Food & Gardening posts

The best cookbooks of 2016

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 cookbooks 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 2016 here.) The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander

There is comfort in knowing what needs to be done when, where and ho…

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Delicious new cookbooks in November

by Chris Gordon

The Cook’s Table by Stephanie Alexander

Beautifully presented, this collection of recipes give us, the reader and the home cook, a view into the life of Stephanie Alexander. This is her most personal collection. Each chapter begins with a story from Alexander’s life and features a menu for a shared meal. There are timetables for preparation from weeks out right up until the dish is served – an…

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A recipe from Smith & Daughters - Warm Spanish Doughnuts with Chocolate Pâté

Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse are the brains behind celebrated vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters, and they’ve just released their first cookbook, Smith & Daughters: A Cookbook (That Happens to be Vegan). We’ve featured a delicious recipe from the cookbook below, and if you drop by our Carlton shop on Thursday 3 November you can meet the talented duo themselves! Find details here. WARM SPANISH…

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We test out recipes from Grown & Gathered

Earlier this week we roadtested six different recipes from Grown & Gathered – a gorgeous new how-to book from Matt and Lentil Pubrick all about growing, gathering, nurturing and cooking your own food. Matt and Lentil came by to share our dishes with us, and select the best one. Here are the results… Stella Charls made Caponata (pg. 284):

I love chopping fresh tomatoes. It makes me feel l…

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Delicious new cookbooks in October

by Chris Gordon

Australian Fish and Seafood Cookbook by John Susman

This enormous book is the definitive guide to cooking and buying great, sustainable fish. Written by the most respected authorities on seafood in the country, this remarkable tome contains all you need to know about selecting and preparing over 60 types of fish and seafood found here in Australia, including catching methods (if that’s your th…

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A recipe from The River Cottage A to Z - Chocolate, Brandy and Star Anise Ice Cream

A gorgeously grown-up ice cream, this mingles the fruity, bittersweet flavour of chocolate with warming star anise, a hint of orange and a sup of brandy. Serves 6 – 8.

INGREDIENTS

3–5 star anise
200ml whole milk
300ml double cream
Finely grated zest of 1 large orange
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
4 medium egg yolks
100g caster sugar
200g dark chocolate (70–75% cocoa solids), finely chopped
75…

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Which recipe is the best from Hetty McKinnon’s new cookbook?

Earlier this week we roadtested seven different recipes from Hetty McKinnon’s new cookbook, Neighbourhood and invited Hetty to come in and select the best one. Here are the results of the cook-off… Jan Lockwood made ‘Israeli chopped salad with tomatoes, cucumber, radish and feta’ (pg. 123):

No cooking involved here, just chopping, chopping, chopping. You do need a great knife for chopping…

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Best new cookbooks in August

by Chris Gordon

Alimentari by Linda Malcolm and Paul Jones

Alimentari literally means ‘good food and camaraderie’ and that is just what is celebrated at the adored cafes in Fitzroy. Full of classic cafe choices and The Very Best Sandwiches in Melbourne, Alimentari recipes are perfect for sharing and entertaining. It’s where Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern, so think incredible salads, those sandwiches and e…

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Delicious new cookbooks in May

by Chris Gordon

Seasons to Share by Jacqueline Alwill

Not everyone is embracing the term ‘wholefood’. If you fall into that category and are tired of having quinoa and kale pushed onto you then step away now, my friends, step away. But do so and risk missing out on some pretty tasty treats that could actually become staples in your family. Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill has a talent for creating food that bri…

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Making miniscapes with Clea Cregan

In Miniscapes, Clea Cregan presents a beautifully designed step-by-step guide to creating your own terrariums! This week our staff put Miniscapes to the test, and the author dropped by to judge the best one!

I like pot plants, but I also have a cat, which means terrariums are the only way I can introduce a bit of greenery into my home. I have a few that I’ve bought here or there, but they’r…

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