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The Lockdown Recipe Storytelling Book Curated by Ingrid Jones

The hands that feed us bind us to where we come from and where we are heading. – Ingrid Jones

It was early 2020. South Africa was facing the global health crisis Covid-19. The entire country was in lockdown; ordinary citizens were isolated at home – bored, restless and fearful . So what did South Africans do to counter the anxiety and fear? We cooked. We baked. The Lockdown Recipe Storytelling Book is a compilation of the stories and recipes that emerged from online conversations among the members of The Lockdown Recipe Storytelling Book, a Facebook initiative curated by Ingrid Jones. Initially, a straightforward call for sharing family recipes, the conversations that arose evolved into a celebration not only of the food of our preceding and current generations, but tales of a diverse heritage that reaches far beyond the dishes we serve our families today – stories of pride, of memories of a time long, long ago; some filled with pain, others with joy. We remembered growing up in the Cape Flats with often not enough to eat , lank-rekverstrek dishes for special occasions when many had to be fed, shopping trips that were about family, making kickass preserves and jam, Friday being fish day, food that nourished the soul and eased an aching heart , the tea set innie display, dealing with floppe, celebrating Christmas with Ma’s trifle and showing off our baking skills passed on from generation to generation. From cakes to koe’sisters, bobotie to bredies and breyani, waterblommetjies to smoked-snoek smoortjie and pickled fish – all have found their way to our tables. And have brought with them the histories that we share.

Everyday South Africans threw themselves into this project. These are their stories.

Dimensions: 265 mm (h) x 210 mm (w)
256 pages
Softcover with flaps