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“It was the fascination of discovering the diverse paths taken by my childhood friends that made me write this book,” writes Jill Baker of The Horns

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The Horns is the first book in Jill Baker’s Zambezi-trilogy.

It was the fascination of discovering the diverse paths taken by my childhood friends that made me write this book.

Jabu, son of a respected amaNdebele chief, trained in Russia to become a leader within Joshua Nkomo’s military wing, Zipra, and determined to unseat the colonial government; Prune, whose mother was unknown at the clinic where she died giving birth to him, adopted by the Scottish nurse and guided by the clinic orderly as a Matabele boy; Themba who was born to be a slave under the Matabele but who excelled at school and university and represented Southern Rhodesia at international trade talks aged 26 and became a top political figure under Bishop Abel Muzorewa; and Carol, born into unusual circumstances and adjusting to a different world.

Finding out about their lives took eight years of meticulous and detailed research.

Joshua Nkomo was the leader and founder of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union. Picture: Paul Harris/Getty Images

I lost touch with Jabu. So I made contact.

Through single-word messaging of destination, time and date, I left Australia to find him in Botswana. A decade of ghastly war divided us.

From 48 hours of non-stop debate and disagreement grew mutual understanding, acceptance and renewal of that friendship.

I knew I had to tell that story because I had lived long enough to bring it to life for, hopefully, the greater understanding of the country we love.

What surprised me during my research was the machinations of man! The distortions — the vested interests – the manipulation – from all sides. And the savagery. I was at first shocked and appalled, then I had to understand it.

Then there was the courage, the benevolence, the interactions and the heart-stopping emotion of glorious moments.

The Horns: Book One of the Zambezi Trilogy by Jill Baker is published by Porcupine Press, R250.

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Do you suffer from stress? This book could help you avoid burnout and change the trajectory of your life

Avoiding BurnoutIf you’re suffering from stress, this book could help you avoid burnout and change the trajectory of your life.

“This is a book of triumph and grace that follows when one has suffered deeply and endured crises of such magnitude that our hearts and minds are literally cracked open and we recognise a power beyond ourselves that is always present.” Meryl Abrahams, Professional Specialised Kinesiologist

K.A. Mann had it all. She was a mother and wife, an ultra- marathon runner and a business owner. But the stress of doing the wrong work in an unpleasant environment landed her with a lifelong autoimmune illness.

Without work and income, she took stock of how it happened and how she could have prevented her burnout. Kathy developed the seven principles of self-preservation.

The principles cover relationship issues such as the importance of boundaries; knowing yourself and injecting creativity into your life – all to create a richer, more rewarding life and to connect with what matters most to you.
In this heartfelt and personal account, she provides great insight into the factors affecting our stress levels. Accompanied by personal stories and backed up by research, Kathy provides opportunities for us to evaluate our lives and to design a life more aligned to our authentic selves.

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Kathy enjoys public speaking and writing articles on the topic of avoiding burnout and self-preservation. She writes an honest and thought-provoking blog ( on connecting with your passion and in living a fulfilling life. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband and two daughters.

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Jacket Notes: Tim Noakes on his new book, Lore of Nutrition: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs

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Lore of Nutrition: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs
Tim Noakes and Marika Sboros
Penguin Random House, R290

In July 2015, I became one of few scientists in history to be publicly prosecuted for expressing my opinion.

The “hearing” (more accurately, a full-on legal trial) that the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) and Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) brought against me lasted 25 days over more than three years. It concluded in April 2017 when the independent panel found me innocent of all charges.

But, despite the massive costs on all sides, the HPCSA has chosen to appeal the verdict. The “hearing” reconvenes in February 2018.

Lore of Nutrition: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs, co-written with investigative journalist Marika Sboros, explains how the hearing came about. It had nothing to do with my tweet. That was just a pretext. It was the inevitable outcome of my decision in December 2010 to change my diet from the high-carbohydrate, low-fat one I had advocated and followed for 33 years, to one high in fat.

