9780143026044_9Justin Bonello is South Africa’s Cook, Traveler and lover of life, he lives a way of life that I’m sure anyone would swap their office job for, cruising the land with his mates in search of the next unique spot and that tasty meal that’s around the corner.

This book will be your inspiration to be adventurous, to extend your cooking repertoire and to be more ecologically aware. Based on the popular TV series on BBC Food, Cooked, this unique compilation of places, spaces and flavours combines chef Justin Bonello’s three favourite things – Southern Africa, food and friends. Bonello is passionate about ensuring that Africa’s diverse food cultures are recorded and celebrated so that future generations will be able to savour the culinary pleasures we enjoy today. His love affair with cooking and wide-open spaces began with weekends and school holidays spent in the great outdoors either on the Breede River or on the Wild Coast. He learned to embrace the land and all that it has to offer without taking from it anything that nature can’t replenish. Bonello believes that the beauty of travel and cooking can be found in searching for fresh produce, making new friends and discovering foods you didn’t even know existed. Once you’ve learned the basics and started growing your own produce, there’s no reason not to produce awesome meals – all it takes is a little courage and a pinch of creativity.

In his book Bonello creates something of a master piece in my eyes, it nearly looks like a collection of old newspaper clippings that have been collected and stored in an old journal, With interesting dishes like “Tarzan Roast” and “Rooibos smoked trout ravioli with burnt garlic and tequila sauce” and some more “skilled based instructions” like “Spiked Watermelon” and Drunken birds for the boys” and then finally my favourite “Karoo oysters” (I’ll let you research the last one).

I think that this is a great book, not only because he is a fellow South African and living the life, but because Justin is doing something he loves and at the same time showing us, the general South African public an appreciation for what is in their own back yard.

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