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Fiona Snyckers Shares Four Local Cookbooks That Will Make Great Gifts

In her latest column for the Mail & Guardian‘s Thought Leader, in a post entitled “Put Nigella Down”, Fiona Snyckers gets to the nitty-gritty of why local cookbooks used to be given short shrift, but are now being lovingly and wisely displayed prominently in bookstores and shop windows. She picks her top four of the latest crop of culinary guides that she thinks would make great gifts, and gives an idea of what to expect, and what makes each food writer’s offering so special.

BittenLuscious VegetarianScrumptious Food for Family and Friends Karoo Kitchen

The cookbooks she has picked are Luscious Vegetarian by Sonia Cabano and Jade de Waal, Scrumptious: Food for Family and Friends by Jane-Anne Hobbs, Karoo Kitchen by Sydda Essop, and Bitten by Sarah Graham.

Cookbooks are a perennial favourite at Christmas time. They are as much fun to give as to receive because the giver stands a good chance of being invited over for dinner to try out a new recipe. We all like to be thought of as the kind of person who has an inner gourmet just waiting to be released.

In South Africa we have an incredibly diverse culinary culture to draw on. Our society might not be a melting pot, but our cookery certainly is. Which makes it all the more mystifying that we inevitably reach for the latest offering from Nigella Lawson or Jamie Oliver, rather than our own home-grown cookbooks.

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