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The African Kitchen: A Day in the Life of a Safari Chef [Hardcover]

Josie Stow , Jan Baldwin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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1999
Presented as a journal-cum-photo-album, Flavours of Africa is the first book to combine the thrill of the outdoors with the excitement of pan-African cooking. African food is bold and colourful, with rich, earthly textures and strong, spicy undertones. It is natural and honest, without pretence. Arab merchants, European colonists and Malay slaves have all influenced Africa's native cooking, resulting in a cuisine diverse and yet simple to prepare. Familiar ingredients: chicken, chillies, corn, couscous, fish, peanuts, plantain and potatoes, all widely available in today's supermarkets are combined in delicious and fun new ways.In the home kitchen this translates into ideas for all meal occasions: breakfast and brunch dishes, picnic and barbecue food, lunchbox ideas, soups, salads, snacks, party hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, plus breads, desserts and sweet baking.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Conran Octopus Ltd (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840910569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840910568
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 23.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,024,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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English-born Josie Stow was a private chef to the family of children's author Roald Dahl before moving to Africa to work for some of the continent's leading safari reserves, including Makalali and Tswalu Desert Reserve. Her innovative menus incorporate authentic recipes and ingredients from all over Africa, seasoned with Josie's unique sense of fun. Photographer Jan Baldwin has been a close friend of Josie since they worked together on the successful book Recipes from Gypsy House. Jan is one of Britain's leading food and interior photographers and her work appears regularly in World of Interiors, Harpers & Queen and leading national newspapers. She has travelled extensively throughout Africa and won awards for her landscape pictures.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for reading and cooking from. 9 Jun 2006
By Jen13
Format:Paperback
This book has loads of inventive recipes, mainly Southern African style but also from the North and Central Africa.

Although some of the recipes don't _quite_ work - the pineapple beer needs a lot longer to ferment than the time given - the book makes up the points for having beautiful photography and giving you the feel of being on safari in Africa.

Its worth buying if you're new to African cooking, but its also worth giving it a go if you already have a collection of African books. My mum's South African and my copy keeps mysteriously disappearing when she's visiting and then turning up in her bookcase!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This food sure is African 6 Aug 2013
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I would have liked more recipes from people without white skin, but cultural imperialism aside its a good overview of the cuisine of southern Africa. Good Roosterkuk recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration 12 July 2013
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Josie Fison, well known for having cooked for Roald Dahl at Gipsy House, now takes us to Africa. Originally flying out to work as a chef on horse safaris in the Waterberg she has found herself cooking in the bush all over southern Africa and must now have over twenty years of experience in top safari camp kitchens. So if you need to find out how to cook breakfast on a spade or bake a pizza in a termite mound, she is your girl. Although written a few years back, this inspiartional book, full of beautiful photographs, makes a great present.
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