Evita Bezuidenhout, author
Linda Vicquery, illustrator/artist/consultant
Random House Struik
c/o International Publishers Marketing
P.O. Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172
9781415201565, $21.00, www.amazon.com
The successor to "Evita's Kossie Sikela," "Evita's Bossie Sikela" is a fantastic cookbook collection of special South African recipes gathered by the author with a theme of cooking for reconciliation. Decorated with page after page of bright, colorful, exotic pictures and imaginative collages, and introduced and supported by celebrity Charlize Theron, "Evita's Bossie Sikela" is loaded with delicious exotic South African and other African cuisine examples to try. For example, how about Lamb Shanks with Lemon Preserve & Olives, a delicious, spicy main dish which can be served garnished with pomegranate seeds and chopped mint, and creamy putupap, garlicky mashed potatoes, or boiled potatoes. Accompanying this couold be a Grilled Courgette Salad, with olive oil grilled courgettes (zucchini or squash), salad leaves, mustard vinaigrette, Parmesan shavings, and black olives. Delicious! For cocktail hour, there is Pineapple-Chilli, Lemon & Ginger, Tomato & Cucumber, or Grapefruit Tonic, all delicious exotic cocktails with a South African twist. The author believes in sharing beloved South African recipes while preaching peace and reconciliation, a fabulous approach to promote harmony and peace. In keeping with that theme, the author's royalties from "Evita's Bossie Sikela" and its predecessor, "Evita's Kossie Sikela," go to the Darling Trust, established in 2003 by Evita se Perron to assist disadvantaged communities of Darling, South Africa, irresepctive of race, colour or creed.. For further information in how the Darling Trust works to alleviate HIV/AIDS, TB, poverty and fear, go to, www.thedarlingtrust.org.
Meanwhile, pull up a chair and continue to peruse the delightful offerings of "Evita's Bossie Sikela," pausing on such delicacies as Chicken in Pomegranate Sauce, Lebanese Meatballs, Chickpea Rissoles, Morogo (wild spinach herbs) & Potato, or Butternut & Chickpeas, spiced with ginger, garlic, turmeric, cardamom, red chili, and stewed in coconut milk garnished with lemon and fresh coriander. Recipes are presented in metric measurements and simple paragraph form, with exotic ingredients explained, as well as anecdotal recipe and historical, regional information. For fish, there are dozens of creative recipes, from sardines to grunter or kabeljou. Recipes are organized partially by the region from which they come, or where the author collected and savored them first. Chapters are organized into three main sections, titled Setting Off, On Safari, and At Home. For non-metric cooks and kitchens, a brief conversion table is listed in the Contents page. Lest the reader feel neglected at dessert, there are multiple fantastic recipe ideas for desserts throughout, including fresh and dried fruits, Poundcake (for children's birthday cakes), Raspberry Tart, and for afternoon tea, Walnut Cake and Buttermilk Scones, or even Bread and Butter Pudding. There are wonderful Granitas selections, varieties of vegetable sides and main dishes, and even a special section on Cape flora called Fynbos Botany, listing fruits and herbs and plants that grow on the Cape and are used for medicinal purposes. "Evita's Bossie Sikela" is a treat to read, an armchair culinary tour of the Cape, with fantastic taste treats embedded on every precious, exotic, embellished page. Even if you can't travel to South Africa and don't want to taste Beulah's wrapped quail or Rosa's Sweet & Sour Warthog, this is too good to be missed. Enjoy reading, cooking, and supporting an excellent cause for improving life quality for residents of the Darling area.
Star Wars, Easy Piano CD Play-Along
John William, composer
Hal Leonard Corporation
7777 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53213
9781476874609, $14.99 (book and CD), www.halleonard.com
"Star Wars Easy Piano CD Play-Along" is a collection of ten well-known theme songs from the popular movie series arranged for the early intermediate pianist's playing enjoyment. Complete with a CD of orchestral audio arrangements of accompaniments, "Star Wars Easy Piano CD Play-Along" is streamlined for maximum performance enjoyment, with full staff, large note arrangements that are easy to read. Included are such popular themes as the Cantina Band, Duel of the Fates, The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme), May the Force Be With You, Princess Leia's Theme, the Star Wars main theme, and more. Young pianists will enjoy working up these solos for performance in casual or formal recitals. The accompaniment CD (with audio arrangements by Peter Deneff) has the latest Amazing Slow Downer capacity with directions for appropriate software installation. This will enable young performers to practice playing parts or all of a piece in slower tempos, until they have mastered it. The solos can be performed successfully either with the CD orchestrations, or as piano solos without the CD. Enhanced piano learning is enabled by this convenient use of technology for early performers.
