donderdag 28 november 2013

Hunger for Freedom - Anna Trapido (Boek)

Met veel moeite eindelijk binnen gekregen het boek wat gemaakt is door de Nelson Mandela foundation. The story of food in the life of Nelson Mandela vertelt aan de hand van verhalen, receptuur en foto's het verhaal van de rol die eten speelt in de zwarte gemenschap van Zuid Afrika. Bijzonder boek!

Titel: Hunger for freedom
Prijs: € 31,95

U kunt het boek bestellen bij de Kookboekhandel Amsterdam. Het boek kan opgestuurd worden, verzendkosten: € 5,00.

Hunger for Freedom
Article By: Thamar Houliston
Thu, 17 Jul 2008 12:00

EmailMore"I was born with a hunger to be free. I was born free. Free in every way that I could know. Free to run in the fields near my mother's hut, free to swim in the stream that ran through my village, free to roast mielies under the stars... it was only when I learnt that my boyhood freedom was an illusion... that I began to hunger for it." ? Nelson Mandela, 'Long Walk to Freedom'.

'Hunger for Freedom: The story of food in the life of Nelson Mandela' by Anna Trapido, explores Madiba's life and his hunger for freedom in a literal and metaphorical manner. What follows is not so much a cookbook as a gastro-political history with recipes.

Essentially it examines Madiba's life through food, and as the book dictates: "To look at an epic life through food cuts past the God mirage into the daily existence of a real man..."

'Food is a form of material culture...'

Starting in his childhood years, it's a memoir of the food of the struggle, food of love and friendship, food of freedom, presidential food...

Traditional recipes like Nosisa Mandela's Marthewu, a mildly fermented beverage consumed by young and old alike; Mrs Khoma's Gravy, an earlier version of Chakalaka; and Mrs Naga Naidoo's lamb kebabs, all paint a picture of the culinary landscape of Madiba's lifetime.

According to author Anna Trapido, "food is a form of material culture", the "experience of eating being something we can all share", and thus through the first-hand accounts of food we remember the life and times...

The recipes capture the mood of the moment. For example, the ingredients of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's spaghetti and mince, taken from descriptions of the dish as she made it when newly married in 1958, creates the setting of the time and evokes memories of that particular date in history.

Another example is a recipe for a Nesquik and brown sugar birthday treat that Madiba made in his Robben Island cell in 1980, taken directly from a letter describing the beverage as it was being consumed.

Never a lone agent...

Another interesting insight that Trapido explores through the food aspect is that of community. Madiba was never a lone agent, his struggles, his life and the meals he ate were always based in community, and what we choose to eat not only expresses who we are, but is rooted in what we have learnt through community.

'Hunger for Freedom', is pure poetry expressed through the parallels of history and food, and is a must-have coffeetable book for any South African, especially since we are celebrating Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday.

Book: Hunger for Freedom: The story of food in the life of Nelson Mandela.
Author: Anna Trapido
Published by: Jacana Media (Pty) in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, 2008.

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