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A Feast of New Cookbooks!

Posted on 24 November 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Farm in my heartCalling all gastronomes, epicurians and hedonists! Welcome to this month’s gastronomic highlights for people who love food!  

The festive season is almost upon us – a time to relax, spend time with family and friends, and to ease up on strict eating habits and enjoy delicious meals! We’ve collected a wonderful variety of the latest gastronomic titles to inspire you and tantalise your taste buds. Fat duck cookbook
 
For something local, don’t miss A farm In My Heart for delicious home-made recipes, and Franschhoek Food showcases Franschhoek’s chefs, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs and includes a few signature recipes from each restaurant. For more local dishes, Cooked in Africa is a celebration of Southern African places and culinary pleasures.
 
Looking further abroad, the ever-popular Jamie Oliver brings us Jamie’s America, which narrates Jamie’s epic journey into the heart of America and provides a tasty selection of recipes from different states. Exquisite Italian recipes appear in The River Cafe Classic Italian Cookbook,and The Italian Cookery Course is a unique compendium of famous recipes and lesser-known regional dishes. For something even more exotic, refer to Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey, a guide to the authentic food of Southeast Asia. 
 
Cooked in AfricaFor an entertaining and inspiring read, have a look at The Fat Duck Cookbook, which relates the history of The Fat Duck restaurant (twice voted the Best Restaurant in the World). This book charts the rise of Heston Blumenthal, self-taught chef, and introduces us to some of his signature recipes ­such as salmon poached with liquorice and chocolate wine.
 
For healthy, economical ideas, check out River Cottage Everyday or Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch contains over 400 recipes for cooking with vegetables. River Cottage Everyday
 
We’ve also included some titles for those of you have an interest in “green living”, organic food and sustainability. Refer to Grow to Live, Fruit & Nuts, The new complete book of Self sufficiency and A Greener Life for essential information on growing your own food and living a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Click here to read more about these great new books and place your orders online with Red Pepper Books 

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Cooked in Africa by Justin Bonello now available!

Posted on 06 October 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

 
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Cooked in Africa was released on the 1st of October 2009 – the hottest cookbook to hit SA shelves this summer!
 
Cooked in Africa is a unique compilation of places, spaces and flavours and combines Justin Bonello’s three favourite things: Southern Africa, food and friends. –The perfect “Proudly South African” gift, for culinary lovers, this festive season.
There is no better way to shrug off the pressures of modern living than to grab a bunch of mates and hit the road – immerse yourself in natural surroundings – and, while you’re out there, stop, cook up a storm and have a party. Eat, drink and lekker kuier, then next time pack it all up and do it somewhere else. Sound like a really excellent jol? It is. This is a freewheeling compilation of scrumptious food that you can enjoy on the rocks, on rivers and off the road; it comes courtesy of life enthusiast Justin Bonello, presenter of Cooked in Africa. You’ll find plenty of homespun wisdom, edgy views and fresh angles as the crew and company venture into the wilds where they capture it all – the scenery, the adventure, the interaction and, of course, the food.
Justin_BonelloABOUT THE AUTHOR
Local culinary genius, Justin Bonello, is the owner of Cooked in Africa Films and host of Cooked – the popular cooking adventure show, broadcast by BBC Lifestyle, Channel 180, DStv.
Justin’s love affair with cooking and wide-open spaces began with weekends and school holidays spent in the great outdoors either on the Breede River or on the Wild Coast. He learnt to embrace the land and all that it has to offer without taking  away from it anything that nature could not replenish.
Bonello believes that the beauty of travel and cooking can be found in searching for fresh produce, making new friends and discovering foods you didn’t even know existed.
For more information visit www.cookedinafrica.com.
“Justin wants to dig deeper and introduce us to real people and societies and above all their culinary genius.” – BBC Lifestyle

This book will be your inspiration to be adventurous, to extend your cooking repertoire and to be more ecologically aware. Based on the popular TV series on BBC Food, Cooked, this unique compilation of places, spaces and fl avours combines chef Justin Bonello’s three favourite things – Southern Africa, food and friends. Bonello is passionate about ensuring that Africa’s diverse food cultures are recorded and celebrated so that future generations will be able to savour the culinary pleasures we enjoy today. His love affair with cooking and wide-open spaces began with weekends and school holidays spent in the great outdoors either on the Breede River or on the Wild Coast. He learnt to embrace the land and all that it has to offer without taking from it anything that nature can’t replenish. Bonello believes that the beauty of travel and cooking can be found in searching for fresh produce, making new friends and discovering foods you didn’t even know existed. Once you’ve learned the basics and started growing your own produce, there’s no reason not to produce awesome meals – all it takes is a little courage and a pinch of creativity.

Click here to order your copy from Red Pepper Books today for only R264.00

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