Food & Gardening posts

The best food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

We are so fortunate that we are not in another country battling a pandemic, but rather here in Australia living in relative peace. There are some things we can do to acknowledge that privilege and it can start at our kitchen table. It does not seem much but honouring our produce and our creators does add to our well-being and culture, and the cookbooks below pay respect to the culinary cultures t…

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The best food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

One: Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones

It seems to me that every Readings staff member has a favourite Anna Jones recipe, and for excellent reason – her instructions on cooking vegetarian meals are simple, elegant and delicious. A regular writer for the Guardian, Jones trained under Jamie Oliver and is committed to creating meals that are sustainable and stylish. Her new collection, One, features…

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Cookbook highlights from the year

by Chris Gordon

I’m proud to let you all know that this year, for the first time, I kept a sourdough starter in my fridge. I also watched my adult kids argue, chop, disagree, stir and use every dish in the house in order to create delicious family meals. This year my cookbooks were bent, splattered and marked for inspiration, for banana bread recipes, noodle soups, and quick, cheese-heavy meals. This year has gi…

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The best cookbooks of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top five cookbooks of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) A Year of Simple Family Food by Julia Busuttil Nishimura

A Year of Simple Family Food is a beautiful and inspiring offering from much-ad…

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The best new food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

This month, our food and gardening columnist recommends four cookbooks from Australian foodies. To Asia, With Love by Hetty McKinnon

This is what we love about Hetty McKinnon’s recipes: uncomplicated, kind and generous dishes served with a little twist here and there. Her latest cookbook is a riot of flavour and colour with family mealtime considered. If you love a little spice in your life…

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Three new cookbooks for the home kitchen

by Chris Gordon

This month, our food and gardening columnist is recommending two delicious new cookbooks, and one impressive ‘beverage bible’. Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage

Yotam Ottolenghi has become associated with certain flavours. We might say at a meal, ‘This is an Ottolenghi- inspired recipe.’ By that we might mean we are serving chickpeas with toasted sesame seeds, or a meal…

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Four delicious new cookbooks in August

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist recommends four delicious new cookbooks to enjoy this month. 7 Ways by Jamie Oliver

I love Jamie Oliver. I reckon he has done more for the way we eat than any other cook in modern history. In his latest book, he considers the top ingredients we buy week in, week out. We’re talking about those meal staples we pick up without even thinking. He understands how…

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The best books for beginner gardeners

by Chris Gordon

Today is World Environment Day and it’s always an excellent opportunity to reflect on ways we can take better care for the world around us. Here, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon explains why a garden can be the perfect way to share joy and love, and shares some of her best bookish recommendations for those looking to start one of their own.

Like so many of us during this strange …

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 8

by Chris Gordon

In this final instalment of Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary, she looks to planning a future feast in gratitude of others.

Likely, you are reading this column because you are part of the Readings family. You believe that independent bookshops make a difference to our community, that they are worthy of support. And as restrictions around Covid-19 begin to relax and our social paramet…

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 7

For this week’s cooking diary entry, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon looks to others for inspiration…

During isolation I have tried cooking a variety of delicious, inspiring dishes. I started off with a few simple ideas for inspiration, and from there I’ve tackled pickling, sourdough and hot cross buns (well, almost). I’ve also embraced my inner Nonna and learned some valuable le…

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