Food & Gardening posts

The best new cookbooks in November

by Chris Gordon

Special Guest by Annabel Crabb & Wendy Sharpe

If, as I do, you love a good, solid cookbook with a sense of humour and exuberance, then Special Guest is the pick of this month’s cookbook bunch. Annabel Crabb and Wendy Sharpe share recipes perfect for the home cook who is juggling an enormous range of activities but still wants to share a home-cooked meal that caters to all needs. Each dish come…

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We test out recipes from Love, Laugh, Bake! by Silvia Colloca

Earlier this week we tested out a selection of recipes from Silvia Colloca’s delicious and joy-filled new cookbook, Love, Laugh, Bake!, and we invited Silvia to come in and select the best one! Here are the results… Bronte Coates made ‘Parmesan and sesame seed spelt diamonds’ (pg. 222):

If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to forego filling and simply eat the crust of a pie – these…

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The best new cookbooks in October

by Chris Gordon

Our resident foodie Chris Gordon selects eight new cookbooks to inspire you in the kitchen this month. The Cook’s Apprentice: Tips, Techniques and Recipes for New Foodies by Stephanie Alexander

This informative book is full to the brim with everything new ‘foodies’ need to know to become relaxed and confident in the kitchen. I would buy this book for kids who are watching food shows, smelli…

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The best new cookbooks in September

by Chris Gordon

Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi (available 7 September)

Every recipe in this gorgeous new book has fewer than 10 ingredients, will take fewer than 30 minutes to prepare, and will be so delicious and beautiful that you will find yourself returning to it time and time again. Ottolenghi SIMPLE is his best cookbook yet, and it’s perfect for anyone who wants cooking flair, but doesn’t actuall…

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We test out recipes from Family by Hetty McKinnon

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Hetty McKinnon’s brand-new cookbook, Family, which featuring simple, mouthwatering recipes passed down through generations and shared among family and friends. We invited Hetty to come in and select the best one! Here are the results… Ellen Cregan made ‘Sushi Salad’ (pg. 68):

This recipe appealed to me because it uses edamame and avoca…

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The best new cookbooks in August

by Chris Gordon

Family by Hetty McKinnon

Drum roll please: wonderful Hetty McKinnon is back with another soon-to-be-used-every-single-week cookbook that rejoices in gatherings and innovative, simple recipes. There are pastas to make, soups to comfort, salads that scream for crowds to enjoy and all with that familiar sense of warmth, colour and delicious tastes. There is something very liberating about McKinno…

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Five tempting new cookbooks in July

by Chris Gordon

This month, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon recommends two cookbooks that celebrate the versatility of cauliflower and nachos, as well as a gorgeous new edition of a classic. The Margaret Fulton Cookbook: 50th Anniversary Edition by Margaret Fulton

Our Margaret once said that she thought her recipes were so popular because ‘part of the thing that women liked about my recipes w…

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Q&A with chef and author Nancy Singleton Hachisu

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon chats with acclaimed chef and author Nancy Singleton Hachisu about her stunning new cookbook, Japan: The Cookbook. First, congratulations on the success of your beautiful new cookbook. What a treat it is. Did it really take you three years to write and research? Was that because you wanted to include every possible part of Japanese cuisine?

Yes, i…

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Five cookbooks to inspire you in winter

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon recommends five new cookbooks for battling seasonal blues. Three Decades On: Lake House and Daylesford by Alla Wolf-Tasker

If you are reading this column, then you already know about the great Alla Wolf-Tasker, the award-winning creator of the Lake House dining experience and champion of local produce and Australian cuisine. Do not be daunted by…

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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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