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A Launch with a Difference for Marlene van der Westhuizen’s Abundance

Deon Van der Westhuizen, Heather Parker & John Maytham

AbundanceThe launch of Cape Town celebrity chef, Marlene van der Westhuizen’s latest book, Abundance, was a fascinating event, despite the author’s absence due to illness. Deon van der Westhuizen, who joked about being known best as “Marlene’s husband” was joined by the book’s editor, Heather Parker, and 567 Cape Talk host, John Maytham at Kalk Bay Books.

Deon van der Westhuizen praised the gorgeous photography of Johan Wilke, that brings to life the food that Capetonians love. This, the latest offering from the pen of Marlene van der Westhuizen, is her ninth book, and follows on from the huge success of Delectable and Sumptuous. In particular, Abundance celebrates the city, looking at the bistros, eateries and watering holes that the author loves best.

Marlene van der Westhuizen, the owner of The Food Studio in Greenpoint, conducts cookery tours in her other home, Bagatelle, in the medieval French village of Charroux, Auvergne. Heather Parker, who attended one of these courses recalled how Marlene van der Westhuizen helps people overcome their squeamishness about food preparation. “There’s a lot of myth making and magic making that goes on as ordinary people learn to make wonderful things. People get away from ‘fiemies’ as Marlene takes the fussiness out of food preparation. People who are not chefs turn out beautiful subtle dishes,” she said.

The audience thoroughly enjoyed the convivial evening gossiping with the author’s husband and dear friends. Despite the absence of their favourite celebrity chef, a good time was had by all and a signing of the book was promised for a later date.

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