Friends. Food. Flavour.

Michael Olivier's Great South African Recipes

Michael Olivier

This book is Michael Olivier (in collaboration with illustrator Roelien Immelman)'s tribute to the best of South Africa's culinary delights. Beautifully photographed and illustrated, this will be a keepsake to be treasured.
Date Published :
June 2022
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Contributor(s) :
Roelien Immelman
Illustration :
180 illustrations & photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781485900870
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 11 X 8.7 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Michael Olivier was invited by the Voyager Wine Estate in Western Australia to prepare a ‘Cape Buffet’ for the duration of the Margaret River November Wine Festival. He and his wife, Madeleine, researched, deconstructed, and rebuilt the recipes, leaving them with a collection of essentially Cape Dishes, which he wanted to publish. Michael and Roelien Immelman, a very talented illustrative designer, agreed to go in a partnership on Friends. Food. Flavour., and including the recipes of friends, this book was born. The dishes are eclectic with Roelien’s superb illustrations and Mike Robinson’s sensitive photography.

About The Author

Michael Olivier is a well-known South African wine and food commentator. As a young aspiring chef, he laid a solid foundation for his career at Le Cordon Bleu London, the culinary arts institute. Over the next 40 years, he ran several restaurants that achieved National Awards. He also held a series of high-profile hospitality management posts, including Manager at Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch, PR Manager for Boschendal Wine Estate and ran three successful restaurants in the Cape, one of which, Parks, was a top national restaurant. A lifetime devoted to the promotion and appreciation of the South African wine and food industry has earned Michael many accolades, including the Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Eat Out Awards. He has authored five books, one of them as co-author on a book on Portuguese wines, and he continues to be prolific, informative, and entertaining on his wine and food website,

Roelien Immelman holds a degree in Information Design from the University of Pretoria. Her first major position was in London, where she illustrated for Michiko Koshino, a prominent Japanese fashion brand. After a brief stint as layout designer for a Cape Town-based publisher, a hankering after the unknown first led her to the Far East, and she has been freelancing and exploring the world ever since. Her work has been exhibited in South Africa and Taiwan. A recent example of her distinctive style of food illustration is to be found in Tuistafel by well-known South African home cook, Errieda du Toit. Roelien shares a mountain house in Taipei with her ceramic artist husband, De Waal Immelman, their baby Miems, and Bleep the cat. Follow her on instagram @unrouxly or

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