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Launch of Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Heart

If you are anything like me and have a love of recipe books then this one is for you!

About the book:

Simple & Delicious is a collection of recipes from the heart. These are dishes which Alida Ryder – a food stylist, photographer, blogger and busy mother of twins – serves to her family. Sometimes it’s something fancy and a little tricky, but most often it’s simple, honest food created with a big dose of love and enthusiasm and a pinch or two of creativity and curiosity. Recipes from the heart.


Alida Ryder won the 2012 South African Food Blog of the Year Award for her blog Simply Delicious ( and if you haven’t yet visited her blog, I would highly recommend it, it is awesome! I have in fact, tried out a few of her recipes and they were indeed simple and delicious.

I am pleased to announce the Alida will be launching her book on Thursday 27 October and YOU are invited!

Where: The Bay Bookshop, Cape Quarter, 27 Somerset Rd, Green Point

When: Thursday 27 September 2012

Time: 18h00 for 18h30

RSVP: or 021 421 1301 by Tuesday 25 September

Visit Alida Ryder’s blog, like the Simply Delicious Food Blog on Facebook, follow her on twitter or follow her on Pinterest.

See you there?

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Book review and Launch date of Die Pes – Albert Camus

Review sent in by Eleonore Godfroy.

For Afrikaans Albert Camus fans, check this out!

“Die Pes” (“The Plague”), one of the most successful novels of Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus, has just been translated into Afrikaans. A masterpiece of 20th Century literature, the text was translated by Piet de Jager and published by Protea Boekhuis. This initiative is supported by the French embassy in South Africa and the French institute (“Institut français”) in Paris, with the aim to promote linguistic diversity and access to French literature.

First published in the aftermath of World War II, “The Plague” chronicles the sweeping of Oran, a city of then French Algeria, by the disease. The inhabitants of the city try to find a response, some showing great courage while others endeavour to escape. The text is often read as a metaphor for the various reactions to the brutal occupation of France by the Nazis.

Despite Camus’ objection to the label, “The Plague” is considered as a classic of existentialist literature, where the irrationality of life sweeps individual ambitions and the “absurd” ultimately triumphs. “The Plague” aims to illustrate how the world ultimately deals with the notion of the “absurd”, that is the conflict between the human tendency to seek a meaning in life and the impossibility to ultimately find any. Camus further extended this thinking in “The Rebel”, a philosophical essay published a few years after “The Plague”.

The Book launch of “Dies Pes” by Albert Camus will take place at Alliance française of Johannesburg, 17 Kerry Road, Cnr Lower Park Drive, Parkview, on Saturday 18 August at 11.00am in presence of the translator Piet De Jager.

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