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My Cape Malay Kitchen by Cariema Isaacs

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My Cape Malay Kitchen is Cariema Isaacs’s heartfelt and poignant account of the extraordinary relationship between herself and her father and how that was reflected in their shared passion for food and cooking. She recollects all of the dishes they cooked and ate together, and shares her childhood memories of growing up in Bo-Kaap (the Cape Malay Quarter in Cape Town), lending insight into the culture, religious ceremonies and family events that have shaped the Cape Malay community into what itis today.

But My Cape Malay Kitchen is also a book about flavourful food, richly spiced curries, indulgent cakes and decadent desserts. Cariema‘s refreshing approach to food showcases many of the much-loved Cape Malay vintage recipes as well as a selection of modern dishes, and is ideal for anyone who needs a little inspiration in the kitchen.

About the Author

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Cariema Isaacs was born in Scotcheskloof in Bo-Kaap. She has a natural flair in the kitchen, and from an early age was familiar with ingredients that her grandmother would transform into the most scrumptious dishes. Cariema lived in Cape Town for most of her life, before moving to Johannesburg and thereafter Dubai, where she and her husband raise their two teenage sons. My Cape Malay Kitchen is her first book.

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

ISBN: 9781432305659

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JAN – A Breath of French Air by Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

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JAN – A Breath of French Air is a memoir and celebration of the renowned eatery JAN, a South African restaurant in the south of France. The restaurant is a showcase of South Africa’s tradition of hospitality, transported from a farm in rural South Africa to the glamorous French Riviera. JAN, now a one-star Michelin restaurant, is proof that dreams can be lived and how a love for what you do can transform humble ingredients into a masterpiece. Each chapter captures the mood and inspiration of what is served at JAN, and the collection of over 90 recipes covers everything from locally baked breads, amuse bouche and mouthwatering main course meat and fish dishes to what the chefs eat after a long night’s service in a hot kitchen.

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South African-born Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen was raised on a rural farm in the north of the country. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch he furthered his studies with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Design and Photography. He worked as a contributing food editor for ELLE magazine in South Africa and Paris before relocating to Nice to open his own restaurant called JAN. Since its humble beginnings in 2013, JAN has garnered a reputation as one of the top restaurants in the south of France. This is Jan Hendrik’s second book, which continues the journey first started in The French Affair, also published by Struik Lifestyle.

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

ISBN: 9781432306083

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Simply Delicious by Zola Nene

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In Zola Nene‘s own words, she says, ‘Food has always been a huge part of my life; important occasions were always marked with a feast of some sort… this book chronicles my food journey thus far – how it started and what has shaped me into the chef I am today.’ And that’s exactly what Simply Delicious is all about; it’s Zola’s culinary career told through her recipes, interspersed with snippets and perspectives of her life journey, including tributes to the people who have inspired and influenced her cooking style and explaining the reason for certain culinary choices that she has made.

If one had to describe Zola’s personality in a single idea, it would be ‘irrepressible joy’ which is the thread running through this journey as well as the state evoked by her delicious dishes. Her food philosophy is very simple – cooking is for everyone. With easy-to-follow instructions, the recipes will ensure that anyone can produce mouth-watering results.

About the Author

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Zola Nene is currently the resident chef on Expresso Morning Show on television’s SABC 3 channel. During a two-year stint in the UK, she worked as a commis entremetierchef de partie and patissier in a brasserie in Cheshire. She returned to South Africa and enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch where she worked with chefs such as Margot Janse of LQF and Chris Erasmus of Pierneef at la Motte. After graduating she was appointed catering manager for a large catering company in Johannesburg. Around this time Expresso was conceptualised and she was offered the job of foodstylist for the show. She returned to Cape Town to start working on the show in October 2010 and has been there ever since.

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

ISBN: 9781432304874

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Mariana’s Country Kitchen by Mariana Esterhuizen

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Mariana serves food fresh from her own extensive vegetable, fruit and herb garden, prepared in her own unique way. Her delightful book includes recipes for the restaurant’s top dishes, along with vegetable dishes, classic dishes, and Mariana’s favourite childhood foods. Divided seasonally into four sections, this is the ultimate cookery book for those who love fresh, honest, delicious in-season eating.

2015 Best Newcomer at the Sunday Times Cookbook Awards – Bookslive

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Mariana Esterhuizen is one of South Africa’s best known food personalities, with an award-winning restaurant in Stanford in the Western Cape.

