The Book Show: Cookbooks to stimulate your culinary skills and tastebuds

On the Book Show this week, while in Cape Town, preparing to attend the Franschhoek Literary Festival, Jenny Crwys-Williams discusses new and fabulous cookbooks to whet your appetite.

JAN - A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR BY JAN HENDRIK VAN DER WESTHUIZEN (Struik Lifestyle)

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is the first South African chef ever to receive a coveted Michelin star.

Van der Westhuizen recently launched his new cookbook JAN – A Breath of French Air which is full of South African inspired French recipes.

He spoke to Jenny about these recipes which won him a Michelin star.

Hardback : R403.00

THE STORY OF A HOUSE - FABLES AND FEASTS FROM LA CREUZETTE BY LOUIS JANSEN VAN VUUREN & HARDY OLIVIER (Quivertree)

Louis Jansen van Vuuren - a renowned international artist - and Hardy Olivier, stumbled across a derelict Chateau in the heart of France which used to belong to the Countess Renaud Saint Gal de Pons.

Falling in love with the house, they rescued it, and spent 15 years restoring it to its former glory.

Now it’s a wonderful guest house with glorious food.

This book traces the story of the house and the food that comes from their table - where every meal is transformed into a feast.

Hardback : R609.00 (two books for the price of one)

COOKING FOR MY FATHER IN MY CAPE MALAY KITCHEN BY CARIEMA ISAACS

My Cape Malay Kitchen is Cariema Isaacs’s heartfelt and poignant account of the extraordinary relationship between herself and her father and how that was reflected in their shared passion for food and cooking.

She recollects all of the dishes they cooked and ate together, and shares her childhood memories of growing up in Bo-Kaap (the Cape Malay Quarter in Cape Town).

Hardback : R302.00

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