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Last updated on 1 November 2016

We chat to accomplished cook and author of Perfect Parties, Janet Kohler, whose delicious recipes are featured in our December 2015 issue

What made you decide to write a cookbook?
It has been a childhood dream of mine as I have been sharing recipes since I can remember. I am obsessed with recipes and constantly seeking new ways of improving them.

If you weren’t a cook and author what would you be?
Probably a full-time economist if my father had his way (which is what I studied), but I am always drawn to creative challenges so probably interior decorating.

GET JANET’S CHOCOLATE MINCE PIES RECIPE HERE

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My mom and grandmother who loved their homes and making people feel welcome.

What has been the highlight of your career?
Winning the international Gourmand award for top entertaining cookbook in South Africa and top three in the world.

Your decor style in three words
Pretty, pastel and understated.

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Instagram, Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook.

Top tip for anyone wanting to write a cookbook?
Accept it will be one of the most stressful challenges of your life.

Favourite item in your home right now?
My French armoire

GET THE RECIPE FOR A DELICIOUS MUSTARD SAUCE TO ACCOMPANY YOUR CHRISTMAS ROAST

What current trend is your favourite?
Easy entertaining – big impact, low effort.

What’s your indispensable tool/accessory/gadget in the kitchen?
My kitchen electric mixer for baking and kneading dough. I love everything about it.

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