Recipes from Bechuanaland

This book is the REPRODUCTION & REPRINT of an iconic and highly popular (in its day) recipe book, produced in the early 1960s by the Women’s Institute of Francistown in the then Bechuanaland Protectorate as a fundraiser for their charitable projects.

It was reproduced by Write-On Publishing at the suggestion of members of the Historical Francistown Facebook page – a closed Facebook group whose members have lived, worked in or went to school in Francistown. And that includes Write-On’s Frank Nunan!

The book’s 144 pages are crammed full of an eclectic mix of good old “home cooking” recipes like “Chicken Casserole” to sophisticated Haute Cuisine dishes such as “Tourte de Pintade a la Hongrosie”, and going on to such home-grown specialities such as “Madila” (sour milk).
it has an “On Safari” section, with game (venison) recipes for the three-legged pot, and a section on Cooking for Invalids and Convalescents,
It also has a handy “hints” chapter with all sorts of household tips.
This is one of my favourites:
White suits: To disguise a last-minute dirty mark on a white drill suit eg. Queen’s Birthday Parade! Use white shoe cleaner.
It also has a Chapter called “Be Your Own Drycleaner!”
A must for Francistown (and Botswana) nostalgia buffs as well as current residents.


About the author

Frank Nunan
Frank Nunan is a journalist and editor by profession who received his initial journalistic training in the then Rhodesia on the Bulawayo Chronicle. He has…
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