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Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title 365 Good Reasons to Sit Down to Eat
Author Stephane Reynaud
Publisher Murdoch Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781741969191
incGST $29.95 Originally $79.95

You may at first be slightly bamboozled by this book. Who are Marie and Leon Vacherot and why all those random anecdotes about them? Why does each day of the year have a name? (Claude, Julienne, Valentin...) And what on earth is that recipe on 1 April? This is a cookbook with heart, charm and a big, idiosyncratic sense of humour. You may not get it, but it’s hard not to be won over. The recipes themselves are simple and very short, functioning more as a set of ideas to prompt experienced cooks into trying something new – it’s all about demystifying French cooking, making it accessible and fun.

 
Food and Wine
Title The Art of Pasta
Author Lucio Galletto, David Dale
Publisher Lantern
Binding HB
ISBN 9781921382284
incGST $59.95

There was a time in Australian kitchens when pasta meant slimy spaghetti topped with insipid Bolognaise sauce. This sumptuous book, with diverse recipes ranging from the well known to the highly imaginative – have you ever considered cooking linguini with orange pesto and eggplant, or ‘silk handkerchiefs’ with mushrooms? – should banish such antiquated notions forever. As Lucio Galletto explains, pasta is the most convivial of foods, one that lifts the spirit. Leavened with family anecdotes, recollections, historical nuggets and regional variations and specialities, this book will do the same.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Bali
Subtitle The Food of my Island Home
Author Janet de Neefe
Publisher Plum
Binding PB
ISBN 9781742610610
incGST $49.95 Originally $59.99

Melbourne expat Janet De Neefe has called Bali her home for close to 25 years. A successful author, she also runs the Casa Luna cooking school and several restaurants, and is the founder and director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Evocatively written and beautifully illustrated throughout, this book is De Neefe’s paean to the food, people and culture of Bali and its surrounding islands. The family-style recipes are simple and ingredient driven, and as Janet De Neefe says herself, ‘There is nothing fancy or ambitious here, all you really need is a mortar and pestle, a knife, a wok, a stirring spoon and a flame.’

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title The Complete Asian Cookbook
Subtitle Fourth Edition
Author Charmaine Solomon
Publisher Hardie Grant
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742701448
incGST $49.95 Originally $59.95

This is a completely revised and updated edition of Charmaine Solomon’s influential and iconic cookbook. Instantly heralded as a classic when it was first published in 1976, The Complete Asian Cookbook covers 800 classic and contemporary dishes from 15 countries (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, The Philippines, China, Korea and Japan). Written with the home cook in mind, Charmaine’s recipes are straightforward, simple to follow and work every time. Recipe and chapter introductions give valuable information about how local dishes are prepared and served, while the comprehensive glossary explains unfamiliar ingredients (many of which are commonplace in supermarkets today).

 
Food and Wine
Title Cumulus Inc
Author Andrew McConnell
Publisher Lantern
Binding HB
ISBN 9781921382406
incGST $59.95

Although only three years old, Cumulus Inc. (the restaurant) already feels like a classic, encapsulating the cool-casual fine dining so integral to Melbourne’s dining scene and so beloved of foodies around the country. Andrew McConnell’s first book hews fast to the restaurant’s menu, disclosing the secrets of his top keep-’em-coming-back dishes (slow-roast lamb shoulder, spiced cauliflower, tuna tartare and lemoncurd–filled madeleines). Relying on masterful matchings of quality ingredients, the dishes often display French techniques and a grab-bag of favourite global tastes: Sicilian, Mid-East, trad British. The design is all elegant simplicity, focussed on making recipes easy to follow and making it more than possible to produce inspired and delicious dishes at home.

