Win a signed copy of Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the Heart.

Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the heart

My book has been for sale for just over two months and I have to say, I’m still kind of floating on cloud 9. It’s been the most incredible journey and every time I see my book on a shelf, I feel giddy and excited. I find it hard to walk past a book shop without going in and when I see my books next to the likes of Nigella, Jamie, Nigel Slater and Ina Garten, I have to fight back the squeals.

Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the heart

The response from my readers has been completely overwhelming. Your kind words, e-mails and messages on Facebook and Twitter have been heartwarming to say the least. I am so incredibly glad that you love my book and that you get the message I so desperately wanted to portray through it. And I so love that you feel like I’m in the kitchen with you when you cook from my book.

Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the heart

Perhaps the most exciting thing about being an author is the reviews and articles in magazines. I have to say that I have been incredibly blessed with the amount of publicity my book has gotten (and I can thank my incredible publicist Jean for this). From being Good Housekeeping’s “Cookbook of the month” for October, to reviews in TASTE and Sunday Times, full articles in Vrouekeur, Grazia, Record & Get It. I have been truly blessed.

Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the heart

I wanted to share the love with my readers and have decided to do a bit of a giveaway. I will be giving away 5 signed copies of my book(s). Locally (South Africa), I will be giving away 2x Afrikaans copies (Heerlik & Maklik) and 2x English copies (Simple & Delicious) and as I always neglect my International readers, I will be giving away one signed English copy Internationally as well.

Simple & Delicious: Recipes from the heart

All you have to do to enter is to like/follow Simply Delicious on Twitter & Facebook and share this giveaway with your friends/followers. Include @SimplyDelishSA (Twitter) or Simply Delicious Food Blog (Facebook) in your ‘share’ and comment below to say why you would love to win a signed copy of my book(s). Competition will run from Monday 12 November 2012 – 21 November 2012. Please make sure to enter with a working e-mail address so I can get hold of you easily once the winners are drawn. Also please include whether you are local/International and if local if  you’d like to win the Afr/Eng book.

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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Mhairi Johnson

    I would love to win a signed copy of your book as I think you are doing what it says on the cover, bringing us Simple and Delicious food to put on our tables. Now to figure out how to get my sister to enter when she is not on facebook !!

    • Mhairi Johnson

      English copy please.


    Sal darem lekker kos maak met die boek!

  • Wendy

    I would absolutely LOVE to win a copy of your book because I only starting interacting with a stove and an oven a year ago (when I left the nest) and since then I am amazed at all the endless possibilities that food combinations provide! I have a new found passion for making simply delicious meals! [local – English]

  • Monique Vermeulen

    I SOOOO love baking and cooking, this would be wonderful, as recipe books are so expensive, and it’s always nice to have new recipes to try out! Plus, it wouyld look SO good on my coffee table.. ;)

  • Maxine

    DEFINITELY want to win a signed copy of this recipe book… it is already on my *wish list* for Santa!

  • Morgan

    I would love to have the opportunity to explore and try out all the stunning recipes for my family. The photography is inspiring and the recipes are different and look sooooo yummy…it would be so awesome to have the actually book in English :) (shared on Facebook)

  • Melody Grobler

    SHARED: On Facebook

    WHY: I love finding new and interesting ways to cook simple, easy food. After a long hard day, there is nothing worse than having to stand for hours cooking dinner.



  • Cindy De KLerk

    Would love to win a copy of your Afrikaans book. Especially interested in the Thai Beef salad recipe! Fingers crossed!

  • Lynn de Beer

    I am a passionate foodie and would love to add this book to my collection!

  • Andrea van der Kuil

    …Because I love cooking but never know what to cook, and I always jump at the chance to try the new recipes from the website, however, a book is just always better;)

  • Lucinda

    the book looks amazing! would love to own a copy.

  • Lynn de Beer

    Sorry, forgot to add I’m local and would love an English copy please! Thanks.

