The Culinary Adventures of a Travelling Cook by Natasha Barnes

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The rediscovery of an aerogram from Sri Lanka with a carefully inscribed recipe is what led to The Culinary Adventures of a Travelling Cook, a collection of uncomplicated recipes – both gourmet and everyday.

Written by cook and artist Natasha Barnes from her numerous trips locally and abroad, this book shares many humorous accounts of her travels across the globe. Her experiences are relived through the foods she encountered and enjoyed in countries as diverse as the USA, Vietnam, Argentina, Ethiopia and Burma.

About the Author

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Natasha Barnes holds a Cordon Bleu Grande Diplome from the prestigious Silwood School of Cookery in Cape Town and has a National Qualification in Training and Development from the hospitality industry. Experienced as a cookery editor and accomplished food stylist for Your Family magazine, she also opened two cookery schools at maximum-security prisons in KwaZulu-Natal. In addition, Natasha is an acclaimed international artist, travelling and exhibiting her paintings worldwide. This is her first book.

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Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781432301835

 

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Tales of the Metric System by Imraan Coovadia

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From a Natal boarding school in the seventies and Soviet spies in London in the eighties to the 1995 Rugby World Cup and intrigue in the Union Buildings, Tales of the Metric System shows how ten days spread across four decades send tidal waves through the lives of ordinary and extraordinary South Africans alike.

An unforgettable cast of characters includes Ann, who is trying to protect her husband and son in 1970, and Victor, whose search for a missing document in 1973 will change his life forever. Rock guitarist Yash takes his boy to the beach on Boxing Day in 1979 to meet his revolutionary cousin, while Shanti, his granddaughter, loses her cellphone and falls in love twice on a lucky afternoon in 2010.

Playwrights, politicians, philosophers, and thieves, all caught in their individual stories, burst from the pages of Imraan Coovadia’s Tales of the Metric System as it measures South Africa’s modern history in its own remarkable units of imagination.

“Simple in concept, complex in construction, a novel which is so much more than the sum of its parts, one which purports to examine the randomness of life while delicately drawing the eye to the butterfly effect of individual acts and exposing the interconnected­ness of people. In pristine prose and with a telling eye for detail, Tales of the Metric System leaves the reader with a sense of having undertaken a journey through the familiar only to arrive somewhere completely new.”
- Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love. 

About the Author

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Imraan Coovadia was born in Durban in 1970. He is the author of the novels The WeddingGreen-Eyed ThievesHigh Low In-between, and The Institute for Taxi Poetry. He has also published a study of V.S. Naipaul, as well as a collection of essays, Transforma­tions, and has contributed to publications including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of BooksN+1The IndependentThreepenny ReviewChimurenga, and The Times of India. His work has won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the University of Johannes­burg Prize, the M-Net Prize, and a South African Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He is a graduate of Harvard College and directs the writing programme at the University of Cape Town.

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Word from the Author

… I have lived in London, Melbourne, Boston and New York – but always Durban as well … I’ve gone through phases of feeling ½ South African and ½ American, but these fractions have now changed …

“My favorite small word is ‘but’ …”

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781415207239

 

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Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson

In James Patterson‘s first highly illustrated ‘diary fiction’ story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

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Margaret ‘Cuckoo’ Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her ‘Happiness Project’. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favourite literary characters. 

Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves ‘the Freakshow’) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and ‘bring the Nations together’. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling… until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough. 

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About the Author

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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. 

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust’s Children’s Reading Fund in the UK. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards in New York. 

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Published by Random House Struik

ISBN: 9780099596264

 

 

 

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Tissue Salts for Children by Margaret Roberts

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The 12 key tissue salts are minerals that should be present in our bodies in perfect balance to ensure optimal health. These remarkable salts are found in the Earth’s rocks and soil, and in food grown organically in mineral-rich soil.

In this follow-up to Tissues Salts for Health Living, Margaret Roberts focuses on using tissue salts to enhance the development and wellbeing of children, from infancy to the teenage years. Each tissue salt is presented in its own chapter, with tips on treating specific ailments and advice on increasing the intake of the salts by means of diet. An ailment chart is included for quick reference.

An indispensable guide for anyone interested in health, wellness, and using natural remedies to enhance wellbeing.

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About the Author

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Margaret Roberts is a household name, having made her mark in the world of health and gardening. She pursues her passion for all things natural that can uplift, heal and inspire, by creating gardens, teaching about the wonders of herbs and developing medicinal and nutritional plants at her Herbal Centre in Magaliesberg. She has published many books and articles on how to ensure good health naturally.

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Published by Struik Nature (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781775841135 

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Cooked in the Karoo by Justin Bonello and Helena Lombard

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In this latest culinary adventure, Justin Bonello and his crew go on a two-year journey into South Africa’s backyard to rediscover the pulse of the Karoo.

