As a child, Eleanor Ozich lived above her parents' restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand and has been a passionate food lover ever since. Eleanor is a self taught cook who has worked as a food writer and food stylist for various publications, including Taste magazine. She created the Petite Kitchen blog as a personal diary, documenting her family's road to simple eating after her daughter was diagnosed with severe eczema. I had the opportunity to catch up with Eleanor via email recently. Read our conversation here.
If the fun, quirky title of this cookbook doesn't catch your attention, then author Poh Ling Yeow's delightful writing style and inspiring recipes surely will! Poh says she's no chef and she's proud of that fact. 'For me the joy in what I do is all about representing home cooks. I always want to write books that honestly reflect how I cook every day, which is how every Aussie cooks... I want you to USE this book. I hope I inspire you to make a mess in your kitchen and get these pages dirty.'
'We all want to look, and feel, our very best. In our quest to do so we often fall prey to the claims of beauty experts, inviting us to "try this" and "smooth that' with various creams and treatments. This book is my antidote to those beauty myths, inspired by what I learnt in recent years on my own journey.'
Merelyn Frank Chalmers, Natanya Eskin, Lauren Fink, Lisa Goldberg, Paula Horwiyz and Jacqui Israel started meeting once a week to cook and chat over coffee in March 2006. Three words became the mantra for what was to become the Monday Morning Cooking Club: share the recipes, inspire people to preserve their family recipes; and give all the profits to charity.
They dreamed of writing a cookbook and, using their combined skills of cooking, fressing (eating ravenously) and perseverance, they slowly grew that seed into their dream. Their first book, Monday Morning Cooking Club - the food, the stories, the sisterhood, was published in April 2011 and was for them 'like the birth of a child'. They were so inspired, excited and encouraged by the success of that book, that another was bound to follow. This time, the call went out across Australia and the MMCC were inundated with hundreds of recipes from readers all over the country.
The Feast Goes On features the best-loved and most delicious recipes and stories from the heart and soul of the Jewish community across Australia, it speaks of a community drawn together by food, telling poignant stories of sharing and survival, love and hope, friendship and family. But mostly, it's about the food.
I caught up with the Monday Morning Cooking Club by email and you can read our full conversation (and enjoy a recipe) here.
Thank you kindly to the Monday Morning Cooking Club and the publicity team at HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to review this title and catch up with all of you. There is much to cook from here and I can barely wait to splatter, annotate and cover the pages with sticky notes! I'm going to start with this cheesecake!
The Feast Goes On by the Monday Morning Cooking Club, $49.99, HarperCollins. All MMCC profits from the book will go to charity.
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.
'We love to play with food. In fact, we love it so much so we've made careers out of it. When we cooked professionally, we started experimenting in our free time, teaching ourselves new approaches and embracing innovation to make food taste better.'
— chefs Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot, in the introduction to Maximum Flavour
It was with great pleasure that I chatted with Emma Galloway, food writer, chef, blogger extraordinaire, wife, mother, and author of a new cookbook titled My Darling Lemon Thyme – Recipes from my real food kitchen. The book takes its name from Emma’s blog, which she began as a place to share gluten-free vegetarian recipes after discovering that she and her two children suffered from intolerances. Emma says that her aim is to inspire people with fresh, simple, flavourful recipes, and to help break down the boring, flavourless stigma commonly attached to allergy free eating.
Reading through Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture and seeing photographs of almonds in their shell took me right back to my childhood, when there always a bowl of these classic nuts on our coffee table — an old metal nutcracker sitting right beside it.
In 2010, Callum Hann nabbed second place in the second series of MasterChef Australia and, despite being just 20 years old, wowed the judges and viewers at home with his exceptional cooking skills, as well as a genuinely delightful personality! Callum is the founder of Sprout Cooking School in Adelaide and is now travelling around Australia sharing his love of food and cooking with young people all over the country. His second cookbook, I'd Eat That!, has just been released and I greatly enjoyed having a conversation with Callum about the book, and food and cooking in general.
'I blame milk. That unassuming, ubiquitous white substance that we take for granted in Australia. It was cow's milk that turned my life around, and set me on a path that has changed not only my way of living but also my world view. Yes, that innocent stuff that comes from the bovine udder was the inspiration to help me make the move from gritty, urban inner Sydney to impossibly lush green Tasmania. From a clean and cushy life to one that involves—quite literally—mud, blood and tears. And to the non-food types among you (apparently there are some out there), the story seems more unlikely with every telling.'
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