 
Food and Wine
Title Deceptive Beauties
Subtitle The World of Wild Orchids
Author Christian Ziegler
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9780226982977
incGST $59.95

Male bees aren’t attracted to the Ophrys orchid for its nectar – Ophrys flowers resemble female bees, and lascivious males pull away with pollen stuck to their legs. Ophrys, labelled the ‘prostitute orchid’ by some botanists, isn’t the only orchid to have evolved powers of mimicry; as Michael Pollan says in his introduction, ‘orchids have evolved reproductive strategies that play on an animal’s three basic needs: for food, for shelter, for sex.’ Humanity, however, has been drawn to orchids for other reasons – although the fleshy, ruby-petalled varieties may conjure particular comparisons. Christian Ziegler, a National Geographic photographer, has traversed the globe in search of orchids in their natural state, and returned with 150 gorgeous colour photographs that are accompanied by fascinating facts.

 
Food and Wine
Title Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar
Subtitle Stories of Food During Wartime by the World's Leading Correspondents
Author Matt McAllester (ed)
Publisher University of California Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9780520268678
incGST $39.95

This unusual book is subtitled ‘Stories of Food During Wartime by the World’s Leading Correspondents’ and all of its stories are from war correspondents at the top of their game. Some offer stories about the ‘appetites of the powerful’ (Benazir Bhutto, Ariel Sharon, Kim Jong Il). Others write about their total obsession with food as they face another day with little to eat, or meagre and nappetising rations. Yet others pay tribute to the power of food to bring people together and provide a means for hospitality in a hostile place (the titular story recounts how a young, inexperienced female journalist shares mud crab in a foxhole with an equally young Hamid Karzai). This is a stylish little book full of insights, humour, adventure and food.

 
Food and Wine
Title The Edible Balcony
Subtitle How to grow frersh food in a small space plus 60 inspiring recipes
Author Indira Naidoo
Publisher Lantern
Binding PB
ISBN 9781921382536
incGST $39.95

Join popular media personality and foodie Indira Naidoo as she sets out to transform her tiny 13th-floor balcony into a lush kitchen garden that only takes 10 minutes a day to maintain. This is a book full of practical advice given in Naidoo’s wonderfully warm and down-to-earth manner, as she shares with you some of the rules she formulated along the way (only grow what you like to eat, try to use something you’ve grown in every meal you cook, don’t be fanatical about the rules). There is a step-by-step account of how she established her garden, as well as her triumphs and challenges over the seasons, and to top it all off, she shares 60 of her favourite recipes using her home-grown produce.

 
Food and Wine
Title The Family Meal
Subtitle Home Cooking with Ferran Adria
Author Adria Ferran, Eugeni de Diego
Publisher Phaidon
Binding HB
ISBN 9780714862392
incGST $39.95

When Ferran Adrià closed the doors of his elBulli restaurant in 2011, foodies from around the world lamented (especially those who had never managed to score a reservation). The restaurant’s 75 staff members will have lamented also, if the food in this book is anything to go by. A collection of recipes based on the daily meal shared by the elBulli staff (‘the family’), this book highlights meals that are varied, nutritionally balanced and inexpensive – a perfect template for the family kitchen. Using this book you’ll be able to whip up a pesto/Bolognese/romesco/barbecue or teriyaki sauce in minutes; make stocks, aioli and croutons with confidence; and serve your household everything from cheeseburgers to ossobuco to Thai beef curry with a modicum of fuss, mess and stress.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Food From Many Greek Kitchens
Author Tessa Kiros
Publisher Murdoch Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781741966848
incGST $29.95 Originally $69.95

Tessa Kiros’ bestselling cookbooks combine cookery, travel and memoir into compelling and evocative packages, and this time her focus is Greece and the heritage of her Cypriot father. As a collection of classic Greek recipes it earns a place on your shelf, but it also captures in lavish photography a timeless Greece of rustic kitchens, flowery religious paraphernalia, shelves groaning with ouzo bottles and rough wooden tables laden with plates of roasted lamb, honey cakes and grilled vegetables. You’ll make tzatziki and moussaka, you’ll discover mussels with feta and, maybe, you’ll try lamb intestine soup (or then again, maybe not). This gorgeous package is a portal into a charming other world and a handbook for carefree summer dining.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Gingerboy
Subtitle Creative Street Food
Author Teage Ezard, Chris Donnellan
Publisher Harper Collins
Binding HB
ISBN 9780732293475
incGST $59.95 Originally $69.99

