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Safaris and Spices, An African Food Journey

The latest Cookbook from our award winning Chef and GM Nico Verster has just been released. We are obviously proud of this incredible achievement and we hope that this beautiful book will inspire our guests with gorgeous flavours from Africa. Please contact us for a signed copy: nico@jamalamadikwe.com.

Description
This is an African cookbook that takes inspiration from all over the world, highlighting specific African regions and food cultures. The book features North, East, South and West African cuisine as well as the Middle Eastern, South East Asian and European recipes that have influenced and sculpted the food scene in South Africa over centuries. Nico Verster compiled this recipe book to capture the essence of African food. He was inspired by traditional recipes but has added his own signature twist to each dish. This book highlights the modern diversity in the current gastronomic scene and reminds you why you love Africa.

With stunning photography from award-winning Jo Dreyer, the recipes will inspire you to make your own stocks, spice mixes, chutneys and sauces that can be used with an array of local dishes, as well as give you simple tips on making the most delicious cakes and desserts. Nico Verster has spent the past 15 years as a professional chef in some of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations throughout the Middle East and South Africa. He has worked in some of South Africa’s top boutique hotels mastering his craft of modern African cuisine. Hotels include the Royal Portfolio Birkenhead House, Royal Malewane and LaResidence as well as some of Africa’s leading safari lodges like Phinda Private Game Reserve and Jamala Madikwe in Madikwe Game Reserve where he is currently a part owner and the permanently based head chef.

About the photographer : Joe Dreyer and Daniela Zondagh
Based in the Western Cape, Joe Dreyer completed a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree, specialising in Fine Art Photography at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Joe and his colleague Daniela Zondagh also shot numerous images featured on the Jamala Madikwe website, without them this incredibly beautiful book would never have been a possibility. More info : www.joedaniela.com

“African food is hugely underrated, and modern South African cuisine is far removed from boring old bobotie and pale milk tart. I hope through Safaris and Spices we can share some much-needed culinary inspiration” – Nico Verster

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