  • Jane

    Would love to win a copy! Have family here over Christmas time and some delicious SA recipes is definitely needed!

  • Jane

    Sorry forgot to add I’m local and would love to win an English copy! Holding thumbs:)

  • Yogana Reddy

    Would simply love a signed copy. I love trying different things and with December just around the corner….this will be very helpful in the kitchen.

  • Layla

    Entered and liked on FB and shared on Twitter. I would love to get a copy!

  • Sindisiwe Mbuthuma

    I have loved this book for a while, I’m a huge fan and would certainly love to win this book Ali.

  • Marlys Heijboer

    I would love to win a copy of your book! Even though I already have one of my own, I think it would be a great Christmas gift for my Mom, who loves your recipes!

  • Kelsey Niehaus

    I would love to win this so i can learn how to cook lol… Cooking is not a talent of mine :P

  • tebogo

    I would like to win the book because I love to try new thing in the kitchen and you never disappoint, I love simple and delicious recipes as they are what they are named.
    winning this book will be a dream come true for me as I will make sure that my family has a simple healthy and delicious meal on daily basis without cracking my head for it.

  • Layla

    Entered and liked on FB and shared on Twitter. English pls

  • Jessica Laubscher

    My mom and I have always wanted to take on a “Julie Julia” challenge and I think this will be the perfect cookbook for our cooking adventure :)

  • greg

    Alida, you know that winning this book would literally change the course my culinary future.. LOVE your recipes!

  • Yolika

    I’d love to win one in either language as it would just be fabulous to own a truly South African recipe book!

  • Barbra Bowman

    I would love a copy of your Cook book in English, I love reading cook books from all over but get so frustrated with cook books from overseas as so often they contain recipes with ingredients that are not available or called something else in South Africa so a book written for South Africans by a south African Woo Hoo!!!

  • http://Facebook Tiana

    Ek sal darem lekker kos maak vir my familie as ek die boek moet wen, baie dankie vir die puik werk

  • http://Blackberry Layla

    English pls

  • cadia david

    I would love to win your book as i have been following your blog for so long! i am also going overseas next year and so would love to have your delicious recipes from home so that i can cook up a south african storm when i am feeling home sick. please choose me! for the good of making a homesick south african girl feel better next year ;)

  • Lee-Ann

    Would love a copy of this book in English. As a newlywed (and hence, a relatively new cook) I’m always looking for new simple ideas and recipes. I mean there’s only so many times you can eat a tuna lasagne :P

  • marthi

    oeeee lekker!!!
    het ge’like’ en ge’share’….. :-)

  • Carin Wilson

    graag ‘n afskrif wil wen ;)

  • Linda

    Liked, re-Tweeted, Shared! Would love to win an English copy of your beautiful book!

  • Kezia

    I have always enjoyed cooking but seem to be lacking inspiration lately. I would love an english copy of your book as I don’t have internet access at home so often have to sneak onto your blog during office hours for a little peak. I always leave with lots of ideas and hungry tummy rumbles.. Local is lekker!

  • Lauren K Kruger

    I would love to win the book so that I can give it my mom as a gift, because she would love it! Local – English version I have tweeted about the competition.

  • Imrah

    I would love to win an English (local) copy, as I have tried your banana cream pie recipe and it has swiftly become my most requested dessert by family and friends. I would love to be able to try out your other fantastic recopes. I have tweeted about the competition.

  • Jana

    I would LOVE to win a copy of your book!!!

  • http://SimplyDelicious Tania Horne

    What a fabulous prize! I would be in 7th heave, no even better, cloud 9 if I could win a copy of this lovely recipe book (food for the soul). I love experimenting, I love cooking, I love being in the kitchen and I love paging through recipe books. I relax when I’m in the kitchen and the aromas of good cooking beats even the darkest of moods. I even take my recipe books to the little house with me (I know, how silly of me, right?), but recipe books give colour to my life and life to my kitchen. Absolutely and honestly, holding thumbs for this book to land in my kitchen.

