my book

And with a little bit of a drum roll… is the cover of my book!

Its hard to contain the excitement I’m feeling at the moment as I brace myself to see my printed and bound book this week.

I saw a printed unbound copy last week and was thrilled with how Drizzle and Dip looks in print. Being so used to seeing my work in a digital environment on a screen, its truly wonderous to see how my images and recipes look in ink and absorbed onto beautiful matt paper.

150g mattart, threadsewn in sections with cover flaps folded down, drawn on & trim flush to size – wouldn’t have meant much too me a few months ago, but now that I have been through the process of writing, producing and publishing my first book, these are indeed meaningful and exciting words.

Drizzle and Dip consists of a mix of recipes with varied and diverse flavours and cross-cultural culinary inspiration. Divided into three chapters – “Morning”, “Noon” and “Night”, each section of the book focuses on recipes recommended for enjoyment during a specific time of day, also taking into account the preparation time available to the busy home-cook during his or her hectic daily schedule.

This is such a great time to be a foodie, as food culture is now truly global and influences in my book range from Mexican, American, Italian, British, Mediterranean and the Far East.Through TV and the internet, the world is one kitchen.

My book is a general cookbook but my deep love for baking sneaks through,and Drizzle & Dip includes a few of my all-time favourite recipes. It has a modern, informal and light look which reflects my approach to food – quirky, pretty, fun, creative and simple. Having been involved with all aspects of the process from developing and writing each recipe,to cooking, styling then photographing them, I have presented them exactly as I want my readers to experience them.

Here is a pic of me from my book, taken by the amazing Micky Hoyle.

My book is published by myself in collaboration with publishing consultants Schreiber Media under the  imprint Eat the Book’, and is being marketed and distributed by Jacana Media .

Check my Eat the Book website where I will keep updates of where my book is available to purchase.

It is available in all good book shops and at selected Woolworths stores.

The book is also currently available online on:


It can also be found at Present Time (Constantia Village) and select Poetry stores.

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Lauren August 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Wonderful Sam, cannot wait to buy it! Your website is an inspiration in itself and I am sure the real thing will be even more so.

Sam August 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Thank you Lauren :-)

Bron August 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

Yummy! Will definitely have to buy your book!

Sam August 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thanks Bron :-)

Marilyn August 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

Congratulations Sam. Amazing! I hope it sells like hot cakes. I’ll get my own copy when next in SA

Sam August 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thanks Marilyn, lovely to hear from you :-)

gaedry September 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Hi Sam. I have a copy of the book – it really is fantastic – it’s my kind of food and I want to try everything in the book! Good luck, Gaedry

Sam September 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hi Gaedry and thank you so much :-)

Roger Seldon September 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

Be sure to have your kitchen ready when you open this book. If not you may be forced to eat the pictures immediately. Eat this Book is right. The pictures are just asking for it. Luckily I was able to restrain myself to just licking the baked tomato picture….okay, okay, a couple of others too. Point is the book is still usable. Luckily there is no centrefold. 3 recipes in so far and all are easy and fanscrumpalicious (don’t bother looking this up). I’m ordering more now to avoid the Christmas rush. Gourmet food, easy to make, South African twist, pictures to die for, Doll. Couldn’t be better.

Susan September 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

Sam your book is fabulous. Love the recipes. Congratulations

Sam September 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Thanks Susan :-)

Sam September 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Thank you for the super kind words Roger, all the way over from Canada. I’m so glad you like my book. It means a lot.
S x

Charlie's Bird September 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I have just paged through my newest cookbook (your gorgeous one, as it is) and, as my husband described it, had a foodgasm! Your book is fabulous, I don’t think there is a page that didn’t make me want to dash into my kitchen and cook it! Damn and blast Woolies being closed already, that I couldn’t rush out and get ingredients. I can’t wait to get stuck into those recipes. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sam September 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Hi Charlies Bird, Thank you SO much for buying my book and stopping by to send a comment. I hope you have many delicious meals from it :-)

Ally October 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

It looks absolutely gorgeous. Congrats!

Sam October 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Thank you Alley :-)

Shelley November 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I’ve been following your Facebook and blog for a couple of weeks and love your fresh and simple ideas. Cannot wait to buy your book – it looks amazing!

Sam November 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Shelley :-)

maree November 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

looks too yummy!

