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  • SPECIAL GUEST
    SPECIAL GUEST
    CRABB ANNABLE / SHARPE WENDY
    ISBN: 9781760631949
    Title: SPECIAL GUEST
    Author: CRABB ANNABLE / SHARPE WENDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If you are someone who prepares for guests by sweeping bills, laundry and newspapers behind sofa cushions, take heart! It's possible to be an imperfect host, but happily so. The essential ingredient is not, paradoxically, the food, nor the perfect house to host in, but the sentiment you convey when you open the door. Do your eyes say: 'I like you and I enjoy your company,' or does a weepy cloud of visceral horror descend as pine nuts burn quietly in the kitchen?

    Special Guest is a gentle guide to turning easy basic fare into something of a celebration. For when you want to say to your friends with their spouses and ten small children, 'Why don't you stay for lunch?' without hating yourself afterwards. Learn the lesson of 'one splendid thing done well' without regard to the hundred other things, and call the day a success. Pick up some pointers for the modern conundrum that is cooking for people with seemingly incompatible dietary requirements.

    Hosting your friends is not about showing off; it is about delighting others. Your dining table might be decorated with a pile of unmatched socks and kids' homework, but that's no reason not to invite friends in for a chat, a sit-down and something delicious to eat.

    Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's best-loved TV and media personalities and a joyfully imperfect host. Wendy Sharpe is Annabel's oldest friend, a recipe consultant on Kitchen Cabinet and co-conspirator in mad-capped cookery projects.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SPIRIT OF GIN : A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival
    SPIRIT OF GIN : A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival
    TEACHER MATT
    ISBN: 9781604334623
    Title: SPIRIT OF GIN : A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival
    Author: TEACHER MATT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The ultimate guide to today’s exciting gin revival with a nod to the spirit’s rich history, featuring a comprehensive review of gin distilleries, ingredients and accoutrements, distilling methods, cocktail recipes, international bar guide, and creative contributions from industry leaders.

    The Spirit of Gin is a comprehensive and entertaining illustrated guide to the classic spirit, with a sharp focus on the modern gin revival led by innovative craft-gin distillers, new ingredients and infusions, and growing interest in bars across the United States and overseas. The book details the colorful history of gin from its invention in eighteenth century London to today’s worldwide resurgence; provides detailed coverage of the methods, ingredients, and accoutrements of modern makers and purveyors; gives coverage to popular gin bars and classic cocktails with eclectic sidebars and interviews; and provides a complete catalog of commercial and craft distilleries worldwide.

    Imprint: CIDER MILL PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SRI LANKA : The Cookbook
    SRI LANKA : The Cookbook
    SIVANATHAN PRAKASH
    ISBN: 9780711238589
    Title: SRI LANKA : The Cookbook
    Author: SIVANATHAN PRAKASH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This colourful, exotic cookbook introduces homecooks to the vibrant, exciting and authentic food of Sri Lanka. Bold and bright, the book covers 100 authentic recipes from the island and surrounding region, including hoppers, curries, street food and more. It will also original photography of the country, its kitchens and its people.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • STEPHANIE ALEXANDERS KITCHEN GARDEN COMPANION : DIG PLANT WATER GROW HARVEST CHOP COOK
    STEPHANIE ALEXANDERS KITCHEN GARDEN COMPANION : DIG PLANT WATER GROW HARVEST CHOP COOK
    ALEXANDER STEPHANIE
    ISBN: 9781920989989
    Title: STEPHANIE ALEXANDERS KITCHEN GARDEN COMPANION : DIG PLANT WATER GROW HARVEST CHOP COOK
    Author: ALEXANDER STEPHANIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    If you have ever dreamed of picking fresh salad leaves for the evening meal, gathering vine-ripened tomatoes or pulling up your own sweet carrots, this is the book for you. Follow in the footsteps of one of Australia's best-loved cooks and food writers as she reveals the secrets of rewarding kitchen gardening. Be encouraged by detailed gardening notes that explain how adults and children alike can plant, grow and harvest 73 different vegetables, herbs and fruit, and try some of the 250 recipes that will transform your fresh produce into delicious meals. Whether you have a large plot in a suburban backyard or a few pots on a balcony, you will find everything you need to get started in this inspiring and eminently useful garden-to-table guide.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $125.00

    Price: $125.00
  • STREET FOOD : VIETNAM
    STREET FOOD : VIETNAM
    MAI JERRY
    ISBN: 9781925811124
    Title: STREET FOOD : VIETNAM
    Author: MAI JERRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Any visitor can confirm that Vietnam is a foodies' paradise. Nowhere­­ is that clearer than in the hustle and bustle of its streets. Street Food: Vietnam celebrates the diverse and beloved recipes found along the entire length of the country, through the eyes (and taste buds) of Vietnamese-Australian chef/restaurateur Jerry Mai. The culinary journey includes the snackier side of life, with the classic roast pork belly banh mi and crab banh cuon. There's all manner of grilled goods like bun thit nuong and five-spice calamari. Plus pho! Lots and lots of pho, in both Saigon- and Hanoi-style.

