Bertus Basson Homegrown
Such fun to be able to tell you about two ‘local’ books today. One from a restaurant, which to my obvious shame, I had not heard of Sababa and one from one of my all-time favourite people, Bertus Basson.
Bertus with his pet pig when he was a Speklet
For me the only person I have known who has reared a pig from the Babe stage to a huge porker, a beautiful spotted character called Spek. Bertus who has worked in restaurants in London and currently runs a raft of excellent restaurants, each totally different form the other, is a real mensch. We have known him from before he married Marelie to their current family, a dog called Patat, one called Snoek, a pig called Spek and a dog called Bone. Soon to be followed by a human child of their own. Spek en Bone have a restaurant named for them in Stellenbosch of which I have heard only the most fabulous reviews.
Bertus at work
Homegrown is the sort of cook book you always wanted but could never find. Cleverly divided into chapters called Childhood, My Hood