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Low-Carb Express (Paperback): Vickie de Beer Low-Carb Express (Paperback)
Vickie de Beer
R320 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R64 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

We would all love to eat less carbohydrates and switch to a low-carb diet, but many of us think we just do not have the time. We believe that low-carb cooking and baking are time consuming, because you have to start from scratch, and it involves specialised ingredients which may be expensive or hard to find. Not so, says Vickie de Beer, who believes the problem lies in the fact that we have become afraid of the kitchen and lost the know-how of basic cooking techniques. The truth is that you can still cook nutritional and flavourful meals without refined carbohydrates even when you are pressed for time.

In Low-carb Express, Vickie shows that with a little planning and better time management, you can cook healthy meals in a cinch that will not only benefit you and your family’s overall health, but might also benefit your budget. In Low-carb Express, you plan your meals around your available time. Whether you have five minutes to whip up a nutritionally dense egg scramble or immune-boosting smoothie, or half an hour to make a delicious low-carb bobotie or the best-ever low-carb cupcakes, Vickie proves that there is no such thing as too little time to make healthy food choices.

With recipes that take between five and thirty minutes to prepare, there really are no more excuses!

Vleis - Die Omvattende Gids (Afrikaans, Paperback): Annelien Pienaar Vleis - Die Omvattende Gids (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Annelien Pienaar
R380 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R91 (24%) In stock

Suid-Afrikaners is nou maar eenmaal gaande oor vleis. Dis onontbeerlik op enige feestafel, en vir die meeste van ons is selfs ’n gewone weeksaandete nie volledig daarsonder nie. Nie net is dit heerlik en vullend nie, dis ook propvol voedingstowwe wat goed is vir ons.

Vleis: Die Omvattende Gids is ’n moderne ensiklopedie wat ’n ereplek verdien in die kombuis van almal wat graag vleis eet en gaarmaak. Afgesien van resepte vir smullekker vleisgeregte vir elke okkasie bevat dit hope inligting oor die beste manier om die verskillende snitte en soorte vleis te berei, hoe om vleis te vries of tot perfeksie te verouder, tesame met ’n hordes wenke om geur en sappigheid te verseker – alles sonder preserveer- en ander kunsmatige bymiddels. Die voedselwetenskaplike en gewilde kosskrywer Annelien Pienaar se passie vir goeie, volhoubare vleis word weerspieël op elke bladsy van hierdie boek.

Vleis: Die Omvattende Gids is die enigste vleisboek wat jy ooit weer sal nodig kry. Dit bevat:

  • Meer as 100 resepte wat die toets van die tyd deurstaan het – daar is beesvleis, lam en skaap, vark, pluimvee, afval en wildsvleis, en enigiets van maklike gesinsetes, tradisionele treffers en spoggerige onthaalkos tot kitsplanne met die oorskiet
  • Beskrywings van al die verskillende vleissnitte, hul gebruike en die beste metodes om dit gaar te maak
  • Nuttige inligting oor die voedingswaarde en veroudering van vleis, vleisterme en omskakelingstabelle
  • Ekstra resepte vir marinades, souse, soutmengsels, aftreksels en deeg wat vleis komplementeer
Dinner At Matloha's (Paperback): Liziwe Matloha Dinner At Matloha's (Paperback)
Liziwe Matloha
R300 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R60 (20%) In stock

Dinner at Matloha’s is about bringing family and friends together around the table. As dishes are passed around and plates are piled high, it is not only food that is shared.

Conversation flows, people smile, and stories are told. Sharing a meal provides unity in our daily lives. Liziwe’s food is unpretenti ous and flavourful. She values authenticity and loves finding new ways to showcase ingredients that reflect her culinary heritage and share her passion for food that is easy to prepare and appeals to the whole family.

You’ll find recipes for all times of the day and every season. Start with savoury mince, indulge in amagwinya with your morning coffee, choose a salad or soup for lunch, snack on hot-and-crispy chicken wings while watching the game, or savour an oxtail stew on a winter’s night.

For bakers, there are biscuits, breads and cakes, while desserts include favourites like cheese cake and pancakes. Fancy an Asian feast? We’ve got you covered. And if you crave a taste of home, there’s isijingi, umnqusho, umleqwa, dikwata or a traditional ‘seven colours’.