    With stunning food photography of all 70 recipes, and dynamic location images throughout, this is the perfect book for the armchair traveller or for those wishing to commemorate their own magical journey through Vietnam.


    Imprint: SMITH STREET BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • STREET FOOD ASIA : Saigon Bangkok Kuala Lumpur Jakarta
    STREET FOOD ASIA : Saigon Bangkok Kuala Lumpur Jakarta
    NGUYEN LUKE
    ISBN: 9781743794043
    Title: STREET FOOD ASIA : Saigon Bangkok Kuala Lumpur Jakarta
    Author: NGUYEN LUKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Luke Nguyen's Street Food Asia – the new flexibound edition!

    Join Luke Nguyen on his latest adventure through the bustling and fragrant backstreets of Asia. Through Saigon and Jakarta, to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, Nguyen uncovers the hidden locations and secret eats of four very different cities and their street food cultures. Nguyen is in his element as the ‘Street Food King’, eating and exploring his way through traditional noodle soups and sweet sticky meats, to more adventurous dishes like Stir-fried Embryo Egg with Tamarind and Duck and Banana Blossom Salad. Venturing out at dawn and late into the night to discover street vendors, stallholders and roaming food carts, Nguyen captures the energy of each place at their busiest times of the day. Vibrant local personalities, colorful photographs and stories about the most unique dishes lead us through one of the world's richest and most fascinating food traditions.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SUPERNORMAL
    SUPERNORMAL
    MCCONNELL ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781743791325
    Title: SUPERNORMAL
    Author: MCCONNELL ANDREW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In Supernormal— the cookbook based on the eponymous Melbourne restaurant —Andrew McConnell, owner and head chef,takes home cooks into the kitchen of his hugely popular pan-Asian eatery. Across eight chapters, he shares something of the McConnell magic, satisfying fans who aspire to a Supernormal-worthy spread at home. The book's charm also stems from the artful photographs from Earl Carter, who offers a behind-the-scenes take on the restaurant and its characters, as well as scenes from Tokyo, a long-time source of inspiration for McConnell and his Flinders Lane eating house.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • SUSHI AND BEYOND : WHAT THE JAPANESE KNOW ABOUT COOKING
    SUSHI AND BEYOND : WHAT THE JAPANESE KNOW ABOUT COOKING
    BOOTH MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780099516446
    Title: SUSHI AND BEYOND : WHAT THE JAPANESE KNOW ABOUT COOKING
    Author: BOOTH MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Japan is the pre-eminent food nation on earth. The Japanese go to the most extraordinary lengths and expense to eat the finest, most delectable, and downright freakiest food imaginable. Their creativity, dedication and ingenuity, not to mention courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm, whale penis and octopus ice cream, is only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi-saturated West, as are the remarkable health benefits of the traditional Japanese diet.

    Inspired by Shizuo Tsuji's classic book, Japanese Cooking, A Simple Art, food and travel writer Michael Booth sets off to take the culinary pulse of contemporary Japan, learning fascinating tips and recipes that few westerners have been privy to before. Accompanied by with two fussy eaters under the age of six, he and his wife travel the length of the country, from bear-infested, beer-loving Hokkaido to snake-infested, seaweed-loving Okinawa.

    Along the way, they dine with - and score a surprising victory over - sumos; meet the indigenous Ainu; drink coffee at the dog caf ; pamper the world's most expensive cows with massage and beer; discover the secret of the Okinawan people's remarkable longevity; share a seaside lunch with free-diving, female abalone hunters; and meet the greatest chefs working in Japan today. Less happily, they trash a Zen garden, witness a mass fugu slaughter, are traumatised by an encounter with giant crabs, and attempt a calamitous cooking demonstration for the lunching ladies of Kyoto. They also ask, 'Who are you?' to the most famous TV stars in Japan.

