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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (May 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749007745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749007744
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.7 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,343 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

b>Lehla Eldridge has spent a significant part of her life in and around kitchens, starting at the age of 14 in a pub kitchen, moving on to London cafés and catering at her father?s summer art schools in Italy, where she learned much about Italian cooking and the art of cooking for large numbers. She spent many years living in Cape Town but now lives in Devon and runs Lovely Things For Wonderful Women.


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By A Customer on Oct. 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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa15a5ca8) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1559840) out of 5 stars south african gem. Oct. 11 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1559ca8) out of 5 stars A wonderfully imaginative compendium of recipes Aug. 8 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1559ccc) out of 5 stars ORIGIONAL AND UNIQUE June 14 2003
By Mr Anthony M Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1559fe4) out of 5 stars A lovely slice of South African life in food May 19 2013
By SandrasKitchenNook - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa155e12c) out of 5 stars Lovely and Unique Cookbook Feb. 4 2014
By Carolyn Warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book as a birthday gift for a friend who grew up in South Africa. It was such a hit at the birthday party, that several women asked where I got it so they could get one too! In fact, the birthday girl had to wait to view it, because the guests were taking so much time going through the pages and exclaiming over the various dishes.

Each page presents an authentic South African recipe. My friends who grew up in South Africa recognized these dishes and were quite nostalgic for them.

Along with the recipe is a short blurb about how the author obtained the recipe. These made interesting stories and added to the romance of the dish.

What I love most about the book (not being from South Africa myself) are the charming illustrations on each page. These were drawn by the author, and they are of various places she visited while there. Thus, every page is colorful and interesting.

If you're looking for a charming, uncomplicated South African cookbook, then I would not hesitate to recommend this. Get it fast while they're still available, because my local bookseller told me it is now out-of-print.


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