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The New York Times quote Eusebius McKaiser’s Run Racist Run in article about ‘apartheid’s ghosts’

Run Racist RunThe New York Times has been reading Books LIVE – and use a quote from Eusebius McKaiser’s new book Run Racist Run, published in an excerpt on our site, in their article “Raw Tensions Over Race Fester in South Africa”.

The article says “apartheid’s ghosts still stalk the land”, and refers to a “series of bitter controversies”, specifically the controversial statements made on social media by Penny Sparrow, Velaphili Khumalo and Chris Hart that ensured South Africans had a rocky start to 2016.

These controversies, the report says, show that “two decades of democracy have muted neither the perception nor the reality of inequality”

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In many ways, the debate is far more nuanced than in the supremacist past, exposing myriad resentments of privilege and entitlement, victimhood and reward, and even raising the question of who may set the racial agenda and on what terms.

“Not all whites were or are perpetrators of anti-black racism,” Eusebius McKaiser, a prominent author and social commentator, wrote in a new book, “Run Racist Run: Journeys Into the Heart of Racism.”

However, he said, “all whites benefited and still benefit from the history of anti-black oppression.”

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“I Understand that I may be Seeing You Soon”: Watch Al-Qaeda Hostage Stephen McGown’s Hopeful Video

Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the GiversEarlier this week a video of Stephen McGown was released by his captors.

McGown was captured 4 years ago while visiting Mali, and has since been held captive by al-Qaeda. The video shows that he is alive and healthy, and hopeful that he will be released soon.

In the video, McGown thanks the South African government for its continued efforts to negotiate his release and also gives thanks to Gift of the Givers for their involvement. He says: “I hope you are all well back home. I understand that I may be seeing you soon. I believe that there is an organisation involved now, a South African organisation, brokering the release”.

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Following the release of the hostage video, eNCA interviewed Malcolm McGown, Stephen’s father. McGown senior says he is in constant contact with Imtiaz Sooliman, founder and head of Gift of the Givers, who has kept him updated on the hostage negotiation. The organisation’s work is cause for great hope for the family.

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Watch “12 Purple Figs” – An Inspirational Short Food Film Styled by Marlene van der Westhuizen

Secrets of a French Cooking ClassSecrets of a French Cooking Class author Marlene van der Westhuizen recently teamed up with Deryck van Steenderen to create an incredibly beautiful short food film entitled “12 Purple Figs”.

The premise of the film is a delicious recipe for an unforgettable Purple Fig Tart, also found in Secrets of a French Cooking Class. It calls for 12 purple figs, baked with sticky brown sugar, before being settled into a mixture of almond flour, castor sugar, eggs and cream and baked until golden brown.

Watch the video and be inspired to create your own version of Van der Westhuizen’s tart:

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Try Marlene van der Westhuizen’s Recipe for Magrets de Canard with Cassis and Pears

Secrets of a French Cooking ClassMichael Oliver has shared Marlene van der Westhuizen’s recipe for Magrets de Canard with Cassis and Pears on his website.

The recipe, which comes out of Van der Westhuizen’s newest book Secrets of a French Cooking Class, uses well-fattened and wonderfully tasty duck breasts and flavour combinations that bring out the best in the meat.

Try the recipe:

6 duck breasts
salt and white pepper
1 T freshly chopped sage
300 ml Pinot noir
1 T honey
2 cloves
1 star anise
2 bay leaves
6 pears, peeled, cored and sliced in quarters
75 ml crème de cassis
250 g blueberries
50 g butter
a handful of sage

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Win a Copy of Lampedusa Pie, Market Food, Secrets of a French Cooking Class or Season’s Bounty

Lampedusa PieMarket FoodSecrets of a French Cooking ClassSeason's Bounty: Cooking with nature's abundance

To celebrate Easter and the deliciousness the long weekend entails, Bookstorm is giving away cookbooks.

To stand a chance of winning Lampedusa Pie by Andrea Burgener, Market Food by Dianne Stewart, Lissa Stewart and Jessica Cairns, Secrets of a French Cooking Class by Marlene van der Westhuizen or Season’s Bounty: Cooking with nature’s abundance by Sophia Lindop.

All you have to do to stand a chance of winning one of these fabulous books is tell Bookstorm what you will be eating this Easter, and indicate which book you would most like to win (decisions, decisions).

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The Easter long weekend is almost here. Let us know what deliciousness you will be whipping up for lunch this Easter…

Posted by Bookstorm on Tuesday, 31 March 2015


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A Recipe to Celebrate Early Autumn: Slow Cooked Chicken with Dried Figs by Marlene van der Westhuizen

Secrets of a French Cooking ClassLooking for the perfect dinner dish to celebrate the changing of the season?

