About Eben


I live in Cape Town.  I am passionate about meat curing and other forms of processing; an amateur food historian; a meat processing consultant with 8 years of production management experience in a large bacon plant, 10 years of operations management experience. As factory manager, I have been exposed to the best management systems globally related to food safety, product development, and production. I have extensive formulation experience in emulsion sausages, blended hams and bacon.

I love food technology and discovering why things work the way they work.  I write about what fascinates me. My photo memories about Woody’s Consumer Brands is found at My Memories of Woodys.

We learn from people around us.  Sometimes I have the privilege to interview food people.  I share their stories here.

I have two children, Tristan and Lauren. My book on the history of bacon curing, Bacon & the Art of Living is hosted here.

Bacon & the Art of Living 1

Bacon & the Art of Living is my book on the history of bacon.

Nose-to-Tail: Root-to-Tip is my work on emulsion products.

EarthwormExpress is the sum of my work in the meat industry.

I am available for contract work and consultancy.

Eben van Tonder
email:  ebenvt@gmail.com
cell: +27715453029

ps. The photo of me and La is a very old photo! 🙂

2 thoughts on “About Eben

  1. My family also originates from Van Tonder and Kok families indeed for two generations they were neighbours on the farms Elandsfontein and Jachtfontein They have married into each others families about 4 times over three generations Good luck with your work

  2. Dear Eben

    I found your website when looking for material on E V Rieu. I’ve just forwarded a biographical note on him to some friends (including a link to your blog about Rieu) and would like to forward to you if you can send me an email address.

    I look forward to exploring your website.

    Best wishes


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