Food & Gardening posts

Three delicious new cookbooks from around the world

by Chris Gordon

So French So Sweet by Gabriel Gate

From the very first Melbourne celebrity chef comes a wonderful collection of recipes sure to increase your appetite for a sweet end to your meal. You already know that Monsieur Gaté’s recipes are easy to follow. I consider his food writing one of the most accessible of all instructions for the home cook. So French So Sweet will make it possible for you (and h…

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Six delicious new cookbooks

by Chris Gordon

Brae by Dan Hunter

Wonder man Dan Hunter is the award-winning pioneer of modern Australian cuisine. His restaurant Brae is listed in the top 100 restaurants in the world. This book shows you why. Essentially, this beautiful book is a collection of recipes using locally grown cuisine that will take you on a journey of great imagination, with wonderful flourishes. This book is perfect for those …

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Four delicious new cookbooks

by Chris Gordon

Our events manager Chris Gordon shares four cookbooks to love in April. Also for foodies this month… Chris interviewed chef, gardener and restaurateur Annie Smithers, our staff tested out recipes from one of our favourite new cookbooks, and we’re offering 25% off a select range of our most popular cookbooks. It’s Always About the Food by the Monday Morning Cooking Club

This group of deligh…

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Q&A with Annie Smithers

by Chris Gordon

Chef, gardener and restaurateur Annie Smithers chats with our events manager Chris Gordon about her new cookbook, Annie’s Farmhouse Kitchen. Your new cookbook is a collection of the menus you’ve cooked for your wonderful restaurant (du Fermier). I love this. How do you collect your ideas to pull such an such an impressive array of recipes together? Are you a note taker?

When I first thought …

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25% off a select range of popular cookbooks

Throughout April, we’re offering a special offer on a select range of our most popular cookbooks!

Online customers will receive 25% off the full price of any of the cookbooks found here.

In-store customers will receive 25% off cookbooks that feature an orange ‘25% off ’ sticker.

This offer includes cookbooks from some of our favourite Australian cooks, such as Neighbourhood from Hetty McKinnon…

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We test out recipes from the Monday Morning Cooking Club’s new cookbook

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Monday Morning Cooking Club’s new cookbook, It’s Always About the Food. We invited the sisterhood to come in and select the best one and were thrilled that three members of the club (Lisa Goldberg, Merelyn Chalmers and Natanya Eskin) obliged – coming all the way from Sydney. Here are the results of our office cook-off… Jan Lockwood ma…

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Best new food and gardening books this month

by Chris Gordon

French Country Cooking by Mimi Thorisson

Just stop it. This book is too much: there are images of the French countryside, tales of successful parenting from a woman with 6 children and 14 dogs (!) who also has an ability to create feasts out of garden scraps and a little cheese. This book makes you realise that there are people out there living each day as if they were playing a part in the Fr…

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New food and gardening books for healthy habits

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening expert shares four new food and gardening books to help you kick off the year with some healthy habits. Challenge: Eat breakfast every day. Breakfast Bowls by Caroline Griffiths

The good news is that this is not a book filled with 52 different varieties of muesli, but rather it’s a shake-it-all-up type of cookbook. It allows you to dream big in the wee hours of the m…

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Roadtesting our best cookbooks of the year

We invited our staff to test out recipes from our top 10 cookbooks of the year for an office Christmas lunch. Here’s what ended up on the menu… The Zen Kitchen by Adam Liaw

We made…

An adaption of ‘Chilled Tofu with Tomato and Ponzu’ (pg. 198)
‘“Spring Rain” Noodle Salad with Spinach and Shiitake’ (pg. 116)
‘Fruit Jellies’ (pg. 211)

Here’s our review…

The tofu was perfectly flavoured a

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Recommendations for an Australian Christmas lunch

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist has some recommendations for home cooks who are looking to embrace the true nature of Christmas in Australia.

Planning your meal for the festive season? I can only hope that you have moved away from a European styled feast and are able to acknowledge that, yes, December 25 is nearly always hot and humid – and certainly not befitting a roast…

If you have finall…

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