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Oh joy. Who doesn’t love a pancake. And if it’s you … well, we simply can’t be friends. Move swiftly along. In Sue Quinn’s Seriously Good Pancakes you’ll find them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert, with recipes for everything from Chinese Pancakes with Duck and Hoisin Sauce to Buckwheat Galettes and Italian Farinata, from Spicy Mexican Hotcakes with Smoky Corn Salad to Chocolate and Berry-stuffed Pikelets. More than 70 recipes, with delicious photos, plus a guide to basic pancake types, this really is the ultimate cookbook for pancake addicts, students and foodies alike. It’s pancakes. And it’s seriously good. Hardie Grant, R270

A cookbook that makes recipes faster, easier, tastier and simpler through cooking in one pot, pan or tray. The second title in Rosie Reynold’s The Shortcut Cook series, All in One shows you how to cook the food and flavours that you love, but without being tied to the oven or sink for hours longer than you want to be. Think dishes like Spiced Potatoes with Cracked Eggs, No-fuss Chicken Kiev with Crunchy Roast Potatoes, Beef Stew with Cheesy Dumplings, Easy Peasy Spaghetti Bolognese, Gooey Lemon Bars, Big Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies, and more, all made in one pan. Hardie Grant, R355

Eating well should be one of life’s pleasures but, for many people, this is not the case. Struggles with weight, nutrition-related health issues and low self-esteem can result in food being condemned as an enemy’ to be conquered at all cost. Nicci Robertson understands, and she uses her personal experience to guide you towards improved health and well-being by taking a different approach to nutrition. In Thrive – Healthy recipes that Break the Diet Rules, she explains how to exchange bad habits for better ones, recognise and eliminate stress factors that can contribute to lifestyle diseases, and understand the role that proteins, carbs, fats, fibre and water play in keeping us healthy. There are more than 80 mouth-watering family-friendly recipes that are packed with flavour and nutritionally balanced. Whether your goal is weight-loss or improved health, Nicci’s recipes will have you rethinking the concept of diet food and heading for the kitchen with enthusiasm! Penguin, R380

Those recipe videos you can’t stop watching? Caught Creating Ltd made those. And now, they’re blessing you with the Caught Snackin’ cookbook. They’ve covered all bases .. from boujee brunches to quick lunches, Friday-night fakeaways to desserts that will make you TikTok famous. They say their dishes are created firstly for deliciousness and secondly for ease. Whether you’re going all-in cooking for a crowd or cotching on the sofa with a bowl full of comfort food, there are more than 100 recipes with big flavours and zero stress. And you don’t need mad chefileeni equipment or Gordon Ramsay tekz, just this book and good vibes. Octopus, R475