Kick Back with a Good (Cook) Book
While everyone else is low-browing their way through Omarosa’s Unhinged we’ll let you in on a secret: summer’s best griplit is a cookbook. These tomes offer elegant fare with a backstory to boot. Best enjoyed with a side serving of high comfort (i.e. a killer outdoor chair).
1 SUMMER Book CLUB
Sure, they’re on the heavy side but you won’t want to put them down.
Simple (Penguin Random House) As if you need any more convincing other than ‘it’s Yotam’. Simple is just that: lowmaintenance, high-reward Middle Eastern fare. Chicken and Charcoal (Phaidon) Matt Abergel presents a masterclass in grilling, yakitori style. Insightful and entertaining, it’s the last word on chicken skewers. The Modern Cook’s Year (Fourth Estate) Even if you never cook a single dish from Anna Jones’s vegetarian bible (you will, don’t worry), it’s the kind of pretty that makes you wonder, does this book belong in a kitchen or on a coffee table? A Very Serious Cookbook (Phaidon) As in, very seriously cool. New York food duo Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske take you through their creative process.
2 PULL UP IN STYLE
The best seat in the house is outside so invest in a chair that says style and comfort: the cobra hood.
Channel your inner India Hicks with a wide-backed chair that transforms your outdoor space into a Bahamian escape. Key to the look: a natural fibre such as rattan (or at least rattan in appearance) executed in a loose weave. And a seriously comfy cushion; you’re going to be here a while.
‘FLAMENCO’ CANE PATIO CHAIR IN NATURAL, R8 500, shf
‘LUSSO’ HIGH-BACK CHAIR, R10 898 (SPECIAL ORDER ONLY), mobelli