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Myrna Robins exchanged the quiet of an academic library for the buzz of the Cape Argus newsroom and a post of food and feature writer and restaurant reviewing. A decade later she added travel and wine to her portfolio while freelancing for local and online publications and an international travel guide. She wrote a weekly wine column for the Weekend Argus for several years and compiles a monthly cookery page for the Cape Argus, along with reviewing new titles, mostly non-fiction. She has contributed to food and wine magazines and currently writes for SA Country Life, among others.
She has published seven books, was an international juror for the Slow Food movement and founding member of the Cape Town convivium. Myrna was the first recipient of the Galliova Award for South African food writing in the newspaper division, winning again in 1994. She has judged for the Southern Cape wine show and for Diners’ Club winelist of the year contest. Her most recent title, Franschhoek Food, attracted the World Gourmand Cookbook award for the best South African title in the category culinary travel guide.
She finds delving into the history of regional food and wine as fascinating as keeping up with current trends. She and her husband enjoy rural life in the village of McGregor in the Breede river valley, interspersed with occasional forays to their Blouberg pad. Their adult children, a son and daughter, both live in Cape Town.
Cape Flavour, a Guide to Historic Restaurants of the Cape, Chameleon Press, 1989
The Cape Cookbook, Chameleon Press,1994.
SA Pocket Guide to Food & Wine, with Allan Mullins, Tafelberg, 1997
South African Cape Malay Cooking, with Sonia Allison, Absolute Press, Bath, UK, 1997.
Cape Flavour: A gastronomic meander through the Winelands, Struik, 2003.
Bushveld Banquets: A Feast of Lowveld Flavours, Struik,2006.
Franschhoek Food, Struik Lifestyle, 2009.
Lib Cert.(dist) (UCT), Lib Dip (SALA), B. Bibl (dist)., SA.