At Teage Ezard’s Melbourne restaurant Gingerboy, Asian hawker-style food meets modern Australian cooking in a Melbourne laneway – a perfect match. Gingerboy’s neonlit style and fun yet moody ambience spills over into the pages of this glossy cookbook. While adaptation is key, chefs Ezard and Donnellan never lose touch with their source, and a love of Southeast Asian flavours and cooking methods dominate throughout. Cooking seasonally is also at the core of the Gingerboy philosophy, with the wintery selection focusing on braised, steamed and claypot dishes, and refreshing, crisp and cool flavours adding spice to the summer months. The Gingerboy sense of style is enhanced with richly styled colour photography throughout.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Home Made
Author Yvette van Boven
Publisher Murdoch Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742663999
incGST $39.95 Originally $49.99

Her name may not be familiar to Australians, but van Boven won Dutch Cookbook of the Year in 2010 with this delightful book, and her pedigree as über-foodie (restaurant in Amsterdam, food stylist, blogger, magazine contributor) is unquestionable. This is a kitchen handbook for the DIY fanatic, with step-by-step photo-guides for everything from making jam and preserving veggies, to smoking fish, making cheese and creating your own liqueurs. Even home-made dog biscuits! There are also plenty of yummy recipes for easy day-to-day meals, with pasta, soups, roasts and sweets all covered. The book itself has a gorgeous home-made feel – that’s because van Boven put the whole thing together: creating fonts, drawing illustrations, making the paper cut-outs used for chapter opening pages, and preparing and styling the food. It’s a book that truly lives up to its title.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Indochine
Author Luke Nguyen
Publisher Murdoch Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781741968842
incGST $59.95 Originally $69.99

Travelogue as much as cookbook, Indochine is a personal account of a trip to Vietnam to explore the French influences on Vietnamese cooking. Nguyen – of Sydney’s acclaimed Red Lantern and the SBS series on Vietnamese cuisine – travels from Hanoi to Dalat (‘the French Alps of Indochina’) to Saigon. Along the way he meets people who share history and recipes and lead him to great food experiences. The recipes focus on dishes that infuse French influences into Vietnamese cuisine, such as a slow-cooked oxtail and beef brisket that transforms a traditional French stew into a classic Vietnamese dish flavoured by cassia bark, hoisin sauce and star anise. Towards the end of the book, Nguyen visits his mother’s family in France and the food story moves from French-influenced Vietnamese to Viet-influenced French cuisine.

 
Food and Wine
Title Indulge
Subtitle 100 Sweet & Savoury Recipes: Gluten-Free Food Gets a Makeover
Author Rowie Dillon
Publisher Harper Collins
Binding PB
ISBN 9780732292812
incGST $39.95

More often than not, gluten-free cooking strikes the fear of blandness into anyone trying to whip up a meal catering for diners with food intolerance. Rowie Dillon’s 100 sweet and savoury recipes provide a tried and tested tasty antidote to that popular misconception. Diagnosed with gluten intolerance over 10 years ago, Dillon has built a business empire that sees her line of glutenfree products sell in stores around the country. Indulge takes the gluten-free-challenged cook by the hand and shows how food intolerance needn’t be a kitchen handicap, with recipes covering breakfasts, lunches, dinners, pizzas, pastry, dessert and a section on gluten-free flour. The suitably indulgent recipes are complimented with a selection of tasty colour photographs to illustrate just how delicious gluten-free food can be.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Italian Country Cooking
Author Loukie Werle
Publisher Park Street Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9781876624699
incGST $29.95 Originally $39.95

This celebration of Italian comfort food – particularly pastas, soups, frittatas and slow-cooked meat dishes – is subtitled ‘The Secrets of Cucina Povera’, and it gives the home cook plenty of ideas when it comes to serving simple, flavoursome dishes that won’t blow the household budget. Loukie Werle, food editor of Australian House & Garden magazine, has travelled extensively in Italy, collecting recipes utilising seasonal produce that are easy to replicate in the Australian kitchen. You won’t need advanced culinary skills, sophisticated kitchen appliances or exotic ingredients to make these dishes – enthusiasm and a love of good food are the only requirements. Buon appetito!

