RaveiNews... [a] blend of richly researched food history, gentle memoir and left-field recipe book ... It would be a shame if this book didn’t attract readers without an existing curiosity in the subject, because Lebo brings as generous an eye to its broader topics – relationships, reproductive health, illness and death – as she does her fruits and their histories and uses, their beauty and their terror.
PositiveiNews[Basil] moves quickly from the personal to the political. She observes that she will always be a guest in the sense of being an outsider, as a Brit born to an Indian Sikh family who grew up in Kenya, and a woman with brown skin who now lives in Berlin and holds German citizenship ... Basil cleverly manages to pair our greatest love – food – with our greatest fear – the other. Her writing is serious and invigorating. If you fear an invasion of your home this Christmas, or are wondering how to be the best guest elsewhere, line your stomach with Be My Guest first.