  • http://SimplyDelicious Tania Horne

    Sorry, I’m a local foodie fan and wouldn’t mind Afrikaans or English. Thank you.

  • Claire

    Shared! Would love a signed copy of your book :)

  • Coleen Mullins

    Subsribed & shared on facebook & twitter & I follow you on pinterest. Your pinterest photos have inspired many a meal in my home. Love that the food is about the home & heart. Sharing meals with those we love is such a blessing that often gets taken for granted. Would love to be transported to foodie heaven by your book. ;)

  • Paula McFarlane

    I would absolutely LOVE a copy of your book. Your recipes are amazing!!

  • Tracy Jacobs

    Wow! Look at all the wonderful comments. How can I compete? All I can say is I love your blog and hope I will be one of the lucky winners. I entered on to win your book but wasn’t successful, so here’s hoping ……love your recipes :)

  • Amber Lewis

    Shared on FB! I would love to win your special cook book as I have just started cooking and trying to create new and exciting meals and I would love to have your book as a bit of guidance and inspiration. I love seeing your posts on facebook and that is only a little taste of what you have to share. Having your english book would be a great addition to my little kitchen :-)

  • Doné

    I please want to win the international copy to keep the south african spirit in my house. And one day I will pass it on to your daughter-in-law. So, she can cook food to her husband like his mother did!!!! (Hopefully she will see through the dirty finger marks)

  • Hasmita Bhana

    I have been looking out for your book and have been meaning to buy it forever! Would love to win a copy xx

  • Marie du Plooy

    As ma van vier altyd-honger-tieners sal dit ‘n absolute voorreg wees om ‘n getekende “Heerlik & Maklik Hartskos” te besit. Behalwe dat dit ‘n erfstuk sal wees, sal dit my (en hulle!) ook sommer inspireer om kreatiewer in die kombuis te wees. Om te midde van die dolle gejaag in hierdie besige huishouding ‘n gesonde en opwindende bord kos voor te sit, is en bly ‘n uitdaging en “Heerlik & Maklik Hartskos” sal gewis help daarmee. Baie dankie!

  • Chantel Petersen

    I would love to win your special cook book. I need some new ideas for christmas lunch.

  • Sam Gooch

    I would LOVE a copy + have made so many recipes already from your website – yum yum :) I made the banana bread with peanut butter frosting – delish….I have also made the yummy butternut risotto!!! I have so many print outs from your site waiting to try out.

  • Sam Gooch

    PS I have shared the link on twitter ;)

  • Karyn Craw

    I would love to win a signed copy of your cook in english. I have made several of your recipes from your blog. And they were fabulous. I have shared on both Facebook and twitter.Hope O am one of tje lucky ones to win a copy. :)

  • Maureen Schlenk

    Hi Alida, and thank you for publishing your recipes. I first got to know you on the food24 food bloggers site and have always enjoyed you recipes. It would be great to win a copy of your recipe book, your recipes are tried and tested and look very appealing too
    I look forward to book two

  • Mini

    Writing from Melbourne, Australia! Love your blog…shared your link on facebook also! Found you through google ages ago while looking for a tiramisu recipe…your tiramisu recipe is now my most popular dessert made at home…have been addicted to your page since this time…your recipes are divine and easy to follow…I would absolutely love a signed copy (English version) of your book…I am 7 months pregnant and can’t wait to spend maternity leave at home cooking from your book daily and making everyone love my food – well, your food 8-)

  • Ashishta Gokhul

    Followed on Facebook, would love to win this fabulous prize <3

  • Megan

    I would love to win an english copy of your recipe book! I live in SA :)

    I have followed on FB and twitter as well as shared to ALL my friends! :)

  • Tamarin

    Oooh, yes please?! I’d love to win this :)

  • Lizanne

    lovely giveaway! would love English or Afrikaans really :) joys of being bilingual!