 
Food and Wine
Title Kitchen Gardens of Australia
Subtitle Eighteen Productive Gardens for Inpsiration & Practical Advice
Author Kate Herd
Publisher Lantern
Binding HB
ISBN 9781921382185
incGST $49.95

Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint, save money, become more selfsufficient or just enjoy the unique taste of fresh produce, there has never been a better time to create a kitchen garden. In Kitchen Gardens of Australia: Eighteen Productive Gardens for Inspiration and Practical Advice, passionate landscape designer and greengardener Kate Herd profiles 18 diverse kitchen gardens, providing detailed garden plans, lots of photographs, brief histories of each garden and descriptions of how the people who tend these gardens have overcome the challenges of difficult climates and soil types. Herd also includes tips on innovative irrigation techniques, environmentally friendly pest management and how to create a garden from recycled objects.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title The Little Veggie Patch Co
Author Fabian Capomolla, Mat Pember
Publisher Plum
Binding PB
ISBN 9781742610184
incGST $39.95 Originally $45.00

Frustrated at the price of groceries? Lacking vitamins in your diet? Feeling detached from the land? Here’s the solution: harvest your own fruit and veggies. Capomolla and Pember run a business that teaches people how to grow their own food, and here they put their practical knowledge into book form, explaining how to grow food in a small space. From the basics of composting, designing a veggie patch, preparing the soil and installing watering systems, they take the wannabe fruiterer on a journey from barren backyard to bountiful cornucopia. The book includes tips on how to save your home-grown seeds and propagate your own seedlings, as well as a handy planting guide to ensure that you plant the right crops at the right time of year, so maximising your harvest.

 
Food and Wine
Title Malouf
Subtitle New Middle Eastern Food
Author Greg & Lucy Malouf
Publisher Hardie Grant
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742701455
incGST $69.95

Most serious foodies will own the five exquisitely presented cookbooks written by Greg and Lucy Malouf – Arabesque, Saha, Moorish, Turquoise and Saraban – but those of us who don’t will be thrilled with the publication of this handsome title, a compilation of the Maloufs’ best and favourite dishes from the earlier books. Greg Malouf writes in the book’s introduction that he aims to create dishes that ‘absolutely capture the essence of the Middle East, but express it in a fresher, more inventive – and even, perhaps, more Western – manner’ and anyone who has eaten in his restaurants or used his recipes at home will know that he’s been fabulously successful at doing this. Buy it as a lavish Christmas present for friends and family, or an incentive to extend your Middle Eastern menu repertoire.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Movida Cocina
Author Frank Camorra, Richard Cornish
Publisher Murdoch Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781741968996
incGST $39.95 Originally $49.99

Frank Camorra’s Melbourne-based MoVida restaurant empire embodies the heart and soul of modern Spanish cuisine – albeit in an antipodean context. Camorra’s fusion of local and international flavours pushes culinary boundaries and his distinctive style of cooking – showcasing robust flavours and refined techniques – has built a devoted following since the opening of the original MoVida in Hosier Lane. This latest book gives a closer look at the people, venues and dishes that have made the MoVida bars and restaurants what they are today. Frank takes us behind the scenes to reveal special techniques, signature dishes and the pure joy of cooking that infuses his life and work. He also reveals 70 stunning new recipes, including his famous chorizo-filled fried potato bombs.

