JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s trailblazing Black food writer Dorah Sitole’s latest cookbook was widely hailed in December as a moving chronicle of her journey from humble township cook to famous, well-traveled author.

The country’s new Black celebrity chefs lined up to praise her as a mentor who encouraged them to succeed by highlighting what they knew best: tasty African food.

Now they are mourning Sitole’s death this month from COVID-19. She was 65.

In “40 Years of Iconic Food,” Sitole engagingly described how she quietly battled South Africa’s racist apartheid system to find appreciation, and a market, for African

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Alison Roman is leaving The New York Times. Clint Spaulding/Getty Images
  • Food writer Alison Roman confirmed via Instagram on Wednesday that she won’t be returning to her post at The New York Times.

  • The columnist and cookbook author was at the center of controversy in May when she criticized Chrissy Teigen’s and Marie Kondo’s business practices in an interview. 

  • When the columnist announced her new venture A Newsletter at the end of May, The Times confirmed to Insider that Roman was on a temporary hiatus and, at the time, planned to return. 

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