Never Before Vision and Taste of South Africa in Joe Lategan’s New Book

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“Rods, Pots & Pictures” unravels to a rare exposé of fine art images and exotic recipes of Southern Africa.

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From debut writer Joe Lategan comes Rods, Pots & Pictures, a lavish compendium that reveals the beauty, culture and food of South Africa through a select blend of snapshots and write-ups. It opens to one of the finest displays of fine art images on top of mouthwatering dishes, all gathered in one book. From scenic wonders to behold to must-try, recherché recipes, readers will revel in this mind-expanding volume as they come to appreciate how nature munificently embellished and imbued the earth.

Undoubtedly one of the world’s top fine art and wildlife photographers, Lategan’s inclination for fishing, indigenous cooking and photography yielded fine art images with morsel of facts of the magnificent and sensitive biodiversity of Southern Africa. And as if that alone is not enough, the author adds lip-smacking dishes popular in specific areas and some of the fishing he experienced. He is in high hopes that this publication will not only provide visual inspiration and awareness of one of the world’s greatest and breathtaking biodiversity, but a reminder of its preservation and sustainable use.

Readers will be in awe as they leaf through the enchanting pages that feature the Kogelberg biosphere in the Western Cape, the Succulent Karoo with the world’s richest succulent flora, the Kruger National Park wilderness, the Kalahari Gemsbok Park with its open, transparent microecosystems, Lesotho’s majestic mountains and isolated people, and Namibia’s world renowned desert wildlife and vistas, to mention a few. They will also crave and learn how to prepare traditional from snoek, sardines, mussels, crayfish, leg of lamb, chicken curry, venison pie, kudu sosaties and more as they follow Lategan’s remarkable itinerary.

A must-have book for those consumed by their wanderlust or hungering after exotic dishes, Rods, Pots & Pictures is a transportive book that brings to light the picturesque wonders and the traditional culinary specialties of South Africa.

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About the Author
After a short career as a law enforcement officer and investigator, Joe Lategan worked in the international tourism industry for more than 25 years where he still consults as a Tourism Risk Specialist from design to disaster. Around 10 years ago, after having gone through the extremely difficult period in the tourism industry in Southern Africa due to violence and political instability of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Joe decided to change his lifestyle. He decided to pursue his dreams and traded in his office in Sandton, the money and regular flight tickets for an off road vehicle, camera and safari equipment to start a full time career in photography, filming and exclusive fly-fishing holidays although still operating as a International authority on Tourism risk management and driving cost leadership programs in the Tourism Industry today.

Rods, Pots & Pictures * by Joe Lategan
Publication Date: September 23, 2013
Picture Book; £35.99; 160 pages; 978-1-4836-4308-3

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at 800-056-3182. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at 44-203-006-8880 or call 800-056-3182.

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