Cookbook Review: Easy Cooking from Nina’s Kitchen by Nina Timm

“Constantly taste your food.  I know this goes against the advice of every diet guru, but if you don’t know what your food tastes like, how can you expect your guests to enjoy it?”

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It gives me such a great pleasure to share my feelings, experience and opinions on the book Easy Cooking from Nina’s Kitchen by one of my dear food bloggers, Nina Timm.  Having missed the launch of the cookbook, I had to go to her house and get my own signed copy.

Well, the lovely thing about bloggers putting out cookbooks is that when you go through their books it is like reading an autobiography or a hard copy version of their blogs.  Emotions are evoked.  You find yourself smiling, laughing, teary and immediately you want to leave a comment or send an email.  In this case I picked up my phone, drafted an sms to Nina but then again I thought “hey, just put all of that in a blog post?”  So here I am……

Nina Timm is a food blogger, recipe columnist, food stylist, a mother, wife, friend….

This is a little paragraph from her intro and it lets the reader in on her personality and what to expect in the book.

“I don’t think my food stories are unique – there are many people who grew up in the same environment – but I’m happy to share them because on my travels through our beautiful country I’ve often met women who feel inferior and intimidated by modern food fads and new trends.  Believe me, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, on Earth can be greater, better and more acceptable than food made with love.  If you can open your heart so that people can see your love for them and for the gift of food, they will return to your table again and again…..guaranteed.  After all, the short cut to people’s hearts is made of love!

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These are the reasons why I love Easy Cooking from Nina’s Kitchen:

  • Nina’s writing is not intimidating, in fact, it appeals to every woman and man, out there wanting to prepare great meals for their families and friends.
  • She shares her kitchen equipment and appliance must haves with wit but most importantly what you will learn from Nina is confidence in the kitchen and preparing and sharing good food.
  • The recipes are easy to follow and each recipe comes with a little story.  This is what I love about cookbooks by bloggers!
  • Pictures look amazing! You are definitely going to try and up your food presentation
  • Some recipes are ingredient specific, like for instance, you get a chapter dedicated to eggs.  Then there’s a chapter on pap, all different kinds!

A while ago I was at an event and Nina was also there and we were talking about her book, this was before the launch, she mentioned that she realized that is a carnivore while putting this book together.  Personally, I don’t think South Africans are going to complain about that!  We love our meat and all the meat lovers out there are going to have one hack of a time love the recipes on the book.  Meat recipes vary from Roasted Chicken, Crumbed Chicken Breasts, Chicken Curry, Pies, Ribs, Pork Belly…..the list goes on.

Well, its all not all meat, there are some Seafood recipes, vegetarian recipes as well as some desserts.  Basically, there is a range a dishes to keep the home cook going and honing those cooking skills while the family is enjoying every last bit and singing their praises!

A number of people might feel, why do I have to buy a cookbook, I can just visit her site and get recipes from there…”  That is understandable but having a cookbook out is a great achievement.  In Nina’s case (or any blogger), having a cookbook out symbolizes the journey she has taken.  A cookbook could also a be a gift to the readers of the blog or a more profound way for readers and author to connect.

Easy Cooking from Nina’s Kitchen is available at all major bookstores, yes, even Woolworths!  Also available in Afrikaans as: Maklike Etes uit Nina se Kombuis.   You can order online at Exclusive Books, Kalahari and Graffiti.

I hope you guys check it out and show Nina some major love! I have included a  YouTube video to give a taste of what Nina is all about!

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About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 5 )

  • Thank you Thuli darling! This means so much to me!

    • You are welcome Nina! I’m very proud of you and I loved every minute of reading (yes reading :-)) and cooking from your cookbook!


  • Flee

    Ohhhh My giddyness Thuli. I am not jealous, I am not jealous, I am… Ok maybe a lot jealous…
    Wow This sounds so super awesome, and to have a friend like Nina to give you a signed copy… Awesome, I will be on the lookout for my copy!

    • Don’t be jealous Flee! I also bought my copy but its nicer buying it from the author at her house nogal 🙂

      • Flee

        Thanks for rubbing it in LOL… Ill be sure to look for a copy when next I’m browsing the (banned) Recipe book section …

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