Kicking up dust across the semi-desert, Justin is dependent on the legendary hospitality of the people who live there. His mission is simple: to walk in their shoes, to cook with them and to tell the stories of the thirsty land. Catch a glimpse of things you won’t expect in this arid landscape – from the wide-open spaces and endless starry nights to the extraordinary and rare characters that are the heart and soul of this thirsty land. Experience their incredible hospitality, witness their daily struggle to survive and taste the delicious dishes rooted in the kitchens of yesteryear.

Cooked in the Karoo will make you want to pack up your car and travel into this painted landscape – a space where you will rediscover the importance of sometimes just sitting in silence and reconnecting with the essential things in life: good food and creating dust-covered memories with great friends.

About the Authors

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Justin Bonello is a South African filmmaker, chef and television personality best known for starring in his own cooking and travel show, Cooked, since 2006. He’s the guy messing about with the braai, burning his fingers on one hand with a beer in the other; or in the kitchen fearlessly experimenting with flavours and ingredients, playing with his food. 

Justin’s other books include Cooked in AfricaCooked – Out of the Frying PanCooked – Weekends Away, Justin Bonello Cooks … for FriendsThe Ultimate Braai Master and Roads Less Travelled.

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View the author website HERE 

Helena Lombard

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From hiding out in libraries as a child, to travelling all over the country trying what culinary secrets South Africa has to share, Helena Lombard has turned her passions into her profession: writing, travelling, cooking and researching anything and everything food and travel related. Since she joined Cooked in Africa Films as the writer in 2011, she has travelled with and has worked by Justin Bonello‘s side. Although she often struggles to get him out of her head, she feels there’s nothing a good glass of wine can’t fix.  So far she has co-written three titles under the Justin Bonello brand and has no plans to run away, yet.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143538189

 

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Justice Denied by David Klatzow

If you are accused of a crime you did not commit, do you believe that justice will prevail in a court of law? Perhaps you should think again…

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An innocent woman is almost sent to prison for eight years because of a mistaken fingerprint identification by so-called forensic experts;

a chicken farmer is hanged for a brutal murder he did not commit due to incorrect analysis of post-mortem bruising; and

a mother is sent to prison for murdering her baby daughter when a substance is falsely identified as blood…

These are just some of the major forensic disasters that have occurred over the past 100 years, and which are exposed in Justice Denied.

Contrary to what television series like CSI and NCIS would have one believe, forensic science does not provide instant answers to impenetrable crimes; in reality, forensic science is neither clearcut nor easy to interpret, and practitioners are not all competent – as renowned forensic scientist Dr David Klatzow proves in this book. In Justice Denied, he exposes the miscarriages of justice resulting from the faulty courtroom testimony of corrupt or incompetent forensic pathologists and unscrupulous public prosecutors who seek convictions at all costs.

From the infamous Dr Crippen case in 19th-century England to the dingo–baby trial in Australia and the unsolved murder of Inge Lotz, Justice Denied reveals the incalculable damage done both to people’s lives and to justice across the globe. Justice, while age-old, is not always served when bad science plays a hand.

About the Author 

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Dr David Klatzow is an internationally recognised forensic scientist. He is an expert in the field of pyroforensics and an authority on blood alcohol. Before branching out into the world of forensic science, he was a lecturer in biochemistry at the University of Durban-Westville and medical biochemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand. His first book, Steeped in Blood, is a bestseller.

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Published by Zebra Press (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781770226944

 

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The Kraals of Ulundi – A Novel of the Zulu War

Kraals of UlundiThe Kraals of Ulundi – A Novel of the Zulu War, written by David Ebsworth.

“Shaba had washed the blade of his stabbing spear, his prized iklwa, many times already. It would be rinsed again today, with the blessings of his ancestor’s spirits, to herd the red soldiers finally from the land of the AmaZulu.”

1879 – the British army has suffered one of the worst defeats in its history at the hands of the Zulu King Cetshwayo. Now the British seek revenge and a second invasion of Zululand is about to take place.

Within the Zulu regiments charged with repelling the assault is Shaba kaNdabuko − driven by ambition to share the glory of battle, to bring honour and cattle to his family.

Meanwhile, new British soldiers are shipped out to replace those lost in the military disasters, and among them is Lieutenant Jahleel Carey, likewise also hoping that adventure will bring him a change of fortune.

But there are also always those on the sidelines of conflict, profiteers like renegade trader William McTeague.

Three men, three women, will be brought together by one of the Zulu War’s strangest episodes, and their destinies will be changed forever.

Praise for The Kraals of Ulundi: “This is well-researched and solid historical fiction – a very worthwhile project.” Adrian Greaves, Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society and author of The Tribe That Washed Its Spears.

