1. Strandveldfood - a West Coast Odyssey

    I am beyond excited to finally reveal the first few pages of Strandveldfood - the West Coast food book which photographer Jac de Villiers and I put together over the past two years.

    We spent equal amounts of time in the kitchen and in the veld, documenting the Saldanha Strandveld’s singular beauty in pictures and words, and cooking and tasting its distinctive delicacies. 

    We share our discoveries with you in over 100 colour photographs and more than 60 seasonal recipes.

    Strandveldfood is published by Sunbird, the illustrated imprint of Jonathan Ball publishers, and will be available in bookstores (and at Oep ve Koep!) from mid September 2014.

    Keep an eye out for an exclusive extract published in Taste magazine’s September edition, on shelf later this month.

    Visit facebook.com/strandveldfood or facebook.com/oepvekoep for more details.

    Pre-orders can be placed at kalahari.com

    Kobus van der Merwe

    Shown here, first spread: maasbanker bokkoms; map of the Saldanha Strandveld. Second spread: watermelon, bokkom and summer ice plant salad; crayfish boats at Paternoster beach. Third spread: lichen in Cape Columbine nature reserve; Cape Malay piekelvis. Fourth spread: veldkoolbredie; veldkool in bloom at Tietiesbaai. Fifth spread: a tidal pool at Mosselbank; spring shoreline soup.