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BOOK REVIEW: Spice Odyssey by Cariema Isaacs

From the author and chef of Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, comes Spice Odyssey, comes a celebration of spice, a flavour safari to delight young and old!

Cariema’s affinity and homage for spices emanate from her rich Cape Malay heritage and the legacy left behind by her ancestors who hailed from Indonesia, Java and Malaysia as well as her time spent cooking and baking in her grandmother’s kitchen in the Bo-Kaap.

The history of the Cape Malays dates back to the late 17th century in South Africa, when the Dutch East India Company established a Trading Post at the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Town today) and brought with them royal exiles, political prisoners, slaves, cooks and kitchen hands.

Each spice and herb stocked in her pantry is beautifully listed and skillfully explained with their visual and flavour characteristics before you are taken on a culinary trip to all the countries influencing this inspirational woman.

From mixing your own masalas, pastes and sauces, to the basics of samoosas and falafel.   This leads to the makings of the perfect curry, topped off with Cinnamon Craggy Chocolate Cake to name but a few.   You are guaranteed to find the perfect dish to awaken the senses and be the finessing foodie you have always dreamt of becoming.
This collection is an absolute must for any cook!

Spice Odyssey is published by Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House and retails for R350.  Available from all major book retailers.

“I cannot imagine a world without colour. Similarly, I cannot fathom a meal without spices! – Cariema Isaacs

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