PreservingSummer is in full tilt and with it comes a glut of fruit and vegetables. What better way to capture the essence of summer than to preserve some of nature’s harvest.

Oded Schwartz’s excellent book, Preserving,  turns the illustrated format favoured by publisher Dorling Kindersley into a lush seduction on the subject. Nearly every page offers pictures of glorious jams and jellies, fruit butters, chutneys, pickles, preserved meats, smoked fish, and sausages that make your mouth water. Vivid descriptions of the more than 150 recipes are as alluring as the stunning photos. Recipe directions are easy to follow and Schwartz gives technical advice to help ensure that successful, safe preserving is clear and simple. He also includes valuable guidance on selecting ingredients along with a brief but interesting historical and ethnic background of preserving food.

Wickedfood Cooking School

Sunninghill – (011) 234-3252

Wickedfood Cooking school runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studios. Cookery classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our cooking lessons are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and teambuilding cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.