The Classic South African Cookbook
Melinda Roodt, the writer of this book, is a busy lady. From being a pastor with her husband in a church in Vereeniging, to charity work, to managing three bands, public speaker, cookery teacher, painter and manages her own rusk and biscuit label. I feel totally exhausted just reading about how busy she is.
Her ‘The Classic South African Cookbook’ is a kaleidoscope of the way we eat in South Africa now – in the country or on the town. All the dishes our grandmothers and mothers cooked for us, real nostalgia cooking some of them and modern dishes brought by immigrants originally and those which we have experienced on overseas trips or indeed on food TV.
Her emphasis is on fresh, using best ingredients. She describes methods of preparation so that if you are new to cooking, or an old stalwart, the end result will always be perfect.
It is a book of weight, produced by Struik Lifestyle, with excellent photography by Christin Boggs-Peyper, one for each dish – a great bonus if you want to see where you are heading with a dish.
This is the sort of book a young bride would love in her Christmas stocking, as well as your teenage son or daughter who is showing interest in the kitchen other than a source of mother’s food.
You’ll have them cooking dinner for you.