  • Nicole Da Rocha

    Dear Alida,

    Because of your recipes, my boyfriend LOVES me (seriously!).

    I am 24 years old, with an extremely demanding job, but YOU Ma’am are the reason I can cook! thank you!!
    I was lost in the kitchen before I found your site.

    I would be honored to have a signed copy of your book and will install a shelf in my kitchen just so I can show it off!

    Your greatest fan, truly,

    Nicole Da Rocha

    English (or Afrikaans, as long as I have one!)

  • Janine Roberts

    I really, really, REALLY need some inspiration around food at the moment and would LOVE to win a copy of your amazing looking book. As a single Mom it is not always easy coming up with new idea’s (o:

  • Kim Muller

    I would love to win this book because as much as I love cooking, my husband and child has had to suffer through only 2 different well made dishes. :) Your recipe book will help me to expand my repertoire and make my family happy.

    Local – English

  • Flee

    Hi Alida

    Oh Wow, the thought of having your book guiding me through my kitchen adventures makes me all giddy inside. The man has tested many a recipe from your blog and has been gobsmacked by them all, with your Mexican Chicken, Bean stew becoming a firm favorite. I love your freshness and how you make everything seem so simple and look amazing in your pics. I would absolutely love a signed copy of your amazing creation, in either English or Afrikaans,
    Thank you so much anyway for sharing your idea’s on your blog… Phenomenal

  • Hemi

    I would love to win a copy of your book. I have been following your blog and have found your easy to follow recipes with simple ingredients and wonderful ideas a joy to attempt in my kitchen. The outcome of the recipes I have tried have all been successful so your book will allow me try more of your awesome recipes!!

  • Lesmarie

    What an awesome win – a LOCAL cookbook with LOCAL ingredients which we can buy LOCALLY! And who can beat SIMPLE and DELICIOUS food!
    English would be for me please!!
    Well done Alida!!

  • Mandy

    English local foodie says: YES please! Cooking, eating and entertaining is my passion! I read cookbooks cover to cover, they are like Novels to me! How I’d like an autographed copy of your gorgeous cookbook to show off, be inspired by and enjoyed! :) SHARED on FB

  • Jack Meyerowitz

    Great blog so naturally its a great cookbook with easy recipes, ideal for lazy sundays, rainy summer days, cold winetrs by the fireside so please i need one in English please


    I would love to win a copy of your book. Your recipes are great on your blog. I presently live in Switzerland and return to South Africa for 4 months of the year – would be great having your book to help me here in Suisse!

  • Jan

    I would love to have a copy of this book. The photos look beautiful

  • Toni-Leigh

    I would love to win a English copy of your book. I’ve been following your posts on your website and Food24 for well over a year now and I have recently moved into my own house and now have finally gathered up the courage to start cooking (*cringe*). So I can do with all the help I can get :) I absolutely love your photography as well!

  • Ben

    Ek sal darem my vriende kan impress met die respte wat uit die boek sal kom.

  • yvonne wong

    I’ve shared and would love to win a copy of your book. Been a keen follower of your blog for ages and have saved almost all your recipes. I am local and would love an English copy please!

  • yvonne wong

    PS have even copied and saved your recipes from the Woolworths site as well

  • Lindie

    I would LOVE your book! Have quite a collection of recipe’s and recipe books (very bored housewife lol)

  • Merryl Jooste

    Have liked and shared. Would like to win a SIGNED copy of your english book . Local

  • Lucille Parkins

    Your food looks simply delicious & I would love to win an English copy as I am local. I love the fact that you are local & ingredients are available & instructions are easy to follow.

  • Angie T.

    Would love to have a copy of your new book!!

  • Andrea Shine

    I would love to win a copy of your book as I’ve been drooling over it in bookstores for weeks now but never have the money to buy it. I have to check every bookstore I walk past to check if they have it and it puts such a huge smile on my face to see it on the shelves. It would be a huge honor to have a signed copy! Oh, and English pretty please.