In so doing, I turned my back on all I had been taught about optimum human nutrition. I have learned much from my Damascene moment, as I call it. In particular, that the 1977 US Dietary Guidelines, which encouraged us to “make starchy foods the basis of most meals”, are the direct cause of the obesity and diabetes pandemics that now threaten the financial sustainability of medical services globally. The evidence we present (and on which I built my defence in the HPCSA “hearing”) establishes beyond doubt that excessive dietary carbohydrate, not fat, is the real nutrition villain.

The book explains how the publication of The Real Meal Revolution in November 2013 spawned the HPCSA trial. It initiated a debate across all segments of the South African community, which had never before happened in this country, and perhaps in few other countries, if any. And when the public started questioning what they should be eating to be properly healthy, they began to threaten diet orthodoxy. One solution was to silence the messenger – hence the HPCSA hearing.

The first third of the book details actions of colleagues and organisations as they sought to discredit me and my “Banting” diet after my Damascene moment. I have included every single published criticism over six years, in the authors’ own words. I also provide the science to show that all are without foundation. I answer all criticisms fully and transparently.

Sboros writes the middle third of the book, summarising key details of the 25 days in court: The prosecution’s case and their expert witnesses, including their cross-examination; my testimony and cross-examination and that of the “Three Angels” – Nina Teicholz, Dr Zoe Harcombe and Dr Caryn Zinn; leading to the comprehensive not-guilty judgment by Advocate Joan Adams and her committee.

In the book’s final third, I present the evidence that until very recently, perhaps as recently as 60 years ago, humans were much healthier than we are today. I show the key driver of our ill-health: the adoption of the high-carbohydrate diet, which the 1977 US Dietary Guidelines promoted, by persons intolerant to carbohydrates – which turns out to be the majority of humans.

In the final chapter, Sboros summarises the many and glaring “imponderables” that should have prevented this “hearing” from ever happening.

The book is about the distortion and corruption of science that has led to our current state of global ill-health. It provides clear scientific evidence of what we need to do to regain our formerly healthy state.

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Kingsmead Book Fair line-up announced!

Authors, editors, poets and publishers will congregate at Kingsmead College on Saturday 13 May from 9:30 AM to 6 PM for the sixth annual Kingsmead Book Fair.

Bibliophiles can expect an assortment of literary discussions including deliberations on political unrest in South Africa, culinary conversations with some of South Africa’s most prolific food-writers, and the nitty-gritty behind the art of short story writing.

Fans of mega-selling author Lesley Pearse, pay heed: the illustrious writer will share the secrets of her success with the Sunday Times’ very own Michele Magwood in Kingsmead’s Music Centre at 09:30 AM. Pearse has authored 21 books, including Dead to Me, Without a Trace, and Survivor.

On the local front the likes of Jonno Proudfoot, author of the Real Meal Revolution: Banting 2.0, award-winning journalist and author Zubeida Jaffer (On Trial with Mandela), the acclaimed novelist and short story writer Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door), and renowned poet Phillippa de Villiers Yaa (The Everyday Wife) will participate in discussions, debates and – in Proudfoot’s case – a culinary demonstration.

Kingsmead Book Fair supports numerous literary projects across the country, encouraging and instilling a love of reading and contributing to South African literacy rates across the board. The Link Reading Programme, Alexandra Education Committee, Sparrow Schools, Read to Rise, and St Vincent’s School for the Deaf are all supported by this singular book fair.

The full programme for this year’s fair – aptly themed ‘Worlds Within Words’ – is available here.

Tickets can be purchased online via Webtickets.

‘Til May 13th!

Dead to Me

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Without a Trace




Real Meal Revolution


On Trial with Mandela


The Woman Next Door


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Drop The Ball advocates shattering the glass ceiling – starting at home

For women, a glass ceiling at work is not the only barrier to success – it’s also the emotional labour at home. Women have become accustomed to delegating, advocating and negotiating for themselves at the office, but when it comes to managing households, they still bear the brunt on their own shoulders. A simple solution is staring them in the face: negotiate with the men in their personal lives.

In Drop The Ball, Tiffany Dufu urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others – enabling them to flourish at work and develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.

