Well-known and highly respected restaurant owner and Chef Prim Reddy of Cape Town based Indian Chapter Restaurant with Prim Reddy is the writer with Durban-based baker, hotelier, and chef Niranj Pather of the ‘Temptations: Exquisite Tastes with an exotic Touch’ Cookbook. The book is described as ‘fattening the curve’, the launch of which will be celebrated this coming Sunday at 15h00 with a Virtual High Tea.
‘Temptations’ is a lovely name for a book dedicated to Food, and contains 83 recipes from the two writers’ travels, dishes which they have experienced, and their own dishes. The Cookbook has already made the Exclusive Books Bestseller List.
The recipes in the Book also reflect the ‘diverse culinary offerings in cosmopolitan South Africa’, many passed down from one generation to another. Each recipe has a story, say the writers. Wine pairings are covered in the book too. ‘The array of recipes transport the reader from local Indian cuisine to the Indian sub-continent, local braai-vleis with the greatest selection of braai salads, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese and African. The book is filled with appetisers, mains, cakes and cocktails and even a fancy picnic’, according to the media statement which I received.
Capetonian Janet Pillai is project-leading the Virtual Book launch High Tea, a dynamo in the Tourism and Transport industry. The idea for the book emanated from Mapping Chatsworth.
Everyone is welcome to attend the ‘Temptations’ Cookbook Launch High Tea on Sunday at 15h00, by tuning into the Made in Chatsworth Facebook page whilst enjoying their favorite tea and cake in the comfort of their home. More details of the ‘Temptations’ Virtual Book Launch High Tea follow below:
6 July 2020
High Tea Goes High Tech
The Mapping Chatsworth memory box project capturing local histories will host an online high tea with foodie sensations Prim Reddy and Niranj Pather on Sunday, 12 July at 3pm on its Made in Chatsworth Facebook page. “We started with a focus on Chatsworth but this project has fired the imagination of people on the Berea, the Highway and up and down the North and South coasts,” says publisher Anivesh Singh who is one of the originators of the mapping idea.
Former Durban resident and now Cape Town businesswoman, Janet Pillai, another member of the project team secured the foodies. Gathering recipes and food stories are key elements of their mapping work. “Prim Reddy, small town girl who had a love affair with food shot to fame on SA TV in a career that spanned 16 years and a profile that never ceased,” added Pillai.
From television celebrity to a complete re-invention within the culinary world, Reddy created “The Indian Chapter Restaurant with Prim Reddy” which is a firm favourite on the acclaimed Cape Town food map. Her love for food crosses cultural boundaries and her ability to tell stories and keep people entertained sparked an interest in writing a book.
Reddy says that she wanted to give the book an edge, a lifestyle offering, wine pairing and a pure celebration of everything that can be celebrated with taste. She invited Niranj Pather to add her expertise to the mix. “Niranj is no stranger to the culinary world, she bakes beautifully, cooks beautifully, is a successful entrepreneur and also knows her way around the race track,” chuckled Reddy. The recently published “Temptations” is the fruit of the partnership.
The authors embrace the diverse culinary offerings in cosmopolitan South Africa. The book span cultures and recipes passed down generations. “These are recipes from our travels, dishes we’ve experienced and added a flair of our own,” says Pather.
The array of recipes transport the reader from local Indian cuisine to the Indian sub-continent, local braai-vleis with the greatest selection of braai salads, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese and African. The book is filled with appetisers, mains, cakes and cocktails and even a fancy picnic.
Pather adds that every recipe has a story. “Quick easy meals that makes a home chef feel like a million bucks with that extra time to put on some lipstick, put your feet up and have that well-deserved glass of wine.”
The pair are adamant that whatever the challenges, a family that eats together stays together and the idea was to make easy meals in the shortest possible time that are a celebration for the soul.
“Dress up in your best and pour a cup of tea with a slice of cake with us on Sunday as our high tea goes high tech,” says radio personality and author Mala Lutchmanan who is another of the founders of the Mapping Chatsworth team.
’Temptations – Exquisite Taste with an Exotic Touch’, published by UPPERcase, June 2020. R320. Contact: Kiru Naidoo 0829408163
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