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Get nostalgic with Penguin Random House and Giving Back Childhood

Giving Back ChildhoodStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Giving Back Childhood: Childhood memories and recipes from 50 well-known and big-hearted South African heroes:

In Giving Back Childhood, celebrities from the world of sport, music, media, academia, business, politics, literature, food and entertainment, as well as unsung heroes at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, share some of their own personal memories of food and childhood, as well as the recipes that are the on-going connection to those memories.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, this book of memories and recipes offers you the opportunity to contribute to the outstanding and life-saving medical treatment that the Hospital provides on a daily basis to the children of Southern Africa and many other countries on the African continent. Without the generosity of donors and the general public, much of this work would simply not be possible. All children need to dream, they need hope for the future – and for that they need good health. By purchasing this book, you can help to give the young patients of this Hospital their childhood back.

Foreword by HRH Prince Henry of Wales

Contributors: Raymond Ackerman, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Prof. Andrew Argent, Prof. Dave Beatty, Lynn Bedford Hall, Evita Bezuidenhout, Sr Jane Booth, Zoë Brown, Schalk Burger, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Gareth Cliff, Prof. Alan Davidson, JP Duminy, Max du Preez, Chris Erasmus, Pieter Ferreira, Devi Govender, DJ Fresh, Prof. Adam Habib, Barry Hilton, Abdullah Ibrahim, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Danny K, Amy Kleinhans-Curd, Siya Kolisi, Dylan Lewis, Katlego Maboe, Braam Malherbe, Frans Malherbe, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Jenny Morris, Ryk Neethling, Michael Olivier, Sheryl Ozinsky, Kamini Pather, Gary Player, ProVerb, Reuben Riffel, Prof. Heinz Rode, Analjit Singh, Pippa Schou, Lionel Smit, Wilbur Smith, John van de Ruit, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Wouter van Warmelo, Derek Watts, Prof. Heather Zar, Helen Zille

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Win a Classic South African Cookbook hamper

The Classic South African CookbookDie Klassieke Suid-Afrikaanse Kookboek

The Classic South African Cookbook by Melinda Roodt is exactly that – classic home cooking for South Africans the way they eat now.

In line with the country’s diverse cultures, which often blend more harmoniously in the kitchen than in any other sphere of life, this book is a kaleidoscope of our modern lifestyle with influences from grandma’s kitchen, popular Mediterranean cuisine, as well as both Indian and African culture.

But no matter what your roots may be, this book sets a foundation for good, honest, carefree home cooking, incorporating all the well-loved and familiar favourites. The more than 170 recipes have been refined to guarantee mouth-watering results, no matter your skill level. Only fresh and locally available ingredients are used, while the various techniques are carefully explained – a real boon to those just setting out on their culinary journeys. Best of all, every recipe is accompanied by a full-colour photograph.

Also available in Afrikaans as Die Klassieke Suid-Afrikaanse Kookboek.

Enter competition:

Penguin Random House has got an awesome Classic South African Cookbook hamper up for grabs! The hamper will include a copy of The Classic South African Cookbook, a R500 Exclusive Books voucher, a R500 Woolworths voucher and a selection of South African treats.

Click here to complete the online form to enter our competition!

The cut-off date for entries is 28 October 2016. Only 1 (one) entry per person per prize draw will be allowed. Terms and conditions apply.

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Reclaim your youth the natural way: Anti-Ageing Tissue Salts by Margaret Roberts

Anti-Ageing Tissue SaltsStruik Nature is proud to present Anti-Ageing Tissue Salts by Margaret Roberts:

Reclaim your youth the natural way – 12 essential salts to help you balance deficiencies, heal ailments, retain vitality and defy the effects of ageing.

In this book, Margaret Roberts draws on decades of experience to advise readers on using the 12 key tissue salts to slow the ageing process, promote vitality and enhance health. Each tissue salt is presented in its own chapter, with tips on treating specific ailments; and advice on increasing the intake of the salts through the diet.

The book features:

  • Information on each tissue salt presented in its own chapter.
  • An ailment chart for quick reference.
  • Advice on increasing the intake of the salts through the diet.
  • Recipes for juices, teas, food, herbs, lotions and creams that naturally contain these age-defying salts.

Tissue salts are minerals that our bodies need to ensure optimal health. They can be found naturally in the Earth’s rocks and soil, in food that is grown organically in mineral-rich soil and can also be easily taken in tablet or liquid form (found at health stores and chemists). Considered to be the basic constituents of our bones, blood, organs and muscles, they are easily absorbed by the human body, with no side-effects.

About the author

Margaret Roberts is a household name, having made her mark in the world of health and gardening. She pursues her passion for all things natural that can uplift, heal and inspire, by creating gardens, teaching about the wonders of herbs and developing medicinal and nutritional plants at her Herbal Centre. She has published many books and articles on how to ensure good health naturally.

