Neil Roake is back with the third and biggest helping of his now-familiar, sell-out cookbook series, Life’s a Beach Cottage. Roake would call himself less of a chef, and more of ‘a flip flop cook’ - always in casual attire, with a drink and an anecdote to relate to the usual gather-arounders. Yet don’t underestimate this Gourmand Award-winning foodie’s experience, or his expertise behind the stove. The force behind several successful restaurants, Neil has travelled widely around Southern Africa and the world as a dedicated food tourist, often jotting down recipes on a borrowed napkin or a very old T-shirt…


Like its predecessors, More Life’s a Beach Cottage was prepared, cheffed and filmed at a variety of real beach cottages, whether loaned out by friends, rented for the weekend or discovered spontaneously while on a recce. Neil himself, along with a crew of like-minded foodies, made and tasted every single recipe in the book.  The authenticity of putting cookbook chapters together in this way makes for a reliable, visually rich and constantly amusing reference for anyone who identifies with wining and dining and the company of good people in a relaxing, luxurious yet unshowy, coastal setting.


A Taste of

Life's a Beach Cottage

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We like to be by the Seaside

Every chapter was cheffed and filmed in an authentic beach cottage setting. Some of them remain ‘best-kept secrets’ by choice of the owners - but breath-taking St Helier Beach House (chapter 6), on KZN’s south coast, is your private hideaway to rent. Bring to life the book’s recipes in the same rejuvenating setting and with just as much joy as the

Life’s a Beach Cottage team did.

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Produced in South Africa in 2015 by Modern Museum.

Published by Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd. Copyright © Neil Roake. Photographs © Craig Scott.

The right of Neil Roake to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with South African law.

ISBN: 978-1-4314-2256-2. All rights reserved.