Rita Venter

Image from Banting 7 Day Meal Plans Vegetarian (Quivertree 2020)

By Marika Sboros

Every now and then there comes a vegetarian cookbook that is a real gem, a healthy gift that goes on giving – even for meat-eaters. The newly published Banting 7 Day Meals Vegetarian (Quivertree) is it.

The authors are South Africans Rita Venter, Natalie Lawson and Kim Blom.

Neither of them is a doctor, scientist or nutritionist. Despite that – perhaps even because of that – theirs is a winning collaboration. Their book is reader-friendly, packed with helpful information, tips and recipes and is beautifully illustrated.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2020 named it the national winner in their Vegetarian category. That means automatic qualification for the final awards round Paris next year to win ‘best in the world’.

My money is on Venter and her team to take the title.