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A book no keen baker should be without: Baking with Jackie Cameron

Baking with Jackie CameronOut now from Struik Lifestyle: Baking with Jackie Cameron:

Jackie Cameron made her first biscuits under the watchful eyes of her grandmothers. Now she is able to pay tribute to them by including some of their cherished recipes in Baking with Jackie Cameron.

But she wouldn’t be an award-winning chef if she didn’t take a recipe and make it her own. Cameron has applied her formidable culinary skills to some of her favourite recipes, presenting the reader with a selection of recipes that are utterly delectable, yet reassuringly familiar.

Covering everything from biscuits, breads, pies and quiches for family meals, to celebration cakes and delectable desserts, Baking with Jackie Cameron is a book no keen baker should be without.

About the author

Jackie Cameron was born and raised in the Midlands and her heart remains in KwaZulu-Natal where she has filled the position of head chef at Hartford House, a five-star boutique hotel in rural Mooi River, since 2002. Despite her youth, her list of achievements is what most aspiring chefs dream of. Cameron’s ambition and drive have opened doors to voyages of discovery and enriching experiences, mere dreams for the average chef. Average she is not. This talented young chef leaves no stone unturned.

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Three Struik Lifestyle books honoured at Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

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Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has had three titles listed among the “Best in the World” at the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau and every year they honour the best food and wine books.

A total of 209 countries participated in the 2016 awards and the Struik Lifestyle titles that have won are as follows:

Awarded 1st place in the category “Jewish Cuisine”:

Awarded 3rd place in the category “TV – English”:

Awarded 3rd place in the category “Local Cuisine”

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Put on the perfect children’s party without blowing the budget: More Easy Party Treats for Children by Janette Mocke

More Easy Party Treats for ChildrenNog Maklike Soet Happies Vir KindersNow available from Struik Lifestyle – More Easy Party Treats for Children by Janette Mocke

In More Easy Party Treats for Children, each chapter presents a different theme, including trains, monsters, sheep, butterflies, bees, superheroes, ragdolls and dinosaurs.

All the treats are made using readily available items, such as ice cream cones, marshmallows, jelly sweets, lollipops and wafer biscuits. Each theme includes a centrepiece that can be used in addition to, or even replace, the traditional birthday cake. The simple-to-follow instructions don’t require any baking or specialist skills, making it possible for busy moms to put on the perfect party without blowing the budget or spending hours in the kitchen.

Kids will be delighted by the variety of treats on offer and the themes can be adapted to suit individual preferences and ages. Beautiful photography and creative styling showcase the treats and offer further ideas for party settings.

Also available in Afrikaans as Nog Maklike Soet Happies Vir Kinders.

About the author

Janette Mocke published her first book, Easy Party Treats for Children, in 2012, which has sold over 12,000 copies in English and Afrikaans. Since then, she has appeared on various TV programmes, including Pasella, Expresso and Hectic Nine-9 (SABC 2), and featured in Your Family magazine. Janette started out by baking cakes for family and friends. When she couldn’t find anyone to make her own wedding cake, she took on the task herself and the cake was such a success it convinced her to turn her hobby into a business. She is the owner of a Supacakes agency, using her creativity and talents to produce cakes, cupcakes, treats and toppers for birthdays, weddings and special occasions.

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Presenting JAN – A Breath of French Air, the new book by Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

JAN - A Breath of French AirJAN - My Franse KosverhaalJAN – A Breath of French Air is a memoir and celebration of the renowned eatery JAN, a South African restaurant in the south of France:

The restaurant is a showcase of South Africa’s tradition of hospitality, transported from a farm in rural South Africa to the glamorous French Riviera. JAN, now a one-star Michelin restaurant, is proof that dreams can be lived and how a love for what you do can transform humble ingredients into a masterpiece. Each chapter captures the mood and inspiration of what is served at JAN, and the collection of over 90 recipes covers everything from locally baked breads, amuse bouche and mouthwatering main course meat and fish dishes to what the chefs eat after a long night’s service in a hot kitchen.

Also available in Afrikaans as JAN: My Franse Kosverhaal

About the author

South African-born Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen was raised on a rural farm in the north of the country. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch he furthered his studies with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Design and Photography. He worked as a contributing food editor for ELLE magazine in South Africa and Paris before relocating to Nice to open his own restaurant called JAN. Since its humble beginnings in 2013, JAN has garnered a reputation as one of the top restaurants in the south of France. This is Jan Hendrik’s second book, which continues the journey first started in The French Affair, also published by Struik Lifestyle.

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Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Mirren prepare for the Oscars with … Rooibos?!

Tea: 60 teas to revitalise and restoreWhen Hollywood’s leading ladies walk the Oscars red carpet later this month‚ their flawless looks will be boosted by an army of experts‚ serums and potions to get them to look their best. And among their armoury of beauty products is South African Rooibos.