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

ISBN: 9780798169912

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Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson

‘Part of the balance of life lies in understanding that different days require different ways of eating…’

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Whatever the occasion, food – in the making and the eating – should always be pleasurable. Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives, with recipes that are uncomplicated, relaxed and yet always satisfying.

From quick and calm suppers (Miso Salmon, Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry) to stress-free ideas when catering for a crowd (Chicken Traybake with Bitter Orange & Fennel), or the instant joy of bowl food for cosy nights on the sofa (Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Prawns), here is food guaranteed to make everyone feel good.

Whether you need to create some breathing space at the end of a long week (Asian-Flavoured Short Ribs), indulge in a sweet treat (Lemon Pavlova, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots) or wake up to a strength-giving breakfast (Toasty Olive Oil Granola), Nigella’s new cookbook is filled with recipes destined to become firm favourites.

Simply Nigella is the perfect antidote to our busy lives: a calm and glad celebration of food to soothe and uplift.

About the Author

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Nigellissima is something of a sentimental journey for Nigella Lawson. She lived and worked in Italy (as a chambermaid in Florence) when young, and read Italian at Oxford, before becoming a journalist and food writer. She is the author of eight bestselling books – How To Eat, How To Be A Domestic Goddess, Nigella Bites, Forever Summer, Feast, Nigella Express, Nigella Christmas and Kitchen – which, together with several successful TV series and her iPhone App, Nigella Quick Collection, have made hers a household name around the world. She is also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Italian Literature. She lives in London with her family.

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Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780701189358

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Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver

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This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to eat more healthily, but doesn’t know how or where to start. Jamie‘s Everyday Super Food is easy to use, packed with delicious recipes, and makes healthy eating a doddle. Divided into breakfast, lunch and dinner chapters, it allows the reader to choose the recipes that match their lifestyle.

Jamie has put together meals that the reader can eat day in, day out and this book that will fit easily into people’s daily lives. It’s about eating, looking and feeling better, every day.

Courtesy of Penguin Random House SA, watch a video of Jamie Oliver discussing his new book, Everyday Super Food, below:

About the Author

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Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents’ pub, The Cricketers, in Clavering, Essex, at the age of eight. After leaving school he began a career as a chef that took him to the River Café, where he was famously spotted by a television production company.

His television and publishing career began in 1999 with The Naked Chef series. Since then he has set up Fifteen restaurant in London, changed school dinners in the UK and revolutionized home cooking. His charity, The Jamie Oliver Foundation, seeks to improve people’s lives through food.

He writes for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own Jamie Magazine. Jamie lives in London and Essex with his wife Jools and their children.

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Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780718181239

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Family Food by Pete Evans

130 Delicious Paleo Recipes for Every Day.

All recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free.

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With two children of his own, Pete Evans knows how hard it can be to get a healthy and delicious meal on the table night after night. That’s why he’s put together his absolute favourite recipes for busy parents and their kids in Family Food. These meals follow Pete’s paleo style of eating – no grains, refined sugar or dairy, and a focus on sustainable meat and seafood, nuts and seeds, and loads of fresh veggies.

There are heaps of quick, healthy and satisfying dinner ideas: Chicken Drumsticks with Rosemary and Lemon, Ginger and Chilli Fish Stir-fry, Cauliflower Fried Rice with Garlic Prawns, and Easy Pulled Pork Tortillas. While all of the recipes in Family Food can be enjoyed by young and old, there are also specific chapters on baby and toddler food as well as kids’ lunches and snacks that you can be sure won’t be left in the bottom of the lunchbox: Chicken Pad Thai, Ham and Pineapple Pizza with Pete’s special paleo pizza dough, Kale Caesar Salad and Homemade Fruit Roll-ups.

Guilt-free paleo treats include Strawberry Bliss Balls, Red Velvet Cupcakes and Blueberry and Chia Ice Cream. Family Food is filled with Pete Evans’ go-to recipes when he’s looking for something quick, tasty and nutritious to cook for his own loved ones, and these meals are sure to become favourites in your home too.

About the Author

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A love of food saw Pete begin his career as chef and restaurateur at the age of 19, opening numerous award winning restaurants nationally as well as cooking in some of the finest restaurants globally.

Pete’s career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room with many TV appearances including Lifestyle Channel’s Home show, Postcards from Home, FISH, My Kitchen Rules, Moveable Feast, and The Paleo Way.

