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Read the Introduction to Sarah Graham's New Cookbook, Home: Food From My Kitchen

HomeUpon receiving her first copy of Home: Food From My Kitchen, Sarah Graham took to her food blog to write about the experience of holding her new book in her hands. She also shared the introduction she wrote to give readers an idea of what this cookbook means to her and her family.

“Warm hearts, full tables, empty plates. Family, friends and feasting” – that’s what this book is about, Graham writes, reflecting on the “many hundreds of hours that go into publishing a book”. After the introduction she reveals some of her favourite dishes recorded in the book and announces that many of the recipes are tied to the upcoming second season of her popular TV series, Sarah Graham’s Food Safari.

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In Swahili, that beautiful lilting language that is native to parts of East Africa, safari means ‘journey’. And I love that. I love that I have had the privilege of seeing so much of our continent, and the picture it has given me of our food heritage in Africa being such a melting pot of colour and character, food that has been cooked and shared against a beautiful backdrop of lives lived in all its magnificent corners, of stories told, of meals shared around campfires, wood stoves, bbqs (braais) or full and happy tables. And I also love coming home. I love sharing the ideas and inspirations that are gathered along the way.

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"There's Definitely Method in the Madness of Croc E Moses!" - Hetta Pieterse

DriftwordUnisa Press commissioning editor Hetta Pieterse chatted to The Arts Mag about Driftword, the multimedia anthology by performance poet, musician and spoken word artist Croc E Moses.

Driftword is part of the Unisa Flame Series.

Pieterse speaks about the illustrations in the book, as well as the design and typography. Driftword comes with a CD to capture Moses’ lyrical, musical style.

“He was very exact about the words on the page, and the drawings,” Pieterse says. “There’s definitely method in the madness of Croc E Moses!”

Watch the video, which ends with a performance and discussion of the book by the poet himself:

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Benjamin Pogrund Discusses the Resurgence of Interest in Robert Sobukwe

Robert SobukweBenjamin Pogrund has written an article about the resurgence of interest in Robert Sobukwe.

Pogrund refers to recent pieces on Subukwe by Dr Derek Hook, a South African-born social psychologist at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, USA, author of Voices of Liberation: Steve Biko and (Post)apartheid Conditions, as well as Malaika wa Azania, public intellectual and author of Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation.

The third edition of Pogrund’s Robert Sobukwe: How Can Man Die Better was reprinted in a new edition recently, 25 years after its first publication.

Hook believes their is a “resurgence of interest” in Sobukwe, and “points to several serious studies of Sobukwe which are now being done” – including his own forthcoming biography of the man.

In an article entitled “Why Sobukwe is not dead”, Wa Azania writes: “There is a rapture happening in our country. There is an awakening of black people. There is a sense of consciousness that is slowly but surely creeping into our communities [...] These are Sobukwe’s disciples, blacks who refuse systematic dehumanisation.”

Pogrund writes:

IT IS 37 years since Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe died and it seems to me that after many years of neglect a new image of him is emerging.

South Africa is in need of him: his integrity and honesty, his total belief in people whatever their colour, his commitment to serve his people, his vision of Africa.

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"We Walk Very Dangerous Ground" - Malaika wa Azania Takes Issue with Ahistorical Ideas of Transformation

Memoirs of a Born FreeMalaika wa Azania, political commentator and author of Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation, recently took part in a fascinating debate on Power FM.

The debate centred around a recent article by Maynard Manyowa titled “Economic Freedom: An Obsession With Black The Ignorance of Precedent”, in which he concludes:

South Africa progressed well under Nelson Mandela, under Thabo Mbeki, but faces a very uncertain future today. For those of us who have seen it all before (The precedent), the problems in South Africa, and the desires of The EFF, and some sectors of black community are a painful de ja vu.

It is as if we are in that place again, confronted by the same evils. Blaming the white man for a problem we voted into government, allowing the real culprits to roam free, while simultaneously cheering at the prospect of a bleak future, one that is shaped by racism, hate, irresponsibility, and self-harming economic aspirations.

The lack of prevalent economic empowerment, and indigenization is an injustice which must be addressed now. But have we not learnt enough from the damnation in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, etc.

Have we not learnt from the wonderful example that is Zambia, and Botswana, how we can work together, black, white, or otherwise, to create powerful economies?

Or is it that we are so obsessed with black skin? That we are willing to die from self-inflicted hunger, as long as the leader and perpetrator in chief is black?

Wa Azania takes issue with some aspects of Manyowa’s argument:

“We walk very dangerous ground when we make arguments that are ahistorical,” Wa Azania says. “Especially on issues that have to do with the transformation of the South African economy and the South African society.

“What I mean by this is that we cannot begin to speak about questions of redress, questions of economic or even social transformation in South Africa, without taking into consideration that South Africa is a country with a particular history. A history deeply rooted in the disenfranchisement of black people. A history deeply rooted in constructs that have ensured that black people have remained economically and socially disadvantaged.

“So when we want to seek redress, be it through policy or what have you, the narrative must always, always, always be about ‘how do we ensure that these historical injustices that have subjugated black people over the years are addressed?’ We can’t do that unless we have radical pro-black policies.”

Listen to the debate, in two parts:

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Don't Miss Dion Chang, Headline Speaker at the 2015 SA Innovation Summit in Cape Town

The State We're In: The 2010 Flux Trend ReviewDion Chang, corporate trend analyst and author of The State We’re In, will be the headline speaker at 2015 SA Innovation Summit.

The summit will take place from Wednesday, 26 August, to Saturday, 29 August, at the Cape Town Stadium. The event features 35 speakers and variety of events.

The first half of the event is a two day conference; tickets range from R 3 750 to R 5 985 per delegate. The second half of the summit is for the Market on the Edge Exhibition which costs R50 per delegate.

Don’t miss out!

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Everything Chefs Need to Know About Knives: A Pete Goffe-Wood Tutorial (Video)

A Life DigestedWhen it comes to cooking there are few things as important as the chef’s knife. It could mean the difference between a good dish, and a great dish.

Yuppiechef recently teamed up with A Life Digested author Pete Goffe-Wood to create a simple, easy to understand tutorial on how to best select, maintain and use a chef’s knife. He demonstrates, knife in hand, every tip and trick and explains the principles behind them in a logical, jargonless way.

Watch the video for tips from an expert:

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