CAPE MEDITERRANEAN – The Way We Love To Eat
AWARD: Winner for South Africa in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2020 in the category C05 Mediterranean
After 9 years of creating mainly digital food media, Cape Mediterranean is my first printed book – a tangible product with texture and weight. It has been a rewarding experience to say the least, and I cannot thank my publisher, Penguin Random House, enough for their guidance and support. The book is a celebration of simple Mediterranean-inspired recipes using incredible local produce from all over the Western Cape. The recipes are accessible, relatively easy and mostly crowd-pleasing favourites. It’s a great home entertaining guide, and you’ll be able to put together many menus with ease.
- Text, food preparation & co-styling: Ilse van der Merwe
- Photography & co-styling: Tasha Seccombe
- Published: July 2019 by Penguin Random House SA
- Ceramics, textiles & wallpaper: supplied by Hertex HAUS & Mervyn Gers
“In contemporary South Africa, especially in the Western Cape, so many of us love long lunch tables that start with breads and spreads, going into smaller bites or tapas, onto generous salads and vegetable dishes served alongside beautiful roasts or freshly grilled seafood. We savour the process of coming together around a table, many times next to a fire, sharing conversations and creating new memories. Cape Mediterranean focuses on these gatherings, not heritage food nor nostalgia. Cape Mediterranean cooking is a South African style of cooking and entertaining influenced by one of the oldest and arguably also the healthiest cuisines in the world. It has developed naturally within the Western Cape due to its Mediterranean climate and the abundance of classic Mediterranean-style local produce. This book features more than 75 delectable recipes, from breads, dips and tapas, to lavish salads, succulent roasts, freshly made pastas and heavenly desserts. The recipes bring seasonal produce to the fore and the balance of dishes and ease of preparation will have you inviting friends and family over in no time to share in this veritable bounty.”