As Father’s Day is looming around the corner and you’ve pulled out all the stops for Mother’s Day just a few weeks ago, we suggest you start drawing up that gift list.
What’s the first item on your list? The same as last years’ first item, right? Biltong! Come on, at least try be a little more adventurous this year with dad’s gift. Is dad a kitchen enthusiast? Well, we’ve put a great list of cookbooks together that could just be the perfect gift for him this Father’s Day.
1. Jamie’s Dinners
First up is Jamie’s Dinners by Jamie Oliver. Over 120 recipes for old favourites with modern twists. Easy to follow recipes, like all Jamie’s recipes, include soups, pastas, meat and much more. The book includes a chapter on the top ten most favourite recipes in the world. All in all, this is a fantastic book that dad will love, if he’s a Jamie fan or not. Jamie’s Dinners is available at leading bookstores as well as online bookstores and retails at approximately R700.
2. Feast at Home
Next is the book of Franck Dangereux, Feast at Home. French born chef and owner of The Foodbarn in Noordhoek, Franck shares his passion for food and people through his recipes in this gem of a book, Feast at Home. It includes an extensive collection of recipes from simple to extravagant. This is a great book, especially for dads with a bit of know-how in the kitchen. Feast at Home is available at leading book stores as well as online stores. You’re looking at about R360 per book. Not too bad.
3. Eat like a man: The only cookbook a man will ever need
The next book is a real men’s cookbook. Eat like a man: The only cookbook a man will ever need. This cookbook comprises a collection of 75 recipes all about food that men like to eat and read about. Ryan D’Agostino, food editor or Esquire, compiled this book with all the right recipes, cooking methods men love and useful tips men need to know in the kitchen. This cookbook is only for dad. It’s still a great gift for him, but it’ll be his and his alone. Which is not a bad thing, actually. It’s available from amazon.com and retails at around R220.
4. Taking it Easy
Taking it Easy is a cookbook with a collection of recipes from writer and food critic Andy Fenner’s favourite chefs. The recipes are all from South African chefs and foodies and are all easy approachable recipes. It contains beautiful photography and shares a bit of our local food heroes. A great recipe book that can also be a nice coffee table read. Taking it Easy is available at bookstores and online stores for about R230 per book. This book will make an excellent proudly South African gift.
5. Healthy Appetite
Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite is a cookbook that includes over 100 recipes for dishes prepared in healthy ways to suit the whole family. It’s the type of cookbook you get for not only the health conscious dads out there, but everyone that’s into eating food prepared with quality ingredients with quality methods. This book has breakfast, lunch and supper covered, as well as extras like barbecues, desserts and kids food. Healthy Appetite is available at leading bookstores and online. It goes for approximately R400, give or take depending on hard or soft cover.
6. Springbok Kitchen
Back to local, the next book is not only for the rugby fan dads, but for everyone who can enjoy and appreciate how our diverse nation is brought together through the love of food. Springbok legends like Kobus Wiese, John Smit, Chester Williams, and Bakkies Botha together with 36 other men of the green and gold have contributed to this fantastic cookbook. This book takes readers into the homes of some our beloved rugby heroes and this is definitely another cookbook that makes an excellent coffee table read. Springbok Kitchen is available at leading book stores for about R105.
7. Cellarmasters in the Kitchen
Another cookbook comprised of a collaboration of various contibutors is Cellarmasters in the Kitchen. This is an amazing book that includes not only recipes, but also background and beautiful photographs of members of The Cape Winemakers Guild. Opinions and philosophies of the winemakers are shared beautifully throughout the book in a light-hearted style. Recipes from the winemakers are matched with some of the wines that they have produced. This is simply a beautiful book and even if dad’s not into wine or cooking, this book will still make a very special gift. Cellarmasters in the Kitchen is available at leading book stores for about R365 for a hardback. It’s worth every cent and even though it’s available in softback, it’s the kind of book you want to get in hardback!
8. The Ultimate Braaimaster II, Roads Less Travelled
Last, but not least, is the book that portrays the tale, the antics and the superb recipes from the hit TV show, The Ultimate Braaimaster II, Roads Less Travelled. Every page in this book reads like a page from an epic adventure novel. From beginning to end the reader takes part in the journey the contestants had to endure throughout the filming of the show. The recipes in this book are unique, inspiring and also a little on the challenging side sometimes. If dad was, or is, a fan of the show, then it’s a crying shame that he doesn’t have this book already! This book is the ultimate cookbook for any braai enthusiast. Get it at leading bookstores or online. It retails at R221.
We hope that you’ve found some inspiration for treating dad with an exceptional gift this Father’s Day. After all, a cookbook for him means fun times in the kitchen and around the dinner table for the whole family!
Retail prices for the mentioned cookbooks are current prices form Exclusive Books as seen on 22 May 2014.
Jamie’s Dinners: Amazon.com, n.d., Jamie’s Dinners: The Essential Family Cookbook, viewed on 23 May 2014, from www.amazon.com/Jamies-Dinners-Essential-Family-Cookbook/dp/1401301940
Feast at Home: Quivertree Publications, 2013, Franck receives fan mail about Feast at Home from an avid young foodie…, viewed on 23 May 2014, from http://blog.quivertreepublications.com/
Eat like a man: Hype Beast, 2011, Esquire: Eat Like a Man – The Only Cookbook a Man Will Ever Need, viewed on 23 May 2014, from http://hypebeast.com/2011/5/esquire-eat-like-a-man-the-only-cookbook-a-man-will-ever-need
Taking it Easy: Michael Olivier, 2012, Taking it Easy – Andy Fenner, viewed on 23 May 2014, from http://michaelolivier.co.za/archives/4851
Healthy Appetite: Good Reads, n.d., Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite, vir=ewed on 23 May 2014, from http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3272008-gordon-ramsay-s-healthy-appetite
Springbok Kitchen: Random Struik, n.d., Sprinkbok Kitchen – Celebrating the love of food, family and rugby, viewed on 23 May 2014, from http://www.randomstruik.co.za/books/springbok-kitchen-celebrating-the-love-of-food-family-and-rugby/4248
Cellarmasters in the Kitchen: Wine Mag, 2012, Cellarmasters in the Kitchen wins World Cookbook Award, viewed on 23 May 2014, from http://winemag.co.za/cellarmasters-kitchen-wins-world-cookbook-award/
Roads Less Travelled: Penguin Books, n.d., Roads Less Travelled: Ultimate Braai Master (Second Season), viewed on 23 May 2014, from http://penguinbooks.co.za/book/roads-less-travelled-ultimate-braai-master-second-season/9780143538516
Featured image: Global Wellbveing Insitute, 2014, Introducing the New Economy Reading Group…, viewed on 28 May 2014, froem http://globalwellbeinginstitute.org/introducing-the-new-economy-reading-group/