Michael Olivier has shared another recipe from Secrets of a French Cooking Class by Marlene van der Westhuizen, this time for Early Autumn Chicken with Dried Figs.

“As in most slow-cooked dishes, this recipe requires a little deglazing. To ‘deglaze’ a pan simply means that you heat stock or wine together with the cooking juices and sediment that is left sticking to the pan after roasting in order to make a sauce,” Van der Westhuizen advises. Autumn is her favourite season because the available fresh produce reminds her of “a simpler life”.

Try the slow cooked chicken recipe:

What you’ll need…

12 dried figs
300 ml red port
3 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T butter
1.5 kg chicken, portioned
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 leeks, sliced into pennies and washed well
2 t freshly ground coriander
2 bay leaves
6 garlic cloves, peeled
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 bouquet garni
1 L chicken stock

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Try Marlene van der Westhuizen’s Succulent and Easy Chocolate and Orange Cake

Secrets of a French Cooking ClassEat Out has shared Marlene van der Westhuizen’s recipe for Chocolate and Orange Cake, from her latest recipe book, Secrets of a French Cooking Class.

The recipe serves eight, and takes just 40 minutes to prepare. It contains two oranges 125 grams of dark chocolate. But although the results are impressive, Van der Westhuizen says it’s really easy to make.

“As I’m a notoriously ungifted pastry chef, sharing a home full of sweet-toothed men has made it necessary for me to have a couple of really simple cake recipes to fall back on,” says the author.

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Sea Bass with Avocado, Lemon and Crispy Capers: Try Marlene van der Westhuizen’s Recipe

Secrets of a French Cooking ClassMichael Olivier has shared a delicious recipe for Sea Bass with Avocado, Lemon and Crispy Capers from Marlene van der Westhuizen’s extraordinary cookbook, Secrets of a French Cooking Class.

“Sea bass is known for having mouth-wateringly succulent meat that is also excellent when grilled on an open fire. If you cannot get your hands on some sea bass, any firm, moist, white fish fillet will be perfect for use in this recipe,” Van der Westhuizen writes in introduction to the dish.

Secrets of a French Cooking Class was launched in Johannesburg last year and is available in Afrikaans as Geheime van ‘n Franse kookklas.

Olivier reccomends a Solms-Delta Rosé with this sea bass dish. Try the recipe:

Sea Bass with Avocado, Lemon & Crispy Capers

6 sea bass fillets
2 T capers
50 g butter
2 T fresh dill, chopped finely
salt and white pepper to taste
2 avocados
juice of 1 lemon

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Herman Mashaba to Present a Talk on Success at Carthage College in Wisconsin

Black Like YouHerman Mashaba, the author of Black Like You and one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, will deliver a lecture about his life and career at Carthage College in Wisconsin.

Mashaba is part of the Chapman Executive-in-Residence programme which brings prominent business leaders to the campus to inspire students by sharing their tales of struggle and victory.

The presentation will take place on Monday, 9 February, at the Niemann Theater in the Hedberg Library and will begin at 5:30 for 6 PM.

The event is sponsored by the AW Clausen Center for World Business and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University in Virginia.

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Gift of the Givers Founder Imtiaz Sooliman in Top 100 South African Newsmakers for 2014

Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the GiversImtiaz Sooliman has been named one of the top 100 headline makers in 2014 in a list compiled by The Star. Sooliman is the founder of the largest relief organisation in South Africa, Gift of the Givers.

Photojournalist Shafiq Morton captured his experiences with Gift of the Givers in his book, Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers: A Mercy to All. Morton recently shared his most memorable experience with News24.

Gift of the Givers has conducted over 20 expeditions to countries in need, such as Bosnia, Palestine, Japan, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi and Mozambique. In 2013 City Press also named Sooliman one of the 100 world class South Africans.

In 2014 Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers were responsible for the attempted rescue of Pierre Korkie who was being held captive by Al Qaeda in Yemen, after being seized along with his wife in May 2013. Korkie was shot and killed mere hours before he was to be released. Sooliman’s negotiations regarding Korkie was big news last year and most likely why he was one of The Star‘s top 100 newsmakers of 2014.

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The Heroes category featured the 9-year-old ‘Save the Rhino’ campaigner Afeefah Patel who shot to fame two years ago after President Jacob Zuma responded to a letter she wrote to him requesting his assistance in saving the endangered rhino from rampant poaching.

It also named Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder of the internationally-renowned relief organisation ‘Gift of the Givers’ which has assisted in natural and man-made disasters such as war in myriad countries, including India and Pakistan

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