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Books on my Desk: 3 Delicious New Cookery Books

These great new cookery books just landed on our book editor, Masechaba Mkefa’s desk. There’s one for vegetarians, one for lovers of Middle Eastern flavours and one filled with easy ideas for cooking with kids

Retreat: The Joy of Conscious Eating

By Daniel Jardim

Jacana Media, R280


South African vegetarian chef Daniel Jardim has just launched his first solo cookery book. Go on a retreat with Jardim and experience the art of combining cooking with a sense of mindfulness about your surroundings. It’s filled with recipes for spring, summer, winter and autumn, and you can engage all your senses while preparing delicious meals.


3 Favourites:

Haloumi and Pistachio Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

Soya Trinchado Bunny Chows

Mushroom and Nori Eggie Nests



Ella’s Kitchen: The Cook Book

By Ella’s Kitchen

Johnathan Ball Publishers, R195


A hundred easy, tasty and fun recipes for you and the kids to get stuck into – from foods for tiny kids to lunchbox treats and weekend eats. This book is an enjoyable experience to get your kids involved in the kitchen and to make healthy food fun.


3 Favourites:

Teeny-weeny Turkey Burger Bites

Cosy Cottage Pie

Tasty Turkey & Rice Packed Peppers



Sababa: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Food

By Tal Smith and Nirit Saban

Jacana Media, R280


Sababa is a Cape Town deli with a Mediterranean twist. We all know the benefits of a Med diet – and these simple, nutritious dishes will help you add a Mediterranean spin to your family suppers.


3 Favourites:

Aubergine, Tahina and Tomato Salsa Salad

Lamb and Knuckle Stew

Poppy Seed Cake



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