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For the Foodie Who Likes to Read: Best Cookbooks of 2015

Vickie de Beer, Kath Megaw and Libby Doyle

Cookbooks come in all fonts and flavours and are both decorative and practical – making it the perfect purchase for any household.

Whether you prefer healthy living or decadent indulgence, there’s a cookbook out there for you (and another one for your mother/father/significant other).

Pour yourself a cup of tea, sit back and have a look at our list of the best cookbooks of 2015:


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1. The Low Carb Solution For Diabetics

The Low Carb Solution For DiabeticsWinner of the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards:

When working mother Vickie de Beer’s life changed forever after her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she and leading paediatric dietician Kath Megaw set about creating a low-carb lifestyle plan for diabetics – and, in the process, developed an arsenal of the most effective systems and day-to-day strategies for practically dealing with diabetes.

Part emotive journey, part cookbook and part medical reference, and all bundled up in the care and love of devoted parents, The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics (Quivertree) is the fruit of their combined findings – at once personal and professional, and essential reading that effectively “closes the gap” for families coping with diabetes.


2. Mariana’s Country Kitchen

Mariana's Country KitchenMarianas se vier seisoeneMariana’s Country Kitchen (also available in Afrikaans as Marianas se vier seisoene) by Mariana Esterhuizen was published by Human & Rousseau in October last year and was named Best Newcomer at the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards.

Mariana serves food fresh from her own extensive vegetable, fruit and herb garden; prepared in her own unique way. Her delightful book includes recipes for the restaurant’s top dishes, along with vegetable dishes, classic dishes, and Mariana’s favourite childhood foods. Divided seasonally into four sections, this is the ultimate cookery book for those who love fresh, honest, delicious in-season eating.


The following four books were shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards:

3. Bitter + Sweet: A Heritage Cookbook

Bitter+SweetBitter + soetNiël Stemmet se jongste boek, Bitter + soet: ‘n Erfeniskosboek, het vroeg verlede jaar by Human & Rousseau verskyn.

Bitter + soet vertel die verhaal van Mietha Klaaste wat op die plaas Langverwacht, in die omgewing van Robertson grootgeword het, soos oorvertel deur Niël Stemmet. Die verhaal vat ons terug na daar waar Mietha se ma, Sarah, Oumies en Oubaas se huis skoonmaak en haar pa die voorman op die plaas is. Oumies en Oubaas se oudste seun, Johan, trou met sy nooi Susan, kom woon op die plaas en kort voor lank maak klein Daniël sy verskyning. Mietha word uit die skool gehaal om na hom om te sien – en daarmee begin ’n hegte verbintenis wat oor jare heen sou strek.


4. The Supper Club

The Supper ClubPresenting The Supper Club by Phillippa Cheifitz – a collection of easy-to-follow recipes for every occasion:

Cheifitz and a group of her friends get together for a supper once a month. The venue, host and menu change on a monthly basis and the menu is matched to the season or particular occasion. This is the inspiration for the book: preparing a well-cooked and delicious meal for friends to gather around the table and reconnect.


5. Baking For Pleasure and Profit

Baking For Pleasure & ProfitBak vir pret & profytBaking For Pleasure & Profit by Christine Capendale is for anyone who bakes and sells or simply wants to learn the tips and tricks from a professional. Chapter one is about the business part of home baking. There are more than 90 unique recipes with variations and creative ideas to help turn them into signature products. It contains short cuts, tips, and proven results rarely found anywhere.

Recipes are suitable for home industries, catering and farmers markets.

This book is also available in Afrikaans as Bak vir pret & profyt.


6. Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenSustained energy? Check. Reduced sugar cravings? Check. Improved concentration? Check.

Check-marks, too, for: increased health and vitality, enhanced athletic performance, longer and deeper sleep, improved digestion, strategies for fussy eaters, and helping your child reach and maintain a healthy body weight.

All these topics are addressed by South Africa’s leading paediatric dietician Kath Megaw in her upcoming book, Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children (Quivertree). Co-written with Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs, the book offers a low-carb solution for the whole family – with recipes for moms, dads and kids of all ages.


