Sunshine on your plate!

Welcome to COOK WITH LERATO. A newsletter with recipes & stories for sunshine on your plate. I am thrilled to have you here as we travel together one dish at a time.

I’m Lerato, author of AFRICANA, a food writer, presenter, and cookery school founder living on the Sussex coast of England. (Gosh! What a mouthful) I find great joy in bringing people together to share glorious food and experiences. 

As a subscriber, you are the life force of this newsletter. You support my work and the small village it takes to create exciting recipes and stories to send to you week after week. You can choose to be a free reader or a paid member.

What do free readers receive?

  • Occasional recipes and stories, with inspiration for big and bold flavours for easy day to day cooking and magical feasts.

  • Seasonal Q&A community threads

As a paid subscriber, cook and feast with me, from the comfort of your home.

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  • All the above

  • Weekly Exclusive Recipes & Content

  • Member Supper clubs & Cookery Classes

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  • ‘Ask Lerato’ Q&A sessions where you can send in questions about your culinary dilemmas

  • ❤️ All my love! (Well... a very good amount) As you keep this alive. 

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Why Cook With Lerato?

During the pandemic I felt so isolated, missing cooking with others and teaching, which had become my life’s work and greatest passion. And so, I created this newsletter to bring sunshine back into my life and to share that joy with you through recipes with spectacular flavour from across the world, bringing the foods of wondrous far-away lands to your home and heart.

Many of these recipes are especially inspired by my African heritage, with foods that I love and grew up with, foods that I have adopted from travels across the continent and beyond, and others adapted while living a pan-African life in the United Kingdom.


My first cookbook Africana will be published in September 2022 and this year I have embarked on a journey across Africa to bring you more recipes and stories from the heart of this beautiful continent. A cuisine so diverse, important, and relevant. One that you may have been missing out on.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to be featured, alongside my recipes, events and cookery classes in various media from the BBC to GQ magazine, in print, radio and television. You can read more about my journey here;

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