The best new food & gardening books of the month

This month, our food and gardening columnist recommends four cookbooks from Australian foodies.


To Asia, With Love by Hetty McKinnon

This is what we love about Hetty McKinnon’s recipes: uncomplicated, kind and generous dishes served with a little twist here and there. Her latest cookbook is a riot of flavour and colour with family mealtime considered. If you love a little spice in your life, this cookbook is the complete package and will very quickly become a favourite, even for those who believe they can’t cook. Hetty makes everything easy, I promise.

You can find a recipe from To Asia, With Love in this month’s edition of the Readings Monthly. Download a PDF of our free monthly newsletter here.


Use it All by Alex Elliott-Howery & Jaimee Edwards

Alex Elliott-Howery and Jaimee Edwards have created a kitchen-skills handbook to reduce food waste disguised as a cookbook. It is genius, really. The recipes are structured around weekly shopping and include more than 230 recipes with alternative flavour combinations so you can adapt a recipe to whatever you have on hand – and never get bored!


Vegan with Bite by Shannon Martinez

Consider this cookbook a delicious examination of the direction we all need to be heading towards. There are over sixty thoughtful but easy meals beyond meat-and-dairy-free predictability. It is all part of Smith & Daughters’ chef Shannon Martinez’s mission to show readers that generous, delicious and environmentally sustainable food is entirely achievable.


Australian Food by Bill Granger (available 13 October)

Hand over heart, I have never had a recipe fail with Bill Granger’s guidance. Clearly, I’m not the only one: his television shows are viewed in over thirty countries and his books have sold over a million copies. His new cookbook arrives twenty years after the release of the bestselling Sydney Food, and invites you to bask in all that is great about Australian food with fresh, diverse, quick, relaxed and completely delicious recipes.

To Asia, with Love

To Asia, with Love

Hetty McKinnon

$39.99Buy now

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