7. World Atlas of Food

World Atlas of FoodJenny Morris’ World Atlas of Food (MapStudio) is a compilation of over 100 countries and includes a world of flavours. We present to you, from every continent on the globe (excluding Antarctica) the essence of traditions, food styles and flavours comprising of elements that serve to make a country unique.

World Atlas of Food is a journey of the senses, offering armchair travel into the kitchen of six continents.


8. Raising Superheroes

Raising SuperheroesThe Real Meal Revolution (Quivertree) was all about taking on the global obesity epidemic with a revolutionary approach to eating; it challenged ingrained beliefs, it sold (and still sells) in record-breaking numbers throughout South Africa, and it changed people’s lives.

With Raising Superheroes (Jacana) the authors have now set out to revolutionise the way we feed our children. It’s time, they believe, to challenge the kids’ food industry and our old assumptions; it’s time to give our children the best nutrition possible, and the best start in life.


9. TWO

TWOStruik Lifestyle is proud to present TWO by Seline and Leandri van der Wat:

During the screening of the MasterChef South Africa 2013 series, TV viewers were both fascinated by, and impressed with, the Van der Wat sisters.

Seline and Leandri’s relationship and their varying cooking styles and personalities kept audiences on the edge of their seats right up until the final episode as they were ultimately placed second and third – no mean achievement.


10. The Banting Baker

The Banting BakerJacana Media is proud to present The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie:

The Low-Carb High-Fat diet, known more colloquially as the Banting diet, is not just about upturning the food pyramid and thus the conventional wisdom around food and nutrition that has ruled for the last 40-odd years. It’s about waking us up to what our bodies are naturally “wired” for in terms of optimal sustenance and body weight. It’s about realising that along the trajectory of commercial and industrial “progress”, we’ve lost sight of our humanness – our basic biology if you will.


11. Home: Food From My Kitchen

HomeBuilding on the success of her two previous books, and in support of her TV series, Sarah Graham’s Food Safari, Home: Food From My Kitchen encapsulates cooking throughout southern Africa.

Within the standard cookbook format of Brunch, Salads, Soups, Snacks, Meat, Poultry, Pasta, Seafood, Desserts and Baking, she presents food that is simple but beautiful, delicious and healthy. Most of the dishes can be prepared as easily outdoors as in your kitchen, and the recipes will work for family meals as well as casual dining with friends.


12. Sweet

SweetStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Sweet, a book of delectable treats by Sam Linsell:

Sweet – a word that in the culinary realm conjures up notions of decadence, irresistible deliciousness, indulgence and yes, basically palate bliss. Those treats we crave when we’re happy, sad or in need of a pick-me-up, and which make the world feel like a wonderful place. These are what Samantha Linsell presents in Sweet – and so much more! The dizzy array of sweet temptations will make your head spin and take you back to that state of excited contemplation that you last experienced as a child before a birthday party.


13. Low Carb is Lekker

Low Carb is LekkerLow carb is lekkerLow Carb is Lekker is the brainchild of Inè Reynierse, who embarked on a mission to make the benefits of a low-carb lifestyle an achievable, budget-friendly reality for her friends and family. Her “decarbed” versions of South Africa’s most popular and well-loved recipes soon caught the attention of various social networks and the growing need for a basic Low Carb is Lekker recipe collection.

There are easy low-carb, wheat-free and sugar-free alternatives to some all time family favourites (think bobotie, mac ’n cheese and curry and “rice”), quick comfort foods (gnocchi and chicken pie) as well as decadent treats (malva pudding, chocolate brownies and milk tart spring to mind).


14. All Sorts of Salads

All Sorts of SaladsAll Sorts of Salads by by Chantal Lascaris features over 70 delicious recipes for main and side salads. Gone are the days of having lettuce as your main ingredient as this book will take the home cook out of his or her salad rut and provide some interesting and tasty dishes to explore and enjoy!

The book is for anyone who wants a greater choice of salads in their daily diets, including those who want to prepare them for health reasons.


