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Top chefs reveal the food they make for the people they love in The Great South African Cookbook

The Great South African CookbookThe Great South African Cookbook: The food we love from 67 of our finest cooks, chefs, bakers, farmers, foragers and local food heroes!

Ever wondered what Reuben Riffel likes to eat when he’s at home with his family? What about the secret to Cass Abrahams’ curry or Jan Braai’s perfect steak? And how exactly does an oyster farmer prefer to eat her prize molluscs? We asked South Africa’s favourite chefs, cooks, producers and local food heroes a simple question: “What is the food you make for the people you love?”

The result is 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.

Culinary legends and renowned chefs including Luke Dale-Roberts, Ina Paarman, Dorah Sithole, Pete Goffe-Wood, and Siphokazi Mdlankomo star alongside local food heroes: from salt harvesters in the Limpopo to strawberry producers in KwaZulu-Natal and Kalk Bay’s catch of the day in the Western Cape; from Mpumalanga to the Northern Cape and the suburbs and townships of Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, these food heroes opened their homes and hearts and shared recipes they make for the people they love.

“My past has a big impact on how I cook today. I love it when I get to see my kids’ smiling faces as they tuck into bowls of hearty goodness, pretty much the same food that I used to enjoy as a child. What more can a parent ask for?” says restaurateur and MasterChef judge Reuben Riffel.

For Justine Drake it’s all about love; “The secret to preparing, cooking and serving delicious food is keep it fresh and simple, but more importantly to do it with love,” she says.

Siba Mtongana agrees: “Food is all about family and friends, and putting your heart into preparing a meal is the same as presenting them with a wonderful gift.”

The Holy Cow’s Yudhika Sujanani was inspired by her grandmother; “I grew up doing my homework at the kitchen table, cherishing the warm aromas and hearing the gentle swish of my gran’s sari as she moved about from one kitchen task to the next. The kitchen was the heart of our home, and the heartbeat was the food that came out of it. Love is always the secret ingredient that turns ordinary food into magnicent feasts.”

This uniquely South African collection of recipes, guided by editorial steering committee Cass Abrahams, Hilary Biller, Phillippa Cheifitz, David Higgs, Reuben Riffel, Dorah Sithole, Errieda du Toit and Anna Trapido, and brought to life by the distinctive art of Conrad Botes, will support the Nelson Mandela Foundation who will receive all royalties from sales of the book to develop and support community food and agricultural projects to aid in the upliftment of the impoverished through food sustainability and empowerment, in partnership with Food & Trees for Africa.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Chief Executive Sello Hatang said, “The Great South African Cookbook is a showcase of what we have, rather than what we don’t have, as a country. For both me and for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, it means we’ll be able to touch and change lives with food; it’s in everyone’s hands to help make a difference.”

Inspired by Madiba’s example, Tiger Brands, who is the principal sponsor of the book, wanted to give South Africa’s future chefs an opportunity to showcase their talent. “No initiative that pays tribute to Madiba would be quite complete without weaving in his passion for our youth”, says Group Executive for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Tiger Brands, Bridgitte Backman. The company partnered with the Department of Higher Education to identify culinary colleges in all nine provinces, and invited students to enter a competition in which they answered the same question as all the other contributors: “What do you cook for the people you love?” The 10 winning recipes that appear in the book are testament to the fact that the inspiration to cook always comes from the heart.

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Everything Chefs Need to Know About Knives: A Pete Goffe-Wood Tutorial (Video)

A Life DigestedWhen it comes to cooking there are few things as important as the chef’s knife. It could mean the difference between a good dish, and a great dish.

Yuppiechef recently teamed up with A Life Digested author Pete Goffe-Wood to create a simple, easy to understand tutorial on how to best select, maintain and use a chef’s knife. He demonstrates, knife in hand, every tip and trick and explains the principles behind them in a logical, jargonless way.

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21 at 21 Author Sonwabiso Ngcowa Shares How He Interviewed a Boy Who Wanted to Take His Life

21 at 21Melanie Verwoerd and Sonwabiso Ngcowa visited Nancy Richards in the SAfm Literature studio recently to discuss their book, 21 at 21: The Coming of Age of a Nation.

To mark the “coming of age” of South Africa – 21 years after democracy – Verwoerd and Ngcowa travelled across the country collecting the life stories of “born frees”; people born in 1994.

