordinate the busy schedules of these celebrities, everyone was committed and stirred into action by a resolute editorial committee. The result: A scrumptious book that embodies South Africa. From the colourful suburb of Bo Kaap to the strawberry producers of KwaZulu-Natal, the contributors in this book have shared their homes, their stories and their hearts – a testament that food is a personal journey and it’s something that must be done with your whole heart.

So, what will you cook for the people you love?

Tracy Swain (@swain_me) tweeted live from the event:

 
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Don’t miss the launch of The Great South African Cookbook

Invitation to the launch of The Great South African Cookbook

 

The Great South African CookbookQuivertree Publications in association with Exclusive Books is delighted to invite you to the launch of The Great South African Cookbook.

The event will take place at Exclusive Books Hyde Park on Thursday, 18 August.

See you there!

The Great South African Cookbook – 67 contributors, 150 recipes and 372 pages with personal stories from each contributor alongside stunning photography shot entirely on location around South Africa.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 18 August 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Hyde Park
    Shop U30 Hyde Park Corner
    Cnr Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Dr
    Craighall | Map
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP: Exclusive Books Hyde Park, hydepark@exclusivebooks.co.za, 011 325 4298

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Don’t miss the launch of Eat Ting by Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido at The Book Lounge

Invitation to the launch of Eat Ting

 
Eat Ting: Lose Weight, Gain Health, Find YourselfQuivertree Publications is delighted to invite you to the launch of Eat Ting: Lose Weight, Gain Health, Find Yourself by Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido.

Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, CEO of the Cape Town Partnership, will be in conversation with the authors at The Book Lounge.

“What a great book – and so relevant too!” – Zola Nene.

Not to be missed!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland St, Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP: The Book Lounge, booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425

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Join Kath Megaw, Daisy Jones and Vickie de Beer at the Good Food and Wine Show

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Star Fish: Top 10 Sustainable FishReal Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenThe Low Carb Solution For Diabetics

 
Join Quivertree Publications at the Good Food and Wine Show – Africa’s largest culinary event!

The theme for this year’s Good Food and Wine Show is “Fresh” and it’s all about the prevailing global obsession with sustainability and a healthier planet, inspired by the global trend for urban farming and the gradual urbanisation of rural contexts.

Three Quivertree authors will be at the show:

Friday, 27 May at 2 PM

“Healthy eating from pregnancy right through to weaning” – A talk with Kath Megaw and Daisy Jones

Saturday, 28 May at 11:30 AM

“Feeding children with ADHD and other special needs” – A talk with Kath Megaw and Belinda Hall

Sunday, 29 May at 11:30 AM

“Surviving Diabetes the Low Carb way” – A talk and cooking demo with Kath Megaw and Vickie de Beer – Diabetes Type 1 & 2

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Join Jenny Crwys-Williams, Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw to chat about The Low Carb Solution For Diabetics

Invitation to the Jenny & Co event for The Low Carb Cookbook for Diabetics

 

The Low Carb Solution For DiabeticsBooking are now open for Jenny Crwys-Williams’s event with The Low Carb Solution For Diabetics authors Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw.

A wonderful event is planned, with delicious low-carb, healthy snacks and (naturally) wine!

The event is for all parents, whether their children are diabetic or not, as well as adults who are interested in healthier eating habits.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Ellis Herbert Hall
    St Francis Of Assisi Anglican Church
    46 Tyrone Ave
    Parkview
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Guests: Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw
  • Refreshments: Healthy, low-carb snacks and wine will be served
  • RSVP: Jenny & Co, bookings@jennyandco.co.za

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Don’t miss the launch of The Story of a House: Fables and Feasts from La Creuzette at The Book Lounge

Invitation to the launch of Story of a House

 
The Story Of A House: Fables And Feasts From La CreuzetteQuivertree Publications and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of The Story of a House: Fables and Feasts from La Creuzette by Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Hardy Olivier.

