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Tim Noakes' Real Meal Revolution Takes the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award

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Real Meal RevolutionAlert! Real Meal Revolution has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award at the annual Sefika Awards dinner in Durban tonight.

The Sefika Awards are the annual gathering of the South African Booksellers Association (SABA) and the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA).

The R20 000 prize is awarded to the title that SABA members select as the one they most enjoyed reading, promoting and selling in 2013. Last year’s award went to Frank Chikane for Eight Days in September.

Real Meal Revolution, by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier and Jonno Proudfoot, has taken the country by storm and, as the press release suggests, has “helped many a bookseller’s bottom line”. It beat off competition from a strong shortlist, including Deon Meyer, for Kobra, Lauren BeukesThe Shining Girls, Kokkedoor by Errieda du Toit, Nicki von der Heyde’s popular Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa and Vusi Pikoli and Mandy Wiener’s My Second Initiation.

Books LIVE member Penguin Books (SA) won Trade Publisher of the Year 2014, while The Book Lounge was awarded Trade Booksellers of the Year 2014 (Independent Stores).

Press release


At the annual Sefika Awards dinner held on Tuesday 26th of August, outstanding service to the publishing and bookselling industry was celebrated in style, with this year’s theme: “Black and white”.

Publishers, booksellers and authors congregated at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre in KwaZulu-Natal to applaud and be applauded for the roles they play in promoting literacy and a culture of reading by writing, producing and selling quality books in South Africa.

The Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award, now in its 14th year, is a very special award, bestowed upon an author for a book he or she has written that booksellers most enjoyed selling throughout the year. This year’s award went to Tim Noakes for Real Meal Revolution, a book that has changed the fortunes of Quivertree Publications and helped many a bookseller’s bottom line as it flew off the shelves this year.

Professor Noakes won over authors Nicki von der Heyde, Deon Meyer, Errieda Du Toit, Vusi Pikoli and Mandy Wiener, and Lauren Beukes.

Publishers Awarded:

Trade Publisher of the Year 2014: Penguin Books (SA)
Academic Publisher of the Year 2014: Oxford University Press Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
Education Publisher of the Year 2014 (Large): Pearson Education SA
Education Publisher of the Year 2014 (Small): Berlut Books cc

Booksellers Awarded:

Academic Bookseller of the Year 2014: Van Schaik Bookstore (Pty) Ltd
Education Bookseller of the Year 2014: Boeke 24/7
Trade Bookseller of the Year 2014 (Chain Stores): Bargain Books
Trade Booksellers of the Year 2014 (Independent Stores): Book Lounge
Library Supplier of the Year 2014: Hargraves Library Services

The teams that won these awards are the leaders in literacy development in South Africa and it is important that the publishers are recognised for their dedication to producing works of perfection and that the booksellers are thanked for taking these works and getting them into the hands of readers country wide.

Sponsored by Paarl Media, Nielsen, SAPnet, Creda Communications, Premier Freight, Geodis Wilson and On the Dot, the entire evening and all of the honour it bestows upon the recipients of the awards, is an annual highlight, celebrating South Africans that are advocates of literacy.


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Mellissa Bushby Venerates Vegetables in Fresh From the Vegetarian Kitchen

Fresh from the Vegetarian KitchenMellissa Bushby’s latest cookbook, Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen, is now available:

Favourite recipes from a seasoned vegetarian who has learnt through trial and error. Mellissa Bushby is not a trained chef, but her passion for food, and for living life mindfully, is evident throughout the book.

For many non-vegetarians, the thought of giving up meat is a step too far, but Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen will tempt even the most dedicated meat-eater to try ‘meat-free Mondays’. Mellissa presents food that sustains and nourishes both body and soul, with a selection of recipes that are perfect for family meals as well as entertaining. Through the pages, we imagine that mealtimes at the Bushby’s yield a table groaning with garden-fresh salads, healthy main dishes, home-made breads and bakes, and luscious desserts.

About the author

Mellissa Bushby is a wife, mother, ceramicist, illustrator, keen gardener, blogger, lover of nature and long-standing vegetarian who believes in touching the earth lightly. She takes delight in making the most of seasonal ingredients to prepare scrumptious meat-free and dairy-free meals for her family, often using ingredients plucked fresh from her own garden. Mellissa lives in the Lowveld with her husband, Lorne, and young sons Rayne and Gelyn. Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen is her second cookbook.

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Wié is huiskok Errieda du Toit en waar kom haar kosliefde vandaan?

KokkedoorKokkedoor 2 - VersamelresepteErrieda du Toit is die formidabele samesteller van Kokkedoor: Resepte uit jou gunsteling TV-reeks en Kokkedoor 2 – Versamelresepte. Sy is ook bekend as Huiskok, ‘n vaandel waaronder sy dikwels skryf en optree.

