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Make Give Sell by Callie Maritz and Marie-Louis Guy Launched at the City Bowl Food Market

Callie Maritz and Mari-Louis Guy

Make Give SellMake Give Sell by brother and sister team Callie Maritz and Marie-Louis Guy was launched last night at the City Bowl Food Market on Hope Street in Cape Town.

Make Give Sell, also available in Afrikaans as Markdag, is an innovative collection of recipes that can be made for a variety of different markets or celebrations. The busy market City Bowl Food Market exemplified the spirit of the book and made for a fun, lively launch. The market organisers kindly turned their music off to allow time for a quick discussion.

Verushka Louw opened the event and welcomed food writer Sam Woulidge who joined Maritz and Guy to chat about the book. Woulidge started by saying that Maritz and Guy are two of her favourite people and congratulating them on a beautiful book. She recalled an “extremely rude” cake that Maritz brought to a rude food party, saying only that it was semi-pornographic and that it was inspired by the phrase “To have and to hold”.

The discussion turned to family, with Guy saying that between the two of them they now have five children, so their lifestyles have changed “from hipsters to family people” and the idea for this book followed on from that. Maritz explained that as parents there are always those moments when you will be asked to contribute something for a market or fundraiser and this book will be helpful then. It will also be useful if you want to supplement your income by selling things at markets.

Woulidge complimented them on the title, which got them laughing as Maritz explained that this had been the one issue they disagreed on – he had wanted to call it Market Days. Guy said that they had decided to use three photographers to shoot different parts of the book. They regularly work with these photographers for their food styling projects, so it was natural to keep working with them all on the book as well.

Maritz and Guy grew up in a small hotel on the West Coast and Woulidge asked about the influence of this upbringing on their approach to food. Maritz replied that although their mother can teach people how to cook, she cannot cook herself, which resulted in much hilarity.

On the topic of markets, Maritz said that his favourites are still the small fundraisers that involve an abundance of food and an obligation to leave with loads of things. They are big fans of street food, things you can “eat with your hands”, and would send each other postcards when travelling with descriptions of the food they’d eaten. Sosaties, boerewors rolls and pancakes are their pick of South Africa’s offerings.

The discussion wrapped up with Wouldige asking a couple of quick food related questions (“Beer” is the food that Maritz’s son associates with him) before the City Bowl Food Market turned their music back on. Louw ended things off thanking the market organisers and the guests made quick work of the heaped table of books for sale.

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