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Sophia Lindop explores the magic of spices in Spices South Africa Flavours and Traditions

Sophia Lindop brings life to food with her series of cook books and shares with us a rich history of our country and the stories around her inspirational recipes.

- The Next 48 Hours Cape Town, Jenny Morris

Spices South AfricaSophia Lindop has produced another little gem in the Flavours and Traditions range, telling the tale of not only the two main influences, namely the Indian population and the Malay population, and how their age-old usage of spices and eating habits influenced the rest of our country in such a way that their recipes are now part of South Africa’s national heritage, but of all the other nations that played a role in this spicy story.

“Spices that we add to our food every day without thinking, such as pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, were such a valuable commodity in the 15th century that they inspired fearless mariners to cross vast oceans in less than adequate vessels in search of new routes to the spice-rich Orient. Today pumpkin without cinnamon, potatoes without nutmeg and a curry without ginger is unimaginable, so, even now, all around the world, spices are still making magic …” writes Lindop.

Recipes in this tantalising collection include, among others, Cauliflower-and-chickpea biryani, Chilli bites, Courgettes stuffed with lamb mince and fragrant rice, Cucumber pickles, Chocolate cardamom brownies, Milk tart, Spicy rooibos iced tea and Mosbolletjies.

Spices South Africa Flavours and Traditions is the latest book in the Flavours and Traditions series and is a little book of gastronomic delight. It brims with history, unique South African recipes, and will hopefully inspire you to cook flamboyantly.

South African Flavours and Traditions, Cape Town Flavours And Traditions, Braai and Potjie Flavours and Traditions have been created for both locals and tourists alike, celebrating our heritage in a bite-sized chunk.

About the author

Sophia Lindop was born on a farm near Douglas, a small village in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, where she grew up in an environment characterised by old-fashioned values. Lindop is zealous about food and wine and displayed an aptitude for cooking from the age of five.

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Cover revealed for Marita van der Vyver's new novel to be published early 2017

Marita van der Vyver’s new novel to be published early 2017Marita van der Vyver’s new novel to be published early 2017
Swemlesse vir 'n meerminA Fountain in FranceOlinosters op die dakDie coolste ouma op aardeWinter Food in ProvenceWinterkos in Provence

Penguin Random House will be publishing Marita van der Vyver’s 13th novel, You Lost Me, early in 2017 in English and Afrikaans.

The author, who lives in France, will be in South Africa to promote the novel in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria in March and May 2017. Readers will also have the opportunity to see her in Stellenbosch during Woordfees, and at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

You Lost Me is the story of Willem Prins, a disillusioned South African writer who, after little success, finds himself in Paris to promote an erotic novel he wrote under a pseudonym – to his great embarrassment. It’s here that he meets Jackie, a young South African who works in the city as au pair. The two of them happen to be together on the night that the Paris terror attacks strike.

You Lost Me is contemporary and thrilling; wickedly funny yet poignant. The novel reinforces Van der Vyver’s position as one of the country’s best-loved writers since the publication of her first novel, Entertaining Angels.

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Photograph by Robert Hamblin for Vrouekeur

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Kom vier die bekendstelling van Tuistafel deur Errieda du Toit in Bellville

TuistafelHuman & Rousseau nooi jou graag na die bekendstelling van Errieda du Toit se jongste resepteboek, Tuistafel.

Die geleentheid vind plaas op Vrydag, 18 November by Nerf-af Waterbankie in Bellville, en begin om 10:30.

Tuistafel trek jou in met kosmaak se klein en groot plesiere – of dit ’n eenvoudige onthoukos-gereg of ’n feesmaal saam met kleurryke kosvriende is.

Moenie die geleentheid misloop nie!



Kom geniet ’n Woord en Wingerd-viering van EK! EK! EK! deur Riette Rust in Pretoria

Uitnodiging na die bekendstelling van EK! EK! EK! Herken en hanteer narsiste deur Riette Rust

EK! EK! EK!: Herken en hanteer narsisteLAPA en Graffiti Boeke Menlyn Maine nooi jou graag na die bekendstelling van EK! EK! EK!: Herken en hanteer narsiste deur Riette Rust.

Kom geniet die Woord en Wingerd-viering op Donderdag, 17 November by Graffiti Menlyn Maine in Pretoria. Die geleentheid begin om 18:00 vir 18:30 en kaartjies kos R50 per persoon.

In EK! EK! EK! ondersoek Rust die narsisme-epidemie; hoe om narsiste te herken en hoe om hulle te hanteer.

Moenie dit misloop nie!