Maryke Roberts van Vrouekeur het met Du Toit gesels oor onder meer Kokkedoor, die reeks en die jongste kookboek, haar kosbelangstelling en hoogtepunte uit haar verhouding met kos.

“My kosliefde loop ook saam met my liefde vir lees, boeke en skryf. Ek het van kleintyd belanggestel in watter kos in Alice in Wonderland voorgesit is by die mal haas se teepartytjie …” sê Du Toit. Sy noem dat sy graag vir Gordon Ramsay, Braam Kruger, Tannie Poppie Coetzer en Emsie Schoeman sal wil nooi vir ‘n lekkerlag-ete en bieg dat sy altyd in grootmaat kook.

Sy sê, “Die een bestanddeel wat vir my enige dis opkikker, is werklike goeie asyn; goed beleë sjerrie-asyn. En ook gerookte Maldon-sout; die sap van vars gemmer om ’n bredie te verfris. En o, ’n raspertjie neutmuskaat, maar vars. Jammer, ek kan nie net by een bly nie.”

Errieda du Toit is ’n veelsydige vrou, wat die nuwe “Kokkedoor 2 Versamelresepte” saamgestel het en inhoudsvervaardiger: Kos vir dié gewilde reeks is, waarvan die tweede reeks in Julie op kykNET ten einde geloop het.

Sy beskryf haarself nie as ’n sjef nie, maar eerder as ’n voorskootdraende kosskrywer en sy besit nie ’n sjefsbaadjie nie.

Errieda was van die begin af deel van die program, en het die verfilming van die reeks in Prins Albert meegemaak. Saam met die drie gewilde beoordelaars en onder leiding van Human & Rousseau, het Errieda die resepte gekies en aangepas vir die tuiskombuis.


Announcing the First Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards

Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards 2014

The first-ever Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook awards have been announced, with prize money of R20 000 and Pick n Pay vouchers up for grabs.

To be eligible cookbooks must have been published – in print – in South Africa between 1 September, 2013, and 31 December, 2014.

South Africa has a strong cookbook publishing industry, and a number of recipe books have been published in the eligible time period, including:

RetreatWinter Food in ProvenceBo-Kaap KitchenFireworks

For Good TimesReal Meal RevolutionTraditional South African CookingSmittenCakes to Celebrate Love and Life

Bake with JoshTaste the World with Jenny MorrisCook from the HeartLazy Days

The award categories are: Best Cookbook of the Year, with two Runners-Up and two Highly Commended, as well as Best Newcomer, awarded for a first-time cookbook author.

Entries close on Monday, 8 September, 2014.

Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook awards entry form:

Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards 2014 by Books LIVE

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Kickstart the Real Meal Revolution with BBQ Chicken on Bacon Cabbage with Mustard

Real Meal RevolutionIf this BBQ chicken on bacon cabbage with a delectable dijon mustard sauce doesn’t convince you to join the Real Meal Revolution, nothing will.

Straight from the pages of Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier and Jonno Proudfoot, this recipe is easy to prepare in three simple steps. The recipe calls for chicken breasts, mustard, cabbage, and a delicate sage garnish if you would like to be a bit more fancy.

Try this delicious low carb high fat (LCHF) recipe:

For the chicken breasts:

4 chicken breasts
4 Tablespoons BBQ spice
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 200C
Heat a grill pan on the stove until smoking hot (you can use a frying pan if you don’t have a grill pan)
While the pan is getting hot, toss the chicken breasts in the BBQ spice and season them with salt and pepper
Now, grill the breasts on one side without turning until they are golden and have dark lines on them

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Excerpt from Love Your Wine: Why You Should Never Apologise for Your Choice of Wine

Love Your WineCathy Marston, the author of Love Your Wine, has shared an excerpt from her book on Food24.

Marston explains what makes for a balanced wine. She says you should never apologise for your choice of wine, be it ever so sweet, because all varieties can be good, balanced wines.

Read the excerpt:

At the risk of sounding like a sleazy magazine article – have you ever tried breast milk? I bet most mothers out there have caught a drop from time to time and when you do accidentally taste some, you’ll discover it’s sweet. As human beings, we are actually programmed to like sweet things (it’s something to do with giving us enough energy to go and forage for more food) and chances are that as a baby, you also graduated from milk to pureed apples and pears, mashed butternut and sweet potato.

It’s often the same with wine – most of us start on sweet, semi-sweet or off-dry wine styles, simply because they’re easier for us to accept and drink.

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