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Mma Ramotswe's Cookbook Hardcover – November 1, 2009

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Stuart Brown lives in Edinburgh and is a charity worker and journalist and a former BBC Producer. His work regularly takes him to Africa and the United States.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; 1st Edition Uk edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184697139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846971396
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia Majaha-Jartby on February 13, 2010
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This is a very colorful book for the coffee table or for trying southern African culinary. The beautiful pictures and concise recipe texts take the reader around in Mma Ramotswe's style. The book captures the movements of the traditionally-built Mma Ramotswe in a graceful manner. For me, a Motswana living abroad, it triggers the nostalgia of the happiness that cooking is meant to bring to our daily lives. The only little snag for cooks using the metric system is the need to convert to imperial measures.
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Devotees of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency will eat this up. The photography of Botswana's people, places, and foods is lush, and the writing is even better. Stuart Brown's lively text merges seamlessly with quotes from McCall Smith's books. As for the recipes, they're not really the main point here, but all are clearly presented and many are inviting. And if you ever need to know how to roast a haunch of springbok, here you go!
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A really delightful book with interesting tidbits of information about Botswana as well as truly useful, tasty, and easy to make recipes. Nice photos, too. I made the Car-Patchy-Oww! meat dish and it was good. If I can cook something from this book, ANYBODY can do it! The fans of Alexander McCall-Smith and Mma. Ramotswe will really like this book. It is a wonderful addition to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency library!
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great addition to my collection of Mma ramatswe books and also cookbook collection..our daughter spent 3 years in Botswana ans was quite nostalgic about both wonderful pics and recipes.

Also, especially appreciate that profits go to various charitable organizations in Botswana.
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I love everything about Mma Ramostwe!! This book is no exception. Sadly it is missing the pumpkin stew recipe that Mma Ramostwe cooks regularly. I was disappointed about that.
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As a reader of Alexander McCall-Smith's No.1 Ladies Detective Agency books, I always wondered about the delicious food described in the books, especially the use of pumpkins. I was delighted to discover that there is indeed a book of recipes bases on the books, authorized by McCall-Smith. This is a delightful book, with beautiful photos of the people and foods of Botswana. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Botswana cooking, particularly for Mma Ramotswe fans.
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I made the Persuasive Fruit Cake. It took 15 min. less to bake than specified. This cake seemed just a bit dry and bland the first day, but improves with age. The second day it was delicious. Next time, I would double the fruit so it is full of fruit like I imagine the cake in the book to be. I used dried strawberries. I would also double the nuts. And perhaps cut down the baking time from 60 to 50-55 minutes. In my opinion, this is much better that the traditional US fruitcake with candied fruit. Update: This is not a cake to eat straight from the oven. If you wrap it up while its warm and freeze it, then thaw and serve the next day, something magical happens. The flavors blend and it is truly delicious. Update: I've made this cake twice. It was definitely better when I doubled the amount of dried fruit. I think it would be better still if I tripled the amount. I'm also considering adding chocolate chips.
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Mma Ramotswe has travelled far from her humble beginnings and Stuart Brown has done the original narrative proud in his whimsical wandering way.
As a chef in Botswana I snapped up the book for inspiration and for the expected wry comment on life here, and I have not been disappointed. Although the local 'cuisine' is fairly plain, it is indeed substantial and undemanding (unless you happen to be a member of the bovine crowd, who live well - to a point).

Right of way belongs to livestock in Botswana and the languid pace described in the book(s) is redolent of reality indeed.
I bought a few copies (3) which have winged their respective ways to exotic spaces like Australia.
Reading or cooking, you get the vast sunsets, the whiff of the fire, and the winter bush smells as you trip through recipes and gastronomic admonitions. - not so sure of the doughnuts tho - not so traditional - must have arrived courtesy of an expat....
Oh, and great evocative pics by the way....
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