 
Food and Wine
Title Nature
Subtitle Simple, Healthy and Good
Author Alain Ducasse
Publisher Hardie Grant
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742700502
incGST $49.95

In his latest cookbook, the great Alain Ducasse works with dietician Paule Neyrat to deliver interesting and easy-to-prepare meal ideas. Nature goes beyond the usual sections on vegetables, seafood, meat and soups to give you chapters on grains and cereals, condiments and a special chapter called ‘For the larder’ which offers recipes for garlic and tomato confits, preserved lemons and Ducasse’s special homemade ketchup. Each recipe is accompanied by a nutritional note from Neyrat that suggests other dishes that would complement it to deliver a balanced meal. Also available: J’aime Paris (Hardie Grant. HB. $59.95), a lavishly photographed showcase of Ducasse’s favourite Parisian foodie haunts.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Potty!
Subtitle Clarissa's One Pot Cookbook
Author Clarissa Dickson Wright
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Binding HB
ISBN 9780340998526
incGST $14.95 Originally $49.99

Clarissa Dickson Wright of Two Fat Ladies fame has never been one to pull punches with her forthright views on food and cooking. In Potty!, Clarissa’s one-pot cookbook, she casts the world of celebrity chefs and overly complex recipes aside in favour of the one-pot method. She advocates that this approach is good for the planet (by minimising dishwashing) and, in a perhaps surprising twist, includes a chapter on vegetarian options. Whether the pot in question is a pressure cooker, wok or casserole, the basic premise is that all the ingredients are cooked in that pot, either on the stovetop or in the oven. The result is a quirky and idiosyncratic mix of over 100 tasty dishes.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Rockpool Bar and Grill
Author Neil Perry
Publisher Murdoch Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781741968293
incGST $69.95 Originally $79.99

When Neil Perry set out to open a steakhouse, it wasn’t going to be just any old steakhouse. It needed to showcase not only Australia’s best beef, but also the best seafood – in fact, the best of everything. In this book, Neil shares the trials and tribulations of opening his Melbourne, Sydney and Perth steakhouses. Tales from the restaurants and their suppliers intersperse Neil’s collection of 150 recipes, including signature dishes such as steak tartare, empanadas and the famous wagu burger (with, of course, hand-cut fat chips). The book also includes invaluable advice on handling seafood, how to cook the perfect steak and how to prepare salads.

 
Food and Wine
Title Rose Petal Jam
Subtitle Recipes & Stories from a Summer in Poland
Author Beata Zatorska, Simon Target
Publisher Tabula Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9780956699206
incGST $49.00

Pierogi, poppy-seed cake, pickled cucumbers – Polish soulfood takes pride of place in this beautifully presented culinary memoir. Part recipe book, part travelogue and part autobiography, Rose Petal Jam: Recipes & Stories from a Summer in Poland is Beata Zatorska’s fond reminiscence of her grandmother Józefa, a professional chef who foraged for food in the hills around her tiny village in the foothills of the Karkonese Mountains, grew vegetables and fruit in her rural garden, and pickled, preserved and cooked this bounty for her family. Photographs of Poland are liberally dispersed throughout the book, as are recipes for dishes such as cabbage rolls, apple pancakes, sweet pureed beetroot and the rose petal jam that gives this book its evocative title.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Saraban
Subtitle A Chef's Journey Through Persia
Author Greg & Lucy Malouf
Publisher Hardie Grant
Binding HB
ISBN 9781740668620
incGST $29.95 Originally $72.95

Having previously explored Middle Eastern cuisines from Turkey and Syria to Morocco, Australian-Lebanese chef Greg Malouf shines a light on the less familiar but equally alluring tastes of Iran, ably assisted as always by his ex-wife and creative partner, Lucy Malouf. The Maloufs travel across the country to spotlight its sophisticated and delicious cuisine and showcase its rich culture, spectacular landscapes and magnificent built heritage. With its mix of traditional Persian recipes and contemporary interpretations of the classics, Saraban contains a wealth of culinary inspiration and all of the practical advice needed to cook a truly memorable Persian banquet.