Phyllis Green het onlangs met Rust gesels oor haar boek en die narsisme-epidemie. Lees die onderhoud om meer uit te vind oor hoe narsiste met jou kop kan smokkel:

Waarom wou jy ’n boek oor narsisme skryf?

Toe SARIE my in 2013 vra om ’n artikel oor die onderwerp te skryf – as opvolg van ’n leser s’n oor die onhoudbare nagmerrie waarin sy verkeer – het die onderwerp my ingesuig. Sielkunde is juis my passie. Tydens die skryfproses ontdek ek toe dat ek ’n paar narsiste in my lewe het, of gehad het.

Die verligting was onbeskryflik toe ek via my navorsing ontdek dat ek nie die een met die probleem is nie. Narsiste smokkel so met jou kop dat jy dit glo. Ek wou weet hoe om dié moeilike mense te hanteer. (Jy kan tog nie van ’n familielid of summier van jou baas ontslae raak nie.)


Probeer ’n smullekker resep vir sjokolade-appelliefie-crêpekoek uit Corli se kombuis

Corli se kombuisOp soek na iets nuut en opwindend om op Oukersaand voor te sit? Probeer gerus Koekedoorwenner Corli Botha se resep vir sjokolade-appelliefie-crêpekoek uit haar jongste resepteboek, Corli se kombuis.

Hierdie resep lewer een groot koek wat bestaan uit konfytstroop, crêpes en ’n smullekker vulsel. Gebruik ’n bietjie donker kakao in die crêpes-beslag vir ’n pragtige kleur en tekstuur en natuurlik daardie heerlike sjokoladesmaak. Versier met vars aarbeie, bessies of sjokolade en strooi versiersuiker oor voor jy die koek voor sit.

Probeer die resep:

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Book Bites: 13 November 2016

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Early One Sunday MorningEarly One Sunday Morning I Decided To Step Out And Find South Africa
Luke Alfred (Tafelberg)
Known for his brainy sports writing, Alfred leaves the field in grand style with this delightful book, which recounts 12 long rambles he took across the cities and wildernesses of South Africa, from Soweto to the Groot Marico, from the Baviaanskloof to False Bay. His voice is by turns wry and lyrical, melancholy and jubilant, and his eye is superbly alert to the interminglings between our landscapes and our histories. There is much reverence for natural grace and for the remains of long-lost lives, from dam walls to Khoisan digging sticks to graves and railway tracks; “history throwing us a crumb across the great void of time”. It’s all an antidote to the national mood of mediated hysteria: a long stomp through the real world is the best way for urban worrywarts to get a grip. If you can’t get out there yourself, outsource the hard yards to Alfred, whose wandering mind is far from pedestrian. – Carlos Amato @CarlosBAmato

Cath Weeks (Little Brown)
Twyla has just had her first child, Charlie, on Christmas Day and everyone says he’s perfect. Only Twyla fears that he is not, and is proved right when Charlie is declared blind. Driven by her love for her son, Twyla is determined to restore his sight, and the opportunity presents itself in the form of experimental surgery with a staggering price tag. However, despite her hard work and dedication to the cause, when the day of Charlie’s surgery arrives, he is abducted. Blind is a superb, gripping read and emotional rollercoaster. Weeks has definite skill in portraying emotional depth and anguish. – Samantha Gibb @samantha_gibb

30 000 Years of Art30,000 Years Of Art
Various (Phaidon)
This is the updated and slightly downsized version – it’s still enormous, but your bookshelf will protest a little less, thanks to a slightly smaller format – of a truly wonderful compilation of artworks from, as the title suggests, the last 30 millennia. It’s a great resource for art lovers, being instant inspiration for those who are already informed in such matters and a goldmine of information and sumptuous visuals for anyone who cares enough about art. The editors and compilers of this tome have combined quantity (nearly 600 artworks, each on their own page) with quality, packing a wealth of data into four or five paragraphs. This makes it possible to read the giant volume in bite-size segments. – Bruce Dennill @BroosDennill

The Bedside ArkThe Bedside Ark
David Muirhead (Struik Nature)
Muirhead’s essays on a “motley collection” of animals is hugely entertaining and informative. Whether or not the knowledge is useful is beside the point. Although, who knows, your chance to win a million rand may hinge on your knowledge of porcupines’ sex lives. Muirhead charts the animals’ past and current appearances in human society; revered god, omen and dinner, and shares the bizarre facts you probably won’t find in guidebooks. His book is a reminder of just how varied and strange the animal kingdom is. Each essay is long enough for a quick chuckle. – Jem Glendinning @jemathome

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