Book Review - Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi - londonfoodaholic"Jerusalem" by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Ottolenghi has done it again...produced a beautiful and practical cookery book focusing on the Mediterranean with recipes influenced by the Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian and Armenian communities.

"Jamie's 15 minute meals" by Jamie Oliver, half the timing of his last book, NOT half the price!

"Abundance" by Marlene van der Westhuizen, author of "Sumptuous" and "Delectable", the sort of book you want to read on a Sunday afternoon, preferably with a glass of vino in your hand

"Fire Works" by Jan Braai, real surname is Scannell, studied accounting, resigned from his job in 2005 to focus on National Braai Day

Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration - 9780701187330"Nigelissima: instant Italian inspiration" by guess who??

"Week in The Kitchen" by Karen Dudley, where Michele Obama dropped in for lunch when she and Barack were visiting Cape Town

"Party!" simple and delicious party food

"Extra Virginity, the sublime and scandalous world of olive oil" by Tom Mueller

"Paul Bocuse : the complete recipes" 500 simple traditional French recipes.  He is now 86 and is descended from a family of chefs going back to the late 17th century.  He is rated by many as the best chef in France. His restaurant, Paul Bocuse, has held 3 Michelin stars for 43 that's consistency!

"Entertaining, a year on a Cape Wine Estate" by Olive Hamilton Russell.  The seasons dictate the produce on the farm and with  Olive's
culinary skills the book offers 12 wonderful menus for entertaining. A year of life on the farm and the produce available combines with beautiful photography to give us a beautiful but practical cookery book.

Feast at Home" by Franck Dangereux who was chef for seven years at the celebrated La Colombe in Constantia, Cape Town. His new book is quirky and offers a simpler way of cooking

...and don't forget Gordon Ramsay, Jenny Morris, Sharon Glass, Antonio Carluccio, Ina Paarman, Justin Bonello...OR....baking, cupcakes, ice cream, bread, pastry, preserves and pickles,


"John Platter's Wine Guide 2013"

"Modern Wineries of South Africa"

"Wines of the Southern Hemisphere" from DK


In days gone by it was always red  wine with meat and white wine with fish. People are generally more relaxed about this nowadays....some interesting ideas in this book.

"Rod the autobiography" by Rod Stewart

"Daughter of Empire : life as a Mountbatten" by Pamela Hicks, daughter of Lord Mountbatten  and Edwina Ashley.

"The Fishing Fleet-husband Hunting in the Raj" by Anne de Courcy, author of "Debs at War" and "Snowdon"

"House in France" by Gully Wells whose glamorous American journalist mother and Oxford philosopher step-father were friends with people such as Mary Quant, Bertrand Russell, Bobby Kennedy and Iris Murdoch.  Life in New York, London and Provence was never dull.

"Joseph Anton" by Salman Rushdie.  In February 1989, Salman Rushdie was told he was sentenced to death because of the content of his book "The Satanic Verses".  He had to choose an alias by the police, so he chose his favourite authors Chekhov and Conrad.  This is his story, one of constant threat, politics, fear, love, and then being free to tell the story.

"The Danny Diaires : overcoming schizophrenia" by Ann Cluver Weinberg, a happy bright teenagere has a breakdown and is diagnosed as schizophrenic.  Now, over 20 years later he is happy, sane and off medication.  This is his mother's story about Danny from 15 months old.
"The West End front" by Matthew Sweet, the war time secret's of London's grand hotels, the Ritz, the Savoy, Claridges and the Dorchester.

"The Spy Who Loved" by Clare Mulley, the story of Christine Granville, the first female agent for MI5, of whom it was said Vesper Lynd, the Bond girl in Casino Royale was modelled.


"Second World War" by Anthony Beevor

"Titans of  History" by Simon Sebag Montefiore, figures who have changed the course of history

"Dinner with Churchill" by Cita Stelzer who elaborates upon a man of whom it was said "he is a man of simple tastes, he is quite easily satisfied with the best of everything!"

"The History of England, The Tudors" by Peter Ackroyd (vol 2)


"The Last Afrikaaner"

"J M Coetzee a Life" by J C Kannemeyer
Zuma Exposed" by Adrian Basson, possibly NOT on Zuma's bedside table.  Maybe it would be better in the shower?

"Battlerfields of Gold" by Rex Gibson.  Gold Fields is the world's fourth biggest gold producer and this book reveals all.

"Spook's Progress" by Maritz Spaarwater, memoir of a South African intelligence agent written with honest and humour.

"Who Rules South Africa?" by Martin Plaut and Paul Holden, pullingf the strings in the battle for power.

"Kgalema Motlanthe, a Political Biography" by Ebrahim Harvey

"The Super Afrikaners" by Ivor Wilkins and Hans Strydom, the book that shocked a nation, available again after 34 years

"The Kebble Collusion" by Barry Sergeant, 10 fateful days in a R26 billion fraud


"Whales of Walker Bay" by Dave de Beer

"Hermanus" by Beth Hunt

"Cape Whale Coast" by Jeremy Browne

"Watching Whales and Dolphins in Southern Africa" by Noel and Belinda Ashton

"The Racist's Guide to South Africa"

"50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans"...followed by

"50 People who stuffed up South Africa"....I wonder if there's any overlap?

"But WilI It Stand Up In Court?" by Zapiro.....just before the book was launched, Zuma droppped the court case agains Zapiro who was quoted as saying he was disappointed as he'd looked forward to winning!