BANTING 7 Day Meal Plans - 100 Favourite Recipes From Over 2 Million Group Members (Paperback): Rita Venter, Natalie Lawson,... BANTING 7 Day Meal Plans - 100 Favourite Recipes From Over 2 Million Group Members (Paperback)
Rita Venter, Natalie Lawson, Kim Blom 12
R380 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R53 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Banting has moved on since the Real Meal Revolution, and wow what a success story it is... By watching the detail an estimated millions of KG's have been lost and health has returned to so many.

Rita Venter, (founder), Kim Blom and Natalie Lawson are the darlings of Banting 7 Day Meal Plans Facebook group, spreading love and kindness and in so doing turning lives around.

They are not scientists, doctors, or nutritionists but decided to take back their health and help others do the same. Through extensive research, personal testing and adapting where necessary, they regained their energy, their bodies and their lives.

The group has over 1,6-million followers, it grew by 100 000 members last month. It has 3M interactions per month. It's the largest nutrition group in the world on Facebook.

Meat - The Ultimate Guide (Paperback): Annelien Pienaar Meat - The Ultimate Guide (Paperback)
Annelien Pienaar
R380 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R91 (24%) 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.

Your 12-Week Body & Mind Transformation (Paperback): Bernadine Douglas Your 12-Week Body & Mind Transformation (Paperback)
Bernadine Douglas
R190 R139 Discovery Miles 1 390 Save R51 (27%) In stock

Are you a woman who has had a lifelong struggle with your weight and tried many different diets unsuccessfully? Do you struggle with yo-yo dieting and emotional eating and do not want a programme that is too restrictive or hard to follow? Do you suffer from type 2 diabetes or are you insulin resistant?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Your 12-week Body & Mind Transformation is for you! This is not a diet book. Instead, this hands-on, practical guide offers a permanent lifestyle change that will help you correct your eating habits by changing your mindset to achieve the results you want. Spread over 12 weeks, this easy-to-follow programme will teach you how to embark on a life-changing journey one step, and one day, at a time.

Each week features a healthy, nourishing and delicious meal plan that is low in sugar, quick and easy to prepare, and suitable for the whole family to enjoy. The book is also full of practical tips, advice and weekly homework tasks to help you identify what is holding you back mentally and emotionally. Shopping and swap-out lists are included too, as are weekly exercises that are easy to do at home, with links to online video demonstrations.

With its focus on a low sugar intake and intermittent fasting, which has proven to be the best and most effective method to boost weight loss, improve the immune system and rebalance hormones, Your 12-week Body & Mind Transformation will help you overcome emotional eating and forever put a stop to yo-yo dieting.

Curried (Paperback): Cariema Isaacs Curried (Paperback)
Cariema Isaacs
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) In stock

This joyful homage to one of the world’s most beloved and versatile dishes – the curry – is Inspired by the author’s memories of the slow-cooked Cape Malay curries of her childhood, as well as the fast-paced landscape of the Middle East, where she now lives.

Curried embodies a culinary curiosity and global consciousness for the times. Mindful of both environmental responsibility and affordability, Cariema celebrates the nourishing comfort of pulses and legumes in a multitude of wholesome and delicious vegetarian curries for everyday cooking.

For special occasions, there are meat and seafood curries from around the globe. Rice and condiments are not overlooked, and there is also a selection of breads, as well as delectable desserts. Cariema’s love of writing is evident on every page, making this carefully-crafted and beautifully-photographed book both a pleasure to read as well as to cook from.

Super Natural - Over 130 Plant-Based Recipes (Hardcover): Sarah Graham Super Natural - Over 130 Plant-Based Recipes (Hardcover)
Sarah Graham
R360 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R72 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Super Natural pivots around an abundance of vegetables and natural, whole foods, celebrating seasonal produce, good fats and whole grains, pulses and legumes, and foods that are almost entirely free of refined carbohydrates and sugars.

Best of all, the recipes are accessible, easy, budget friendly, beautiful and delicious. And for Sarah Graham's loyal army of fans, Super Natural is a guide to living well and eating mindfully - a continuum of her highly popular cookbook Wholesome, which is
heading towards its fifth printing.

