A cookbook that is organised by colour and includes children’s art is bound to be unique, and Apples for Jam certainly is. Yes, there’s plenty of beautiful photographs and some great recipes, but the real star here is the charm and tone of everything. Tessa Kiros is a chef that’s traveled the world and her extensive experience in professional kitchens hasn’t dampened her passion for life, nostalgia and colour. Her book is as much about anecdotes, funny stories and whimsical childhood tales as it is about food. The dishes themselves are simple, hearty and the kind of things that spark memories. Things like sage & rosemary mashed potatoes, roast rack of pork with fennel and honey or roasted zucchini and tomatoes with thyme all speak of a chef that loves food and loves preparing it for others just as much.

R450 at Chefs Warehouse.