Marianne Palmer is a self-taught cook with a wide culinary repertoire who has presented lectures, workshops and seminars on food. Marianne and her husband Alex Palmer have been living on the farm Cranemere in the Great Karoo for the past 35 years. The farm is a big draw among paleontologists and scientists, who frequently visit the site to view the world-renowned fossils in the Cranemere museum. If pre-arranged, they may be lucky enough to overnight and dine at Cranemere. A meal with Marianne promises superbly prepared food made with farm fresh vegetables from the garden and free-range meat from the veld. Marianne penned the well-received cookbook Prickly Pears & Pomegranates in collaboration with her daughter, Bernadette le Roux.