The resulting narratives are funny and hopeful, but also challenging and distressing.

Ngcowa explained how the process of collecting the stories worked, and said they did not have any problems finding willing participants.

“Young people want to share their stories,” he said. “They want to have their voices heard. There wasn’t one person who said, ‘no, you can’t talk to me’.”

He adds, however, that there was a trust-building process, and shares how he interviewed a young man who had tried to commit suicide a few days previously: “That was one of the most difficult interviews I have done. But he was forthcoming and wanted to share his story.

“It made me ask myself questions about myself and the South Africa that we are living in. What has this place done to the psyche of a young person of 21 that they are wanting to take their life?”

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Video: Storytelling Icon Gcina Mhlophe Reveals Planned Oral History Museum in Durban

21 IconsGcina Mhlophe chatted to News24 at the recent 21 Icons gala dinner.

Mhlophe said she hopes to see the 21 Icons who have passed away since the project began, Nadine Gordimer and Nelson Mandela, remembered, but also the South Africans pick up the baton and move forward.

Storyteller, poet and a freedom fighter Mhlophe revealed her plans to start a project called Khumbulani Memory House, a planned oral history museum in Durban.

“It is about ordinary people telling their own stories,” she says. “It is great for big museums with big names behind them, but ordinary South Africans have got stories to tell, and for me, if that’s the last thing I do before I die, that’s what I want to do. I want to see the Khumbulani Memory House overflowing with the stories of my people.”

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The Story Behind Pregs Govender’s 21 Icons Portrait

21 IconsPregs Govender, activist for human rights and gender equality, was recently featured in the City Press as part of the 21 Icons series.

Each of the icons featured in 21 Icons, by Andy Ellis and Michael Hathorn, was photographed by Adrian Steirn in a setting representative of his or her character and achievements.

In Govender’s portrait, she is balancing on a rock in the middle of a stream. This reflects how she managed to achieve so much all while maintaining her steadfast stability.

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Govender is a brave woman who has triumphed in a political and social climate that once undermined South African Indian women, and she continually fights against racism, the ills of capitalism, prejudice and gender inequality.

In an intimate conversation with photographer Adrian Steirn, Govender talks about how she was very aware of injustice, poverty and inequality from an early age. “I wanted to end poverty by the time I was 40 years old and I want to reach nirvana by the time I turn 60.”

She believes there are many women like herself, as well as young girls, who innately understand that inequality is wrong and unjust, and that the perpetuation of gender stereotypes restricts our freedom to be fully human.

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Memory Against Forgetting by Ranjith Kally: A Photographic Journey of Our Shared History

Memory Against ForgettingQuivertree Publications presents Memory Against Forgetting by Ranjith Kally:

“Ranjith’s work is extraordinary, I found it very warm, a breath of fresh air that, over a long period, has retained particular senses and values” – David Goldblatt

Ranjith Kally captured iconic scenes, such as his portrait Umkumbane, which has come to symbolise the shimmering jazz age of African townships in the 1950s. When Miriam Makeba returned to Maseru, Lesotho, for a concert for black South Africans at the height of apartheid, Kally too ventured to Lesotho and returned home with a remarkable image of an exiled singer poised between joy and heartbreak. And in a series of unflinching portraits, he documented with probity the horror of the forced removals in Natal. In short, the wider appreciation of his contribution to our struggle for dignity needs to remembered and fully embraced for current South Africans intent on honouring their past.

“A defining characteristic of Ranjith Kally is his lyricism – and his ability to capture the dignity of the downtrodden to whom he was drawn” – Kalim Rajab

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Durban-born Ranjith Kally’s award-winning photographic career has spanned more than four decades. Much of his work was published in Drum magazine, where he worked between 1955 and 1985, and during this period he documented many of the key people and events involved in South Africa’s struggle for democracy. As one of our country’s most prolific photojournalists, his pictures, dating back more than sixty years, give us a glimpse into the tensions of the past and the events that shaped our future.

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Video: Adrian Steirn’s Short Film of Gcina Mhlophe, One of the 21 Icons

21 IconsThe book based on Adrian Steirn’s extensive photography project, 21 Icons, was recently published by Quivertree. This is a proudly South African book with a profoundly global message that celebrates the goodness in people.

