The French Affair by Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen


The French Affair is a collection of recipes collected by author, chef and photographer Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen on his life journey that took him from a farm in South Africa to the French Riviera and Paris. The book is a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul, reflecting Jan Hendrik’s love affair with France and its culture of good food, fresh produce from local markets and the meals he has been inspired by on his travels through these epicurean surroundings.

Jan Hendrik’s love of food was nurtured by his mother and grandmothers, and this family influence and his South African roots are reflected in his recipes for Ouma se Soetkoekies (spice and sweet wine biscuits) and Milk Tart with Cinnamon Quinces. Dishes such as Cauliflower and Roquefort Soup, and Creamy Chicken and Corn Pot Pies are inspired by his student years in Stellenbosch, while Rabbit and Wild Mushroom Ragoût, Sticky Tarte Tatin and Croque-Monsieur à la Banane clearly show the French influence. Oysters Baked with Champagne Cream and Turkish Delight Pavlova reflect his time spent as a private chef on a yacht on the French Riviera. There is also a chapter with basic recipes for pastry, pasta, jams and preserves.

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Jan Hendrik shows us how to make delicious Balsamic Toffee Tomatoes

About the author


Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen was born in the northern part of South Africa and spent his childhood on the family farm. After matriculating, he completed an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, specialising in pastry. He furthered his studies with a Bachelors degree in Applied Design and Photography, and worked for ELLE magazine in South Africa and Paris as a contributing food editor. Jan Hendrik also worked as a private chef on board a luxury yacht on the French Riviera, and is currently living in the South of France, where he is in the final stages of opening his new restaurant, JAN.

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

ISBN: 9781432301972

Taste the World with Jenny Morris by Jenny Morris

The irrepressible Giggling Gourmet is back! In this exciting new recipe book, international celebrity chef Jenny Morris revisits her favourite travel destinations and cooks her way around the world.


Her culinary adventure takes her to 13 different countries and, inspired by the people she meets in homely kitchens and local marketplaces along the way, she recreates a feast of mouth-watering, authentic dishes, adding a spoonful of that unmistakable Jenny magic.

Using ingredients that are readily available in your local supermarket, Jenny brings a world of flavour to your table. Whether you try the succulent Greek mountain lamb or a fragrant Moroccan beef and prune tangia, or even a fiery bowl of Singapore chilli crab or some comforting Chinese open-top dumplings, Jenny will take your taste buds on a delicious voyage of discovery.

Sprinkled with personal anecdotes, and narrated with characteristic sparkle and quirky humour, this collection of over 150 accessible, imaginative recipes captures the culinary essence of each of the countries she visits.

About the author


Jenny Morris, The Giggling Gourmet, is one of South Africa’s most-loved food personalities. Author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity chef, teacher and culinary tour guide, she has had an on-going love affair with food since she was a child.

Although she has cooked for dozens of celebrities and royals (including Prince Charles, Imran Khan and Charlize Theron), Jenny remains down to earth and approachable. When she is not wowing the public, she can most likely be found in her own kitchen, stirring a pot of something fragrant and delicious.

“Layer those flavours,” she advises, “and feel that dish come alive in your hands”.

View Jenny’s website HERE

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781920289751

Kobra by Deon Meyer


Capt. Benny Griessel is first on the scene of the bloodbath – in the guesthouse on a beautiful Franschhoek wine farm. Three bodies, the work of a professional hitman called The Cobra.

And on top of this there has been a kidnapping – a British citizen who may be carrying a counterfeit passport. Can Griessel stop the killer before he strikes again?

About the author


Deon Godfrey Meyer was born on the 4th of July 1958 in Paarl. He matriculated in 1976 at the Schoonspruit High School in Klerksdorp. He studied at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education where he studied for a BA degree with English and History as majors. He later obtained an honours degree at the University of the Free State.

In the 1980s he worked as a journalist at Die Volksblad, at the public relations office of the University of the Free State, and begins work as advertising copy writer at Sanlam.

In 1991 he was appointed manager of Internal Communication and creative director of Sanlam’s Publicity department. After Sanlam he started his own business specialising in the creation and management of virtual communities on the internet, and thereafter he was manager of special projects at BMW motorcycles. He currently writes full time.

Deon‘s novels have been translated into more than 25 languages. He’s already won two prizes in France: Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére 2003 for Feniks, the Prix Mystère de la Critique 2004 for Orion. Proteus appeared on the IMPAC literary award’s long list and he receive the 2006 Deutsche Krimi Preis in the international category.

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Published by Human & Rousseau (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780798165044


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

The girl who has changed the world. The book that will change the way we think.  

