We were privileged at the 2014 Indaba to have two of South Africa’s best-loved food bloggers generously donate their time as speakers – we previously introduced bothy Sam Linsell and Jane-Anne Hobbs in our “Meet the speakers” feature elsewhere on this blog. But apart from being generous with their time, these two lovely ladies also donated copies of their sumptuous cookbooks to our charity auction and as raffle prizes. And who would not mind opening something lovely as these two volumes?
Jane-Anne had describes her book Scrumptious as the book she’s “wanted to write for almost 40 years, ever since I picked up a knife as a little girl and tearily peeled my first onion”. The result of almost a year of Jane-Anne’s toil at creating new recipes, the book was styled and shot at her home in Hout Bay over a period of three weeks in late 2011. Scrumptious contains over 90 original, triple-tested recipes designed to take the fuss out of home entertaining and bring smiles to the faces of family and friends. Whether you are after a proper South African classic, or a more modern dish with a twist; whether you are planning a cosy get-together with family or a drop-dead-stunning formal dinner, there is something in the book for you. With Jane-Anne’s beautiful clear prose and Michael Le Grange’s beautiful images, the book is a one-stop shop for creating a feast or scrumptious home-cooked food with flair. Click here and scroll down to see where you can buy the book.
Sam Linsell has been in the hospitality industry in some way for over 25 years and has always dreamt of publishing a cookbook. When the day finally came, she tackled the challenge head on, taking on not only the recipe development and writing but also styling and photographing all the dishes in her distinctive style. Drizzle and Dip consists of a mix of modern and classic recipes with varied and diverse flavours and cross-cultural culinary inspiration. Divided into three sections, namely “Morning”, “Noon” and “Night”, each section of the book focuses on recipes recommended for enjoyment during a specific time of day, also taking into account the preparation time available to the busy home-cook during his or her hectic daily schedule. Influences range from Mexican (huevos rancheros and fish taco’s), Italian (spaghetti Bolognese with tequila), British (pork sausages with honey) and Mediterranean (spinach and feta phyllo pies and Morroccan meatballs) and the Far East (bang-bang chicken wraps and pulled pork Banh mi). Sam describes the book as having a modern, informal and light look which reflects her approach to food: quirky, pretty, fun, creative and simple.
Click here to buy her book from Yuppiechef.