Siba Mtongana is a multi award-winning celebrity chef, mom, author, and founder of the The Siba Co. You may recognise her from her cooking show “Siba’s Table” on Food Network in which she’s showcased local and African dishes with a twist.
Let’s Cook is Siba’s latest cookbook which features delicious, yet nutritious easy meals and treats for kids and teens. The bright book features mouth-wateringly vibrant dishes, sweet illustrations and her family which makes for a feel-good family recipe book. I love her tips, titled “Siba’s Secrets” included in the recipes which gives ideas on swaps, methods and tricks to make cooking for you family easier.
The book is split into 3 categories: Morning munchies (both weekday and weekend breakfast options), On the go (recipes that work for lunchboxes and snacks) and meals (your at home lunches and dinners). She also has her “best basics” which includes go-to recipes for sauces and dips. There’s a little something for every type of eater. You can see her degree in food and consumer science with majors in food sciences and nutrition come out in her recipes, which are packed with fruits and vegetables and are all round nutritious while still being kid friendly.
It’s a fantastic cookbook if you have kids and want nutritious but child friendly meals. If you want a cookbook that’s more about entertaining or “grown up” recipes, Siba’s cookbook “My Table” is fantastic and is packed with recipes good for at home family meals or entertaining, with so many ideas for oomphing up a summer braai.
The recipe from Let’s Cook that I’m sharing is her recipe for ratatouille. It seems simple but her homemade tomato relish adds delicious flavour to this deconstructed vegetarian dish.
Let’s Cook was given to us by Penguin Random House and is available here. Penguin Random House nor the author approved or reviewed this piece prior to publication. Opinions are our own. The recipe is reprinted with permission, images are our own.
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