I tried out a few Recipes from “Tastes of Durban” [Book Review]

October 3, 2018

Happy Wednesday

Today I have a review of a recipe book I was sent by Penguin Random House South Africa. I’m not really sure how to write my review but anyways, I’ll wing it.

I enjoy cooking and I’m always keen to try out new recipes, so when I got this, I was so excited to try them out .

Book Details

Title: Tastes of Durban || Author:  David Bird and Deshnie Govender || Published: July 2018 || Genre: Literary cookbook || Publisher: Penguin Random House SA || Publicist: Anje Niemandt


The city of Durban, once known as Port Natal, is the third largest city in South Africa, the largest in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, and the largest port in Africa. It is a melting pot of African, European and Asian cultures, and is often used as a springboard for trips to the Drakensberg mountain resorts, the historical battlefield sites and the province’s abundant game parks. Its rich, multicultural heritage is reflected in the foods that are to be found throughout the city, from spicy, aromatic Indian cuisine and fish and seafood to dishes influenced by the Portuguese, Zulu nation and British. Tastes of Durban  is a celebration of these foods that can be savoured here while on a visit and then recreated once you return home.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed the fact that, at the beginning, the book talks more about the city of Durban and some influences towards the recipes. This basically provides an idea of what to expect and its good for someone who knows nothing about the city. They included a section of hints and tips which is perfect.

The book is divided into eight chapters: Soups and Sides; Beef; Lamb, Mutton and Goat; Pork; Chicken; Fish and Seafood; Vegetarian and Desserts. There is a comprehensive index and a conversion table. This makes it easier to find recipes. It was so amazing to find that, the authors included vegetarian recipes .

I’ve been obsessed about food photography this past few months and I’m actually on the verge of learning. As you might know I am an aspiring photographer (check my portfolio here and Instagram here). The images are perfect. 

I like the fact that this recipe book represented the authenticity of the city of Durban. I got most of the recipes I was hoping there would be here and that was just amazing. The combination of spices, curries etc.

I think even if you are not familiar with cooking, these recipes are easy and most of them utilizes ingredients that we already own.

Overall, its a good book, I’d recommend to everyone.


Again, thank you Penguin Random House for this book. Don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe.

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