Steve November 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hi Sam

I stumbled across your website almost by accident last whilst looking for recipe for slow roasted belly por. Your site is absolutely wonderful and you have some fantastic and exciting recipes. Most of all your passion for cooking come out loud and clear. Many congratulations, and I am already in the process of ordering your book.


Sam November 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thank you for the very kind words Steve, this made my day. I love that I can share my passion with a wider audience from all over the world. It makes the whole thing deeply rewarding for me. I hope to see you in these parts again soon.
ps and thnaks for buying my book, I hope you enjoy it.

Sam November 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thanks Maree

Jill Bok November 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I was thrilled to discover your website in the latest issue of Taste magazine! Just love the idea of your new recipe book! I can’t wait to try out MANY of your recipes!

Sam November 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

Hi Jill, thanks so much and I hope to see you around these parts again in the future.

Theresa May 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

Mothers Day wish list…. only one item.. your book, can’t wait :D

Sam May 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Oh wow Theresa that is so nice, thank you. I hope your wish comes true. Sam

lina chebaro May 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Please do you offer food styling courses in July?

Sam May 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Hi Lina, we are offering a course this week end (May) but do not have anything else planned at this stage. If you keep an eye out on the blog for future courses, we will definitely be doing more. Or please mail me so I can keep you on the list: slinsell at gmail dot com

Johline May 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Hi Sam. I heard about how good your blog is via the foody/wino grapevine. Stumbled upon your book in Woolies last Friday, and bought 2! One for a friend as a farewell present, she’s off to California, and then one for my Mom for Mothersday. Both absolutely love it! Love the Breaki/Lunch/Supper layout and also the pics!Thanks for yummy, honest, easy to follow recipes :)

Sam May 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Hi Johnline, thanks so much for the lovely comment and for buying 2 of my books. Made my day. I hope you get much deliciousness out of it.
Sam x

sally oberholzer May 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Picked up your book this morning at Present Time and could not put it down. Everything looked amazing, yet simple enough to try. Can’t wait to start using it!

Sam May 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Thank you for the lovely comment Sally and for buying my book. I’m so thrilled you like it and I hope you get much deliciousness out of it.

Hanna July 2, 2013 at 5:33 am

Where can I buy your book?

Sam July 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

Hi Hanna, you could try Exclusives or try exclusives online, Kalahari etc – all the links are in this post :-)
Thank you!

Lucy July 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Hey, I love reading your blog and was just wondering when your book is going to be available to buy in the UK?

Sarah October 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hi Sam

Love your book! Trouble is I’m in Ireland and can’t seem to get my hands on it, any ideas??


Sarah :)

Sam October 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Hi Sarah, many thanks for that. My book can be ordered for international shipping via – here is the link. I know people have ordered it successfully to the UK:


Deidre January 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm

How can I get into contact with you?

Sam January 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

Hi Deidre Im at slinsell @ gmail dot com


Wendy April 27, 2014 at 9:57 am

I have cooked almost everything in your book and just love it, all have turned out so well, exept the shortbread, proberbly me..
i have just order two on line for my daughers, THANKS SO MUCH Sam.
ps looking for slow cooking now, will check out your pins x

Sam April 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Oh wow Wndy thaks for the very kind comment. I have to say it totally made my day. Please feel free to mail me if you have any questions about the shortbread, maybe I can see what is going wrong. Thank you so much for buying my book.
Best, Sam (slinsell @ gmail (dot) com)

Steph July 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Hello Sam,

Is there any way to buy your book in the US? Amazon says it’s out of print.

Sam July 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Hi Steph, you can order it via a South Africa website called heres the link;jsessionid=CF1EB4AC3FB7726DA6F1F68DDF56F776

Thanks so much!

Ursula Warburton September 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Hi Sam
Lovely book. Love the cover.
I was looking for a good crunchie recipe.
Found your Grandmother Betty’s one.
Am going right now to make up a batch.

Also, I am wanting to write a book about
Decor & Recipes, all in one. A real coffee table book.

Your book Dip & Drizzle has awakened my fire.

Many Thanks. Ursula

Sam September 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Thanks Ursula and good luck :-)

Lallie Pillay January 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Dearest Sam

Your recipes are devine and yummy looking,good ideas ,to make food attractive and delicious- must try
roast chicken n potatos look yummy

Thanks for the fabulous ideas,came across a write up in September Issue of Woman n Home


Sam January 10, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Hi Lallie, many thanks for the lovely note and Im so glad you enjoy them. I hope to see you around these parts zoo.

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