Through her lifetime of research and writing books, Renata Coetzee, who died in June 2018, built national and international awareness of the culinary heritage of various cultural groups in SA. So it is apt that her latest book, Food Culture of the First Humans on Planet Earth — A Feast From Nature, is being relaunched with a second impression to bring it to the attention of a wider public. One of the celebrations will be a dinner in Tshwane on Mandela Day, July 18, to celebrate the influence of the culinary and cultural history of the first people on contemporary South African cuisine. The book will be relaunched at the Market Theatre on July 17. In collaboration with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, consultant Truida Prekel and African Sun Media, the University of Pretoria’s department of consumer and food sciences will present a four-course dinner with recipes inspired by Coetzee’s decades of research on indigenous food.

The menu is: A sundowner in the form...

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