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Listen to five short stories by Nadine Gordimer (including Loot read by the author) via @openculture: fb.me/6CqAHMz7y

Video: Marita van der Vyver gesels met Riaan Cruywagen oor Winterkos in Provence

Winterkos in ProvenceWinter Food in ProvenceMarita van der Vyver is tans besig met ‘n boektoer ter bekendstelling van haar jongste boek, Winterkos in Provence. Sy het ook op die Dagbreek-stel gaan kuier om met Riaan Cruywagen te gesels.

Van der Vyver noem dat mense vir haar gevra het, “maar wat eet julle die res van die tyd?” nadat haar Somerkos in Provence-boek ‘n paar jaar gelede verskyn het. “Toe dink ons kom ons kyk. Mense dink nie aan Provence in die winter nie, né. Ons het almal die prentjie van die sonneblomme en die laventellande in die somer en éintlik is ‘n klomp van die tipiese produkte eintlik winterprodukte!” Alain, haar man en medeskrywer, gesels ook saam: “She writes, I cook. It’s as simple as that!” sê Van der Vyver se Fransman.

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Koos Kombuis Plays Small but Critical Role in Tess Gerritsen Suing Warner Bros Over Gravity

I-TjiengGravityA blog post Koos Kombuis wrote back in January for Channel24 about the similarities between the film Gravity and Tess Gerritsen’s novel of the same name has proved prescient, as the Chinese-American author is pursuing legal action against Warner Bros., makers of the film.

The film, a science fiction thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, won seven Oscars, including a Best Director gong for Alfonso Cuarón, and a Golden Globe, also for Best Director. In his January article for Channel24, Kombuis calls it “one of the best damn movies that had ever been made”. However, a chance purchase in a second hand bookshop raised his suspicions that the film’s premise might not be an original one:

Then something happened which, unfortunately, completely changed the way I saw the film.

I bought a paperback. In a small Book Exchange in, of all places, Jeffrey’s Bay. A novel by Tess Gerritsen, also called Gravity.

I have read other books by Gerritsen. She is an accomplished author, and her books have been translated into many languages. Yet after reading the book, Gravity, I must admit I felt cheated. Cheated, not by Gerritsen, but by the guys in Hollywood.

Kombuis goes on to say of the incident: “In my mind, this could very well be one of the most blatant and brazen acts of plagiarism ever seen in Hollywood!”

Despite Gerritsen’s response in September 2010 – “I have to admit, these coincidences do happen sometimes” – she released a statement in April confirming that she was planning legal action.

At the time, Ms. Gerritsen was unaware of any connection between those persons responsible for the film and those who had worked to develop her novel into a film. Ms. Gerritsen believed that as improbable as it appeared, it was at least within the realm of possibility that an independent storyteller could come up with the same specific setting, character, situation, and give it an identical title.

Then, in February 2014, Ms. Gerritsen received startling new information from a reliable source. She was told that at least one individual who was key to the development of the film Gravity had also been connected to her project while it was in development, and would have been familiar with her novel.

As the case slowly progresses, Gerritsen has written to Kombuis thanking him for “speaking his mind” when even she did not believe the accusations, and the two authors have been discussing the case on Twitter. Kombuis tells Books LIVE the incident “has got me really excited”, especially “to have received a letter from the great author herself!”

This is not the first international literary incident Kombuis has found himself involved in this year. He recently unknowlingly caused Cambridge students “sheer terror”, when they were faced with his “Tipp-Ex-Sonate” – a poem without words written in protest against apartheid censorship laws – in their exams.

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Twelve-year-old Josh Thirion Shares His Recipe for a Classic South African Dish: Malva Pudding

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Twelve-year-old Josh Thirion has shared his take on the classic South African dessert, Malva Pudding, with Kitchen.net. Thirion is the author of two cookbooks, Cook With Josh and Bake with Josh, and says that this recipe always makes him think of his Aunty Ria.

