Let's Cook Siba Mtongana
Book Reviews,  Parenting

Let’s Cook, by Siba Mtongana {Family Cookbook review}

I’ve really been into cooking lately…. why only now after a year of lockdown? I have no idea. While everybody else was baking banana bread….I was cleaning, reading…doing something else. Better late than never though, right? I used to LOVE cooking…and I still do, but my mom also loves cooking…and she lives with us, so I let her run the kitchen most days. So as I start finding my rhythm again, I’ve been greatly inspired by my cookbook collection. I was…am a cookbook hoarder of note!! I was recently sent 2 books by Siba Mtongana and I honestly love them both. Today I am chatting about the one she created with kids in mind titled, Let’s Cook!

What is Let’s Cook about?

For kids, by kids! with a little help from Ms Sibalicious! Let’s Cook is jam-packed with nutritious and delicious, easy to-do meals and snacks for any occasion, from lunchboxes, to smoothies and so much more. Siba has taken the fuss out of the kitchen, and created recipes for mom and dad to whip up with their little ones’ help. Step by step, Siba equips her youngest fans with the skills they need to become the next Big Thing in the kitchen. Mom and dad, don’t worry, Siba has you covered too, because Let’s Cook has recipes created with the whole family in mind! Let’s get cooking!Let's Cook Siba Mtongana

My Review

Before I get into the ‘review’, I need to mention that I have been a fan of Siba for years, all because of my daughter. When other kids wanted to watch Disney and Nickelodeon on DSTV at age 5/6….all Addison wanted to watch was Siba’s cooking show. It was always our thing, watching Siba cook….so I am so proud of how she’s grown and how she has become such a successful business woman! Okay, fangirl gushing over with…..

I love how this book has been written and set out. In the beginning, there are some rules for parents and kids to follow in the kitchen, as well as a list of equipment that she uses throughout the book. The colour palette of the book is also fun, without being childish!

The book is broken up into sections: Morning munchies (batters, eggs, porridge and cereals); On the go (drinks, lunchboxes, snacks); and Meals (lunches, dinners). These sections make it really easy for kids to navigate the book.

Tried and tested

I made the Smoky and Spicy eggs (page 29) and it was so delish and quick! I had been craving eggs and baked beans…and this recipe was the perfect marriage of those ingredients. Also, I find that I may not follow a recipe to the T, if I don’t have the ingredients….but her books inspire ideas for what to make, using what I have in the pantry.

My kids and I will definitely be trying out some more recipes from the book in the future! Let’s Cook is available at all leading book retailers and retails for around R290. This would be a great gift for your budding little Junior Masterchef 😉

Do you cook with your kids? I enjoy it…EXCEPT when all of them decide they want to whisk the eggs. I’m sure you all can relate if you have more than 1 kid!

Disclaimer: Let’s Cook was sent to me by Penguin Random House SA in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Let's Cook

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!

One Comment

  • Donna Moodley

    Well I’ve always known you to like books …and that even extends to cook books… I’ve seen your collection and love it. Obviously I was delighted when you got me Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals….the only one I use more than the rest I have. Well out of the 5 I have haha. This one looks like a must have though.

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