Erica Platter, Gwyn Platter and Clinton Friedman produced East Coast Tables which went on to win a World Gourmand Book Award for Best South African Regional Cookbook. And deservedly so. They showed us that South African food was not all Bobotie and boerewors, pap and tamatie smoor, samp and beans.
Now Erica and Clinton have done it again. Produced East Coast Tables – The Inland Edition. Another book worthy of a prize.
It’s about the farming communities, the special people, the wonderful food of the Indian people of KZN, the great Zulu cooks, the fabulous products of the countryside, the specialities, the family recipes and the kitchen secrets of some of the finest cooks in the province.
This book really stirred my soul. It is written in Erica’s witty style, just like she talks. She’s packed it with information. John Platter, who I had forgotten was into beef before he started his wine guide, has written two chapters, one on wine and one on beef, both in his wonderful fact filled way. What really moved me was that it is about the kind of people I grew up with, the kind of food I grew up with.
You need the first edition and you certainly need this one. And not on the coffee table to page through, please. In the kitchen on the shelf, there to cook from, and in time daub with sauce, crumbs, extra virgin olive oil and beetroot juice. And to stuff the odd newspaper cutout into.
This is the Christmas gift. Get out and buy some copies now for the people you love!
They need to come down here and do something like this for the Cape.
published by East Coast Radio