Dorah Sithole [South Africa]
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Whether it’s a steaming plate of sadza ne nyama, a beautifully fragranced lamb tagine, spicy jollof rice or a Sunday roast; our favourite foods done just the way we like it provide a source of comfort, reminding us of Mum’s good home cooking and with Mother’s Day in the UK a week away, on Sunday 3rd April what a good day as any to get together, cook up a feast and honour our Mothers as we make them feel extra, extra special. As the flurry of gift buying gets underway if your Mum is a foodie and loves cooking why not get her a copy of ‘Cooking from Cape to Cairo’ – a culinary tour of 17 African destinations, by former TrueLove Magazine food editor and food writer Dorah Sithole in conjunction with Truelove Magazine.
I first came across the book in 1999 when it first came out in South Africa courtesy of my copy of TrueLove magazine and thinking at the time I would like to buy the book, but never got round to it. A winner of the 2009 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best African Cuisine, ‘Cooking from Cape to Cairo’ takes you through the dishes of: Nigeria, Morocco, Ethiopia, Malawi, Egypt, Mozambique, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Swaziland, Zambia, Senegal, Lesotho, Botswana, and four diverse South African regions: KwaZulu-Natal, Venda, Transkei and the Western Cape. Let local prominent chefs, cooks and ordinary people introduce you to the mouthwatering culinary delights of their countries by sharing their recipes. The book was reissued in 2009, with a second edition published in 2010 and can be found on Amazon and at Waterstones.
Beautiful photos mean it doubles up as a coffee table book, making it a lovely gift for yourself, or anyone interested in exploring the diverse range in African cuisine.