‘Life is too short for bad food and bad wine,’ says Graaff-Reinet foodie Gordon Wright. We love him already! His book, Karoo Food is just page after mouthwatering page of the food we love most … proper dishes like crispy roasted lamb belly, mutton and cardamom pie, braised oxtail, venison bobotie and Karoo venison pie … it’s all very meaty … good grief, even the figs are bacon-wrapped. It’s our cookbook of the year so far … not least because of Gordon’s wife’s Rose’s crustless milk tart, and her savoury Christmas tart … far too good to keep for the festive season. Penguin, R300.
Through the Eyes of an African Chef by Nompumelelo Mqwebu has just scooped first place in the recent Best Self-Published Cookbook category at the Gourmand Wold Cookbook Awards. And rightly so. It’s crammed with recipes that honour techniques passed down through the ages … with loads of old favourites and plenty of fresh new dishes to discover. Think Isinkwa sombila (corn bread) and game stew, samp risotto with lamp chops and samp and beans in bone marrow. R350.