The Historical Novel Society has said: ‘An accomplished, rich, beautifully produced and very rewarding read that brings a lesser-known era of history to life.’  Click HERE to read the full review.

The Kraals of Ulundi is available to buy from Exclusive Books – click HERE.

For more information about this book, and the author David Ebsworth, visit www.davidebsworth.com.

 

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Homeschooling High School by Shirley Erwee

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Prospective homeschoolers are parents looking for an alternative to the mainstream educational system for their off spring. But homeschooling children at high school level strikes fear into even the most dedicated of homeschoolers. They need information and answers to their questions. And with the current educational and unemployment problems in South Africa, young people need clear direction and guidance to help them achieve their goals.

In addition to exploring the popular ways to gaining a recognised matric certificate outside the formal school system, Homeschooling High School also challenges readers to rethink their values, particularly the value they place on certification, and to consider some unconventional or alternative paths to success.

In a clearly presented format, the book includes advice on legal matters, identifying appropriate courses, sourcing study material, tips on entrepreneurship, financing tertiary studies and the testimonies of successful homeshooled graduates. Homeschooling High School is a comprehensive guide to plotting a path through high school and beyond.

About the Author

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Shirley Erwee is a parent of six children and has been home-schooling since 1997. She is the co-author of three literature-based home education programmes for South Africans and the author of a literacy and numeracy programme for pre-schoolers.

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Follow Shirley on Twitter @preschool101 and view her Facebook page HERE

Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781432303662 

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The Joburg Book by Nechama Brodie

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Johannesburg: a city of thieves and dreamers, home to more than four million inhabitants spread out over an area larger than greater London …

An engaging and authoritative history that follows the story of the city through its spaces and communities – from the city centre to Joburg’s expanding suburbs. With dedicated chapters about Lenasia, Alexandra and the Southern Suburbs – together with Soweto, the CBD, Hillbrow, the far north and the central suburbs – it offers an inclusive history of Joburg, written by contemporary journalists and academics and featuring a selection of songs, poems and expert articles that give voice to the city’s diverse peoples and reflect its shifting social landscapes.

The Joburg Book also includes hundreds of historical photos, fifteen reference maps, recommended itineraries and places of interest in and around the city, together with contact numbers and web addresses.

This updated edition for 2014 has updates of new spaces, such as Constitution Hill and the Gautrain, as well as new tours and excursions.

Nechama Brodie’s fine pop-culture history of the city, The Joburg Book, became my bible …’ – Lauren Beukes

‘… the best city guide produced on Johannesburg. The Joburg Bookis primarily a triumph of picture research and design, its handmade look hinting at Johannesburg’s story is one of creative improvisation. Brodie deals with all aspects of the changing landscape, quoting diverse sources on history and popular culture.’ – Mail & Guardian

About the Author 

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In her 16 years as a journalist Nechama Brodie has covered books, music, arts, culture, lifestyle and heritage stories for the Sunday TimesMail & GuardianCity Pressand Wanted (the Business Day magazine). Nechama is a contributor to women’s magazines such as Marie ClaireELLE and Women’s Health, where she writes on beauty, health, wellness and body issues – including her training as a ‘white collar’ boxer (she has fought in three bouts) – and writes for local food and design publications VISI and TASTE. Nechama lives in Johannesburg with her two young boys, one ageing cat, one over-enthusiastic dog, four guitars and too many books, shoes and dresses.

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View Nechama‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter @brodiegal

Published by Pan Macmillan 

ISBN: 9781770103856 

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Birdseye by Maire Fisher

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As children growing up at Marchbanks, an imposing mansion built high on a hill above a Cape seaside town, Bird and her five siblings love to hear the story of how their father wooed their mother, but they don’t know much about the past of their reclusive grandmother, Ma Bess, who rules Marchbanks from its shadows and keeps her stories firmly locked in her cold heart.

When Bird’s ten-year-old twin brothers Oliver and Oscar go missing after a day of fishing, Bird appoints herself the family scribe and begins writing to the brothers she refuses to believe are gone for good. The elderly Ma Bess may be the voice in command at Marchbanks, but Bird, the youngest in the family, becomes its all-seeing eye. If Bird learns the truth, though, can life at Marchbanks ever be the same? 

With humour and pathos, Birdseye contemplates loss, love that endures, and the courage it takes to voice one’s truth, no matter the circumstances.

About the Author

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Maire Fisher is a freelance writer and editor. She is a member of The Grail Writing Retreats and her work has been published in anthologies and on various websites. She lives in Fish Hoek with her husband and two sons. Birdseye is her first novel.

View Maire‘s Live Writing website HERE

View Maire‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter @MaireFisher

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781415207048

 

 

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