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Product Details

  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749007745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749007744
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lehla is one of those amazing friends who is always full of fun, passion, love, patience and artistic talent. That's her personality and her cookbook reflects it perfectly-cook with a big smile on your face, a dollop of love, plenty of passion and masses of colour.' --Michaela Strachan

About the Author

LEHLA ELDRIDGE is a talented young illustrator and part-time actress who spends time between the UK and South Africa. As a cook she has spent a significant part of her life in and around kitchens, including a pub kitchen, London cafés and catering at her father's summer art school in Italy. She has also mastered the art of cooking for large numbers. The South African Illustrated Cookbook is Lehla's first book and she currently lives in Cape Town.

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I spent five months studying in South Africa, and I certainly miss the food!
KM
I've tried several recipes from this book and each and every one of them turned out wonderfully- amazing me, my family and friends.
Ingon
I love the illustrations and the tidbits of information and history on the recipes.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Lehla eldridge's 'The South African Illustrated Cookbook' is a slim paperback volume that a friend sent me as a gift.
It nestles modestly between Delia Smith and Jamie Oliver on my kitchen shelf, those two enormous volumes (so difficult to read in bed) are not consulted as often or as lovingly.
I love South African food, the warmth of the colours of it, the melting sunshine taste of it in the mouth, and this book captures perfectly the bright informality of the African table.
Beautifully and humorously illustrated with watercolour impressions of people, markets, dogs and dishes, this is a must for anyone who enjoys the complete cooking experience from the first word of a carefully collected recipe to the last mouthful with friends and wine.
And you can read it in bed. Lehla Eldridge has produced a gem.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Expertly compiled and wonderfully illustrated with watercolor drawings by Lehla Eldridge, The South African Illustrated Cookbook is a wonderfully imaginative compendium of recipes drawn from the culinary cultures of the Xhosa, Cape Malay, Zulu, English, Indian, Afrikaans, Portuguese, and new integrated South Africa. From Nontobeko's Steam Bread; Butternut Soup; Karen's Grilled Line Fish with Gourmet Smoortie; and Darling Evita's Dried Fruit Bobotie of Reconciliation; to Coconut Chicken; Jose's Pan-fried Fillets of Ostrich with Port and Cranberry Sauce; Langebaan Cinnamon Pumpkin; and Baked Pears in Red Wine; The South African Illustrated Cookbook offers mouth- watering, appetite satisfying dishes for every course of the family meal. This is a unique and highly recommended cookbook, ideal for multicultural dining clubs and ethnic cookbook collections.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr Anthony M Rogers on June 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This cookbook does what many others have been unable or unwilling to do. It takes the reader on a senstive journey through South Africas beautiful people and the cuisine in a delightful pictorial way. Lehla is a great artist and a great chef. Lets hope she does many more books
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SandrasBookNook on May 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a small, slim paperback book that is so cute and filled with interesting recipes. Chapters are Soups & Starters, Salads, Fish, Mains, Poultry, Side Dishes, Desserts and Baking. Including the index, the book is only 80 pages long, but what they pack in the 80 pages! I love the illustrations and the tidbits of information and history on the recipes. The recipes themselves are very different. I removed a star for the difficulty in finding quite a few of the ingredients. I have long loved trying foods from all different countries, so this little book definitely finds a place on my shelf! It was so interesting seeing the influences of different countries, available foods and ways of life on the recipes. That is what makes international cookbooks so fascinating to me. It's like a little slice of their lives put in a book for us to read, ponder and sample. There is much to sample in this little book, and I definitely recommend it!

I received a copy of this book from International Publishers Marketing, Inc for Alison & Busby Ltd. for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KM on February 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
I spent five months studying in South Africa, and I certainly miss the food! This cookbook does a great job capturing the diversity of country - it's a great buy!
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