15. South African Cookbook for Diabetes

South African Cookbook for DiabetesSuid-Afrikaanse kookboek vir diabetesHilda Lategan has hand-picked the best recipes from the two volumes of South African cookbook for diabetes and insulin resistance, so that you and your family can enjoy delicious and healthy food every day.

This book is also available in Afrikaans as Suid-Afrikaanse kookboek vir diabetes.


16. Cape Fusion

Cape FusionSouth Africa’s fusion father, Shane Sauvage, is back with an ocean-inspired, all-new take on South African regional ingredients and flavours. Owner of La Pentola restaurant, Sauvage is the winner of the American Express Platinum Fine Dinning Award for the 11th year running, only one of 89 restaurants country wide to carry this honour. Chef Shane is taking food creation and wine pairing to another level.

With combinations to tempt the palate and fill your table with a feast of innovative and delicious cuisine made easy for the home cook, Cape Fusion is a sensory journey amplified by world-class, step-by-step food photography and scenic photography capturing the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.


17. South African Flavours and Traditions and Braai and Potjie Flavours and Traditions

South African Flavours and TraditionsBraai and Potjie Flavours and TraditionsSouth Africa Flavours and Traditions by Sophia Lindop invites you on a journey through our richly diverse country with its colourful people and fascinating food. Please stay a while and enjoy the tales of adventure, determination and courage at our table as we serve up this, our South Africa.

Braai and Potjie Flavours and Traditions invites you on a journey into our great outdoors where we light a fire and encourage you to stay a while and enjoy this unique South African tradition.


18. Taste the Little Karoo

Taste the Little KarooProe die Klein-KarooStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Taste the Little Karoo (Afrikaans: Proe die Klein-Karoo) by Beate Joubert:

The little Karoo is known for its beautiful landscapes, food traditions, atmosphere and warm hospitable people. Joubert captures the essence of this region and its people through the recipes included in Taste the Little Karoo. These unique recipes range from snacks and side dishes, breads and soups to salads, hearty meat dishes and braai recipes, as well as delicious desserts to round off a meal. There is also a chapter that provides recipes for the pantry such as pesto, dukkah and chutneys.


19. The Democratic Republic of Braai

The Democratic Republic of BraaiIt is your democratic right to gather with friends and family around braai fires throughout the country and celebrate with a meal cooked over the coals of a real wood fire.

This is the promise of Jan Braai’s Democratic Republic of Braai (Bookstorm). Fireworks brought us the basics of braai, Red Hot showed us that braai could be so much more. Now The Democratic Republic of Braai brings you the greatest braai recipes that Jan knows – it’s your right to braai the best.


20. Market Food

Market FoodPresenting Market Food by the mother-and-daughters cooking team Dianne and Lissa Stewart and Jessica Cairns:

Which is your favourite market? The explosion of markets all over South Africa led Dianne Stewart and her daughters, Lissa and Jessica, on a trip around South Africa in search of the best market food. Each market has its own distinct personality, and provides locals and visitors with relaxed and informal meeting places where family and friends can get together, share a meal and fill their baskets with some of the finest home-made fare and produce this country has to offer.


21. Sugar Free

Sugar FreeJonathan Ball presents Sugar Free by Karen Thomson and Kerry Hammerton, with a foreword by Tim Noakes and guidelines by Tamzyn Campbell:

Sugar Free (also available in Afrikaans as Suikervry) is the first self-help book written in South Africa to help people overcome sugar and carbohydrate addiction. It is written by authors Karen Thomson and Kerry Hammerton with the support of dietician Tamzyn Campbell and a foreword by Prof Tim Noakes. It advocates the low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) way of eating.


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The 10 Biggest Non-Fiction Book Launches of 2015


As we wind down to the end of 2015 we look back at the bookish events that got people talking this year.

Here are the non-fiction launches that Books LIVE readers were most excited about in 2015, according to our web analytics (in no particular order):

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Ferial Haffajee and Xolela MangcuWhat If There Were No Whites In South Africa?Ferial Haffajee and Xolela Mangcu Engage in a Fiery Debate at the Launch of What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?

