Dusty Road Kitchen

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Sarah Lilford founded Dusty Road, a Zimbabwean catering company, in 1998. From day one, it epitomised Sarah’s passion for fresh, seasonal food and her sunny, affable personality shone through as she produced a pantry range of pickles, preserves, jams, chutneys, oils, vinegars and confectionary. After having studied cookery overseas, Sarah travelled around the world and initially, her food reflected vastly different gastronomic influences: Asian, Mediterranean, south American and European, and she honed her skills working in bucket-list places: a ski resort in Switzerland, a yacht in the Mediterranean, Australian cattle stations and Kiwi farms, Scottish hunting lodges and African luxury tented camps. She blended those flavours with her own flair which stemmed from her upbringing on a Zimbabwean commercial farm, and revealed a unique take on food which proved vastly popular with those from all walks of life.

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Dusty Road - Township Tastes


The second and latest book in the Dusty Road’s series, Township Tastes takes the reader on another unforgettable gastronomic journey through the unassuming, winding culinary mind of one of Zimbabwe’s most charismatic and well-loved caterers. In the book, ‘Mama Sarah’ creates simple, flavourful recipes, drawing on the wide range of Zimbabwe’s organic (in the true sense of the word) indigenous ingredients. She opens the door into an often unknown and untried world of cooking - one filled with love, humour and unique ingredients. From Tree Tomato Cheesecake to Cricket and Cornflake Crunchies; Oxtail Potjie to Wheat, Coconut & Beetroot Salad; Ice Lollies to Savannah Dust and lots in-between, amateur and experienced cooks alike will delight in recreating these unconventional recipes whose ingredients or substitutes, can be found in most markets and homes. Sarah’s ability to get on with the business of cooking while regaling the reader about the funny roads she travelled while setting up and running an off-the-wall Restaurant in Victoria Falls, is typically her in every way. This book and her tales of simple joy in finding treasures to recycle for the Dusty Road Experience Restaurant will delight and entertain seasoned readers of her previous book, Dusty Road – A Taste of Farm Life and Living in Zimbabwe, as well as those new to her world. Township Tastes is a nostalgic and often humorous trip that reveals Sarah’s love for and creativity with upcycling as well as her character by zigzagging up and down memory lane for the Zimbabweans among us. Equally as important, though, it introduces non-Zimbabweans and new friends to a delightfully unpretentious, fresh, appealing read to those who have yet to meet Mama Sarah and her eclectic style.

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