Easy Al Fresco (September 2023, Hardcover, 192 pg, Full colour photos throughout) Ilse van der Merwe

This successful cookbook author, food blogger, recipe developer and TV presenter brings you over 80 delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes and NO ELECTRICITY REQUIRED, just a braai fire or kettle braai – perfect for South African conditions! All dishes can be made with basic tools, which are listed for every recipe. Includes inspirational and gorgeous bespoke food photography. Read more below.

Ilse van der Merwe


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When we eat al fresco – outside, beyond the confines of four walls – everyday meals become a heady combination of fresh air and flavours, of outdoor sounds and natural views. Whether that ‘outside’ is our own backyard, garden, patio or stoep, seaside caravan park, bushveld or the middle of nowhere surrounded by mountains, it makes little difference because we come away energised, nurtured and deeply satisfied. And if preparing those meals doesn’t require conventional electricity during the dreaded loadshedding, well, that’s just the cherry on the top!

In Easy Al Fresco, Ilse van der Merwe offers a simple and inspiring guide for fabulous, easy and scrumptious dishes that can all be prepared with a limited range of basic utensils, and a fire or kettle braai. As Ilse says, this
should be the only book you pack for your next trail hike, fishing weekend, game reserve trip or seaside holiday. From breads, spreads, appetisers, salads and sandwiches, through to mains and desserts, Ilse has you covered. So what are you waiting for? Light the fire, grab a whisk and turn the pages of Easy Al Fresco – you’ll never look back.

Ilse van der Merwe is a respected and award-winning cook, writer, content producer, food blogger and recipe developer from Stellenbosch. She has written two cookbooks – Cape Mediterranean (2019) and Simply Seasonal (2021). Ilse presented and content-produced two series of Klankbord on DStv and Showmax – a SAFTA-nominated lifestyle series that celebrates the overlapping worlds of food and music.