Mary Rolph Lamontagne – Eats

ABOUT THE BOOK                                  



Have you ever wondered what to do when you cook a batch of asparagus but only half is eaten? What about that time you bought more fresh fruit than you could consume before it began to rot?


In her new book, Mary Rolph Lamontagne offers up 135 delicious recipes that will ensure you’ll never be faced with tossing away your healthiest foods again. Divided into sections by color (broccoli and spinach under The Greens, corn and pineapple under The Yellows, mushroom and pear under The Whites, etc.), each food has a master recipe to teach you how to turn a basic dish into a versatile set of alternate recipes.


“Wanting to eat diverse meals but not wanting to waste leftovers are no longer mutually exclusive,” said Mary Rolph Lamontagne.  “I wanted to show people how easy it can be to eat well and reduce waste.”


In addition to highlighting health benefits of each fruit and vegetable it offers tips on how to buy, why to buy and how to store 27 different fruits and vegetables as well as tips on growing fruits and vegetables in gardens or in containers.  You’ll soon be able to:

  • Cut, peel, purée, poach or freeze 12 different fruits to take full advantage of their flavor.
  • Roast, steam, bake, braise, sauté or grate 15 different vegetables to then reinvent them into other recipes.
  • Learn tips and tricks to be used while cooking to reuse food items that might have been thrown out.


EATS is about loving good food and being smarter about the way one cooks. With beautiful full-color photographs of each recipe and step-by-step directions for foolproof, fresh cooking, this book is perfect for cooking enthusiasts of all skill levels.




Mary Rolph Lamontagne has been active in the food industry for the past 20 years. After graduating from Middlebury College in the US, with a BA in Art History, Mary attended the Ritz Escoffier Culinary School in Paris.


Married and starting a family, Mary moved back to her hometown of Montreal where she worked as an event planner, as well as a food journalist for a French Canadian magazine.


Since arriving in South Africa in 2005, Mary has worked as a food consultant for the Protea Hotel group, as well as for various upscale Southern African Bush camps. In her free time Mary can be found making discoveries in the kitchen, tending to her worm farm or climbing Table Mountain.


 cycle of life

Dear Friends
As many of you know, I participated in the Cape Argus Cycling Race last year with 5 of my friends for the first time in my life to create awareness and raise funds for the endangered rhinos in Zululand!  Not only did we all manage to finish the race but also raised more money than we expected, thanks to all of you and your generous support!  The money was well used for the protection of rhinos on Phinda. Many successful stories were published on our Nkonka Facebook site for you to follow! -Private-Game-Reserve/430599057014414

After the Argus which has now been renamed The Cape Town Cycle Race we were encouraged by many people to do it again in 2015 – SO HERE WE ARE!

My cycling-partners and friends Faye and Rene, convinced me to register this effort as a charity with the The Cape Town Cycle Race.  A meeting with the head organiser David Bellairs, confirmed, that he would give us 20 places.  Soon we realised that with all our close friends and family support this was not enough.  We requested another 20, that were granted to us with the opening of the official website for registration.  Overnight we sold out and had to apply for yet another 20 places, which we were very fortunate to get as well!! (we were the only Charity that got more places)

Our numbers are now up to 61 cyclist as we were also approached by Gordon Gilbert, a professional soccer player as well as a passionate conservationist, who is our ambassador!  Participants are coming mainly from Cape Town but we also have people from Gauteng, KZN (some great support from Phinda), the UK and Germany!
We will also have a group of boys from Bishops College, the school that my son goes to, joining us.

When we designed our cycle shirts, we were again so lucky to find sponsors keen to support our cause and want to thank each and every one of them from the bottom of our hearts for their generosity!  (for more info, have a look at the beautiful shirts on our Nkonka Facebook)

If you wish to make any donation, please deposit into:
Nkonka Charity Funds, Standard Bank Constantia, Account Number 071869743, Branch No 025109

Any support is welcome and will benefit the animals on these reserves who are ever closer to extinction.

Thank you very much!


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