Food & Gardening posts

At Home with Chris Gordon, February 2020

by Chris Gordon

Our monthly food and gardening columnist looks to the year of cookbooks ahead and makes some predictions for what foods will be trending in 2020…

Guess what the vegetable for 2020 is? Be still my heart, it’s brussels sprout! And the drink for the year is oat milk, which I believe is basically porridge.

A new decade brings so many promises for a better and kinder life, with or without sprouts.…

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The best food & gardening books of 2019

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, music & DVDs of 2019 here.) Jackfruit and Blue Ginger by Sasha Gill

When Sasha Gill turned vegan, she didn’t want to mi…

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The best new cookbooks in November

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon, our monthly food and gardening columnist, shares four of her favourite cookbooks out in November. Just Desserts by Charlotte Ree

These are all the things I love about Charlotte Ree’s debut book: the way it looks, the way it feels, and the possibility it offers that all these cakes and slices could be mine. Instagram sensation Charlotte Ree is famous for her delicious cooking a…

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We test out recipes from Just Desserts

Today we tested out a selection of recipes from Charlotte Ree’s adorable and yummy new cookbook, Just Desserts, and we invited Charlotte to come in and select the best one! Here are the results… Rosalind McClintock made ‘Peach & Raspberry Tray Cake’ (pg. 88):

I didn’t have any peaches, I ran around the shop in a panic. I laid my eyes on a mango and thought peaches? Mangoes? Let’s do it. So …

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The best new food & gardening books in October

by Chris Gordon

Our monthly food and gardening columnist shares four of her favourite new books in October.

TLV: Tel Aviv - Recipes and stories from Israel by Jigal Krant

Dutch author Jigal Krant is a culinary journalist, filmmaker, and radio producer based in the Netherlands. He produces and presents a television program titled The Kosher Dilemma, in which he searches for the secrets of Jewish cuisine. T…

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Four home and style books to inspire you in June

by Chris Gordon

Gloriously Gluten Free: Sweet Treats, Cakes, Tarts and Desserts by Frederique Jules

Before you turn up your nose at this title, consider this: the authors are French and all of the truly scrumptious recipes come from their incredible Paris-based bakery, Noglu. Consequently, here are 80 easy, delicious, gluten-free recipes for sweet treats and celebration cakes. Get this book because you want t…

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Cookbook highlights

Who’s hungry? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite cookbooks to tickle the tastebuds. Warndu Mai (Good Food): Introducing native Australian ingredients to your kitchen by Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard

This gorgeous illustrated, informative and contemporary cookbook and compendium of native foods will show you how to create truly Australian food and drinks at home using ingredients…

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Four cookbooks to inspire you in May

by Chris Gordon

From beginners to foodies, from familiar flavours to new tastes, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon rounds up the cookbooks this month that will inspire you in the kitchen. Good Food: Favourite Recipes edited by Ardyn Bernoth

This wonderful collection contains over 100 recipes chosen by Good Food editor Ardyn Bernoth that have been brought together from wonderful Australian chefs…

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The best new cookbooks in April

by Chris Gordon

Just Add Love: Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories and Recipes by Irris Makler (Available 8 April)

For the past four years Irris Makler has been recording the stories of Holocaust survivors living in Australia and photographing them cooking with their grandchildren. She learnt quickly that when a child cooks with their grandmother they learn much more than when they cook just from a recipe…

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The best new cookbooks and gardening books in March

by Chris Gordon

Dining In by Alison Roman

Alison Roman has amassed serious social media stardom because her recipes have three enviable traits: fun, simplicity and deliciousness. This collection of 125 ‘why didn’t I think of that’ recipes, including treats like roast chicken smeared with anchovy butter or crispy baked potatoes, are absolutely obtainable by even the most amateur of home cooks. This cookbook is…

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