Khanya Mzongwana is a chef and contributing food editor at Woolworths Taste magazine. In April 2020, Mzongwana responded to the lockdown by self-publishing her first e-book, Sh*t’s Real, Let’s Heal.
During her days as a line chef at restaurants, Mzongwana worked 16 hour days that saw her prepping in the early hours of the morning, cooking and plating hundreds of dishes for four to six hours, followed by a deep clean of the kitchen. Since then, Mzongwana has leaned her culinary practice into resting.
Sh*t’s Real, Let’s Heal consists of 41 recipes divided into eight categories including salads, soups, meats and poultries. Compiled in two weeks, a month into South Africa's lockdown, Sh*t’s Real, Let’s Heal is a compilation of meals that Mzongwana has cooked, styled, photographed and shared on her Instagram account over the seven years she has been active on the platform.
Before being a source of income for Mzongwana, Sh*t’s Real, Let’s Heal exists to encourage restful cooking and eating habits. Like the cookbook, Mzongwana hopes her playlist encourages listeners to believe in themselves.