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Taste the World with Jenny Morris Launched at Kalk Bay Books with Heather Parker

Jenny Morris

The feisty and fabulous Jenny Morris, also known as The Giggling Gourmet, held her many readers captivated at Kalk Bay Books last week. She was speaking to Heather Parker about her marvellous escapades as she travelled the world in order to write her latest cookery book, Taste the World with Jenny Morris.

Heather Parker and Jenny Morris Taste the World with Jenny MorrisHeather Parker was eager to know what, precisely, the eager young men photographed on page 93 of the book were up to, and what the story was behind the curious look in the author’s eyes. Morris claimed to remember the day well. Morris was – she recalled in a beguiling tone – feeding those boys. She’d been filming the Food Network’s Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco at the time and while she was deciding which intriguing ingredients to include in the pot, one of the guys was proposing to her and calculating her bride price in camels, another was pinching her bottom!

Morris spoke about her fascination with China, Vietnam and the Asian philosophy of eating. She said she writes with an awareness of her readers who might not have travelled to where she has been, and are thus potentially unfamiliar with the ingredients she has at her disposal. She shared her shopping secrets for the more exotic ingredients. “Many are available at Checkers, the Spar at Cape Quarter, but there are also a proliferation of small Asian shops which popped up all over the peninsula, as well as China Town.”

Morris also related a hilarious story about trying to sneak a “Kaffir Lime tree” (baimakrut) into the country. She and Cass Abrahams, author of Cass Abrahams Cooks Cape Malay Food from Africa dutifully carried these plants everywhere they went. The trees, which were transplanted into small bottles, were labelled “the children” but when it came to passing through customs, their journey ended, much to Morris and Abrahams’ mutual distress. Despite this sad story, there is a happy ending, as Morris acquired her tree via another route and it is positively thriving.

And preparing with delight and eating with relish the delicious food that covers the pages of this book will ensure that those with a taste for something unfamiliar will also thrive on the new encounters with food, flavour and fun.

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Liesl Jobson tweeted live from the event using the hashtag #livebooks

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