Music Theory Workbook for All Musicians
Hal Leonard Corporation
7777 W. Bluemound Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53213
9781476808529, $12.99, www.halleonard.com
The "Music Theory Workbook for All Musicians" is a complete self-study course in workbook format with illustrations and examples for the reader to write and check their answers. Major topics of study include major and minor scales and modes, harmony, intervals, chord structure, chord progressions, substitutions, and more. The introduction specifies a key of ten steps to learning music theory, as follows: "1. Know the formula. 2. Write it. 3. Apply the key signature. 4. Play it. 5. Listen to it (repeatedly). 6. Analyze it. 7. Verbalize it. 8. Memorize it. 9. Quiz it. 10. Review it (p. v)." "Music Theory Workbook for All Musicians" is designed for the intermediate player of any instrument, with a working knowledge of the treble clef, chromatics, identification of note on your instrument, all strings, all frets, and some basic knowledge of scale forms and major and minor chords as well as others. Completion of all the exercises in the book may take as long as a year, an investment well worthwhile for any ambitious musician interested in soloing, arranging, orchestrating, composing, or other creative activities involving music creation or performance. The "Music Theory Workbook for All Musicians" is an excellent tool for intermediate musicians who desire to take their skills and creativity to the next level.
Conflict and Costume
Jim Naughten, author/photographer
Merrell Publishers Limited
81 Southwark Street, London SE1 OHX
193 Edwards Drive, Jackson, TN 38301
9781858946009, $50.00, www.merrellpublishers.com
"Conflict and Costume: The Herero Tribe of Namibia" is a brilliant display of costume portraits of Herero men, women and boys in authentic Namibian costumes created in reaction to a history of conflict and exploitation by European colonialists, beginning with the German genocide of the Herero in 1904, resulting in the death of at least 60,000 Herero, including men, women, and children. These costume portraits are unusual and poignant, reflecting a complex philosophical reaction of the Herero to their colonial exploiters in both the stance and pride of the individuals and the actual fabrics, colors, and styles of the created costumes, which reflect a belief that "wearing the enemy's uniform (diminishes) their power and transfer(s) some of their strength to the new wearer (p.16)." Even more striking and creative than the men's various military and formal uniforms are the women's fantastic bright patchwork long gown creations, with horned headdresses to represent the cow, which is a mainstay of Herero culture and diet. The long gowns were supposed to represent the wide, circular essence of the cow, encouraging the wearer to move in a stately floating gait, or in the formal cow dance. Set against the stark, unforgiving landscape of parts of Namibia, all these colorful costume portraits convey an incredible determination, a sense of calm dignity and survival, of brilliant celebration of life in the face of stark threat of death. "Conflict and Costume" is not meant to be a conventional cultural record or a snapshot of everyday life of the Herero. Rather it appears to be a moving tribute to the amazing courage, spirit, and ingenuity of this surviving Southwest African group of nomadic descendants. The landscape and the history of Namibia is one of contrast and intensity, and great beauty, all of which are reflected in these incredible costume portraits of modern day Herero, recorded by an unflinching camera that thirsts for the pride of detail so clearly displayed.
Leverage Your Laziness!: How To Do What You Love ALL THE TIME!
Jeff Goldberg & Steve Bookbinder, authors
167 Walnut Bottom Road
Shippensburg, PA 17257
9781937879143, $9.99, www.soundwisdom.com
"Leverage Your Laziness!: How To Do What You Love ALL THE TIME!" is a compact self realization manual ideally aimed at an employment seeking adult readership, filled with witty, concise progression of 16 easy to remember principles to adapt to the overall goal of leveraging your laziness and learning to do what you love all the time. Examples of principles are #1 Don't listen to what the man said, #6 First things first, #11 Refuse to pay the dead relationship tax, #15 Do not recruit toxic goons, and #16, Keep the fire burning. In between are some interesting principles, such as #8 Turning laziness into a successful business, and #12, Find Ginger ('Remember; Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards, wearing a girdle, and in high heels'). Then there is the ever practical #10 Fire the people who make your life suck. Obviously all the wisdom in "Leverage Your Laziness!" is couched and laced with pungent humor. The basic concept seems to be find your comfort zone and work out of it, or other words to that effect. Discouraged jobseekers who need a fresh viewpoint will profit from "Leverage Your Laziness!" as will those who may feel trapped in current employment. A new version of "What Color Is Your Parachute?" is needed to refresh the challenged palates of employables in 2013. Why not smile while you are taking inventory and reinventing your employable skills for hire?