Mma Ramotswe's Cookbook

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Mma Ramotswe's Cookbook


The No.1 Lady shares her culinary secrets in this gorgeous cookbook

Discover the favourite recipes of our ‘traditionally built’ heroine and her friends, accompanied by lavish photography – delicious stews for sharing, fabulous fruit cakes for eating under shady trees, with redbush tea of course, and the spices, traditions and culture of Botswana that make every meal together special. Welcome Precious, her friends and the sunshine of Botswana into your kitchen. A feast for all the senses!

Mma Ramotswe’s Cookbook is a feast for the sense of sight as well as taste. The photographs – by Mats Ögren Wanger and Ulf Nermark – capture the people and sights of Botswana so evocatively that you’ll feel you can taste the dishes, smell the aromas of cooking pots; in fact, that you are walking with Precious through her beloved homeland. Alexander McCall Smith and Stuart Brown launch Mma Ramotswe’s Cookbook.

Talking about the book, Alexander McCall Smith commented, ‘I am delighted to have worked with Stuart Brown on this book which will raise funds for worthwhile causes in Botswana. The readers of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency have long been intrigued by the dishes the characters describe and enjoy and this book has been much requested. The recipes are full of the flavour and colours of Botswana and reflect the character of cooking in that country, the country Mma Ramotswe loves so much. She would be delighted to know that the good folks of Britain are enjoying her favourite ingredients – including an abundance of pumpkin, melon and chicken and, of course, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni’s favourite – traditional fruit cake.

‘The photographs bring us a real sense of the beauty of her homeland and even capture the peaceful stillness that offers such great inspiration to all who have the privilege to encounter it.’

Proceeds from sales of the cookbook go towards a number of good causes in Botswana.


‘A delightfully cheery and tongue-in-cheek book’ – BBC Good Food Magazine

‘A lively mix of recipes combined with Mma’s charming ability to provide sensible food for thought’ – Sunday Times 

‘A delightful cookbook’ – The Australian