Photographer: Jac De Villiers
Huis Kombuis Food & Memory Cookbook
Book Launch and Exhibition
“District Six was a melting pot of religions and cultures and this is what made our food so interesting. We all had our traditional ways of cooking, and families would learn from their
As a prelude to the launch of the District Six Huiskombuis Food and Memory Cook Book, 23 beautifully mounted portraits and hand-made embroidery recipe cloths were showcased at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre. The exhibition opened on 11th February 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the declaration of District Six as a white group area in 1966. The cookbook was launched on the 26 November 2016.
The exhibition provides a glimpse into the ‘pages’ of the cookbook revealing a rich cultural food practice that
The desire to publish a story cookbook emerged in 2012 out of the Huiskombuis Reminiscent Craft and Textile Design Workshop, which then developed into a more ambitious project. Our focus was to bring together District Six food stories using seemingly insignificant domestic needlework methods like sewing, appliqué
The District Six Huiskombuis Food and Memory Cookbook was published in 2016, in the same year it was nominated as the national winner for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the category: Culinary Travel –and sold almost half of its total amount of printed copies in less than a year.
Along with the biographies, photographs, maps and newspaper articles, we wanted to emphasize a relationship with the
This is not a conventional cookbook; we learn that food memories and stories are inseparable from people’s memories of
Some of the stories shared in the book talk about
The cookbook is a rich heritage resource that pays tribute to those who have gone before and who have passed on their extraordinary culinary legacies. We hope that it will continue to feed the imaginations of future generations to come.
The portraits and styled food images
For more information
Kewpie: Daughter of District Six Exhibition
Kewpie: Daughter of District Six is an exhibition that celebrates the life and times of Kewpie, a renowned hairdresser and drag queen in the queer community of District Six in Cape Town.
The exhibition is open to the public from 21st September 2018 – 22 December 2018 and 7 – 19 January 2019