I Am Malala is the highly-anticipated memoir of Malala Yousafzai, a schoolgirl, who, determined not to be intimidated by extremists, faced the Taliban with courange and bravery.

Malala is the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.


When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala‘s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

About the author


Malala Yousafzai is a 16 years student from Swat, Pakistan. She is studying in 8th class. She wrote a diary for BBC in early 2009 with a different name “Gul Makai”, she wrote about the critical situation in Swat at that time. She later on became famous and worked for children rights in Swat, Pakistan. 

She was nominated for a children award by an international organization in 2011. She appeared on many national and international news channels, TV channels and newspapers. She is a brave girl and has the ability to speak out the truth. She struggled for children’s Education in her region Swat. She struggled when the militants were fighting against Pakistan Army in Swat and was banning girls’ school in Swat.

On 8th October 2012 she was attacked in Swat when coming back from school to home, and thus this blog was created to share love for her and share all the facts about Malala.

Malala is now living and studying in the United Kingdom, and she has started going to school.

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They shot her at point blank range – and made her stronger. In a brutal attempt to silence her voice, it grew louder. Angelina Jolie

By her courage, Malala shows that nothing – not even bullets, intimidation or death threats – can stand in the way of the right of every girl to an education. Gordon Brown

Froome by Michael Vlismas

From the day he joined a ramshackle Kenyan cycling club made up of orphans and street children, Chris Froome was destined for greatness.


Froome: the Ride of his Life chronicles Froome’s journey from the dusty mountain tracks outside Nairobi to the historic roads of the world’s most famous bicycle race and his victory in the 2013 Tour de France.

It’s a journey that begins by learning to fix punctures in a Kenyan village under the mentorship of his longtime friend David Kinjah. It’s the story of a boy who once sold avocados on the side of the road and lived with his mother in the servants’ quarters at the back of a lavish homestead in Nairobi, but who had a free spirit and a drive to follow his dream.

From his challenges and triumphs on the road to the tragedy of his mother’s death, Froome emerges as a man apart but loyal and compassionate to those nearest to him as he sought to capture road cycling’s ultimate prize – the Tour de France.

From Africa to the Alps, this is the story of Africa’s greatest cycling moment.

This is the ride of Chris Froome’s life.

About the author


Michael Vlismas is a freelance sports writer and broadcaster, and owner of his own sports media agency. He writes and broadcasts on sport for a variety of South African and international publications and radio stations.

View Michael’s website HERE

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN 9781868426041

Love is War: The Modimolle Monster by Karyn Maughan with Shaun Swingler

Young mother Surinda du Preez stood transfixed, barely able to breathe. A single thought went through her head: I’m looking at the devil.

She was staring straight into the eyes of a man whose alleged crimes had earned him the title: Modimolle Monster. She was staring at Johan Kotze.


3 January 2012 is a day the community of Modimolle in Limpopo, South Africa will never forget. On this day, Johan Kotze did the unthinkable. Kotze not only orchestrated the gang rape of his wife, before torturing her, but also murdered her nineteen-year-old son. His unthinkable actions earned him the name Modimolle Monster, and have made him infamous.

Love is War tells the sobering story of the workings of a twisted mind, and the weighty consequences of actions. Maughan takes a walk on the macabre side, through an in-depth analysis of Kotze’s story. From his life before the horrific events, to coverage of the trial, Maughan leaves nothing uncovered.

About the authors

Karyn Maughan 


Karyn Maughan is a legal journalist at eNEWS in Johannesburg with a degree in journalism from Rhodes University. With a keen eye for the forensic details, Maughan examines the facts. She’s no stranger to controversy and the dark side of the human psyche.

Follow Karyn on Twitter HERE and like her page on Facebook HERE 

Shaun Swingler


Shaun Swingler is a freelance multimedia journalist and managing editor of Jungle Jim Magazine, based in South Africa. After receiving his degree in philosophy, Shaun served a brief stint in a claustrophobic corporate publishing house. After escaping, he chose to pursue a career writing about things that interested him. Among others, these have included mercenaries, animal testing, and the South African porn industry.

View Shaun‘s website HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 978-1-4314-0857-3


True Grit by Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls knows what it takes to survive. But he’s not the first.