That’s according to the Rooibos Council‚ which says its sales to America are soaring.

Here’s how the Rooibos Council says the tea-based products are helping the stars to get svelte‚ lean and red carpet-ready in time for the big night:

  • Angelina Jolie lathers her perfect pout with a lip balm that boasts Rooibos and a variety of other unusual ingredients;
  • Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and supermodel Miranda Kerr drink Rooibos to detox and stay in shape;
  • Charlize Theron‚ Jessica Alba‚ Hugh Jackman and model Candice Swanepoel all indulge in Rooibos salon treatments which revitalise the skin;
  • Salma Hayek and Victoria-secret model Adriana Lima both swear by a Rooibos beauty beverage that purifies the skin from the inside out;
  • Academy Award winner Helen Mirren takes her teabags wherever she goes‚ and
  • Model Josie Maran swears by a Rooibos-enriched hair detox blend.

Ernest du Toit‚ spokesperson for the Rooibos Council‚ said in a statement that since Rooibos first made its debut in the US in the early 1990s‚ sales to the country have tripled and every year more cosmetics houses – local and international – are cottoning onto the nourishing and anti-ageing properties found in Rooibos.

“South Africa now exports a vast array of different Rooibos products to the US‚ from the traditional unflavoured tea to flavoured teas‚ cappuccinos and cosmetics‚ which ranges from make-up to skin‚ hair‚ perfume and nail-care products‚” he said.

“Its use in cosmetics has increased rapidly and garnered much attention over the last few years‚ as more research proving the plethora of health and beauty benefits of Rooibos has become better known. Rooibos’ high flavonoid content makes it a powerful anti-aging ingredient for skincare formulas. Since much of skin-aging is caused by exposure to UV rays‚ pollution and other environmental contaminants‚ Rooibos’ free-radical destroying abilities helps to protect the skin and to preserve a more youthful look.”

While there’s no way to independently verify the council’s assertions that Hollywood loves our Rooibos‚ South Africans can catch all the red-carpet action on Monday‚ 29 February‚ at 3 AM CAT‚ when the 88th Academy Awards will be aired on DSTV channel O (320).

Source: TMG Digital

For more about the healing properties of tea, consult Tea: 60 teas to revitalise and restore by Margaret Roberts.

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A 7-day journey to wellbeing with Stephan Domenig’s Alkaline Juices and Smoothies

Alkaline Juices and SmoothiesStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Alkaline Juices and Smoothies by Stephan Domenig:

A healthy diet means eating a balance of acidic and alkaline foods. The modern Western diet is heavily weighted towards foods that tend to be acid-forming. Alkaline Juices and Smoothies presents an easy-to-follow way to cleanse your system and repair that imbalance.

This definitive plan will guide you in a seven-day journey to wellbeing, encourage the natural process of weight loss, increase energy and vitality and begin to restore your body to its natural rhythms. The destructive effects of the modern acidic diet are combated through a judicious menu of green smoothies, fresh juices and satisfying drinks. The detox plan can be followed for seven consecutive days, but even one or two days a week will yield benefits.

Also see: The Alkaline Cure: The Amazing 14 Day Diet and Mindful Eating Plan by Stephan Domenig

About the author

Dr Stephan Domenig is the medical director of the FX Mayr Health Center in Maria Wörth, Austria. After obtaining his medical degree, he worked as an assistant physician and surgeon at several hospitals in Austria and Brazil. He has a diploma in FX Mayr medicine and certifications in orthomolecular medicine, applied kinesiology and chiropractics.

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Discover a happier, healthier you with The Alkaline Cure by Stephan Domenig

The Alkaline CureStruik Lifestyle is proud to present The Alkaline Cure: The Amazing 14 Day Diet and Mindful Eating Plan by Stephan Domenig:

For more than 100 years, the nutritional principles laid down by the Austrian physician Dr FX Mayr have helped tens of thousands of people regain control over their digestive health, helping them to lose weight and feel full of energy.

In The Alkaline Cure, Domenig shares the clinically-tested principles of the Mayr alkaline cure. Analkaline lifestyle results in optimum digestive health, giving you an overall feeling of wellbeing and more energy. Extra benefits include clearer skin, a stronger immune system, improved metabolism, and reduced signs of ageing.

Discover the principles of the alkaline cure and follow the 14-day diet plan to reap the benefits of a happier, healthier you.

About the author

Dr Stephan Domenig is the medical director of the FX Mayr Health Center in Maria Wörth, Austria. After obtaining his medical degree, he worked as an assistant physician and surgeon at several hospitals in Austria and Brazil. He has a diploma in FX Mayr medicine and certifications in orthomolecular medicine, applied kinesiology and chiropractics.

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