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Get Ready for National Braai Day with Jan Braai’s Latest Cookbook, Red Hot

Red Hot‘I like T-Bone steaks, because they are in the shape of Africa.’ – Desmond Tutu, Patron of National Braai Day

South Africa celebrates National Braai Day on 24 September every year. A day for all the citizens of South Africa to unite around braai fires with family and friends. The driving force behind this initiative is a man known as Jan Braai.

In his second book, Red Hot, Jan Braai moves beyond instructions for braaing steak, chops and wors, he challenges us to try various curry potjies, soups, chicken mayo braaibroodjies and even malva pudding and apple tart, all cooked on a fire! The recipes are new but the book has the same fantastic photos, clear and easy-to-follow recipes and Jan’s characteristic touches of braai humour.

Jan Braai’s first book, Fireworks, sold over 30 000 copies in both English and Afrikaans in its first six months of release. His hit television show starts its third season in July 2013 and the season runs until December.

About Jan Braai

His real name is Jan Scannell and he lives to braai. He started the National Braai Day initiative in 2005 and his aim is to create a national day of celebration cantered around the one activity all South Africans have in common, regardless of race, language, gender or wealth, cooking over a fire. Jan has braaied with a wide variety of people in every corner, nook and cranny of South Africa and has travelled extensively around the world gathering knowledge and techniques for cooking great food on an open fire. For more about Jan Braai visit

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