 
Food and Wine
Title Shannon Bennett's France
Subtitle A Personal Guide to Fine Dining
Author Shannon Bennett
Publisher Miegunyah Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9780522858068
incGST $49.95

The latest book by restaurateur and celebrity chef Shannon Bennett is a must-have for Francophiles and foodies planning or dreaming of travelling through France in style. With the customary opinionated, breezy and informative patter they brought to earlier guides to Paris and New York, Bennett and his travel partner Scott Murray take us on a tour of the very best places to eat and stay in luxury across regional France. From Normandy to Provence, Lyon to Toulouse, Shannon Bennett’s France is lavishly illustrated and interspersed with travel anecdotes, in-the-know French dining tips, favourite recipes and insights from a long list of friends they catch up with along the way. Not only an invaluable travel guide, this handy dining guide also casts a little light on the source of inspiration that makes Shannon Bennett tick.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title The Silver Spoon Book of Pasta
Author Phaidon
Publisher Phaidon
Binding HB
ISBN 9780714857169
incGST $23.95 Originally $49.95

A companion volume to the international bestseller The Silver Spoon (Phaidon. HB. $59.95) – considered by many experts to be the definitive Italian cookbook – the Silver Spoon Book of Pasta presents a collection of 350 pasta recipes for lovers of the iconic Italian dish. From favourites such as spaghetti alla carbonara and tagliatelle Bolognese to more unusual offerings such as spaghetti with bottarga (roe) and chestnut flour taglierini with onion butter, this is the ultimate pasta reference work – if you can’t find a tempting pasta recipe in these pages, you may as well give up. Use it regularly and you may even end up looking like Sophia Loren (‘Everything you see I owe to spaghetti’).

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Spice Notes and Recipes
Author Ian Hemphill
Publisher Macmillan
Binding HB
ISBN 9781405037426
incGST $19.95 Originally $59.95

This wonderfully erudite new edition of the spice bible by Ian Hemphill – founder of Sydney’s Herbie’s Spices – is an invaluable resource for the Australian kitchen. Food porn it isn’t – not one glossy photograph! – instead delivering a timeline of spice history and an encyclopaedic coverage of spices from everyday to rare. The book outlines each spice’s origin and history, explains how it’s processed and gives tips on purchase, storage and use. There is a recipe for each spice, sometimes offering unexpected applications (cauliflower and vanilla soup, poppy-seed and parmesan soufflés). The tips and recipes for Australian native spices are particularly exciting – akadjura (bush tomato) risotto is a good example. The book finishes with a delightfully enthusiastic section on the art of creating spice blends, with guidelines to help you roast and grind your own masterpieces.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Sunday's Kitchen
Subtitle A History of Food, Eating & Life at Heide 1935-1981
Author Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan
Publisher Miegunyah Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9780522857412
incGST $14.95 Originally $49.99

Sunday’s Kitchen tells the story of food and life at the home of John and Sunday Reed, two of Australia’s most significant art benefactors. Sunday was a passionate cook and gardener who believed in homegrown produce, seasonal cooking and a communal table. Richly illustrated with art, photographs – many previously unpublished – and recipes from Sunday’s personal collection, this elegantly presented book recreates Heide’s compelling and complex story.

 
Food and Wine
Title Tasting India
Author Christine Manfield
Publisher Lantern
Binding HB
ISBN 9781920989927
incGST $89.95

A feast in every sense, this book is as much an astounding visual portrait of the Subcontinent as it is a book of recipes from India. The dazzling array of images, capturing the colour, majesty, clamour and grit of India, are sure to arouse readers’ wanderlust, just as the recipes, themselves accompanied by enticing pictures, will have them salivating. Manfield has made multiple trips to India, travelling everywhere from the Himalaya to the backwaters of Kerala, to gather, test and refine her recipes. The result is this book, which illustrates the immense diversity of India and its cooking styles. Tasting India is a must for every kitchen and comes complete with a directory of recommended hotels, eateries, provedores and shops.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Wine and Food
Author Kate Lamont
Publisher UWAP
Binding HB
ISBN 9781921401336
incGST $15.95 Originally $55.00

Western Australian winemaker and author Kate Lamont runs a swag of successful restaurants around Perth and Margaret River. In her latest book, she calls on her considerable experience in the wine and food industry to match specific wine styles to particular dishes. Relying heavily on fresh ingredients and highlighting local produce, these easily achievable recipes for the home cook are a great introduction to pairing your own kitchen creations with the best choice of wine (a robust red might scream out for beef cheek with salsa verde, whereas a lighter white would pair wonderfully with crabmeat and green pea mash). The wines are arranged in six chapters with featured recipes, from champagne through to dessert wines, as well as selected chapters on menus and basics.

