Ishay Govender

Ishay Govender is an award-winning freelance food and travel journalist who wisely abandoned a career in commercial law in the pursuit of cultural immersion and air miles. Now, she wanders (follow on Instagram) gathering stories, ingredients and second-hand books that threaten to take over her house. Home is Cape Town, for a few weeks at a stretch. Ishay launched her writing career with a series of tweets in 2010 and has a fondness for the micro-blogging platform. This gave life to the  Food and the Fabulous® website which was awarded a prize for best South African food and wine blog in 2011.

Find her stories in Saveur, Food & Wine, Extra Crispy, Nat Geo, Food 52, The National (UAE), Literary Hub, TASTE, Mail & Guardian, Food &Home Entertaining, Business Day and others. And look out for her cookbook: Curry – Stories & Recipes Across South Africa (2017), available at bookstores around South African and online at Exclusive Books and Loot.

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Curry: Stories & Recipes Across South Africa


Available at bookstores across the country and online at Exclusive Books, Takealot, Loot, Raru and Bid or Buy

Latest Posts

  • Traditional mealie pap with maple syrup

Mealie Meal Pap Recipe

October 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Creamy Mealie Meal Pap Mealie meal pap or porridge is a breakfast dish of milled white maize enjoyed across demographics in South Africa. By Ishay Govender (@IshayGovender). For Woolworths TASTE, September 2018, story: [...]

Democratising Food Writing

September 12th, 2018|0 Comments

When the late U.S restaurant critic Jonathan Gold wrote about food, he invariably commented on the irrational fear white Americans have of their neighbours, forging connections along the way. Ishay Govender breaks it down in [...]



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