This richly illustrated book is not only two cookbooks in one, but also traces the history of a manor house and follows the story of its people. Apart from the almost 90 recipes, which are have categorised according to five (yes, five!) seasons, there is an additional Crookbook, in which the authors share easy shortcut recipes and tips.

See you there!

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Lifechanging Cookbook – The Low Carb Solution For Diabetics by Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw – Launched

Vickie de Beer, Kath Megaw and Libby Doyle

 
The Low Carb Solution For DiabeticsThe Low Carb Solution For DiabeticsCooking low carb for a family is a challenge which is hard. Cooking low carb for a family every day is even harder.

This is something Vickie de Beer found after being introduced to The Real Meal Revolution, and she became a total zealot. Following the low carb high fat (LCHF) lifestyle was made even harder by the fact that her young son Luca is a type 1 diabetic. She had to ask herself, “How can I cut all the carbs from our diet if Luca is on a carb-counting regime because he needs insulin to survive?”

De Beer, a renowned food writer, started doing a lot of research, drawing from academic as well as social spheres. She made contact with a group in the USA that successfully follows a low-carb high-protein diet to manage blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetic children. This led her to a book titled Dr Bernstein’s Diabetic Solution, which would become the base of their family’s diet as well as this 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Award-winning book of delicious recipes.

The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics is both a revolutionary living plan and a cookbook, offering hope to families coping with diabetes in the form of the ultimate reference book. De Beer not only shares her personal journey in managing this disease as a mother, but makes the medical facts attached to it accessible and easily understandable. The beautifully illustrated book was written in conjunction with Kath Megaw, South Africa’s leading paediatrician and author of Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children.

Vickie de BeerAt the launch, celebrated at the Leopard’s Leap harvest table with a cooking demonstration by De Beer, Megaw said that the idea of a low carb diet for diabetics shook everything the has been taught about diabetes. However, she is finding that more and more parents opt for this lifestyle and, looking at the immensely healthy impact it has on diabetics’ lives, she can fully understand why.

Anxiety plays a big role in a diabetic’s daily living, with stress related to fixing the highs and lows that are such a big part of the disease. “Young children live with this fear that anything can go wrong at any moment,” De Beer said, explaining how the low carb solution changed this fact for her family. Following this regime has allowed her son to function like a normal boy, giving him the freedom to go camping and do sleepovers and join in the fun at birthday parties.

Each recipe comes with measurements in grams and millilitres, and provides you with all the nutritional information you need to know. Together with Megaw, De Beer has created a green list with foods that are high in protein and low in carbs which will not affect blood sugar significantly as the glucose release will be steady and slow; the red list contains foods that are toxic or dangerous for diabetics and should be avoided if not restricted. These lists make shopping much easier as you can simply take them with you at the start until you memorise the food items.

The food philosophy shared in The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics is simple:

  • Cook and eat a low carb, high protein diet
  • Avoid processed or pre-made food because you do not know what’s in it
  • Cook from scratch and use natural flavourings – no packages or pre-mixes!
  • Don’t buy takeaways
  • Choose fibrous veggies
  • Limit snacks and fizzy drinks
  • Bake all breads, wraps and pizza bases yourself

 
“For us, the one thing that made this whole low carb thing possible, the moment when I thought, ‘okay, I can do this’, was when I started using this bread roll recipe,” De Beer said before demonstrating her recipe for the most amazing low carb buns. Her family gets together every weekend, usually on a Saturday, to do all the baking for the week to come. You can keep them in the fridge and heat the ones you want to use in the oven to give them a delicious crispy shell. The secret to this recipe is to use boiling water, not hot water, to activate the psyllium husks, and not to double the ingredients for bigger batches. Rather make the recipe, which is enough for 10 buns, twice.

Other recipes you can look forward to include nachos, wraps, pizzas, soups, ice cream, cakes, pasta dishes and many more delicious dishes that your kids will love without compromising their health.

What are you waiting for, go out and get your copy of The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics and try these recipes for yourself (you can find the buns on page 115).

Low Carb Buns

 

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Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp) tweeted live from the launch using the hashtag #livebooks:


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