Besides the health benefits of eating more vegetables and, ultimately, fewer animal products, Sarah also has a more altruistic motive, that of caring for our planet and being more aware of where our food comes from and how our eating impacts our world.

Braaibroodjies En Burgers (Paperback): Jan Braai Jan Braai Braaibroodjies En Burgers (Paperback)
Jan Braai Jan Braai 1
R370 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R52 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wie sou kon raai dat Jan en sy boeke wêreldbekend sou word vir braai! Die braaikoning is terug met ’n splinternuwe boek en dié 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!

The Flexitarian Foodie - Real Food, Conscious Living (Paperback): Jax Moorcroft The Flexitarian Foodie - Real Food, Conscious Living (Paperback)
Jax Moorcroft 3
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) In stock

The Flexitarian Foodie is a collection of proudly South African, budget-approved, family-friendly recipes that show how achievable it is to eat delicious real food and live consciously and mindfully, no matter the situation.

With just a few tweaks, even the most carnivorous amongst us can be convinced that eating more veggies and less meat is attainable and enjoyable. Eating and living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be a complicated, expensive, big-life change – in fact, with just a few simple changes it can be accessible to everyone wanting to improve their health and the health of our planet.

My Sweet Life - A Simple Masterclass In Home Baking (Paperback): Faaiza Omar My Sweet Life - A Simple Masterclass In Home Baking (Paperback)
Faaiza Omar
R450 R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Save R64 (14%) In stock

Faaiza Omar, a self-taught baker, is passionate about baking all things deliciously sweet and has curated her favourite cakes and bakes in her debut book, My Sweet Life.

Inspired by flavours from Paris to Peru, Faaiza bridges the gap between baking enthusiasts and pastry chefs, with easy and advanced recipes, simplifying techniques.

Bursting with beautiful bakes, My Sweet Life is a mere taste of Faaiza’s repertoire, and has everything you’ll need for a tea party with friends or your dessert table when entertaining at home. Think delicate petits fours, celebration cakes, cheesecakes to brioches, ice creams and delectable desserts, My Sweet Life is the only baker’s book you’ll need to satisfy a sweet tooth.

A Slimmer You Cookbook - Recipes to Help You Lose 10kg in 3 Months (Paperback): Regine Du Plessis A Slimmer You Cookbook - Recipes to Help You Lose 10kg in 3 Months (Paperback)
Regine Du Plessis
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Many people want to lose weight and are looking for the easiest way to do so. When it comes to weight-loss programmes, one of the excuses most frequently heard by dieticians is ‘I don’t know how to prepare the right meals’. This book provides a solution to that.

In A Slimmer You Cookbook, the author presents recipes for 1000 kJ meals to suit individual preferences, family circumstances and budgets. It demonstrates that by monitoring your portions, you can cook for a family, eat healthily, and enjoy a variety of foods, all while achieving your goal of losing weight. But eating correctly is not just about following a recipe or meal plan; we need to understand how what we eat affects our health. The introduction includes topics such as BMI and cholesterol, how to balance daily food intake with physical activity levels, the role of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in our diet, making the most of ‘free’ vegetables, and tips on how to interpret food labels.

Contents: Introduction; Breakfast; Salads; Soups; Chicken; Meat; Fish; Pasta; Preparing starches; Versatile vegetables; Meal plans; Store-cupboard essentials; Frequently asked questions.

Plate (Hardcover): Marlene van der Westhuizen Plate (Hardcover)
Marlene van der Westhuizen
R280 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 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.

Tasha's Inspired - A Celebration Of Food & Art (Hardcover): Natasha Sideris Tasha's Inspired - A Celebration Of Food & Art (Hardcover)
Natasha Sideris
R1,200 R971 Discovery Miles 9 710 Save R229 (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 café.

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.

Cape Mediterranean - The Way We Love To Eat (Hardcover): Ilse van der Merwe Cape Mediterranean - The Way We Love To Eat (Hardcover)
Ilse van der Merwe
R400 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R81 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Cape Mediterranean food/cooking is a South African style of cooking and entertaining influenced by one of the oldest and arguably also the healthiest cuisines in the world. It has developed naturally from within the Western Cape due to its Mediterranean climate and the abundance of classic Mediterranean-style local produce.