    What do the Japanese know about food? Perhaps more than anyone on else on earth, judging by this fascinating and funny journey through an extraordinary food-obsessed country.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SUSHI MASTER
    SUSHI MASTER
    SAKAGAMI NICK
    ISBN: 9781631596735
    Title: SUSHI MASTER
    Author: SAKAGAMI NICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    Learn to make sushi at home with lessons from the masters. Nick Sakagami, the only person outside of Japan to earn the designation osakana meister, introduces the fundamentals of sushi, starting with the fish.
    Photography from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market offers an inside look at where most of our tuna comes from, and a deep dive into the tools, techniques, and etiquette of sushi ensure youll never look at a California roll the same way again. Expert recipes from Sakagami's favorite international sushi chefs and clients include variations of:
    Maki
    Sashimi
    Nigiri
    Onigiri (rice balls)
    Sushi Master also includes recipes for traditional Japanese soups, including two different types of miso, plus appetizers like tsukemono (Japanese pickles), shishito pepper, and spicy scallop carpaccio. Once youve mastered the staples, you can move on to advanced techniques, such as searing, marinating, aging, and adding garnishes. This comprehensive guide also includes tips on sourcing your ingredients and best practices for sustainability.
    Sushi Master is your definitive guide to mastering the art of sushi.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • SWEET
    SWEET
    OTTOLENGHI YOTAM / GOH HELEN
    ISBN: 9781785031144
    Title: SWEET
    Author: OTTOLENGHI YOTAM / GOH HELEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An original collection of over 110 recipes for sweets, bakes and desserts from the renowned food writer and chef, Yotam Ottolenghi.

    ‘There’s nothing like a perfectly light sponge flavoured with spices and citrus or an icing-sugar-dusted cookie to raise the spirits and create a moment of pure joy.’

    In his stunning new baking and desserts cookbook Yotam Ottolenghi and his long-time collaborator Helen Goh bring the Ottolenghi hallmarks of fresh, evocative ingredients, exotic spices and complex flavourings - including fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, pistachio and cardamom - to indulgent cakes, biscuits, tarts, puddings, cheesecakes and ice cream.

    Sweet includes over 110 innovative recipes, from Blackberry and Star Anise Friands, Tahini and Halva Brownies, Persian Love Cakes, Middle Eastern Millionaire’s Shortbread, and Saffron, Orange and Honey Madeleines to Flourless Chocolate Layer Cake with Coffee, Walnut and Rosewater and Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream and Fresh Figs.

    There is something here to delight everyone – from simple mini-cakes and cookies that parents can make with their children to showstopping layer cakes and roulades that will reignite the imaginations of accomplished bakers.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • TASTE FOR LIFE :  Eat Kindly Tread Lightly Live Well
    TASTE FOR LIFE : Eat Kindly Tread Lightly Live Well
    ANIMALS AUSTRALIA
    ISBN: 9780733337895
    Title: TASTE FOR LIFE : Eat Kindly Tread Lightly Live Well
    Author: ANIMALS AUSTRALIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Your complete guide to plant-based eating, including more than 100 delicious recipes for every occasion Explore the delicious world of plant-based food with Animals Australia, our leading animal protection organisation - more 100 mouthwatering recipes for every occasion.

    People everywhere are embracing the delectable, life-enriching benefits of plant-based eating. Now you can, too, with Taste for Life, your complete guide to plant-based cuisine. Whether you wish to add more meat-free meals to the menu, indulge in the abundance of fresh fruits and vegies now available, or are seeking to improve your health and live more sustainably, Taste for Life contains not only a cornucopia of delicious and nutritious recipe ideas but everything you need to know about plant-based eating.

    Discover:
    • why eating more meat-free meals is good news for animals, the planet and your health
    • how plant-based foods can give you all the nourishment you need and more
    • how to get started
    • what to ditch and what to switch
    • tips and tricks for quick and easy meals everyone will want to try
    • how to celebrate with the best of them, with yummy plant-based dishes and treats for barbecues, kids' parties, the festive season and more.

