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Kosbaar - Skep Herinneringe Met 'n Feesmaal (Afrikaans, Paperback): Elmarie Berry Kosbaar - Skep Herinneringe Met 'n Feesmaal (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Elmarie Berry; Photographs by Lindy Kriek
R380 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R105 (28%) In Stock

KOSBAAR is Elmarie Berry se eerste kookboek hoewel sy reeds sedert 2015 ’n bekende kosblogskrywer is. Haar hartsbegeerte is om ’n boek uit te gee wat jou siel sal voed en waarmee jy in jou kombuis met jou nabye vriende en familie herinneringe kan skep.

In haar eie woorde: “Kos is ’n manier en plek om bymekaar te kom, om rustig te raak en om jou hart oop te maak om te deel, lief te hÍ en lekker te lag. Geniet die reis en samesyn!”

KOSBAAR bevat meer as 100 eg Suid-Afrikaanse resepte. Met ’n Libanese ouma toon haar kosvoorkeure ’n goeie mengsel van boerekos met ’n sterk Libanese invloed. Daar is ou gunstelinge soos roosterkoek en nostalgiese melktert, en party kry ’n nuwe baadjie, soos malvapoeding met ’n pinotagesous, gebakte patat met za’tar-speserye, New York Shake Shack-kaasburgers en stadig geroosterde lamskouer met jogurtplatbrood.

KOSBAAR bevat ook heelwat graanvrye resepte omdat Elmarie onlangs uitgevind het sy is allergies vir graan.

Home Cooking - Food That Connects With Your Soul (Paperback): Herman Lensing Home Cooking - Food That Connects With Your Soul (Paperback)
Herman Lensing 1
R390 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R111 (28%) In Stock

Home Cooking is Herman Lensing’s sixth cookbook and follows the highly successful Dit Proe Soos Huis, published in 2019.

Home Cooking tells the story – in his own words – of Herman’s 34 years. Unlike his previous books, this one also sees him sharing friends’ recipes, as well as many he discovered during his journeys throughout South Africa. There are more than 80 recipes, and each chapter reflects Herman’s love of food and people, accompanied by entertaining anecdotes. The recipes are totally unpretentious, featuring ingredients that are available anywhere in the country.

Home Cooking invites you into Herman’s kitchen, to prepare food anyone can cook.

Baking - For Profit And Pleasure (Paperback): Christine Capendale Baking - For Profit And Pleasure (Paperback)
Christine Capendale 1
R420 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R110 (26%) In Stock

BAKING is a collection of over 80 inspiring recipes for experienced or beginner bakers.

With advice on equipment, costings, packaging, branding and top tips for successful home baking, you’ll soon be rustling up a host of delicious treats, from sensational cakes and savoury platters, to traybakes and traditional fare.

And being healthy doesn't mean that you should give up baking: there are recipes for gluten-free, vegan and low-sugar bakes.

My Station Street Kitchen (Paperback): Mynhardt Joubert My Station Street Kitchen (Paperback)
Mynhardt Joubert
R380 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R110 (29%) In Stock

Chef Mynhardt Joubert has been cooking from his Station Street Kitchen in Paarl in the Western Cape for the past five years, hosting dinners for paying guests, hosting media launches and using his home as a creative space and photographic studio. The book, My Station Street Kitchen, is a reflection of his kitchen and the dinners that he hosts there.

Mynhardt infuses everything he does with his enthusiasm, exuberance and love of food that incorporates his life experiences, from his childhood on a farm in the Eastern Free State to his travels around the world and throughout South Africa.

Join him in the generous and warm environment of his Station Street Kitchen and create your own culinary delights, prepared with joie de vivre and plenty of love.

Living The Ultimate Keto Lifestyle - A South African Guide & Cookbook (Paperback): Hendrik Marais Living The Ultimate Keto Lifestyle - A South African Guide & Cookbook (Paperback)
Hendrik Marais
R380 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R105 (28%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Building a healthy lifestyle can be daunting, especially with the level of confusion that exists about health and wellness. As low-carb high-fat diets have increased in popularity, a wealth of information has proliferated on the internet and in print media. The problem is knowing what works, and differentiating between sound advice and opportunistic entrepreneurs whose primary aim is to monetize ‘solutions’.