With a provocative title like this, and an interviewer as fiery as Mangcu, this discussion hosted by The Book Lounge in Cape Town was never going to be boring. Haffajee asked poignant questions, offered insightful answers and stressed: “I don’t think the whiteness debate, or the white supremacy debate, is going to give us answers to push forward into better development.”

ZapiroRhodes RageZapiro Discusses His Favourite Cartoons (And One He Regrets) at the Launch of Rhodes Rage

The launch of Zapiro’s latest annual at St Mary’s School in Waverley, Johannesburg took readers on a visual tour of his 2015 cartoons, highlighting the newsmakers of the past year. And boy, were there many!

From loadshedding to Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, the country once again succeeded in providing the political cartoonist with rich, almost unbelievable inspiration for his world-renowned work.

Khaya DlangaTo Quote MyselfKhaya Dlanga Tells Emma Sadleir About “The Woman Who Didn’t Know Her Place” at the Launch of To Quote Myself

Two of the country’s biggest voices in social media teamed up to launch Dlanga’s memoir at Glenshiel, a grand historical house in Johannesburg.

Dlanga shared his life story as a way of introducing readers to what would become one of the most shoplifted books of the year.

Phillippa Cheifitz, Kath Megaw and Daisy JonesReal Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenA Low-Carb Solution for the Whole Family: Kath Megaw’s Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children

South Africa’s leading paediatrician wrote this cookbook with the entire family in mind, offering basic principles and delicious recipes to see to it that you are able to raise healthy, happy children.

The main ingredient in her diet? Love. Co-authors Daisy Jones and Phillippa Cheifitz joined her at Tjing Tjing Torii in Cape Town for the launch of this book.

SuzelleDIYSuzelleDIYHigh Buns and Suzelfies – A Warm Welcome for Suzelle at the Joburg Signing of SuzelleDIY: The Book

YouTube sensation and DIY guru Suzelle’s first book launch was anything but ordinary, with little girls dressed in her likeness and a long queue of avid fans cheering from the moment she stepped into Exclusive Books Rosebank.

Stevel Mark and Kojo BaffoeThe Refined PlayerA Sophisticated Celebration for the Launch of BlackBird Books and its First Title, The Refined Player by Stevel Marc

2015 saw the launch of a new Jacana imprint, BlackBird Books, with Jamaican-born entrepreneur, international model and actor Marc’s memoir as it’s first title. A jam-packed Exclusive Books Rosebank celebrated his story, and the beginning of this hotly-anticipated imprint’s story, in style.

Nia Magoulianiti-McGregor and Moeletsi Mbeki of KMMRHow to Marry a Politician and SurviveMichelle Obama’s Arms, Khanyi Mbau’s Power and Jacob Zuma’s Wives: How to Marry a Politician and Survive Launched at Love Books

Pamela Nomvete joined Nia Magoulianiti-McGregor in conversation at Love Books in Johannesburg to launch this hillarious, tongue-in-cheek “self-help” book from KKMR.

“It’s a bit of a celebration of South African politicians, and us who complain about them and yet enjoy the quirkiness around them. So it’s more than just a how-to guide,” the author explained.

Marianne Thamme, Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen SegermanSugar ManUnearthing the Mystery of Rodriguez – Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen Segerman Launch Sugar Man

The story behind the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man was launched with Marianne Thamm at La Parada in Cape Town’s trendiest street. The authors shared their remarkable story and explained why a book was called for: the movie covered two years of their lives, but the book covers 72 years, the age Rodriguez is now. “The movie takes 83 minutes. The book takes as long as it does for you to read it.”

Nechama BrodieThe Cape Town BookHistory from a Different Angle: Nechama Brodie Commandeers a Red Bus to Launch The Cape Town Book

The streets of Cape Town were the only suitable setting for the launch of a book about the story behind these streets. Brodie took over as the Red City Sightseeing Bus tour guide to show readers the various spaces she wrote about in her latest book – a biography of the Mother City.
Eusebius McKaiserRun Racist Run“Racism is a Big Challenge; It’s Even Bigger than We Think” – Eusebius McKaiser Launches Run Racist Run

Another provocative title made for another fiery book launch. McKaiser is fast becoming on of the most vocal South African writers on topics like race relations and current events. Exclusive Books Rosebank was packed to the rafters for his conversation with fellow political trendsetter Redi Tlhabi, and all copies of the book were sold out.