    With more than 100 recipes that include tasty breakfasts, snacks and lunches, scrumptious comfort foods and luscious desserts, Animals Australia's Taste for Life will help you and your family eat kindly, tread lightly and live well.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • TAVERNA
    TAVERNA
    HAYDEN GEORGINA
    ISBN: 9780224101646
    Title: TAVERNA
    Author: HAYDEN GEORGINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Greek Cypriot food is a melting pot of delicious flavours- simple Mediterranean salads; classic ingredients like feta, a squeeze of lemon and fresh oregano; cinnamon-infused stews; orange-blossom scented pastries. TAVERNA, takes the best of traditional Cypriot cooking and makes it relevant to modern home cooks. From simple vegan fast-day dishes to feasts for the family, there is something delicious for every mood and moment. These delicious recipes relive sun-kissed Mediterranean holidays and simple taverna-style meals.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $55.00
    Price: $55.00
  • TEL AVIV : Food Stories People
    TEL AVIV : Food Stories People
    MOLCHO HAYA
    ISBN: 9781760523909
    Title: TEL AVIV : Food Stories People
    Author: MOLCHO HAYA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tel Aviv is colourful, cosmopolitan and modern; a city full of contrasts, fragrances, stories and flavours. It is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, religions and delicious culinary traditions. Haya Molcho and her four sons take us on a journey to meet Tel Aviv's local chefs and story-tellers - from the epicures and the urban forager, to the magician and the survivor - capturing the special spirit of the city's many cuisines and inhabitants. Haya revisits the recipes of her home town, re-creating the flavours of her childhood: knafeh, green shakshuka, sarma, Israeli paella, pickled lemons and much more.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • THUG KITCHEN : EAT LIKE YOU GIVE A F**K
    THUG KITCHEN : EAT LIKE YOU GIVE A F**K
    THUG KITCHEN
    ISBN: 9780751555516
    Title: THUG KITCHEN : EAT LIKE YOU GIVE A F**K
    Author: THUG KITCHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Eat like a champ, not like a chump.

    There is no shortage of healthy food on the internet . . . aspirational blogs that are beautifully designed and elegantly written, in which a typical entry might recount a leisurely afternoon stroll to the farmers' market to pick up a bunch of organic kale. We think they are great, but let's be real: they are boring as f**k.

    THUG KITCHEN breaks the goddamn mold. With a shout-out from Gwyneth Paltrow on her Goop newsletter ('this might be my favourite thing ever'), millions of hits on their website and a 'best new blog' award already under their belt, the TK team has struck gold by providing delicious, healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes for everyone who's spent their life avoiding the lentil pushers but still wants to be kind to their body. With recipes including BBQ Bean Burrito with Grilled Peach Salsa, and Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins, THUG KITCHEN is out to prove that you can be healthy and still be a total badass in the kitchen.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • THUG KITCHEN 101 : FAST AS F*CK
    THUG KITCHEN 101 : FAST AS F*CK
    THUG KITCHEN
    ISBN: 9780751562309
    Title: THUG KITCHEN 101 : FAST AS F*CK
    Author: THUG KITCHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The creators of the New York Times bestselling cookbook series Thug Kitchen are back to deliver you the sorta gentle, but always hilarious shove you need to take the leap into healthy eating.

    THUG KITCHEN 101 includes more than 100 easy and accessible recipes to give you a solid start toward a better diet. TK holds your hand and explains ingredients from chickpeas to nooch so you'll feel confident knowing exactly what the f*ck you're cooking. This kickass kitchen primer also serves up health benefits and nutrition to remind everyone, from clueless newbies to health nuts, how a plant-based lifestyle benefits our bodies, minds, environment and wallets. THAT'S RIGHT. EAT GREEN, SAVE GREEN.

    So scared of commitment you can't even dedicate some time to cook? Thug Kitchen's here to fix that sh*t: All recipes in TK 101 are guaranteed to be faster than delivery, so you can whip up some tasty meals with simple ingredients regardless of when you stumble home from work. You're too damn important to be eating garbage, so TK has made it easy to take care of #1: you. No needless nonsense or preachy bullsh*t. Just delicious, healthy, homemade food for all the full-time hustlers out there.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB : EAT CLEAN PARTY HARD
    THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB : EAT CLEAN PARTY HARD
    THUG KITCHEN
    ISBN: 9780751562286
    Title: THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB : EAT CLEAN PARTY HARD
    Author: THUG KITCHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the duo behind the bestselling Thug Kitchen cook book comes the next installment of kick-ass recipes with a side of attitude.

    Question: How the hell are you supposed to eat healthily when you hang around with a bunch of a***holes who don't care what they shove in their faces?

    Answer: You make a kick-ass plant-based dish from Thug Kitchen: The Party Grub Guide.

    Featuring over 100 recipes for parties of any kind; from appetizers like Deviled Chickpea Bites to main events like Mexican Lasagna, The Party Grub Guide is here to make sure you are equipped with dishes to bring the flavour without the side of fat, calories, and guilt. Also included are cocktail recipes, because sometimes these parties need a pick-me-up of the liquid variety.

    Thug Kitchen was an instant internet phenomenon when they launched their foul-mouthed site in 2012 and their book has been a fixture on the New York Times bestseller list since the week it was published. Their fans can't get enough of their give no f*cks attitude and delicious recipes. And we say give the people what they want: exciting healthy, vegan food with easy-to-follow directions and damn entertaining commentary.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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