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This woman who was everything to him - mother, Africa, wisdom, understanding, good things to eat' - Mr Matekoni on 'Precious Ramotswe'. Pull up a chair and join Mma Ramotswe at the table as she celebrates the flavours of the bestselling series "The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency". Discover the favourite recipes of our 'traditionally built' heroine and her friends, accompanie This woman who was everything to him - mother, Africa, wisdom, understanding, good things to eat' - Mr Matekoni on 'Precious Ramotswe'. Pull up a chair and join Mma Ramotswe at the table as she celebrates the flavours of the bestselling series "The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency". Discover the favourite recipes of our 'traditionally built' heroine and her friends, accompanied by lavish photography - sumptuous stews for sharing, fabulous fruit cakes for eating under shady trees, with redbush tea of course, and the spices, traditions and culture of Botswana that make every meal together special. Welcome Precious, her friends and the sunshine of Botswana into your kitchen. It offers a traditionally-built feast for all the senses! It features a foreword by Alexander McCall Smith. It includes photography by Mats Ogren Wanger and Ulf Nermark.


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This woman who was everything to him - mother, Africa, wisdom, understanding, good things to eat' - Mr Matekoni on 'Precious Ramotswe'. Pull up a chair and join Mma Ramotswe at the table as she celebrates the flavours of the bestselling series "The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency". Discover the favourite recipes of our 'traditionally built' heroine and her friends, accompanie This woman who was everything to him - mother, Africa, wisdom, understanding, good things to eat' - Mr Matekoni on 'Precious Ramotswe'. Pull up a chair and join Mma Ramotswe at the table as she celebrates the flavours of the bestselling series "The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency". Discover the favourite recipes of our 'traditionally built' heroine and her friends, accompanied by lavish photography - sumptuous stews for sharing, fabulous fruit cakes for eating under shady trees, with redbush tea of course, and the spices, traditions and culture of Botswana that make every meal together special. Welcome Precious, her friends and the sunshine of Botswana into your kitchen. It offers a traditionally-built feast for all the senses! It features a foreword by Alexander McCall Smith. It includes photography by Mats Ogren Wanger and Ulf Nermark.

30 review for Mma Ramotswe's Cookbook: Nourishment for the Traditionally Built

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fergus

    Ah, Botswana! When I was a young student, I had a close friend, a medical student then, who travelled to that country to hone his diagnostic and treatment skills. He quite liked it. The people were friendly and outgoing, and the weather was temperate. And the food? Just ask Alexander McCall Smith, who wrote the foreword to this book AND the phenomenally bestselling African mystery series, Ladies Number One Detective Agency. Its heroine, the "traditionally built" no-nonsense Motswana sleuth Mma Ra Ah, Botswana! When I was a young student, I had a close friend, a medical student then, who travelled to that country to hone his diagnostic and treatment skills. He quite liked it. The people were friendly and outgoing, and the weather was temperate. And the food? Just ask Alexander McCall Smith, who wrote the foreword to this book AND the phenomenally bestselling African mystery series, Ladies Number One Detective Agency. Its heroine, the "traditionally built" no-nonsense Motswana sleuth Mma Ramotswe, has a nose for the smell of guilt… and for the aroma of traditional local cuisine: "Woodsmoke wafted through the open doorway, transporting Precious Ramotswe back to Mochudi and her dear daddy, the late Obed Ramotswe. ”Up and down the country, fires would be lit under great cast-iron pots as women cooked up delicious traditional dishes…. “There would be comforting mealie meal, delicious ripe pumpkin, village chicken - so chewy and flavoursome, and, when it could be afforded, some of Botswana's delicious beef." And I remember back in the fifties, when nobody had central air conditioning in the summer, just like in Botswana. My Mom would bake and cook long hours in the kitchen all summer long. So (with enormous effort) she’d tug upwards on the old heavy wooden windows to let the south-west breeze through. What a relief when the window was open! But then... to us kids goofing off with full attention - as kids will do - to our toy trucks and soldiers in the sandbox, would come a few precious whiffs of the heavenly scent of melting butter and cinnamon. Hot Apple Pie! Well, my brother and I would run like mad to the back porch, pushing each other uproariously to be the First into the kitchen. And then we’d be crushed - for a brief disappointed moment... “Sorry, boys, you’re just going to have to wait ten minutes till it cools!” Yikes. And of course it was the longest ten minutes of our lives up until then... Well, Alexander McCall Smith made his name recounting the cozy sleuthing skills of Precious and her simple, uncomplicated way of life in a land - far unlike our own - where what you see is what you get. Much like it was in North America in the fifties! Who says life has to careen along at a frantic, breakneck and utterly impersonal speed? We were all OK back then - and we were happy. Mma Ramotswe is the Same! And so am I. And was... until 5 years after that apple-pie episode. The pie baking, the pots simmering on the stove tops, had long since disappeared. Mom was in charge of a library! Time for an endless drifting stream of abstracted babysitters after school. The house was losing its heart. It had already taken on a part-time soul. Full time affluence was here. Welcome to modernity! And, so, five years after that long lost summer of 1957, we went house hunting. I was nearly thirteen and the Winter world was infinitely colder, as we piled into our ‘62 Comet to look at model homes. Homes? To me they were simply mere facades! Where was the warm love, the friendly kitchen smells, the laughter of kids playing? It would take me many, many years to rediscover them in our crowded forever home, our worn old books, and the friendly laughter of friends! But it’s still a laid-back, agrarian lifestyle in Botswana, according to this comfortably gregarious book. The fun and the food there are not at all like most sleek, sophisticated versions, but a rudimentary, market-garden variety. So the bad guys are always easy to spot, if you’re a canny, cozy sleuth like Precious! So why not bring a hint of rustic unruined Botswana into your own too-busy world? And LIVE again! Like me, mom, dad and us kids did once upon a time - a time long since boarded up and paved over to prepare for a new kind of heartless progress. Because your Heart DOES go on. Urbanization, globalization, gentrification? Mere fleeting puffs of smoke compared to your warmly beating Heart! THAT’s what goes on and on, in the lives of those after you. Four stars for a wonderful, lavishly illustrated coffee-table conversation piece of a book that'll whet your appetite for basic love, caring and comfort - just like back in the fifties!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    We tried and had good success with : Steamed pumpkin Mma taphas fragrant stew Dr Monroe's Beef madras Lemon and condensed milk biscuits Fig streamed pudding Ginger and date loaf We tried and had good success with : Steamed pumpkin Mma taphas fragrant stew Dr Monroe's Beef madras Lemon and condensed milk biscuits Fig streamed pudding Ginger and date loaf

  3. 4 out of 5

    Candy

    Lots of pictures of African food, and excerpts from the Botswana books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

    Lots of information on food/cooking/culture in Botswana. Some recipes I definitely will Not try!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Half cookbook, and half brilliantly illustrated descriptions about food and culture in Botswana, as seen through the eyes of Alexander McCall Smith's Mma Ramotswe. A lovely interesting cheery read, although I don't think I'll be attempting most of the recipes (mopane worms, anyone?). Half cookbook, and half brilliantly illustrated descriptions about food and culture in Botswana, as seen through the eyes of Alexander McCall Smith's Mma Ramotswe. A lovely interesting cheery read, although I don't think I'll be attempting most of the recipes (mopane worms, anyone?).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A sweet companion book to the #1 Lady Detective series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tina

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    Bob.lieberman

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    Paige

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    Gurshan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Duckpondwithoutducks

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Marquet Diaz

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    Rachael

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    Heather

  29. 4 out of 5

    KarenLana

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steven

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