Food & Gardening posts

The best food & gardening books of 2017

by Chris Gordon

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 food and gardening books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Melbourne-based Italian food writer Julia Busuttil Nishimur…

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We test out recipes from Poh Bakes 100 Greats

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Poh Ling Yeow’s new cookbook, Poh Bakes 100 Greats, and invited Poh to come in and select the best one! Here are the results of our final Readings bake-off for 2017… Michael Wallace made ‘Flourless Chocolate Cake with Guinness Ice Cream’ (pg. 140):

Poh’s recipe proved pretty, pretty tasty. I’d baked flourless chocolate cakes with almon…

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Eight inspiring new food & gardening books

by Chris Gordon

Cooking with Kindness by Edgar’s Mission

This wonderful cookbook gives and gives. The recipes are gathered from all over Australia, representing the very best from the kitchens of our most famed chefs. Each recipe is sourced from a restaurant that serves amazing meals, without an animal in sight. Included are recipes from such Fitzroy favourites as Smith & Daughters, Transformer and more. All …

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We test out recipes from Mr & Mrs Wilkinson’s new cookbook

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Matt Wilkinson and Sharlee Gibb’s new cookbook, Mr & Mrs Wilkinson’s How it is at Home, and invited Matt and Sharlee to come in and select the best one. Here are the results of our office cook-off… Anthony Shaw made ‘Zucchini & feta fritters’ (pg. 40):

The combination of flavours and the ease with which the recipe is put together make…

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Seven delectable cookbooks to inspire you this month

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon shares seven delectable and inspiring cookbooks released this month Maggie’s Recipe for Life by Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins

Maggie Beer says, ‘I have two great passions – sharing my love of cooking delicious simple food and improving the health and nutrition of older people.’ Her enthusiasm is very evident in this wonderful new cookb…

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We test out recipes from Ostro

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s new cookbook, Ostro, and invited Julia herself to come in and select the best one. Here are the results of our office cook-off… Anthony Shaw made ‘Buttery leek soup topped with apple, pancetta and sage’ (pg. 103):

When I chose this recipe, I was thinking that it might be a mistake and that being spring in Me…

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The best new food and gardening books out this month

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon shares her favourite picks for cooking and gardening books released this month. Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a Melbourne-based Italian food writer, and the creator of Ostro, an online space where she shares her recipes – and the most endearing home images ever! Her book includes interpretations of dishes from Ita…

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Make your own salami with these terrific cookbooks

by Chris Gordon

It’s salami time! Chris Gordon shares the three very best books to get you started making your very own preserved meat.

Let us start at the beginning…

The origin of meat processing likely began some thousands of years ago when humans learned that salt is an effective preservative. The procedure of stuffing meat into casings remains basically the same today, however, over time it has become hi…

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Three fabulous new cookbooks for entertaining

by Chris Gordon

Cooking with Craft Beer by Torsten Goffin and Stevan Paul

Goffin and Paul are from the home of the great home brew, and I don’t mean our own fine country, but Germany. These two beer loving blokes have scanned the entire world for beer inspired recipes. These are truly delicious and informal dishes that draw from the very best yeasty delights from all over the world including Italy, Australia,…

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Three delicious new Australian cookbooks

by Chris Gordon

Tuck In by Ross Dobson

Dobson is famous for his wonderful cookbooks about the virtues of the humble barbecue. Here, in this easy-to-read, easy-to-follow collection of recipes, he includes methods made delicious by the humble fire, but also brings a new range of treats to his collection. Taking inspiration from all over the world, here is the guide to making friends and family happy over and ov…

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