In 2017, Hendrik Marais founded Keto Lifestyle South Africa with the aim of providing the information needed to build a healthy, sustainable lifestyle based on the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting. He believes that while nutrition is important, a healthy lifestyle must find the right balance between sleep, stress management, exercise and nutrition. By making keto accessible and approachable, Marais has inspired thousands of people to adopt simple, healthy eating habits and stick to them.

Living the Ultimate Keto Lifestyle incorporates a comprehensive introduction that sets out his principles and practices for following a keto diet, and explains how to achieve your weight-loss goals. This is followed by a selection of delicious, healthy recipes, as well as sample meal plans and ideas for effortless entertaining.

Together - Memorable Meals, Made Easy (Hardcover): Jamie Oliver Together - Memorable Meals, Made Easy (Hardcover)
Jamie Oliver 2
R445 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R136 (31%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Get ready to welcome friends and family back around your table with Jamie's brand-new cookbook, TOGETHER - a joyous celebration of incredible food to share.

Being with our loved ones has never felt so important, and great food is the perfect excuse to get together. Each chapter features a meal, from seasonal feasts to curry nights, with a simple, achievable menu that can be mostly prepped ahead. Jamie's aim - whether you're following the full meal or choosing just one of the 130 individual recipes - is to minimise your time in the kitchen so you can maximise the time you spend with your guests. Jamie's Together also helps to take the stress out of cooking by arming you with tips, tricks and hacks to stay organised and get ahead of the game.

Inspirational but practical, Together is about comfort, celebration, creating new memories and, above all, sharing fantastic food. This is about memorable meals, made easy. Let's tuck in - together!

Meat - The Ultimate Guide (Paperback): Annelien Pienaar Meat - The Ultimate Guide (Paperback)
Annelien Pienaar 1
R395 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R110 (28%) In Stock

This comprehensive guide contains everything you ever wanted to know about meat: the cuts, nutritional value, ageing, factors that determine tenderness, cooking methods, freezing, terminology – to name just a few aspects.

Most people enjoy a bit of meat, so the lip-smacking, finger-licking deliciousness of Meat: The Ultimate Guide is sure to whet the appetite. Annelien Pienaar, the bestselling author, builds on her winning concept of combining a recipe with a lesson, but this time her focus is on meat.

With recipes for beef, lamb and mutton, pork, poultry, offal and game to marinades, flavoured salts and oils to complement the cuts, this book will more than hold its own on your kitchen bookshelf.

Veggielicious (Paperback): Mokgadi Itsweng Veggielicious (Paperback)
Mokgadi Itsweng
R375 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R53 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Mokgadi Itsweng’s debut cookbook, she shares recipes that will delight the whole family.

Veggielicious encompasses all aspects of a plant-forward lifestyle, and is divided into Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter, with beautiful recipes to complement each season.

Mokgadi begins our flavour journey with a selection of condiments and spice mixes, our secret weapons to guaranteeing full flavour in every veggie dish. With healthy, sustaining breakfasts, small dishes for grazing or starters, glorious showstopping main meals, creative sides and, of course, happy endings showcasing a selection of delectable desserts, the book is filled with innovative, delectable recipes that will make the kitchen your happy place!

Shelf Love (Paperback): Yotam Ottolenghi, Noor Murad, Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Shelf Love (Paperback)
Yotam Ottolenghi, Noor Murad, Ottolenghi Test Kitchen
R595 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R176 (30%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Relaxed, flexible home cooking from Yotam Ottolenghi and his superteam.

Whether they're conjuring up new recipes or cooking for themselves at home, the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen team do what we all do: they raid their kitchens. But then, they turn whatever they find into approachable creations with an 'Ottolenghi' twist.

This instinct is in perfect sync with recent times, when we've all been standing in front of our kitchen shelves, our cupboards and our fridges, wondering what to cook with what we've got; how to put a can of chickpeas or a bag of frozen peas to good use, instead of taking an extra trip to the shops.

