The Great South African Cook Book

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Ntombenhle Mtambo of Mpophomeni is featured in The Great South African Cook Book

On Mandela Day, The Great South African Cook Book was launched, featuring 67 of South Africa’s greatest cooks, chefs, bakers, farmers, foragers and food heroes. It should come as no surprise to Midlanders to learn that Ntombenhle Mtambo of Mpophomeni is among them. Ntombenhle is the inspiration (and muscle) behind the Mpophomeni Community Garden created on a dumping site in the township a few years ago.
Alongside Ruben Riffel’s family favourites, Cas Abraham’s curry and Jan Braai’s perfect steak, Ntombenhle’s vetkoek with bom bom bean stew and garden salad stands proud. The book shares recipes the cooks make for people they love, accompanied by stunning photography that captures the essence of our beautiful county.
This book, intended to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s fund, takes inspiration from Madiba’s love of food. Ntombenhle is thrilled at the opportunity to spread her message of living sustainably – and happily. “Permaculture gardens can do many things to uplift the community. I would like to address the issues the community faces in a practical and sustainable way – show them how to recycle, save water, eat healthily, make money and improve the environment. We are here to do magic. I am humbled and very excited. My dream is coming true.”
To raise funds for Mpophomeni projects, Ntombenhle and friends have produced their own recipe book – Mnandi – which will be published in August.

The Great South African Cookbook is available anywhere that sells books.
Order Mnandi – a taste of Mpophomeni at or 072 098 3985