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

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 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
    Cape Town | Map
  • Facebook event: Click here for more

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Tshidzimba, dikgoba and morogo wa thepe – eat South African, eat healthy with Eat Ting

Eat TingEat Ting: Lose Weight, Gain Health, Find Yourself, by dietitian Mpho Tshukudu and food anthropologist Anna Trapido, was recently featured in the City Press.

According to the article, the book is “encouraging South Africans to get back to eating nutritional, traditional African food”.

From gluten-free sorghum flapjacks to salads featuring low-GI, ancient grains, Eat Ting is all about great-tasting South African superfoods.

In the article, Grethe Koen looks at “Poverty food” and the effects of apartheid on the South African diet.

There are many powerful ideas in Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido’s new cooking and nutrition book, Eat Ting, but the quote that best sums up the ethos of this beautifully worded and photographed manual is this: “Since we are what we eat, if we ignore taste preferences and familial food fondness, we become someone else. Essentially, the existing diet books serve up the idea that Africans need to change who they are to lose weight and gain health. This is nonsense.”

Eat Ting is the book we’ve always needed – a book that recognises black South African realities and actively promotes those beneficial foods we’ve been told we should no longer eat.

Dishes that your grandmother used to make, like slowly cooked tripe, offal and chicken feet. Low-GI legumes like tshidzimba (samp, sugar beans and peanuts) and dikgoba (cow beans and sorghum). Vegetables like morogo, wa thepe and amakhowe mushrooms. And, of course, ting (fermented sorghum porridge).

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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,, 011 325 4298

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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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See your food in a new light – Eat Ting author Mpho Tshukudu’s 5 nutrients for healthy eyes

Eat TingRemember your mom telling you to eat all your carrots if you want healthy eyes? Turns out, she was right.

Mpho Tshukudu, registered dietitian and co-author of Eat Ting: Lose Weight, Gain Health, Find Yourself with Anna Trapido, has a fantastic website where she shares helpful tips on healthy living. In one of these articles, entitled “Nutrition for healthy eyes/clear vision”, Tshukudu lists five nutrients that help to protect your vision. From Vitamin A and B to Flavonoids and Selenium, she explains why they are useful for healthy eyes and where they can be found.

Eat Ting is not a diet book. Instead, it offers healthy eating solutions based on traditional southern African food, and modern versions of time-honoured favourites.

Tshukudu writes that carrots really are good for your eyes, and so are sweet potatoes, butter, shrimp, anchovies, red wine and many more healthy foods.

Read the article:

Vitamin A (including beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin)
Beta carotene is a derivative of Vitamin A. It protects against blindness and dry eyes. Sources are green leafy vegetables (morogo, spinach, beetroot leaves rocket, watercress), orange and yellow vegetables (sweet potato, butternut, squash, carrots ) and animal products (milk, butter, eggs, shrimp).

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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,, 021 462 2425

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Find out more about South African superfoods with Eat Ting by Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido

Eat TingQuivertree Publications is excited to present Eat Ting: Lose Weight, Gain Health, Find Yourself by Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido:

Eat Ting is not a diet book. Rather, it will make you fall in love with timeless African flavours – while also improving your health and wellbeing. Tshukudu and Trapido offer healthy eating solutions based on traditional southern African food, and modern versions of time-honoured favourites.

From gluten-free sorghum flapjacks to salads featuring low-GI, ancient grains, this book is all about great-tasting South African superfoods. Find out how to cook foraged traditional greens and explore new takes on nose-to-tail eating. How about a modernised tshidzimba with oven-roasted tomatoes? Or an updated inhloko with spiced pumpkin salad? Perhaps a comforting bowl of classic mofokotso?

It’s all here, plus many more innovative, delicious dishes that are very good for you too.

About the authors

Mpho Tshukudu is a registered dietitian. She holds a BSc Dietetics and a postgraduate diploma in hospital dietetics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also a FirstLine Therapy practitioner and trained in Functional Medicine at the Institute for Functional Medicine. In her practice, she uses food and its nutritional compounds, stress management, sleep and exercise to promote optimal health.

Anna Trapido is a food anthropologist who has an MA from Cambridge University and a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also a trained chef and author of the award-winning book Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela.

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

Good Food and Wine Show
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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Caster Semenya makes SA athletics history, winning the 400m‚ 800m and 1500m in one day

21 IconsMiddle-distance runner and 21 Icon Caster Semenya made South African athletics history at the Coetzenburg Stadium on Saturday when she became the first person to win the 400m‚ 800m and 1500m at a single South African Senior Athletics Championships – and in one day!

Semenya achieved an incredible triple as she won gold in the 400m and 800m‚ and did so with Olympic qualifying times in both of 50.74 seconds and 1:58.45 respectively. Her double here came with only 50 minutes rest between the two races. Semenya then added gold in the 1500m‚ beating Dominique Scott with a time of 4:10.93.

“I’m overwhelmed. I didn’t expect to run fast times like this. I had fun. You’ve got to enjoy what you do and that’s what I’ve been doing in this championship. I haven’t had fun in a while‚” she said.

Source: TMG Digital

Watch a 21 Icons video of Semenya chatting about how she got into running:

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