Take the American bombardier Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days stranded at sea by catching and killing hungry sharks and drinking the warm blood of albatrosses — only to be captured by the Japanese and horrifically tortured for years in their most brutal POW camps…

Or Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL who single-handedly took on a Taliban regiment before dragging his bleeding, bullet-ridden body for days through the harsh mountains of Afghanistan… Or Nando Parrado, one of the survivors of a horrific air-crash high in the ice-bound Andes, who only lived because he was willing to eat the flesh of his dead companions…

In this gripping new book, Bear tells the stories of the adventurers, explorers, soldiers and spies whose refusal to quit in the most extreme situations has inspired him throughout his life. Some of them make uncomfortable reading – survival is rarely pretty. But all of them are tales of eye-watering bravery, death-defying resilience and extraordinary mental toughness by men and women who have one thing in common: true grit.

About the author


Bear Grylls‘ TV adventure series is one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers in over 200 countries. Bear has authored eleven books and, as a former member of the UK Special Forces, was made an honorary Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. He continues to lead record-breaking expeditions to the world’s extremes, and these missions have raised millions of dollars for children’s charities. 

In 2009, Bear took over as the youngest ever Chief Scout to the Scouting Association, acting as the figurehead to 28 million Scouts around the globe. He lives with his wife, Shara, and their three sons, Jesse, Marmaduke and Huckleberry, on a Dutch barge in London and on a small remote island off the coast of Wales.

View Bear Grylls‘ website HERE

Like his page on Facebook HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Random House Struik International

ISBN: 9780593071069

Lessons from the Boot of a Car by Reg Lascaris


Reg Lascaris, one of South Africa’s most celebrated marketers, literally started out from the boot of an old car. The road leading from the one point to the other has been long, uneven and often difficult, but in one respect it never failed: there was always a lesson to be learnt. Lascaris, together with his partner John Hunt, sparked not only some of the most iconic ad campaigns in the world, but the transformation of the South African advertising industry into a twenty-first century powerhouse.

This is where the famous Nando’s campaign was born, these were the men the ANC turned to for their first election campaign. They were the first to inject human emotion into financial services for South Africa’s best loved bank, Standard Bank … And who can forget the BMW mouse?

Lessons from the Boot of a Car traces an extraordinary journey by an extraordinarily successful entrepreneur, reciting at each point the lessons learnt – career and business lessons as much as they are lessons for life.

Watch some of the iconic adverts featured in Lessons from the Boot of a Car.

About the author 


Reg Lascaris co-founded the advertising agency TBWA\ Hunt\Lascaris in South Africa in 1983 but he started out literally selling from the boot of a car. The agency has won countless accolades from FinWeek and Financial Mail, including Agency of the Century. They were also the first ever South African company to win Ad Age’s International Agency of the Year. In 2009 Reg and John Hunt were joint recipients of the Financial Time’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Reg has co-authored five best-selling books – Third World Destiny, Communicating in the Third World, Revelling in the WildFire & Water and The South African Dream. He is TBWA\’s Regional President for Africa/Middle East.

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Published by Penguin Books SA

ISBN: 9780143538509

From Corner Café to JSE Giant: The Famous Brands Story by Carié Maas

9780624056782Famous Brands Ltd, as it is known today, started as a single Steers restaurant in the early 1960s, and now comprises more than 2100 restaurants across a portfolio of 20 brands, as well as extremely lucrative logistics, manufacturing and retail components.

George Halamandres’s family came to South Africa from Greece with practically nothing but big ideas. The company grew, restaurant by restaurant, until the inevitable happened – unimagined success on a national and international scale.

From Corner Café to JSE Giant chronicles the birth and rebirth of some of South Africa’s best known brands, and tells the story of the people who inspired and managed them.

Brands in the Famous Brands stable include:
Steers, Wimpy, Debonairs Pizza, Mugg & Bean, FishAways, Milky Lane, tashas, Vovo Telo, Giramundo, Europa, Fego Caffe, Keg, McGintys, The Brewers Guild, House of Coffees, Brazilian Café, Juicy Lucy, Turn ‘n Tender, The Bread Basket, Trufruit, Aqua Monte and Baltimore.

About the author


Carié Maas has years of experience on the production side of financial publications. She has been production editor of Finansies & Tegniek/Finance Week and deputy editor of the Getaway twin Mooiloop. She also worked for Sake24 (for Beeld and Rapport) for some time.

She has freelanced for various magazines, such as Rooi Rose and De Kat, and for a while wrote ad hoc columns for Beeld.

She published the highly successful biography Jannie Mouton: And then they fired me in 2011, and in 2013 From Corner Café to the JSE: The Famous Brands story.

She lives in Johannesburg, and works as a freelance journalist and editor.

Maas won the Debut Prize in the NB Publishers Groot Afrikaanse Romanwedstryd 2012 for her novel Koljander.

Published by Tafelberg (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780624056782