  • Elize Bergh

    It would simply be a dream come true

  • Tatum

    I would be in my element if I won this book! I’m crazy about your site and try so many of your recepies. very often i oprint the recepies and stick it in a book. lame I know. It would be much better if i had my very own Real copy :)

  • Karina Berner

    I recently got married and have since fallen in love with cooking, baking and all things related. My kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. I love everything about your blog and the style of your recipes… and my kitchen (and me)is yearning for your cookbook!!! ?

  • Karina Berner

    Oh dear – PS: I am local and would love an Afrikaans copy please!

  • Sonja

    besides being a big fan, I’ve recently started collecting local cookbooks by fellow South Africans. I would love to add Simple and Delicious (English) to my collection :)

  • Delia Jordaan

    Simply Delisious het al vir baie insperasie in my kombuis gesorg. Van jou fantastiese ricotta meatballs tot daardie ongelooflike doughnut muffins. saar gaan nie ‘n week verby wat ek nie een van jou respete probeer nie. Moet nog by daai aartappel brood kom.

    Ek sal graag een van jou boeke by my versameling wil voeg.

    Lekker bly en lekker kook!

  • Coral

    Your blog, recipes and photographs are such an inspiration and would love an English copy at my fingertips to keep me inspired !!
    Nothing better than pouring over a well laid out recipe book. :-)

  • Monique

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease! I would love to win an English signed copy of your book – I absolutely love how your recipes are so easy to follow and delicious! :)

  • maggie

    I am not on Twitter or Facebook, so I am not entering this competition, but thanks to my wonderful husband, I already own this magnificent book! It is not nearly as expensive as the recipe books from overseas authors, who do not use South African ingredients anyway! Even if you do not win this book, do go out and buy it and try the “death by chocolate cupcakes”! The recipes are all easy to follow and never fails! Thanks Alida! I am totally addicted to my book,xxx

    • Alida Ryder

      Maggie, thanks so much for your darling comment. :) You’ve made my day!

  • Syllable

    I’m Afrikaans, but wouldn’t mind either – as long as I won! :P

  • Nicole Jackson

    I spend many dull days at office browsing your blog, looking at the gorgeous pictures and drooling over the delicious sounding food! I would love to win your cookbook so that I have the inspiration to actually cook more once I get away from the laptop and into the kitchen.

    I’m local and would like an English copy please.

  • Nicole Da Rocha

    Dear Alida,

    Because of your recipes, my boyfriend LOVES me (seriously!).

    I am 24 years old, with an extremely demanding job, but YOU Ma’am are the reason I can cook! thank you!!
    I was lost in the kitchen before I found your site.

    I would be honored to have a signed copy of your book and will install a shelf in my kitchen just so I can show it off! I REALLY WOULD LOVE TO WIN!

    Your greatest fan, truly,

    Nicole Da Rocha

    English (or Afrikaans, as long as I have one!)

  • Krystal

    I would DIE a verrry verrry well-baked death if I won a signed copy of your book, because…
    A) Local is lekker and if we don’t support our very own, then what are we doing, really?
    B) There is not much in this world that compares to your Sticky Asian Ribs
    C) I share your love of cooking good-looking, smaaklike kos that makes hearts happy!

    (English please, and I’m a local gal)

  • ellen

    This book is gorgeous!!I’d like to win a copy because having 3 busy boys & a brand new baby means I’ll deffinately need to master the art of simple cooking!

  • ellen

    Local ,english

  • Lauren

    I’m a huge fan of cooking, and don’t own ONE cook book! :( Would love for yours to be my first!! XX (English, local)

  • Dhesh

    I love how you make recipes seem so easy and delicious. I’d love to have a signed copy of your book in my collection.

  • Cindy

    I would love to win a signed copy of this book as I have lost of recipe books BUT none are signed :( so please be my 1st

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