It’s safe to say he knows his stuff, with over 10 bestselling cookbooks inspiring individuals and families in their kitchens around the world.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509803095

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MasterChef: The Masters at Home

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Ever wondered what chefs such as Tom Kerridge, Jamie Oliver and Bill Granger love to cook when they are in their own kitchen? Away from the intensity and heat of restaurant service, what food makes them happiest on a weekend off? 33 globally renowned chefs have each shared three recipes for their favourite weekend treats in this special MasterChef collection of food at home.

The fascinating background of each chef is explored and accompanying candid snapshots from their home life provide a unique, never-seen-before window into their world. Such an intimate showcase of chefs’ private cooking is artistically captured by the legendary photographer David Loftus.

Chefs featured include: Ferran Adria, Andoni Aduriz, Michael Anthony, Elena Arzak, Jason Atherton, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, Claude Bosi, Massimo Bottura, Claire Clark, Wylie Dufresne, Graham Elliot, Andrew Fairlie, Peter Gilmore, Peter Gordon, Bill Granger, Angela Hartnett, Tom Kerridge, Tom Kitchin, Atul Kochhar, Pierre Koffmann, Jamie Oliver, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Neil Perry, Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, Joan and Jordi Roca, Ruth Rogers, Curtis Stone, David Thompson, Mitch Tonks and Tetsuya Wakuda.

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781472904119

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A Taste of Israel by Nida Degutiene

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In author Nida Degutiene’s own words: ‘When you live in Israel it’s plain to see that food holds a special place in Jewish life. From early morning until dawn the next day, Israelis are always noshing on something and enjoying one another’s company, and on any given holiday the festive table groans under the weight of a multitude of dishes and goodies. This book is an open door into the kitchens of the ordinary Israeli home, an invitation to explore the country’s diverse street food and a glimpse behind the scenes at some of its gourmet restaurants. You’ll find recipes for dishes that do much more than just satisfy hunger. They are memories and stories shared with me over the course of five years by Litvaks from Israel and South Africa, by my Israeli friends, by their mothers and their grandmothers. They reflect the traditions, history and customs passed down from generation to generation. They are an attempt at returning a piece of Jewish heritage to the small but vibrant Jewish community in Lithuania.’

Available for the first time in English, A Taste of Israel describes the food through the eyes of a foreigner and non-Jew, who was lucky enough to become part of that Jewish community. Chapters are divided into the usual arrangement of appetisers, starters, mains and desserts, but there are also sections on the different religious festivals, as well as detailed information of what constitutes ‘kosher’. All the well-known classics are there, such as Gefilte fish, Knaidlach, Latkes and Challah, and more, in the 100 plus recipes, whether traditional or modern.

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Nida Degutiene is an experienced businesswoman, devoted food blogger, writer and freelance journalist. Hailing from Lithuania, she arrived in Israel in 2009 as the wife of the Lithuanian Ambassador to Israel and South Africa and immediately fell in love with Jewish food, culture and traditions. Once she discovered that many nostalgic dishes from her childhood are actually Jewish culinary heritage, blended over centuries into Lithuanian cuisine, she began to share this knowledge and her experience of living in Israel on her blog. She currently has 30 000 unique followers and boasts more than 40 000 visits per month. Over the past five years Nida has written over 300 articles covering lifestyle, travel, culinary arts, culture and business for Israeli and Lithuanian newspapers and magazines, and has her own column in Lithuania’s leading monthly lifestyle magazine. In 2014 Nida published her first cookbook, A Taste of Israel in Lithuanian and it reached the Top-10 seller list in Lithuania.

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

ISBN: 9781432305628

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Party Time by Lizelle de Kock

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Party Time is the ultimate party-planning book for parents! It contains 12 fun themes and is jam packed with inspirational ideas. Planning an exciting party has never been easier! A CD with printable templates for signage and décor is also included.

Not only are there themes for boys and girls but unisex themes have also been included. The parties cater for all budgets. Those recipes that are included are easy to follow and can either serve as a starting point or can be adjusted to suit your specific theme by changing, for example, the colour of the cake icing.

About the Author

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Lizelle de Kock has always loved planning parties and her attention to detail has people talking about every party she styles, including celebrity parties. It was when friends encouraged her to open her own party planning business, that she decided to pursue her passion and Organizit Party Styling was born. The company made news when it was featured on America’s top-rated party websites, representing South Africa, and has also been featured in local magazines. Lizelle lives in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

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

ISBN: 9781432304645

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