Being unhealthy made me feel dreadful on so many levels. I felt ugly and tired and it was making me sick. I felt like I was stuck. Then I had a small stroke and I felt that life couldn’t be worse. I thought I might die. I worried about everything. But then a friend told me that just when the caterpillar thought it was all over it turned into a butterfly. I took control. I started to exercise and to eat better. I lost weight. My blood pressure went down. It’s a slow process but life is getting better. I will be that butterfly.

by Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido

Readers who follow the gourmet guidelines will lose weight but this is so much more than just a diet book. Those who lose weight will do so within a broader journey to health, self-knowledge and self-respect.

Tips and tactics for healthy living combine the realities of modern life with African ancestral wisdom to find food solutions based on the diverse, delicious and health-promoting realm of Southern African cuisine. Readers will learn how to incorporate ancient tastes and modern variations with international twists into their daily taste and health strategies.

From hipster breakfasts of low GI sorghum meal flapjacks with sour fig and amasi curds to the slow cooked comfort suppers of tshotlho pulled lamb casserole this book has recipes to suit all palates and social situations. Whether readers want their bean dikgobe beans plain or poshed up with fennel and
lime, it’s all there. Pumpkin leaf salads, tripe and trotters and granny’s classic tomato gravy all make an appearance. Plus puddings and cocktails because pleasure is always part of the package. And of course the ‘ting’ in the title – traditional fermented sorghum, tart and delicious – literally tingling with ancient African taste and goodness.

Based on extensive interviewing, readers will sigh, laugh and cry with recognition at the witty, poignant and inspiring personal stories. Along the way they will lose weight, gain health and find themselves.

For me diet old books don’t work because the terminology disconnects from the real food and the real life. If the books just said umleqwa instead of “free range” I would relate much more… And what’s up with those terrible, depressing lists with the calorie breakdowns? They don’t have anything on them that you really want to eat. Ever. So you end up having to become westernised when you are on a diet because you are trying to stick to the diet and there is no calorific breakdown on things like chicken mala. Now we are forced to buy the R30 tiny tub of blueberries in the supermarket because those things have been calculated and it means you can stick to the diet.

by Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido

Pub date: June 2016
ISBN: 978-1-928209-55-3
Dimensions: 170 mm x 230 mm
Extent: 224pp
Illustrations: 120
Binding: soft cover with flaps