The Author? Justin Bonello
Birthday? 21 June
The Venue? Little Tuscany, Bryanston, Johannesburg
The Book? Justin Bonello Cooks…for Friends
The Interviewer? Ulrike Hill
If love were a colour, what colour would it be? Yellow
What is the colour of anger? Red
What is the colour of money? Blue
What is the colour of beauty? Green
What is the number you associate with reading? 7
What is the number you associate with cooking? 6
What is the number you associate with writing? 8 and a half
What is your favourite number? 7
Writing sounds like laughter
Writing looks like jumping through hoops
Writing tastes like Mississippi mud pies
Writing smells like a rose
If your book were a country, it would be Lesotho or Mozambique
Where would it shop? the market
It would look tatty and worn out
It would taste like Paella
It would smell like a book
It would feel well worn
Dichotomy. I am a cook and a film producer. I run a small company with 27 staff but I get stuff out there. My work is global.
How did you come up with the titles of your books?
I had little to do with the titles.
Who designed the covers?
This is a long story. I wrote my first book – 40 pages – many years ago. I went to a club called The Curve. The barman poured me a scotch and I told him that the scotch was too small. His name was Quint Bruton and he was a graphic designer. He moved in with me later. When Penguin phoned me about writing a book I told them I had a book. Quint designs all my covers.
Why did you choose to write this particular book?
I don’t have a list. I have a bucket book! I have been to many places, experienced many things. I want to write a fantasy book. I want to escape the ‘creatively corrupt’.
(Interviewers note: at the beginning of the interview Justin mentioned that he always wanted to do 3 things: Do stand-up comedy, write a book and sing. He has achieved the first two.)