If you like the idea of growing and cook your own food, but have little expertise, fairly limited space and very little time, then this is the book to turn to. In The Grower’s Cookbook authors Dennis Greville and Jill Brewis combine their gardening and culinary talents to provide you with a wealth of information and inspiration.
Many vegetables offer a vibrant beauty that few other plants are able to match. Their unique colours, textures, fragrances, flavours and forms are always exciting – they are glamorous in the garden, and tasty and rewarding in the kitchen. Whether large or small, your own edible garden can be a place of comfort and fulfillment.
About the authors
Dennis Greville is a leading gardening writer and photographer with a lifelong passion for gardening. He is the author of several best-selling books.
Jill Brewis is an experienced food writer and editor, well known for her enthusiasm for good food and cooking. She was a judge for the World Food Media Awards.
Dudley is the owner of The Kitchen, a week day eatery in Woodstock, and her cookbook reflects the busy community of regulars that frequent it. She shared her love of food with de Beer and explained the concept of the book – which was to create a food memoir that resembled a family photo album:
When you meet the heart and soul of Cape Town’s The Kitchen, you know your instincts were right. If The Kitchen sounds familiar it’s because this restaurant achieved national exposure when Michelle Obama popped in during her visit to SA with her daughters.
Now cook and owner Karen Dudley has written a cookery book entitled A Week in The Kitchen (Jacana, R225).
When I first read it from cover to cover, I went and bought two more as gifts for friends. I knew they would love Dudley’s approach and ethos.
Pre-order your copy of Annie Bell’s Baking Bible from Jacana Media and receive a 20% discount. Books will be delivered at the end of September:
In this beautifully illustrated book, Annie Bell explains the techniques that produce perfect results every time, whether baking sponge cakes, biscuits, brownies, muffins, macaroons or meringues.
She creates sweet treats for all occasions, from children’s birthdays to Christmas, sharing her fail-proof recipes that will ensure you never again bake a cake that fails to rise or sinks in the middle. With recipes inspired from Britain, France, America and a number of places in between, this is an indispensable guide to becoming a brilliant baker.
It’ll make your mouth water and ensure you impress and delight with really great chocolate brownies, delicious carrot cake, tangy lemon and polenta cake plus the oh-so-easy and yum breads and pancakes.
This is a chance to prepare some of the amazing dishes from The Kitchen under Karen’s direction. Only twelve participants get to participate, and in order for you to do so, simply book your place on Karen’s Hands On Workshop. Once you’re registered, you will receive a hamper that includes an apron, Taste magazine and ingredients. There will also be a culinary assistant at your work station.
Karen’s workshop is on Saturday 25 August at 1PM, at the Durban Convention Centre. To book your place, contact Shona at 021 702 2280, or email shona@gourmetsa.
The launch of Karen Dudley’s exquisite recipe book, A Week in The Kitchen, was an exceptional event held last week at the remarkable eatery, The Kitchen, which is, additionally, the subject of the book.
Accompanied by the city’s finest strolling musicians, Playing With Fire, the author and restaurant proprietor welcomed some 200 people who’d come to celebrate, toasting the book’s success with sparkling wine.
Dudley paid tribute to her mother, who taught her about delicious things. “That’s my real gift,” said Dudley. “I know what’s good. And I love to communicate that with all of you.” The vivacious chef demonstrated how her mother rolls her shoulders when she tastes something really delicious. “I live for making something that will make her that happy,” she said.
Those present quivered with delight at the array of snacks on offer: tomato pesto with caramelised onions served on croutons, green pesto with rare beef, tomato sauce and capers, marinated mushrooms and green pesto, phyllo pastry stuffed with cheese and baby spinach flavoured with coriander, sweet potato with snoek pate, mince koftis with chilli mayo sauce, fried potatoes and more…
Dudley also thanked the sterling work of designer Roxy Spears and photographer Russell Wasserfall. Describing the intense week during which the photos for the book were shot, Dudley said, “We made the food we always make, Roxy put it on a tray, I tweaked it and Russell shot it in the small window of time before the lunch rush. He was sublimely professional. It was an amazing feat!”
For those who cannot pass by the restaurant for a first-hand experience of the “love sandwich”, be sure to acquire a copy of the book, for the next best thing…
“This book was born out of love,” said the author, who was at pains to publicly acknowledge each and every person who so enthusiastically participated in the publication and the larger project, The Kitchen.
Jacana Media and The Book Lounge are delighted to invite you to the launch of A Week in The Kitchen by Karen Dudley.
On Thursday, 3 May 2012 at 05:30 for 06:00 PM, Dudley, the creative cook of The Kitchen in Woodstock, will be in conversation with food journalist Sam Woulidge, best known for her column in Taste magazine. These ladies will talk about their love for food, what is in season, what Capetonians are eating and what the new food trends are.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
4 aubergines, cut into cubes and roasted
6 red peppers, cut into cubes and roasted
2 tsp salt
Splash of olive oil
4 cups (800g) couscous
1 1/2 cups toasted pistachio nuts or almonds
30g coriander leaves
30g mint leaves
The launch will take place on Friday, 20 April, at The Kitchen in Woodstock, Cape Town. A party with food, music and friends will be held from 6 PM to celebrate the publication of this beautiful new book.