This book features more than 75 delectable recipes, from breads, dips and tapas, to lavish salads, succulent roasts, freshly made pastas and heavenly desserts. The recipes bring seasonal produce to the fore and the balance of dishes and ease of preparation will have you inviting friends and family over in no time to share in this veritable bounty.

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
R320 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R64 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 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.

Karoo Food (Paperback): Gordon Wright Karoo Food (Paperback)
Gordon Wright
R360 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R72 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Following on the success of Veld to Fork, Gordon Wright’s first book, Karoo Food is bigger, better and tastier than ever, with more recipes, stories and anecdotes about life and food in the Karoo.

Once again, Gordon takes you on a Slow Food journey, via your taste buds, to foodie-nirvana. Tracing the origins of ingredients and the stories behind the dishes, this is a selection of recipes and inspirations from the important people in his life. It’s a mix of the old and the new and a tribute to all those lovely people and their marvellous food over the generations that have helped foster his love of cooking.

This book is a must-have for cooks, foodies and aspiring home chefs.

The Colour Of Wine - Tasting Change (Paperback): Harriet Perlman The Colour Of Wine - Tasting Change (Paperback)
Harriet Perlman; Photographs by Mark Lewis
R450 R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Save R64 (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
R330 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R46 (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.

Fatima Sydow Cooks (Paperback): Fatima Sydow Fatima Sydow Cooks (Paperback)
Fatima Sydow 3
R360 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R51 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Fatima Sydow is the Cape Malay cooking queen. Fatima Sydow Cooks is an ode to her authentic self and the delicious, flavoursome family food she loves to cook.

Think mussel curry, home-baked bread to mop up the creamy sauce, slow-braised, soft-as-butter short ribs, a real-deal masala steak sandwich and a hearty, wholesome oxtail stew.

A book for everyone, with a bit of Fatima magic – and a few novel twists to some of the classics.

Braai Time - Lekker Recipes From Go! (Paperback): Aletta Lintvelt Braai Time - Lekker Recipes From Go! (Paperback)
Aletta Lintvelt
R330 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The beloved South African outdoor and travel magazines, Weg! and go!, aren’t only favourites for their off-road tips and photography of far-flung destinations.

The magazines have distinguished themselves too for their local-is-lekker finger-licking recipes, perfect for the camp-fire or home-braai. In this new cookbook, we bring together the most popular braai recipes from the magazine archives, edited by well-known foodie Aletta Lintvelt. Braai Time is a big, bold braai guide filled with delicious ideas for Summer 2019. Both magazines have circulations of over 55 000 readers monthly and go! has over 10 000 Facebook followers. Brand extensions have previously done well for the magazines.

Chapters include:

- On the grill

- In the pot

- In the pan

- Sides and salads

- Breads and braaibroodjies

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!

The South African Vegan Cookbook (Paperback): Leozette Roode The South African Vegan Cookbook (Paperback)
Leozette Roode 4
R340 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R48 (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 it’s 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 – good for your health and the planet.

Vegetarian Sheet Pan Cooking (Paperback): Liz Franklin Vegetarian Sheet Pan Cooking (Paperback)
Liz Franklin
R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Ships in 7 - 10 working days

What’s not to love about sheet pan cooking? It is super- convenient, healthy, easy on the washing up and, as Liz Franklin proves here in 101 inspired meat-free recipes, big on flavour!

More and more of us are cutting out animal protein and products from our diets, or at very least reducing them. Liz Franklin reveals how all manner of truly scrumptious dishes can be created when oven, sheet pan and vegetables conspire. Most of the recipes are built on a rainbow of roasted vegetables, grains, cheese and vegan sources of protein, but there are also recipes for things you might not associate with oven cooking too, such as fabulous fritters, glorious soups and the best- ever baked porridge.

Taking their lead from dishes enjoyed all around the world, recipes include delicious dishes from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa and the Americas as well as ideas designed to showcase your own local seasonal produce.

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? Pêche Royale . . .

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