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Nelson Mandela’s World Aids Day Message – As Relevant Now as it Was in 1994 (Plus Video on the Virus)

On the first day of December every year, the world commemorates World Aids Day. The day is an opportunity for reflection and activism about the devastating epidemic.

In a speech marking the occasion Dennis Bloem, leader of Cope, reminded listeners of Mandela’s message for World Aids Day in 1994. He believes it is as relevant and transformative today as it was then.

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“The campaign against Aids is the task of all of us‚ young and old‚ government and community‚ organisations‚ religious and traditional institutions‚ and cultural and sporting bodies. Aids knows no customs and it knows no boundaries. We have to work together wherever we are to preserve our nation‚ our continent and humanity as a whole.”

Government has released an article explaining World Aids Day, appealing to South Africans to get on board with global HIV/Aids initiatives:

The UNAIDS World AIDS Day theme for 2011 to 2015 is: “Getting to Zero”. This year, South Africa will focus on ZERO DISCRIMINATION, without losing sight of the other ‘zeroes’: zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS related deaths. We call on all South Africans to join our Zero Stigma, Zero Discrimination campaign for World AIDS Day 2014.

The aim of this campaign is to ensure that the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS are not violated, and that discrimination on the basis of HIV, AIDS and TB is reduced, and ultimately eliminated.

On behalf of Brothers for Life, Joe Public has shared a video that drives home the a striking message about the HIV/Aids:


The following books contain more information about the disease and diverse perspectives on both how it affects lives and how it can be combated:

Impossible MourningA Different Kind of AIDSTowards a Theology of HIV/AIDSSouth African AIDS Activism and Global Health PoliticsA Kinship of Bones
Our Kind of PeopleAfrican Responses to HIV/AIDSThe AIDS ConspiracyKhabzelaThree-letter Plague


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Presenting the Winners of the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards

Mariana Esterhuizen, Hilary Biller, Brent Owens, Vickie de Beer, Kath Megaw and Siphokazi Mdlankomo

The winners of the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards were announced last night at a star-studded event at the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio in Sandton.

The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics by Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw was named the Best Cookbook of the Year, and The Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Award to the Best Newcomer went to Mariana’s Country Kitchen by Mariana Esterhuizen.

Vickie de BeerKath MegawErika Oosthuysen with Mariana EsterhuizenBrent Owens and Vickie de Beer


Sunday Times Food Weekly Editor Hilary Biller said: “This year we received far fewer entries than last year, but the judges agreed the quality was so much better.” She said that the judges looked for the “nitty-gritty” of the cookbooks and that the top six finalists’ recipes were put to the test by The Good Food Studio.

The judges who had the enviable task of selecting the best recipes in South Africa were Nompumelelo Mqwebu, head chef at Africa Meets Europe Cuisine; Siphokazi Mdlankomo, MasterChef SA 2014 runner-up whose cookbook The Little Black Recipe Book (Metz Press) is due out in January; Stephen Billingham, president of the South African Chefs Association; Food Weekly editor Hilary Biller and Fresh Living magazine editor Justine Drake.

Biller said that modern cookbooks have a theme and a message and, most importantly, focuses on a healthy lifestyle.

The Low-Carb Solution For DiabeticsMariana's Country KitchenBitter+SweetThe Supper ClubBaking For Pleasure & ProfitReal Food - Healthy, Happy Children


Hilary Biller, Christine Capendale, Vickie de Beer, Malcolm Mycroft, Kath Megaw, Phillippa Cheifitz, Niël Stemmet and Mariana Esterhuizen


Comedian Anne Hirsch entertained the guests at The Good Food Studio and grilled the guest of honour, MasterChef Austalia winner Brent Owens, about his favourite ingredients (beetroot and aniseed), celebrity chefs (Gordon Ramsay) and worst near-fatal accident in the kitchen (it involved a pressure cooker).

