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Lehla Eldridge

Montagu, South Africa

Lehla Eldridge studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama along with a host of famous people, she continued to followed an acting career for 8 years and didnít become famous. However she was awarded a scholarship by Twentieth Century Fox and studied theatre in S.A and then got distracted and sucked in to the culinary world and wrote and illustrated The South African Illustrated Cookbook. A gastronomic visual feast. She travelled around South Africa and collected various recipes from all the different cultures, from Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Indian to Cape Malay .

The Cookbook is now on its sixth print run and has also been translated in to Dutch.

She went on to live on a farm with her husband, ran and owned a restaurant and had three children all in three years and this led her to taking time out for her sanity to produce a book, primarily for herself. The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women. It is a book celebrating wonderful women and is written with humour and insight in to what makes women laugh and feel good.

She is a self taught artist, having grown up with an artist father who ran workshops in Italy which included Tim Hunkin, Meg Amstead, Richard Layzell and various artists and performers. Her childhood was littered with bohemians doing inventive quirky things, like making papier mache mountains, installing them on their heads and setting them alight Öand it was these people that hugely influenced her life.

The South African Illustrated Cookbook is published by Struik New Holland and The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women is published by The Succulent Press.

Interests: Inspirational writing, cookery books, eco friendly books, good modern literature

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No