Best Breakfast Book in the World

Awarded Gold at the 2018 Gourmand Awards for Best Breakfast Book in the World.

Brunch

In South Africa, eating Eggs Benedict after 11am or having a mixed grill at lunchtime seems to constitute brunch, perhaps because it is blessed with sunshine most of the time, there is no need to find things to do in inclement weather, or maybe the eponymous Braai forms such an integral part of the dining culture that there has been little room for any other type of meals because, after all, a break transcends all meals.

Alix chose to do a book about brunch, not only because it is the favourite meal of the idle rich, the jet set, the high net-worthy holiday makers and those who make it a point of enjoying the good life, in other words, her clients. Brunch is a luxury afforded only to those with plenty of time on their hands. Its unhurried nature ensures that every delicious morsel can be devoured without being rushed. It is normally frowned upon to have dessert after breakfast, yet with brunch you can have your eggs and eat your cake too. Brunch without bubbles is just a sad breakfast, because bubbles adds a little fizz and sparkle to any occasion.

The Gourmands are like the Oscars of the food world. Publishers across the world enter their newly published books in the food and drinks categories. In 2018, 215 countries entered and 116 were represented on the shortlist.

Finalists from over 60 countries attended the awards. The competition was really stiff. Alix qualified for the awards by winning two national awards in South Africa in the Breakfast and International Cuisine categories in December 2017.