Described by author Anna Trapido as a ‘gastro political’ script rather than a recipe book – Hunger for Freedom: Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela chronicles the life of former President Mandela – through memory and identity located in the preparation and consumption of food. From early memories of Nosisa Mandela’s Mahewu (fermented maize drink), scones by Mrs Harris , Thayanayagee Pillay’s Chicken Curry at the Treason Trail to Graca Machel’s Caranguejo com Camra’o – the book reveals the role of food in the life of Nelson Mandela as nourishment for both body and soul.
Name: Hunger for Freedom: Food in the life of Nelson Mandela
Author: Anna Trapido
Original Publication: 2008
Publisher: Jacana Media in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation
Dinner plates vary across South Africa as vastly as its natural and cultural landscape-but it was the comfort of a communal dish that laid the foundation of cross cultural friendships which inspired political alliances. The book reveals tales of shared meals- secret messages concealed in stacked roti – ‘soup with meat or without meat’ as a parable for the embodiment of the Freedom Charter and Koeksisters made by Mrs Verwoerd. Trapido’s eloquent composition is a metaphor that portrays the life of Nelson Mandela like an onion. Domestic layers enclosed by political layers and like an onion it too- is one not without tears.
A 232 page full colour paperback with annotated photographs. Recipes are documented as written by their authors so measurements vary accordingly. The book contains a total +/- 60 recipes.
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1 Trapido, Anna (2008). Food in the life of Nelson Mandela. Jacana Media