Mnandi – a taste of Mpophomeni will inspire you to take part in the magical process of growing and preparing food that is good for you and good for the planet too.

Order a fresh copy for just R200 at and we will drop one at Postnet (R100) or PAXI (R60) for delivery for you.

Visitors to Mpophomeni are often surprised by the abundance of great produce in an unexpected place, the delicious food we serve and the obvious pleasure this gives us.   A recipe book celebrating our fresh garden produce, the people with their hands in the soil, and the creativity of our customers, means we can spread the happiness.

In Mpophomeni,  food is grown from the heart, meals are meant to be shared and stories are told with pride.  In this book, we share our delight in seasonal produce with you. Food that celebrates the day, our families and the environment too. Naturally, this food is delicious.

Each season features food that is at its best right then – ideas for making the most of abundant beetroot, spinach or pumpkin – some familiar, some unusual.  The imifino section showcases a selection of weeds and wild edibles – delicious, free, nutrient-dense food right on your doorstep.

Available at these places:

KWAZULU-NATAL: Ntombenhle’s Permaculture Garden, Mpophomeni; Dovehouse Organic Farm Shop, Blackwoods Nursery, Fern Hill Hotel, African Spirit in Howick; Top Class Reads and Ellenbird in Hilton: Peter’s Gate Herbs in Lidgetton; Three Tree Hill Lodge in Bergville;  The Valley Bakery in Winterton; The Hangar Cafe in Richmond; Mount Currie Butchery in Kokstad; BookWorld Cascades, Blackwoods Nursery, Lady Bean at Rosehurst and Tatham Gallery Shop in Pietermaritzburg; Fordoun Hotel and Spa, Country Collection, and Notties Spar in Nottingham Road;  Nguni and Aloe at Linga Lapa in Mount West;  Home Grown Fresh Wholefoods in Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Exclusive Books at Ballito Junction,  KZNSA Gallery, Phansi Museum; Its All Good Cafe, Health on Broadway, Dee’s Cafe, Maggie Strachan’s Studio and Hinghams Nursery in Durban; Rainbow Academic Bookshop in Verulum, GoodSource, Conscious Cafe, Food for Thought and Woza Moya Craft Shop in Hillcrest, Health Wise in Kloof; Anstey’s Beach Backpackers on the Bluff.

EASTERN CAPE: Baddafords Farm Stall, Fort Beaufort

FREE STATE: Oaklands Country Manor,  Little Church Tea Garden and Shop in Van Reenen; Bean at Grounded in Harrismith

GAUTENG: Love Books in Melville, Johannesburg; Culinary Table in Lanseria, Farm Table Grocer in Linden; Jacksons Real Food Market in Bryanston;  Leafy Greens Café in Muldersdrift, Skoobs in Monte Casino; Exclusive Books in Greenstone Mall, Rosebank, Morningside, Cresta and Brooklyn Mall, Bargain Books at Randridge Mall. 

WESTERN CAPE: Clarke’s Bookshop, Book Lounge and Olive Branch Deli in Cape Town;

“We are what we grow, cook and eat. Mpophomeni’s gardeners and cooks are an example of what South Africa can and should be. Through the pages of this delightful book, readers will come to love and admire a remarkable and resilient community. The recipes so generously offered are not only delicious but also inspiring and insightful – each one allows a reader to taste a piece of the story.”

Anna Trapido – Hunger for Freedom – The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela


Production costs of Mnandi were sponsored by N3Toll Concession (RF) Proprietary Limited

Proceeds from sales go to supporting growers and small farmers in the area through training, networking and resources.  For three years sales of Mnandi provided free WiFi to the community in the vicinity of the Library.