For the first time, the team welcome us into their creative space. These dishes pack all the punch and edge we expect from Ottolenghi, but offer more flexibility to make them our own, using what we've got to hand. There's the ultimate guide to creamy dreamy hummus, a one-pan route to confit tandoori chickpeas and a tomato salad that rules them all.

This book is all about feeding ourselves and our families with less stress and less fuss, but with all the 'wow' of an Ottolenghi meal. It's a notebook to scribble on and add to, to take its ethos and absolutely make it your own.

This is how to cook, the OTK way.

Flavour (Hardcover): Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage Flavour (Hardcover)
Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage 2
R645 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R196 (30%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Flavour-forward, vegetable-based recipes are at the heart of Yotam Ottolenghi’s food.

In this stunning new cookbook Yotam and co-writer Ixta Belfrage break down the three factors that create flavour and offer innovative vegetable dishes that deliver brand-new ingredient combinations to excite and inspire.

Ottolenghi FLAVOUR combines simple recipes for weeknights, low-effort high-impact dishes, and standout meals for the relaxed cook. Packed with signature colourful photography, FLAVOUR not only inspires us with what to cook, but how flavour is dialled up and why it works.

The book is broken down into three parts, which reveal how to tap into the potential of ordinary vegetables to create extraordinary food:

Process explains cooking methods that elevate veg to great heights;
Pairing identifies four basic pairings that are fundamental to great flavour;
Produce offers impactful vegetables that do the work for you.

With surefire hits, such as Aubergine Dumplings alla Parmigiana, Hasselback Beetroot with Lime Leaf Butter, Miso Butter Onions, Spicy Mushroom Lasagne and Romano Pepper Schnitzels, plus mouthwatering photographs of nearly every one of the more than 100 recipes, Ottolenghi FLAVOUR is the impactful, next-level approach to vegetable cooking that Ottolenghi fans and vegetable lovers everywhere have been craving.

Tasha's Inspired - A Celebration Of Food & Art (Hardcover): Natasha Sideris Tasha's Inspired - A Celebration Of Food & Art (Hardcover)
Natasha Sideris
R1,200 R976 Discovery Miles 9 760 Save R224 (19%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A collection of classic recipes from cuisines around the world, beautifully illustrated with over 80 pieces of original art and stunning photography.

Each of the seven chapters in the book recreates a place that has had a lasting impact on Natasha: the New York deli, the Spanish tapas bar, the Parisian bistro, the Greek taverna, the Levant kitchen, the English country home and the classic international cafť.

This book is more than just a collection of recipes from around the world. Tasha's Inspired is designed to evoke emotion and memory, and to inspire you to create these sensory adventures and experiences in your own home.

Plate (Hardcover): Marlene van der Westhuizen Plate (Hardcover)
Marlene van der Westhuizen
R450 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R264 (59%) Ships in 5 - 7 working days

The recipes in this book can be used every day of the week for that one main course we cook daily, whether we’re cooking for the family or entertaining our friends. Divided into just three chapters – Meat, Poultry and Seafood – the recipes range from well-known classics to modern dishes, many with a Continental influence. All are prepared with the author’s flair for home-cooked, hearty and delicious meals.

Plate would make the perfect house-warming gift for those relatively inexperienced in the kitchen, but even seasoned cooks will find inspiration.

Braaibroodjies En Burgers (Afrikaans, Paperback): Jan Braai Jan Braai Braaibroodjies En Burgers (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Jan Braai Jan Braai 1
R380 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R53 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wie sou kon raai dat Jan en sy boeke wÍreldbekend sou word vir braai! Die braaikoning is terug met ’n splinternuwe boek en diť keer ondergaan die nederige braaibroodjie ’n gedaantewisseling of twee.†Vind liplekker hoender-, beesvleis-, vegetariese en veganistiese braaibroodjie- en burgerresepte wat jou gesin sal laat terugkom vir nog! En moenie dink Jan het van die suikertande vergeet nie, die boek bevat alles van soet tot sout, alles oor die vuur – dis mos nou lekker!

