This cookery book will make you cry.
It’s very special; a wonderful collection of memories, emotions, love letters and of course, recipes
The author is Sam Woulidge and the book is called Confessions of a Hungry Woman.
As Sam says; “When I write, I try to make sense of my world –the way I feel, what I fear, [...]
Cook Book Review
This cookery book will make you cry.
Cookbook launch of the week, and the month, is Jane-Anne Hobbs’ Scrumptious Food for Family & Friends.
Jane-Anne is probably one of the most respected online food writers in South Africa, and her blog, Scrumptious, is widely read. She is a great cook, and her down to earth philosophy about food is represented in this beautifully [...]
Michelle Obama had lunch in The Kitchen in Woodstock when she came to Cape Town last year.
Cynical wags commented that the driver got the address wrong, and that she had meant to go to the Test Kitchen, also in Woodstock.
Wrong they were, as the Secret Service had been in Karen Dudley’s eatery for days, they [...]
32 Chefs inspire the first cook book featuring recipes from Relais & Châteaux member properties across Southern, East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
Bringing together the styles and techniques of some of the most highly regarded chefs in Southern, East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, Relais & Châteaux has created its first ever African [...]
Jenny Morris is a complete delight.
She’s warm, friendly, funny and wow, does she know about food!
So it was with immense pleasure that I got my hands on her latest cookery book. One of my favorite fruits, pomegranate, is featured on the cover, and inside the book there’s a treasure trove of recipes, ideas and inspiration.
Tina Bester has to be one of the most creative pastry chefs I know. I saw her recently putting a rasberry cake together and her little touch of genius was to dust the berries in cocoa power. Simple, sophisticated, but oh so effective.
She has just launched her third cookbook – Celebrate, and it’s all about [...]
What a great idea! The best recipes from Pick n Pay’s Fresh Living magazine brought together into a snappy, beautifully presented, easy to follow recipe book, called The Best of Fresh Living featuring 140 of the Fresh Living teams favourite recipes.
Aimed at busy families, the cost effective recipes are divided into four sections; salads, starters and [...]
I loved Reuben Riffel’s first cookbook, ‘Reuben Cooks’.
Its easy style and wonderful photography were an insight into the man, and you really got a feel for his personal and food philosophy from reading it.
So it’s with great interest that I’ll drool over the pages of his second book, “Reuben Cooks Local”, which goes on sale [...]
Apparently over 4 million Britons go to bed each night in an undernourished state.
Yes, it is hard to believe.
A manufacturer of ovens, Belling, has come up with a plan to help these folk through the UK based Foodcycle charity. They have crowdsourced hundreds of Twitter recipes and collated them in a book which is available on e.bay.
Called Tweet [...]
Ina Garten is a publishing phenomenon in America.
With more than 7 cookery books and 6 million dollars in sales, she heads up a serious foodie empire.
It all started with her food store ’The Barefoot Contessa’, which she ran for 20 years in a prosperous neighbourhood on Long Island.
After she sold this she moved into publishing.
Bea Tollman is one of the founders of the Red Carnation group of Hotels.
In Cape Town she oversees the 12 Apostles Hotel.
Spanning three continents and 15 hotels she’s been in the hotel business all her life.
Her passion for food comes to the fore in this fascinating read, “A Life in Food”,
Bea’s interest in food was [...]
Marita van der Vyver’s Summer Food in Provence is really a great read.
This book is full of recipes which revolve around family eating and everyday cooking.
As Marita says herself; “We don’t have the time, money and energy to make complicated and pretentious dishes using expensive ingredients”.
That’s where the beauty of this book lies.
There is a [...]
Ok I’m not going to beat around the bush. This is one of my favourite types of food to cook and eat. So I jumped at the chance to get my hands on this book and I wasn’t disappointed. Unusual combinations of spices and flavours are the hallmark of this cookery book and of course, [...]
Tessa Kiros is a fabulous writer of cookery books. They are not traditional recipe books, more cultural insights. It’s no surprise that she wins awards for her writing skills as well as her recipes.
She has the most unusual background. Born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek Cypriot father, her family moved to South [...]
Food from the heart is a compilation of recipes by Heleen Meyer.
It aims to recreate the food of our childhood and is unashamedly nostalgic.
Memories of childhood, food cooked by Oma and their sights smells and tastes that will transport you back to a safer, more innocent time.
Ina Paarman tells us how to do Gebakte Kaaskoekresep [...]
I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth David’s writing and recipes.
I watched a drama documentary on her life a few years ago and it made a huge impact on me.
I have most of her cook books. I even have a first edition of French Provincial Cooking, the pages are stained from a previous owner and the paper [...]
“Seed to Table” is a wonderful little book of recipes inspired by Abalimi Bezekhaya, which is an initiative in the Western Cape which works to empower the disadvantaged through urban agriculture.
What’s urban agriculture? Essentially it’s growing vegetables on any small plot of land, sometimes only as big as a door. Abalimi’s efforts help ensure food [...]
One of my favourite cookbooks recently was ’Harvest, Recipes from an Organic Farm’ by Christine Stevens. Check out that review here.
So imagine my delight to see another book from Christine hitting the shelves.
It’s called, ‘Harvest Diaries, A Year of Food and Wine on an Organic Farm. This book reveals the month by month ups and [...]
Erica Platter moved from the Western Cape to Kwa Zulu Natal some time ago and has undergone a road to Damascus transformation regarding that areas food and cuisine.
The rich heritage of different traditions of food from Chinese, to Indian to Zulu to Mauritian impressed her so much that she declared, with hindsight, that Western Cape [...]
Justine Drake is a South African food guru, so when her fifth cookery book comes along you expect to be impressed with what she has turned out. And impressed I was.
Simply Good Food has over 120 really easy recipes to follow. That’s not a cliché, they really are easy. And gosh these recipes really deliver [...]