Sarah Graham is a national foodie icon in South Africa, someone who you can rely on for tasty treats and wholesome, healthy food.


I loved her introduction, packed full of practical and ideas, that we know but so easily forget, particularly our favourite one: Eat the Rainbow. Tons of other ideas like never cook once, always double up and several other tips and tricks scattered throughout the book. Her books are always crystal clear and concise, a recipe per page… you can’t go wrong.

The joy of this book is that the entire book’s recipes are plant-based, but also so easily adaptable. Where there are options to choose non-dairy milk she does, options to replace eggs – she does and always gluten free options to choose from as well.

Interestingly enough, my children… that are mostly meat eaters were excited to try tons of recipes in this book… instead of our usual “pic se7en recipes” for a review, they literally chose dozens of recipes… which has been great for adding meat free meals into our meal planning and absolutely nobody noticing. We loved this cook book, totally and absolutely… pop Sarah Graham into your collection of South Africa’s Best Kept Secrets, and head straight for her website that is loaded with fantastic tired and tested recipes.

Se7en of the Many Recipes That We Tried and Tested


  1. Porridge with Maple Butter Pears: This was the inspiration we needed… turned something just a little bit bland into a treat. I realize that after years of plonking plain old oats on the breakfast table in the morning and the rebellion that ensued, that I very much had to up my “oats for breakfast” game. Turns out that some caramelised pears, a little maple syrup and a sprinkle of petals was just the trick!!!
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  3. Chocolate Overnight Oats:
  4. Well… this transformed oats… to the very next level!!!


    My kids were thrilled to discover how easy it was to make, not to mention how incredibly delicious all the ingredients were…

    Stir it all together… and leave it in the fridge overnight.

    You can find the recipe on Sarah Graham’s website over here.

  5. Shakshuka: Honestly, I can live on this and nothing else… so if I see a Shakshuka recipe in a book, I will always try it delicious, love it!!!
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  7. Roast Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Soldiers: My kids love and adore roast tomato soup, so this another one of those recipes that we always try if we see it in a book.
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    Transforming a collection of tomatoes into magical lunch, while we are doing school in the morning.

    Here is a link to the Roast Tomato Soup.

  9. Herb Butter Hassle-back Sweet Potatoes: This is a great life skill, really if you want to impress your kids then this is the way to go. Taking the humble sweet potato to the very next level.
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    Life skill… for real, and a very proud young chef for his achievement!!!

  11. Vegetarian Cottage Pie
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    Any recipe that starts off looking like this… and ends up as something as heart warming as Cottage Pie, has to be a winner in our house.

  13. Raspberry Ripple Ice-Cream:
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    This was next level delicious… light, fruity and absolutely next level… raspberry ripple ice-cream has become a friend indeed on our menu.

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You can find this book in local books stores and on the Penguin Random House South Africa website:

This book was published by Penguin Random House South Africa. We would like to thank Penguin Random House South Africa for providing us with a copy of this books for review purposes. This is not a sponsored post and opinions expressed are entirely our own.

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