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FIG JAM AND FOXTROT (article first published : 2004-01-4)

By its very whimsical title, Lynn Bedford Hall’s Fig Jam and Foxtrot promises to be a cookbook with a difference that combines fact with fiction. With illustrations by Tony Grogan, it offers tales of live, life and food in the Karoo.

Lynn Bedford Hall is a well-known and experienced food writer, journalist and author. She has a practical yet versatile approach to food and there must be few South African cooks without one of her publications in their collection. An internationally widely published cartoonist and illustrator, Tony Grogan is currently the editorial cartoonist for the Cape Times and Sunday Independent. His line-drawings bring a delightful touch of wit to the pages of this highly enjoyable book and enhance Lynn’s own refreshing sense of comedy.

Lynn grew up in a small Karoo town and this book draws on her idyllic and fun-loving childhood. Even from an early age, she had two passions – cooking and writing. The delicious and sometimes mildly-scandalous stories she accumulated with the innocence of youth have formed the basis of the six fictitious women and their absorbing tales featured in Fig Jam and Foxtrot. She has renamed the town Corriebush, to give her more artistic licence! Add 80 delectable dishes, to this melting pot of culinary interest and the book’s a winner all the way. In fact, within an hour of reading the book, I was heading for the kitchen to produce the delicious Quick Chicken Oregano.

The women are Betsie, Virginia, Rosa, Olympia, Sylvia and Amatilda. The recipes that follow their stories reflect their particular characters and lifestyles.

Betsie’s marriage to Hamish presented a challenge as Scottish food was completely foreign to her. The arrival of Virginia’s father-in-law from India had a great influence on her traditional English-type cooking. Rosa introduced to Corriebush the sensual aromas and the noisy geniality of Italy.

Olympia’s party guests would go home full of Greek warmth and wine accompanied by Stefanos’s haunting songs as he washed the dishes in the kitchen! Drawing on recipes from old school friends, Sylvia produced food that was totally unpretentious, pure and simple. Due to popular demand, Amatilda’s coffee shop increased its menu to accommodate savoury dishes.

This is one cookbook that you can actually “read”, even at bed-time. Fig Jam and Foxtrot is published by Struik Publishers in softcover and retails at R129.95. – Cherry MacIldowie




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