Gran’s Family Table

Natalie Oldfield

Gran's Family Table
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Gran’s Family Table

Natalie Oldfield

Natalie’s first cookbook, Gran’s Kitchen: Recipes from the Notebooks of Dulcie May Booker, was published in March 2009 and was an instant bestseller. The concept was, and is, a great one and well-timed in the market: a collection of recipes from the notebooks of 95-year-old Dulcie May Booker, selected by her granddaughter Natalie Oldfield. Gran’s Family Table is the second book in the series and carries on the theme - mouth-watering, tried and true recipes for cooking at home. Beautifully designed in a retro-modern look by the designer of the classic Al Brown cookbook Go Fish with full-colour photography by acclaimed photographer Todd Eyre. This will be a series that people will want to collect with tasty and approachable family dinners that the family can enjoy every day.

Review

There is no escaping the food of one’s childhood – and while some people might have heart palpitations at the mere suggestion of rice pudding, I am somewhat partial to the ‘supper savouries’ and ‘novelty cakes’ of my New Zealand upbringing. So, it would seem, is Natalie Oldfield, who has created a successful business inspired by her Gran’s cooking. There is something deeply restorative about these simple, economical recipes for sardines on toast and cauliflower cheese and this cookbook also contains some excellent family dishes like roast leek and lemon chicken thighs and kumara with ginger, orange and chives.

This is the second collection of recipes inspired by Natalie’s grandmother, Dulcie May Booker. The first, Gran’s Kitchen, has the best apple cake recipe I have ever tried and I feel certain the ‘Pudding’ chapter in Gran’s Family Table will contain many more gems.

Justine Douglas is the manager of Readings Port Melbourne.

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