Dining with Madiba

2008-08-11 00:00

A BOOK about food in the life of Nelson Mandela? It sounds like jumping on a bandwagon. But a couple of pages into Anna Trapido’s Hunger for Freedom and you are hooked into a delightfully palatable history lesson.

“About a year ago, I was supposed to be reviewing a not very good Mandela biography for the Sunday Independent,” explains Trapido. “I began to realise how often there were foodie references that the author probably hadn’t even noticed. So I didn’t write the review, but wrote a piece on how I thought food was an interesting way of looking at Mandela’s life. And then I realised that the idea was worth more than a thousand words on a Sunday.”

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