Anneka Manning started collecting recipes at the ripe old age of seven and remembers being the only one in her primary school who ordered cookbooks through the Scholastic Book Club. She was drawn to recipes that involved baking and would spend her time making scones for the shearers on her father's property, and entering baked goods in the Delegate agricultural Show.
'This was just the beginning of a life that was destined to be one long foodie journey,' she writes in her book Bake, Eat, Love - Learn to Bake in 3 Simple Steps. Anneka has worked for leading publications including Australian Gourmet Traveller, VOGUE Entertaining + Travel, and australian good taste; as well as appearing on television and radio. She has also compiled, written and contributed to a number of successful, award-winning books, including good food and more good food (Text Publishing), The Low GI Family Cookbook (Hachette) and Mastering the Art of Baking (Murdoch Books). Anneka now owns and runs a baking school called BakeClub, which she says is a reflection of not only her life-long passion for baking, but also her personal and professional experience as a home economist, food editor, author, publisher and mother of two children.
Anneka and I caught up by phone and email recently. Read our full conversation here.
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