Before the winners were announced Owens delivered sage advice, which Hirsch interpreted as “beetroot to yourself”.

The winner of the inaugural Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards, Daisy Jones, took to the stage and extended a warm thank you to everyone who’s made the cookbook awards possible. “Thank you for honouring our work,” she said to all the organisers.

Jones, who is the author of the award-winning Star Fish (Quivertree), said: “A cookbook is about beauty and ideas.”

NB Publishers was well represented at the ceremony with three books: Bitter+Sweet: A Heritage Cookbook by Niël Stemmet; Mariana’s Country Kitchen by Mariana Esterhuizen and Baking For Pleasure & Profit by Christine Capendale.

Quivertree Publications had two stand-out cookbooks: The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics by Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw and Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children by Kath Megaw, Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs.

Struik Lifestyle were represented by The Supper Club by Phillippa Cheifitz.


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South Africa’s Best Cookbooks: The 6 Finalists for the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards Announced

You could have heard an egg crack at the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio in Sandton last Tuesday, as five judges frowned over the 30 cookbooks entered in the second Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards in association with Pick n Pay. The silence lasted for about five minutes.

“Look how long this Caesar salad recipe is,” said Fresh Living magazine editor, Justine Drake. “By the time you’ve finished reading it, you may not end up making the salad.” A snort from another corner: “A tot of butter? Really?”

South African cookbooks published between September 2014 and December 2015 were eligible for entry. Judging spans the look and feel of the cookbook, the topic, photography and size of book. Is the book easy to use? Are the measurements and methods standardised and in order and recipes accurate?

Nompumelelo Mqwebu, head chef at Africa Meets Europe Cuisine, said she was looking for something unique. “Some of it has been done over and over again. You can’t tell if this is their previous cookbook or the new one.”

With her first cookbook, My Little Black Recipe Book (Metz Press), due out in December, Siphokazi Mdlankomo, MasterChef SA 2014 runner-up, was on the lookout for “good old-fashioned meals anyone can prepare”.

Stephen Billingham, president of the South African Chefs Association, said he preferred judging cookbooks to meals. “Judging 10 plates of food plays havoc with your taste buds, whereas here, you have to imagine textures and flavours.” Drake added: “I haven’t eaten boerewors since judging a boerewors competition.”

There was much argy-bargy as the judges whittled down the 30 entries to a mere six. But they were all impressed with this year’s focus on health. “We have a very different selection of cookbooks to last year,” said Food Weekly editor Hilary Biller, “and fewer entries, which may reflect the state of the economy or the easy access to recipes on the internet.” She said SA cookbooks were evolving and many of the new publications were way more than just another recipe book.

Drake said the emphasis on child nutrition was interesting, especially for her as the mother of two young children. “I think it’s great because we don’t feed our children half the things we should.”

Echoing the concerns of last year’s winner, Star Fish: Top 10 Sustainable Fish by Daisy Jones, “home-grown” is still a buzzword. “It comes back to the idea of teaching kids that milk doesn’t come from a carton,” said Mqwebu.

This is the second year that the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio, a food hub offering cookbook launches and cooking classes, will host the Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards. Manager Nicola Johnson said: “The awards are a great showcase of local talent and something we are proud to be associated with.” This year’s winner will receive R20 000 in cash, and a R5 000 Pick n Pay voucher. Watch these pages for recipes from the finalists’ books.

The winners will be announced at a cocktail party at the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio on Thursday, 5 November.

2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards finalists:

Bitter+SweetBitter+Sweet: A Heritage Cookbook by Mietha Klaaste as told by Niël Stemmet (Human & Rousseau)
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Mariana's Country KitchenMariana’s Country Kitchen by Mariana Esterhuizen (Human & Rousseau)
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The Supper ClubThe Supper Club by Phillippa Cheifitz (Penguin Random House)
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Baking For Pleasure & ProfitBaking For Pleasure & Profit by Christine Capendale (Human & Rousseau)
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The Low-Carb Solution For DiabeticsThe Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics by Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw (Quivertree Publications)
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Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenReal Food – Healthy, Happy Children by Kath Megaw, Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs (Quivertree Publications)
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