One of the remarkable characters celebrated in this project is storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, who believes “everybody has a story to tell” and has spent the last decade running the Nozincwadi Mother of Books project, aimed at building literacy in South Africa. Steirn describes her as a “custodian of the stories that have become a huge part of South African culture”.

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Steirn has launched the second season of this project, featuring icons such as Imtiaz Sooliman and Albie Sachs. He recently joined Leanne Manas in the Morning Live studios to chat about this next phase:

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New: 21 Icons Features Personal Stories and Portraits of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Phillip Tobias

21 IconsAn acclaimed project inspired by, and featuring, Nelson Mandela, 21 Icons is an intriguing visual journey celebrating the lives, achievements and essential goodness of some of South Africa’s greatest citizens. This candid collection of their personal stories and unique portraits reflects our country, its tapestry and, above all, its people.

As varied as the Rainbow Nation is colourful, 21 Icons offers exclusive access to a remarkable spread of characters. FW de Klerk in the lotus position, Phillip Tobias before his passing, Desmond Tutu with a tutu, Nelson Mandela’s last portrait sitting… From those who navigated South Africa out of the darkness of apartheid, to life-saving crusaders, inspirational artists and others fighting to converse South Africa’s rich natural and cultural heritage, Adrian Steirn’s portraits display a unique, trusting exchange of energy between a photographer and his subjects, capturing the essence of these incredible stalwarts with both creative wit and due respect.

This is a proudly South African book with a profoundly global message that celebrates the goodness in people.

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Podcast: Ed Suter Shares Tips on Taking Street Style Photographs

Sharp SharpPhotographer Ed Suter, author of Sharp Sharp: South Africa Street Style, and Elle magazine editor Jackie Burger were interviewed by Bailey Schneider on 2Oceans Vibe about the Elle Style Reporter competition 2013. The goal of the competition is to “discover a young and inspiring style reporter”.

Suter, who will mentor the winner, said they are “not looking for someone who has a lot of experience, but someone who has a lot of energy and a strong point of view, someone who is really excited by this kind of thing”.

Suter gave some tips on photographing strangers on the street, saying that you need to think very clearly and quickly how you want to compose the photograph, because it’s not just about the person you’re photographing, but also the environment in which they are captured. “It’s not easy. You need a lot of confidence,” he said.

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“A Celebration of Individuals”: Ed Suter Discusses Sharp Sharp at Open Design Cape Town

Ed Suter

Sharp Sharp, South AfricaAfter a trip to London and New York a few years ago, photographer Ed Suter, on returning to South Africa, looked anew at the vibrancy of our local cities. He started taking photos of uniquely South African signs, such as hand-painted barbershop signs and the specials in butcher windows, graffiti, and lettering on taxis. While scouring the streets for these undervalued works of art, Suter also started to snap pedestrians whose unique way of dressing struck him.

This is how his book Sharp Sharp, showcasing these photos, was born, explained Suter in discussion with Loretta de Goede, creative director of Elle and Elle Decoration at Open Design Cape Town. Suter screened a short documentary of this work process and projected a slideshow of the street style photos for the intimate crowd, who eagerly engaged with the artist.

Although Suter’s photos were to a degree inspired by street fashion blogs, he was not so much interested in photographing fashionable clothing or what was trendy or “in season” at the time. Rather, he wanted to capture individuals, with their own style. “What makes the cities of South Africa great is the people, the individuals. In a way Sharp Sharp is celebration of individuals,” Suter said.

The complete environment of the individual is also important in Suter’s photos. He specifically did not want to take photos in malls. “When you are in Canal Walk you could be anywhere in world. You don’t get the flavour of South Africa.”

Suter was also looking for a certain confidence in his subjects. They were people who did not need too much convincing to pose for a photo. “I learned early on that if you had to spend a lot of time trying to convince someone to pose, the photo never worked anyway.”

In addition to their stylishness, people’s cultures, religions, and nationalities (in the case of immigrants) stand out in the way they dress in these photos. There are a couple of photos of the style-setting Smarteez of Soweto, who agreed that Suter could follow them around and see exactly where they get the fabric for the clothes they design.

Suter revealed that his next photographic project will focus on fabric, for example people wrapped in material and documenting a trader from the Congo’s journey with his fabrics. The Sharp Sharp event at Open Design ended with a lively discussion between Suter and the many design enthusiasts in the audience.

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Carolyn Meads tweeted live from the event using #livebooks:

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