by Hein Scholtz (Random House Struik)

It was as a varsity student in digs that Hein Scholtz began to nurture his love of food and discover the importance of being able to cook nutritious meals instead of opting for ready meals and takeaways.

In Munch, he has put together a collection of tasty recipes that are easy to make once you’ve learned some basic cooking skills.

For the absolute beginner, there’s an informative section on the “starter kitchen” which lists necessary items such as pots and pans, cutlery, crockery and food items that are always handy to keep in your fridge and pantry.

Munch covers everything from protein-packed egg recipes and other “brekkie” ideas, budget-friendly meals and home-made “fast food” to versatile chicken, seafood and meat recipes, braais, healthy packed lunches and sweet treats (the Cremora Tart looks like a winner).

A great book with which to start your culinary journey. – Juliette Donkin