A great recipe book may very well be your secret weapon in the kitchen. Arm yourself with our curated selection of tasty reads this summer

LUCKY PEACH PRESENTS 101 EASY ASIAN RECIPES

By Peter Meehan

Get your fish sauce ready and your apron on – Asian cuisine has never been this simple to create. These easy recipes are an interesting take on authentic East and South East Asian cuisines that are sure to wow your dinner guests and not keep you cooking in the kitchen all night. From appetizers to mains, this recipe book will boost your culinary skills and confidence. It is also sure to have you experimenting with all sorts of  fresh flavours.

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Available at loot.co.za


TOP WITH CINNAMON

By Izy Hossack

Food stylist and photographer Izzy Hossack isn’t your average 19 year old. With her recipes featured in ‘Miss Vogue’,’ The Daily Mail’ and jamieoliver.com,  this is the result of true passion. ‘ Toped with cinnamon’ is a compilation of delicious modern meals that not only look beautiful but can be used in everyday cooking. Izy shares her beautifully curated recipes that will leave readers spoiled for choice and drooling over the pages.

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Available at Exclusive Books


The DEAD RABBIT DRINKS MANUAL 

By Sean Muldoon, Jack Mcgarry, and Ben Schaffer

Written by the owner of one of the world’s most famous bars, in New York, The Dead Rabbit, this read is a true education. Whether you experiment with your favourite tipple or dive into the theory and history of renowned beverages this is the ultimate insight into the world of mixology.  The descriptions of the drinks are in – depth , the writing is light and lively, and the authors clearly know what they are talking about, Cheers to that.

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Available at takealot.com


NEAR & FAR

By Heidi Swanson

It was only a matter of time before California -based chef, author, photographer and curator Heidi Swanson collated her favourite vegetarian recipes . Inspired by her travels, this is the food travel log from San Francisco, Morocco, India, France, Italy, India, and Japan.  The recipes are fairly simple to make, but if you’re not confident in the kitchen the images are beautiful enough for it to pass as a coffee table book.

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Available at takealot.com


MY KIND OF WINE

By John Platter

The South African wine industry is booming , but there is more to it than just tannins and taste.  Discover the stories behind the winemakers themselves, the young revolutionaries who are disrupting the industry and the ancient vineyards that are standing strong. The enthusiast or the social wine drinker  will learn to explore and enjoy the world of wine with more confidence and enthusiasm.

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THE GREAT SOUTH AFRICAN COOKBOOK

By Thomas Keller

Featuring 67 of South Africa’s finest foodies, this cookbook welcomes the readers into their homes as they share their favourite family recipes.  Celebrating South African heroes, there are more than 130 local recipes to choose from, each accompanied by vibrant images that capture the unique and diverse  nature of our nation. This is the ultimate collection for kitchens and cooks.

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Available at Exclusive Books 


MY PORTUGUESE FEAST

Author: Mimi Jardin 

My Portuguese Feast is filled with nostalgia and delicious recipes for the everyday to weekend feasting and special-occasions, accompanied by Mimi’s wisdom, personal stories and culinary advice.

Packed with delicious dishes, you¿ll find out how to make the best prego rolls, prawn rissoles, classic custard tarts and one of Mimi’s favourite childhood treats, chocolate salami. Recipes are also inspired by Mimi’s travels around the world and will provide many a culinary thrill. These include a very special Argentinian steak, a moreish Mozambican chicken curry and – in true Mimi style – several decadent desserts.

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Available at takealot.com


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Digital Intern Lucille Dyosi finds herself between phases and places. She is an observer and takes in inspiration from the simplest things in life. If she’s not enjoying food, she’s reading a book by her favourite author Bessie Head.

 


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