Food & Gardening posts

Four new cookbooks for the home cook

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon recommends four new cookbooks this month that will transport you from India to Tokyo. The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant

Professor Pushpesh Pant’s first book, India: The Cookbook was a comprehensive guide to Indian cooking, with over 1,000 recipes covering every aspect of India’s rich and colourful culinary heritage. In this gorgeou…

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Go vegan with one of these terrific cookbooks

by Ellen Cregan

Readings bookseller Ellen Cregan shares some of her favourite cookbooks for going vegan. For a good cause

Edgar’s Mission is an animal sanctuary that cater to creatures of all sizes, from guinea pigs to regular pigs. At the end of 2017, Cooking With Kindness was released to help raise funds for the organisation. This cookbook brings together dozens of recipes from some of Australia’s favour…

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We test out ANZAC biscuit recipes

Our staff tested out recipes for Anzac biscuit recipes to find the best one. Here’s what happened. Lian Hingee tried to replicate her Nana’s recipe

My Nana used to make Anzac biscuits, which she’d keep in a tin for when we came to visit. They were very crisp, very caramelised, and very very thin with lacy edges – almost more like a Florentine than an Anzac. She must have made them so many t…

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Five new cookbooks to whet your appetite

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon recommends five new cookbooks this month. One Knife, One Pot, One Dish by Stéphane Reynaud

Much-loved French chef Stéphane Reynaud is well-known for making French fare convivial for all (except vegans). This book shows us the tricks of the trade and celebrates Reynaud’s considered approach to family cooking. This is a perfect book for cooks at a…

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We test out hot cross bun recipes

With Easter around the corner, three of our staff have tried their hand at making their own hot cross buns. To inspire our competitors, we were happy to offer an advance copy of Liz Harfull’s beautiful cookbook, Tried, Tested and True, to whoever made the very best buns. This cookbook is due to arrive in-store in April, and is one of the most anticipated for the year. Ellen Cregan made vegan …

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Three new cookbooks for the home cook

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon shares three new cookbooks that are perfect for home cooks. The Zero F*cks Cookbook by Yumi Stynes

Usually I do not enjoy cookbooks written by media celebrities. I do not consider people in the media to be reliable sources for my meal inspiration. Well, let me sing a different tune about this truly wonderful, practical cookbook by Australian tel…

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We test out recipes from Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Hayley McKee’s inspiring new cookbook, Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb, which demonstrates how to use vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in baking. We invited Hayley to come in and select the best one! Here are the results… Kara Nicholson made ‘Honey for Ray’ (pg. 113):

The ‘tastes of nature’ in this cake were fennel, honey and lemon myr…

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Cookbooks trends to look for in 2018

by Chris Gordon

This year we are all embracing food sustainability and humane food experiences; we are going be eating flowers and we will be eating the entire vegetable, root to tip. We are eating plants of any colour, we are eating meat from animals that run free, and we are all, apparently, going to be looking very well and feeling as if we could change the world with a single tweet.

Cookbooks that reflect t…

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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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