Foodies Of South Africa - Kitchen Shortcuts (Hardcover): Jean Winshaw, Kelsey Dobie, Cassidy Nydahl Foodies Of South Africa - Kitchen Shortcuts (Hardcover)
Jean Winshaw, Kelsey Dobie, Cassidy Nydahl 1
R390 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R111 (28%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Foodies of South Africa is the No.1 destination on the internet for recipe videos that are fun, easy and proudly local, but it's also so much more than that!

Over the years it's grown into a community of people of all backgrounds and kitchen skills with at least one thing in common into talented home cooks and bakers through creative food ideas and clever recipes

My Stasie Straat Kombuis (Afrikaans, Paperback): Mynhardt Joubert My Stasie Straat Kombuis (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Mynhardt Joubert
R380 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R110 (29%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Sjef Mynhardt Joubert kook al die afgelope vyf jaar in sy Stasie Straat Kombuis in die Paarl in die Wes-Kaap waar hy etes vir betalende gaste aanbied, as gasheer vir mediabekendstellings optree, en sy huis as ’n kreatiewe ruimte en fotografiese ateljee gebruik.

Die boek, My Stasie Straat Kombuis, is ’n weerspieŽling van sy kombuis en die etes wat hy daar aanbied. Mynhardt geur alles wat hy doen met geesdrif, lewenslus en sy liefde vir kos wat gespruit het uit sy lewenservaringe, van sy kinderjare op ’n plaas in die Oos-Vrystaat tot sy reise in die buiteland en oor Suid-Afrika heen.

Sluit by hom aan in die gulhartige en warm omgewing van sy Stasie Straat Kombuis en skep jou eie kulinÍre lekkernye, berei met joie de vivre en armsvol liefde.

Mindful Eating - 78 Recipes To Cook Your Way To Better Health (Paperback): Izelle Hoffman Mindful Eating - 78 Recipes To Cook Your Way To Better Health (Paperback)
Izelle Hoffman
R340 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R71 (21%) Ships in 5 - 7 working days

Izelle Hoffman is on a mission to change perceptions about food and to increase awareness of the benefits of eating the right foods and choosing a life of health and wellness. Did you know, for instance, that the humble sweet potato contains anti-inflammatory properties and regulates blood sugar levels? And that raw honey isn’t simply a sweetener – it has antifungal and antiviral properties as well?

In Mindful Eating, Izelle encourages you to rethink what you put in your body in a fun, healthy way, and demonstrates that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean that your diet needs to be boring and restricted, especially where vegetables are concerned. By sharing her recipes for energising breakfasts, quick weekday meals, sweet baked goodies, classics with a healthy (Izelle-approved) twist and family favourites, among others, Izelle aims to help you take back control of your wellbeing.

Packed with delicious, nutritious and deceptively simple recipes, Mindful Eating is more than a cookbook; it is an inspirational and motivational guide to leading a healthy lifestyle through good eating.

The Colour Of Wine - Tasting Change (Paperback): Harriet Perlman The Colour Of Wine - Tasting Change (Paperback)
Harriet Perlman; Photographs by Mark Lewis
R450 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R63 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Colour of Wine isn’t just another book about picturesque Cape vineyards. Instead, it tells the remarkable story of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy through the personal journeys of black winemakers. Woven through their stories are interviews with wine producers and politicians, chefs and sommeliers, connoisseurs and teachers, drinkers and tasters.

The book, twinned with the documentary film The Colour of Wine (included on DVD), explores the turbulent history of winemaking in South Africa, and the varied careers the industry has to offer. Wine doyen John Platter offers insights into where South African wine is now, and where the industry needs to go. You’ll also discover a rich array of local recipes that complement South African wines.

The Colour of Wine gives a taste of the changing world of South African wine.

Being Bertus Basson (Paperback): Bertus Basson Being Bertus Basson (Paperback)
Bertus Basson
R350 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

So just who is Bertus Basson? A dreamer, successful entrepreneur, braaimaster, genius, fanatic or chef extraordinaire? He is, of course, all of those things.

