The festive season is all about entertaining and indulging, and these local cookbooks are sure to inspire your culinary efforts. Plus they make great gifts for someone special.

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1. Cape, curry and koesisters

by Fatima Sydow and Gadija Sydow Noordien

Sisters Fatima and Gadija take us on a tasty Cape Malay food journey. With authentic ideas and accessible ingredients, these are meals designed for sharing, whatever the occasion. R330, Human & Rousseau.

A recipe from this local cookbook: Heart Romany Creams

2. Meals, effortless food for every occasion

by Christine Capendale

Christine Capendale offers serving suggestions to suit every season in this beautifully presented book. From light summer salads to cosy, comfort dishes, there are also delicious options for vegetarians. R325, Human & Rousseau.

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3. Set a table

by Karen Dudley

Local cookbooks for the festive season - Karen Dudley

This is Karen Dudley’s third local cookbook, and she says this book was written to encourage friends and family to gather around the table. It’s filled with recipes that will help you host a beautiful and unforgettable meal. R380, Jacana.

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4. The Lazy Makoti’s guide to the kitchen

by Mogau Seshoene

Cooking for guests can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know your way around the kitchen. While Mogau Seshoene has written this book for the novice cook, everyone will find her local dishes interesting and ideal for relaxed entertaining. R340, Quivertree.

5. Chocolate

by Katelyn Williams

Local cookbooks for the festive season - Katelyn Williams

The title says it all! Katelyn Williams celebrates chocolate in a mouthwatering collection of sweet, and even savoury, treats. From easy-to-make desserts to more intricate bakes, there is something for every chocolate lover – and isn’t that all of us? R380, Human & Rousseau.

A recipe from this local cookbook: SOS CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE MIX