"Kirstenbosch : the most beautiful garden in Africa"



"Elephant Whisperer" and "The Last Rhino" by Lawrence Anthony

"Killing for Profit" by Julian Ranemeyer, a 2 year investigation into the corruption of  dealing in rhino horn

"My Life with Leopards" by F van Riel, 2 six week old leopard cubs arrive at Londolozi
"Ivory, Apes and Peacocks" by Alan Root, a life of wildlife moviemaking, more than 60 awards and an Oscar


"The Secret Race" by Tyler Hamilton

"The Big Miss : my years coaching Tiger" by Hank Haney

"Bobby's Open : Mr Jones and the golf shot that defined a legend" by Steven Reid

"From Lance to Landis : inside the American doping controversy at the Tour de France" by David Walsh

"The Top Gear Years" by Jeremy Clarkson, the tallest person working in British television

"Art of Losing" by Luke Alfred, why the Proteas choke at the cricket World Cup

"100 Memorable Sporting Moments" by Peter Joyce

"1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die" describes the scenic, the celebrity designed and the most demanding holes in the world

Rafa, Roger and Agassi,


"The Funniest Thing You Never Said"

'"Unlikely Friendships"

"Pick of Furry Logic"

"Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill"
"Big Questions From Little People Answered by Some Very Big People"


"I could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats" captures the inner workings of the cat psyche

The Life and Love of Cats"The Life and Love of Cats" by Lewis Blackwell
Many people share the author's love of cats and will savour every moment spent reading this book and looking at the magnificent photographs.

An excellent series of books covering many topics eg architecture, management ideas, earth, religion and economics.  Well written, informative and can be dipped into.




"Houses by the sea"

"The way we live by the sea"

"Coastal style"

"Principles of Home: making a place to live" by Kevin McCloud

"Garden Design Handbook" by Paul Bangay (the Labrador is not compulsory)

"Jane's Delicious Garden" and "Jane's Delicious Kitchen"

Peruse the range of books on lighting, pools, fireplaces, planning and planting, decks, kitchen design, space and storage, how to display books (most important).


"Eindstryd" by Willie Esterhuyse
"Die laaste Afrikaner-leiers" by Hermann Giliomee
J C Kannemeyer


"Getuie" by Christine Barkhuizen le Roux.  After the suicide of her childhood friend, Mignon, Maggie is left with more questions than answers.

Barkhuizen le Roux se tweede roman beloof om lesers net so aan te gryo soos "Padmaker".

"Die Blou van Onthou" by Marita van der Vyver.  Marita at her best, writing about three generations of women in South Africa but with a European connection.
'roman wat die verhoudings tussen ouma moeder en dogter gebruik om kommentaar te lewer oor die lotgevalle van vrou wees, en soos altyd, 'n Europese minaar op die agtergroud!

"Onse Vaders" by Karin Brynard
Chris Barnard


ANY Julia Donaldson book is a winner eg "Snail and the Whale", "The Gruffalo"

Winnie-the-Pooh is in charge of the children's corner and has kindly given it his name. 

Dr Seuss and Richard Scarrybooks  have stood the test of time and appeal to most children (and their parents).

With James Bond being topical, Charlie Higson has written a series about Bond as a teenager and all the adventures he might have had, starting with "Silverfin"

Michael Morpurgo's "War Horse" has highlighted a quality of writing without vampires and aliens.

Noddy, Postman Pat, Thomas the Tank engine and Bob the builder just keep on going.

Lots of interactive books whether stickers, mazes, doodles, colouring in or magic painting.  Card games, magnetic games - easy for travelling, puzzles, word search, joke books, origami, magic tricks, science experiments


"Religion for Atheists" by Alain de Botton

"Mortality" by Christopher Hitchens

"Blood Diamonds" by Greg Campbell

"The Last of the Imperious Rich" by Peter Chapman, the Lehman brothers 1844-2008

"Grand Pursuit" by Sylvia Nasar, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize

"Bad Pharma" by Ben Goldacre, author of "Bad Science"

"Why Nations Fail" by Daron Acemoglu


Moleskine diaries : day to a page, week to view, small, medium and large, pink, purple, balck, red, yellow and green.....going fast!

John Maxwell diaries

Calendars : wild life, flowers, Hermanus,

Page-to-a-day standing calendars with a choice of shoes, cats, dogs, islands as the theme... 365 days of absolute pleasure.  OR keep yourself busy with daily sudoku, bridge

Page-to-a-day standing calendars with a choice of shoes, cats, dogs, islands as the theme... 365 days of absolute pleasure. OR keep yourself busy with daily sudoku, bridge


FICTION  : suspense, drama and gripping reads

"The Panther" by Nelson deMille

"7 days" by Deon Meyer

"The Bat" by Jo Nesbo (the FIRST Harry Hole book)

"Live by Night" by Dennis Lehane, he of "Shutter island" fame

"Trust Your Eyes" by Linwood Barclay
"The Bone Bed" by Patricia Cornwell

"Rush of Blood" by Mark Billingham

"The Shadow Girls" by Henning Mankell

"A Wanted Man" by Lee Child

"Battle Lines" by Andy McNab

"Dark Heart" by Tony Park

"The Forgotten" by David Baldacci

FICTION  :  big names, big books, more sophisticated,
 literary and ideal for the insatiable bookclubs

"Garden of evening mists" by Tan Twan Eng

"Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan

"A Week in Winter" by Maeve Binchy, her last book

"Dominion" by C J Sansom

"Citadel" by Kate Mosse

"A Possible Life" by Sebastian Faulks

"Winter of the World" by Ken Follett

"Flight Behaviour" by Barbara Kingsolver

"Casual Vacancy" by J K Rowling

"Bring up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel

"Silent House" by Orhan Pamuk

"Kingmaker's Daughter" by Philippa Gregory


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