Homemade: A serving of essays and recipes celebrating the creations crafted in our kitchens - By Amagama Amahle
What happens in the kitchen – both what we eat and how it is prepared and served – tells a story.
Whether it’s scrambled eggs on toast, a few slices of gently crumbed bread drenched in creamy amasi or an oxtail curry that’s been tended over hours, the activity of cooking is performed in different forms.
If indeed we are what we eat, then what we cook is the foundation of this identity.
This anthology is about all the different stories that are told in our kitchens.
Over a feast of 21 stories, you will read about life lessons learnt from what happens, or doesn’t happen in the kitchen.
The essays are accompanied with 30 recipes shared by some of the writers. You can learn that particular families take on classics such as beans curry, uphuthu nemfino, chicken a la king, mutton curry, dhall and samp. Then add some possible new dishes like a broccoli, bacon and raisin salad or herby plant-based cheese or a zucchini snack dish into your culinary repertoire.
The contributing authors come from a diversity of backgrounds, religions and tribes.
Though they all have roots in South Africa, they are based in Cape Town, and Durban and Johannesburg and Colorado and London and New York.
That such variety can live together in harmony in one book, is a testament to the power of food to unite.
This book is a contribution towards fostering a necessary culinary change.
Soft cover, 139 pages.
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