'Cooking, like love, does not have to be rocket science. It is a way of thinking, tasting and feeling that allows you to draw pleasure out of what could otherwise be ordinary. It turns chore into a little party, or, sometimes, a big one,' writes Anna Gare in the introduction to her second book, eat in. Subtitled 'the best food is made at home', Ms Gare says the book is about making simply yummy food with fresh ingredients without having to spend hours in the kitchen to make spectacular food. Sounds good, no?!
'Sharing food is such a nice thing to do,' Ms Gare said in a recent radio interview, where she spoke about her paella for fifteen, which is 'a dish that becomes the reason for gathering' a crowd. That recipe sits in the chapter on 'feeding family and friends'. Sitting down with family and friends to enjoy a meal is when the author says she feels most at home.
There are chapters covering breakfasts (good morning!), lovely lunches, salads, what's for dinner, mum? (for busy mums and dads who are feeding the family), and sweet things; as well as hints and tips for shopping and meal planning. The recipes have been 'triple tested, eaten and loved'. Among the standouts are a chicken, pork and green bean terrine; black and white pepper duck salad with spiced tamarillo; hot smoked salmon and quinoa salad; warm chilli, pumpkin and lentil salad; and a baci cake made with hazelnut meringue and chocolate cream.
eat in by Anna Gare, $39.99, Murdoch Books. Thank you to Anna Gare and the publicity team at Murdoch Books for giving me the opportunity to review this title.
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