This extraordinary cookbook, beautifully photographed by the legendary Claire Gunn, follows the success of Bertus’s first cookbook Homegrown, now almost out of print. But this one is different. In it you will feel the drive and energy of this whirlwind of a man. The book offers inspiration to those of us who sit, mouths agape, wondering just how Bertus and his remarkable wife have so successfully built multiple restaurants. It presents an inside look into these restaurants from the story of the beginnings and growth of signature restaurant Overture, to Spice Route, wildly popular with the tourist crowds, and Spek & Bone, the small-plate wine bar in Stellenbosch, through to his love affair with burgers and just how De Vrije Burger was conceptualised and brought to life.

Being Bertus Basson, or BBB as this book has fondly become known, is a combination of all that makes up Bertus. There’s a bit of entrepreneurial spice; a dollop of the practical advice that makes him such a successful restaurateur. For all those who’ve eaten or who’ve dreamed of eating at one of the restaurants so beautifully photographed in the book, here’s how to do it. The recipes will surprise you with their simplicity and quirkiness, show you just how to step beyond the usual and how to look at food, South African food in particular, in a whole new light.

Once you’ve read Being Bertus Basson, there’s no going back to banal food experiences.

Recipes (Paperback): Suzellediy Suzellediy Recipes (Paperback)
Suzellediy Suzellediy
R295 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Welcome to the SuzelleDIY Recipe Book! These pages are full of my favourite recipes that I have gathered and created over the years, from my Ouma’s old classics to my own creative recipes that will get everyone talking at your next dinner party! You will find scrumptious desserts, easy dinners, fun and delicious twists on South African favourites (bobotie balls anyone?) as well as a few wonderful recipes from special guests who also wanted their recipes in the book, shame.

This cookbook is for everybody! If you are a master chef or a mini chef, if you only know how to use the microwave or even if your meals always come out looking a little bit rustic, there’s something in this book for you.

So pop on your aprons people! It’s time to use your own creativity and make some delicious kitchen magic happen. DIY? Because anybody can!

Jamie Cooks Italy - From The Heart Of The Italian Kitchen (Hardcover): Jamie Oliver Jamie Cooks Italy - From The Heart Of The Italian Kitchen (Hardcover)
Jamie Oliver 1
R485 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R98 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Jamie Cooks Italy is a celebration of the joy of Italian food. Jamie wants to share his love of all things Italian with accessible, best-ever recipes for Classic Carbonara, Salina Chicken, Stuffed Focaccia, Baked Risotto Pie, Pot-Roasted Cauliflower and Limoncello Tiramisu. This is about bringing the pleasure and passion of the world's favourite cuisine to your kitchen at home.

Featuring 140 recipes in Jamie's easy-to-follow style, the book has chapters on Antipasti, Salad, Soup, Meat, Pasta, Fish, Rice & Dumplings, Bread & Pastry, Sides, Desserts and all the Basics you need.

The recipes are a mix of fast- and slow-cooking, familiar classics with a Jamie twist, simple everyday dishes and more indulgent labour-of-love choices for weekends and celebrations. Whether cooking for yourself or cooking for friends and family, the aromas and tastes will transport you straight to the landscapes of Italy. Viva Italia!

The South African Vegan Cookbook (Paperback): Leozette Roode The South African Vegan Cookbook (Paperback)
Leozette Roode 4
R355 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R50 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Veganism is a growing phenomenon on the culinary scene. The South African Vegan Cookbook is the first of its kind locally.

In it you will find everything you need for a vegan lifestyle: from basic information such as the definition of veganism, why itís good for you, answers to common questions, the essential equipment, vegan alternatives for everyday products, the pantry essentials and resources to learn more. The family-friendly recipes are easy to make and are made from locally-sourced products. This cookbook includes recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time, the braai, entertaining and late-nights feasts.

Think decadent chocolate granola and overnight oats, kale chips and cauliflower bites, easy-to-make couscous salad, lasagne and stir-fry as well as South African favourites like milk tart, banana loaf, macaroni-and-cheese and chicken burgers. And to top it all: chocolate mousse, date balls and truffles.