Give it a try:

Malva Pudding

2 Tbsp (30 ml) butter
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar
1 extra-large egg
1 Tbsp (15 ml) apricot jam
1 tsp (5 ml) bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
1 cup (250 ml) cake flour
a pinch of salt
1 Tbsp (15 ml) vinegar

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Verfyn jou vliegvaardighede en raak kreatief met Nóg 100 papiervliegtuie deur Andy Tudor

Nóg 100 papiervliegtuieVerfyn jou vliegvaardighede met Nóg 100 papiervliegtuie! Daar is 100 blaaie wat jy kan uitskeur om allerlei opwindende vliegtuigies te vou – van tydmasjiene tot goggas en gekamoefleerde haaie.

- Vol pragtige ontwerpe vir papiervliegtuie – om te vou en mee te vlieg
- Gedruk op spesiale uitskeur-bladsye; elke papiervliegtuig is uniek geïllustreer
- Sluit duidelike instruksies in waarvolgens vliegtuie gevou kan word
- ’n Briljante present vir enige kind – of volwassene! Perfek vir die kerskous, of om kinders besig te hou by ’n partytjie.

Nóg 100 papiervliegtuie volg op 100 Papiervliegtuie – ook uitgegee deur Protea Boekhuis (2012) – en bevat 100 pragtig geïllustreerde uitskeur-bladsye waarmee kinders (en volwassenes!) papiervliegtuie kan vou. Die boek is ideaal vir vliegtuig- en modelvliegtuig-entoesiaste.

Oor die outeur en illustreerder

Andy Tudor werk reeds 20 jaar as illustreerder. Hy woon in Derbyshire, Engeland.

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Anél Potgieter beproef Die kosrevolusie (Plus: Resep vir stadig geroosterde varklies)

Die kosrevolusieReal Meal Revolution“Ek was so vasbeslote om by die eetprogram te hou dat ek by ’n geselligheid tot groot vermaak van dr. Michael Mol my eendlewer-patee van die croutonafgeëet en die crouton skelmpies in my jas se sak weggesteek het,” skryf Anél Potgieter oor haar en haar man Rick se avonture met Die kosrevolusie. Sy meld dat dié eetplan dalk nie vir haar is nie, maar dat dit waarskynlik gepas is vir haar man: “Rick het 6,5 kg verloor, voel baie goed en is steeds op die Tim Noakes-dieet.”

Potgieter deel ook ‘n resep uit die boek en noem dat “al die resepte in die boek gaan jou laat kwyl”. Probeer Die kosrevolusie se stadig geroosterde varklies met ’n Oosterse bedruipsous:

Genoeg vir 8

1,6 kg varklies
1 t sout
1 e heuning
2 knoffelhuisies, fyngekap
1 t droë oreganum
1 t fyn komyn
1 t fyn koljander
1 t droë tiemie
1 e olyfolie
2 k water

Geroosterde groente wat jy onder die varklies pak
2 uie, grofgekap
½ bossie seldery, gekap
5 wortels, gekap
2 patats, ongeskil, in blokkies gesny

Vir die Oosterse glaseersel
3 e sojasous
1 e rooiwynasyn
1 e hoisinsous

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Angela Day Shares Her Best Risotto Recipes, Including White Chocolate Risotto

Angela Day Modern Classics“Whichever way you prefer to cook it, risotto is a great comfort dish to serve your family and friends,” writes Angela Day, author of Angela Day Modern Classics, sharing her best Risotto recipes.

Try Day’s recipes for Oven-baked Pesto Risotto with Vine Tomatoes; Roasted Pumpkin and Chorizo Risotto; Prosciutto and Spinach Risotto Balls and Brinjal, Sundried Tomato and Pine Nut Risotto. For something completely different make her recipe for Caramel Apples and White Chocolate Risotto:

CARAMEL APPLES AND WHITE CHOCOLATE RISOTTO

Serves 6

1.25 litres (5 cups) milk

1 cinnamon stick

a pinch of ground nutmeg

40g butter, chopped

250ml Arborio rice

15ml Amaretto liqueur

a pinch of salt

100g white chocolate, finely chopped

60ml castor sugar

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