 
Food and Wine - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Zumbo
Author Adriano Zumbo
Publisher Murdoch Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781741968040
incGST $39.95 Originally $49.99

What would you expect from the crazy genius of pastry but a cookbook that’s equal parts exhilarating thrill-ride and mind-bending challenge? Zumbo rose to national fame through his appearances on MasterChef with contestant-killing creations like the ‘v8’ cake (eight variations on vanilla) with its 13 discrete elements. The introduction of macarons (or ‘zumbarons’) to the Aussie public was his early dream, and they’re well covered here with a detailed master recipe and 23 flavours, including sticky date pudding and Vegemite. And if you think Vegemite-flavoured macarons are weird, wait till you get to the cakes called ‘attack of the killer tomatoes’ and ‘oiled up calabrian’! This book’s packaging reflects the celebrity pastry-chef’s reputation, with fanciful photography evoking the world of Willy Wonka (Zumbo’s self-professed inspiration).

 
Food and Wine - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title Movida's Guide to Barcelona
Author Frank Camorra, Richard Cornish
Publisher Miegunyah Press
Binding PB
ISBN 9780522858341
incGST $32.99

Frank Camorra, chef of the renowned Spanish restaurant MoVida, teams up with food writer Richard Cornish in this beautifully illustrated, insider's guide to Barcelona. They share the best culinary experiences the city offers, from small, hidden bars to the hot new award-winning restaurants and the places they love to return to. They reveal where to find the most sensational Catalan dishes, the best hotels and offer unique local knowledge from their favourite chefs. Whether it's reviewing the best value tapas or a Garibaldi cocktail, taking you on a tour of the city's famous Boqueria market or its iconic architecture, Frank and Richard capture the intensity of one of the most exciting destinations in the world today.

 
Food and Wine - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title My Abuela's Table
Subtitle An Illustrated Journey into Mexican Cooking
Author Daniella Germain
Publisher Scribe Publications
Binding PB
ISBN 9781742701745
incGST $35.00

This is no ordinary cookbook - it is a lavishly illustrated, whimsical journey to the heart of ‘real' Mexican food. You won't find the obligatory Tex-Mex nachosor hard tacos here - this book celebrates clean, spicy, authentic Mexican flavours. Daniella includes all the recipes she learned from her Mexican grandmother - her abuela - while they spent their time together in the kitchen. Savoury recipesinclude Cuete en salsa de nuez (beef in nut sauce); chiles en nogada (stuffed chillies); Langostinos a la veracruzana (Veracruz-style prawns); and Pan de muerto (Day of the Dead bread). Also included are sections on Mexican basics - such as cooking with Mexican herbs and spices, and chilli varieties - as well as classic salsas, rice, tortillas and bean dishes.

 
Food and Wine - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title The Table Comes First
Subtitle Family, France & the Meaning of Food
Author Adam Gopnik
Publisher Quercus
Binding HB
ISBN 9781849162869
incGST $39.99

Our modern society is very particular about what constitutes good food: local, seasonal, organic produce that doesn't overly impact on the environment. But throughout history every generation has believed that it alone knows the true value of food, and looked with distaste on the culinary practices of its predecessors. Not so long ago eating food from around the world was the mark of the cultural sophisticate.

In The Table Comes First Adam Gopnik envisions a new "physiology of taste" which will enable us to dispense with this moralising attitude and concentrate on the pleasure principle: food is to be enjoyed, and to help us enjoy life in turn. Above all the dining table should be the heart of the family, the place where all real family begins.

To show this we are taken through the courses, from starters to desserts, from the establishment of the first restaurants in Paris in the early 19th century to the green movement of the present day, in a witty and erudite narrative interspersed with delightful anecdotes.

Note: December release.