1. DELISH SISTERS – Tasty Food Made with Love – Kate and Rebecca Lund. Penguin SA.
KwaZulu-Natal sister act Kate and Rebecca Lund have long been fixtures on the local foodie scene, beginning with a popular market stall, a successful café and, more recently, a busy bespoke catering business. The publication of a cookbook containing their recipes for the fresh, wholesome and delicious food Natalians have come to love is not only a dream come true for them but for all the patrons missing their regular Delish fix.
All their signature dishes grace the pages – think roast pork with tahini sauce; spinach and blue cheese gnocchi; mushroom and thyme cigars; their creative breakfast dishes and sweet treats, including their famous chocolate and caramel brownies –themed around harvest tables and sharing food with love. It’s beautifully photographed, too, by talented local Lar Glutz making it a feast for the eyes as well as the belly. It’s a must for the festive season.
2. DURBAN CURRY UP2DATE – Erica Platter and Clinton Friedman.
This book pairs two national treasures: Durban curry and food doyenne Erica Platter. This is her second foray into collecting and curating recipes for curry and she explains it’s because curry in KZN is an ever-evolving dish.
The format of sharing local food personalities’ recipes and insight is the same but the 53 new recipes make this a worthwhile addition to your kitchen counter. With photographs by Clinton Freidman that all but burst off the page with their saturated vibrancy, it’s gorgeous to look at as well.
3. FOODIES TOP 100 - Chantal Botha, Hayley Murison and Julie Brown. Quivertree Publications.
With over a million followers on Facebook, Foodies of SA is a social media phenomenon. Their new cookbook is a selection of 100 of Foodies of SA’s best-loved and most-shared recipes of 2018 and 2019, all with a distinctly local focus, such as biltong and feta jalapeno poppers and shweshwe cake. Following on from the success of Foodies of South Africa: The Most Viral Recipes Ever, you know the recipes have been tried hundreds of times and that all the ingredients are local and easily available – bonus! You can’t go wrong with this as a gift – for a friend or yourself.
4. CELEBRATE WITH LORNA MASEKO – Lorna Maseko. NB Publishers.
There’s something special about a cookbook that uses anecdotes to make the recipes mean something. Lorna’s reminiscences about food and her life are compelling and enlightening and they’ll make you want to get your apron on and enjoy the dishes she describes. From her childhood in Alexandra in Joburg to travelling as a TV personality, food has been a constant companion and she highlights its importance with the authenticity and wit we have come to know and love on her TV show The Hostess.