Vegan 101 Ė good for your health and the planet.

Made With Love & Plants - Simple & Delicious Plant-Based Recipes (Paperback): Tammy Fry Made With Love & Plants - Simple & Delicious Plant-Based Recipes (Paperback)
Tammy Fry 5
R360 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R72 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

As a director of Meat-free Mondays in Australia and South Africa, it’s Tammy Fry’s mission to enable others to live a happier and more energetic lifestyle through plant-based eating.

Through her blog (seed-blog.com) and lifestyle workshops she has become a key influencer and thought leader in the plant-based, health and wellness world of holistic nutrition. Made With Love & Plants will not only present more than 75 wholefood, plant-based recipes, all beautifully photographed and styled, but also provide detailed yet easy-to-follow guidance on living the plant-based lifestyle. Tammy particularly understands how challenging the change to such a diet can be, and is there with helpful support and tips to make the journey easier.

The recipes will encompass a full range of meals from breakfast through to treats, and for family and entertaining.

Bish Bash Bosh! (Hardcover): Henry Firth, Ian Theasby Bish Bash Bosh! (Hardcover)
Henry Firth, Ian Theasby 1
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 In Stock

Over 120 new, unmissable recipes from the creators of a plant-based revolution.

Discover a whole world of quick eats, weeknight suppers, showstopping feasts, and incredible sweet treats – all using the power of plants. A year after their first cookbook, BOSH!, took the world by storm, Henry and Ian are back to show you just how versatile cooking with veg can be.

Weber's Ultimate Braaiing (Hardcover): Jamie Purviance Weber's Ultimate Braaiing (Hardcover)
Jamie Purviance
R430 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R87 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Weber has done it again! This latest offering is exactly what you’d expect from the world’s foremost barbecue company. Innovative recipes, imaginative ingredients, fabulous photography, and a wealth of sound advice for both novice cooks and experienced braai-masters. When it comes to mastery of the cooking fire, the Weber chefs really know their stuff. So light up the braai and allow Jamie Purviance, Weber’s award-winning culinary consultant, to tantalize your tastebuds with everything from chicken and steak to seafood, vegetables and desserts, all prepared on a Weber charcoal or gas braai. For new braaiers, the Introduction offers sound advice on how to handle the four T’s: temperature, time, technique and tools, and explains the mysteries of direct and indirect heat, and how to use a smoker. Pizzas done to perfection, burgers with attitude, succulent ribs, Texas-style brisket, spatchcocked chicken and even roast turkey are all within your grasp, thanks to the detailed step-by-step instructions and photographs.

The Madiba Appreciation Club - A Chef's Story (Paperback): Brett Ladds The Madiba Appreciation Club - A Chef's Story (Paperback)
Brett Ladds 3
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Once, chef Brett Ladds was given a cigar by Fidel Castro, he talked weightlifting with Swazi king Mswati III and his cooking made Quincy Jones sing. For many years he also served Nelson Mandela many cups of rooibos tea and made him his favourite meals.

Ladds was the executive chef of the SA government and manager of the presidential guesthouse at Bryntirion Estate in Pretoria from 1994-1999 where he served both Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. It was a naive and star-struck 21-year-old Ladds who started working at the guesthouse in the months before the first democratic election. During this time he was always in the background when struggle stalwarts like Steve Tshwete, Joe Modise and Dullah Omar met Mandela to discuss the future of the country.

This heart-warming book tells of a young man’s coming of age at a turning point in our history. His stories about meeting kings and queens, presidents, rock stars and even the pope are laced with his unique, self-deprecating sense of humour. Of Queen Elizabeth he says it felt like speaking to his gran. “I asked myself, how does all that power fit into this lovely, caring lady?” Of Robert Mugabe: “He never moaned about a thing.”

Then there are the Russian diplomats and their drinking habits and the Saudi-Arabian sheik who had 8 television sets installed in his room and bought 20 blankets at R5000 each for his stay.

It’s a book to make you laugh and cry. And Madiba’s favourite champagne? PÍche Royale . . .

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