Block of Books
  • CASABLANCA : My Moroccan Food
    CASABLANCA : My Moroccan Food
    ISBN: 9781784723934
    Title: CASABLANCA : My Moroccan Food
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Simple and inviting recipes that blend traditional Moroccan cuisine with a fresh, contemporary approach.


    Morocco is one of the top destinations in the world. This beautiful North African country lies on the border of Europe and the rest of the Arab world, drawing people in with its colourful souks, vibrant landscapes, cheerful hospitality and, most importantly, the food.

    CASABLANCA is the exciting debut from Moroccan chef Nargisse Benkabbou. This book features recipes for simple and satisfying dishes such as Artichoke, baby potato & preserved lemon tagine, Sticky ras el hanout & peach short ribs and Buttermilk chicken kebabs. Also featured are tasty western classics with a unique Moroccan twist: try your hand at Orange blossom, beetroot & goats' cheese galette, Roasted almond & rainbow couscous stuffed poussin and Moroccan mint tea infused chocolate pots.

    Nargisse breathes new life into Moroccan cuisine, blending that authentic Moroccan spirit and the contemporary to create accessible recipes for the everyday.

    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    ISBN: 9781925418842
    Title: CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    Author: WARREN EMMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Catalonia has come to global attention this year in its quest for independence, but there is much more to this beautiful region situated on the west coast of the Mediterranean and blessed with one of the richest food cultures in Europe. Although Catalonia is still geographically and politically connected to Spain, Catalans consider themselves independent with their own language, history, culture and cuisine. Its food is considered unique in Spain, and it is home to one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world – including being the original location for the famed El Bulli.

    Unlike in other parts of Spain, Catalan cuisine does not centre around tapas, and although pintxos do feature heavily, they are not the mainstay of the region and most dishes are larger, stand-alone meals. Dishes are heavily influenced by pork and fresh seafood with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce that varies from recipes as simple as crushed tomatoes smeared on bread to hearty, slow-cooked stews. Famous dishes include calcots – large salad onions cooked on a coal barbecue and then dipped into nutty and addictive Romesco sauce, a unique paella made without saffron and the addition of vermicelli noodles, myriad types of Catalan sausage served with white beans, sauces such as aioli and picada, and multiple pastries and desserts including the crème Catalan (a version of crème brûlée). Beautifully packaged with stunning location and food photography, The Catalan Kitchen is the ultimate cookbook for lovers of Spanish and Mediterranean food.

    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $19.99
    ISBN: 9781784881160
    Title: CATALONIA
    Author: PIZARRO JOSE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Located in the northeast of Spain, Catalonia borders France’s Pyrenees mountains and has a heritage and scenery like no other place in the world. In Catalonia, José Pizarro travels from the impressive Gaudi architecture in buzzy Barcelona, to the Roman and Greek ruins in Girona and secluded beaches in Costa Brava to create some of the best-loved dishes from the Catalonian region at home.

    Starting in the markets, José revels in the fresh meat, fish and vegetables, with dishes including classic Patatas Bravas, a delicious Duck Egg and Mushroom Stew, and a Rabbit Rice, typical of the region. From a Roast Chicken with Langoustines, Baby Squid with Mint that’s perfect for spring, to a wintery Civet of Venison with Ceps and Mash, and the delicate Hazelnut and Plum cakes, José’s interpretation of the regional flavours will inspire you to get into the kitchen.

    Set to the backdrop of stunning location photography, Catalonia will make you feel truly transported to this special region.

    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
    ISBN: 9780143785781
    Title: CELLAR BAR
    Author: GROSSI GUY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Cellar Bar, a Melbourne institution since the 1950s, has always been synonymous with Italian dining. The place where many had their first mouthful of spaghetti bolognese, it's long been the meeting point for Melbourne society and one of the reasons dining out has woven itself into the fabric of this wonderful city.

    The Cellar Bar is a place that is always the same in the best kind of way. It's a place where you can go for a comforting favourite dish or something new. You can go anytime, eat anything. There are no rules and everybody is welcome. The produce is always the best, made with love by some of the city's finest chefs. Its dark, warm and burnished interior is cosy and relaxed.

    As Guy says, 'The aim of the food is not to just have you leave feeling full, but it's also to have you feel fulfilled.' Now you can take this feeling home and nourish your friends and family with 80 simple, delicious, authentic Italian recipes.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CHAMPAGNE : The Essential Guide to the Wines Producers and Terroirs of the Iconic Region
    CHAMPAGNE : The Essential Guide to the Wines Producers and Terroirs of the Iconic Region
    ISBN: 9781784724474
    Title: CHAMPAGNE : The Essential Guide to the Wines Producers and Terroirs of the Iconic Region
    Author: LIEM PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the expert behind the top-rated resource comes this groundbreaking guide to the modern wines of Champagne, presented in a stunning box set, complete with vintage maps in a pull-out drawer.

    Champagne is one of the most iconic, sought-after wines in the world, beloved by serious wine collectors as well as everyday wine drinkers. However, Champagne is also one of the most misunderstood wines out there - obscured by a multimillion-pound marketing industry that makes it difficult for consumers to honestly judge value and understand what they're drinking.

    Based on six years of on-the-ground research and unprecedented access to actual Champagne growers, CHAMPAGNE is the first book to actually describe producers and wines based on their terroir - enlightening readers by showing them exactly where, how, and by whom these great wines are made. Included in the stunning box set are the Louis Larmat vinicultural maps - the only detailed wine maps of the region, which were commissioned by the French government in the mid-1940s and have never appeared in print in English.

    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
  • CHAMPAGNE BOOK : A Complete History of its Sexy Sparking Magic from the Early Beginnings all the way up to last Thursday
    CHAMPAGNE BOOK : A Complete History of its Sexy Sparking Magic from the Early Beginnings all the way up to last Thursday
    ISBN: 9780646988658
    Title: CHAMPAGNE BOOK : A Complete History of its Sexy Sparking Magic from the Early Beginnings all the way up to last Thursday
    Author: SMITH JAMES
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An introduction to the world of Champagne, the land, its wines and its people through the eyes of James Smith, an Australian Vin de Champagne Award winner with cartoons and illustrations by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Patrick Oliphant.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 2020-2021
    CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 2020-2021
    ISBN: 9780980640076
    Title: CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 2020-2021
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The world's most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to Champagne, featuring all the latest vintages. The Champagne Guide 2020-2021 contains fully independent assessments, with profiles and ratings, of over 120 champagne producers and 800 cuvees.

    New in the 2020-2021 edition:

    New format, fully double the size of the past five editions.
    Independent assessments and ratings of more than 800 cuvees, all tasted recently.
    All the latest insights on the top 120 champagne houses, growers and cooperatives.
    A Hall of Honour to acknowledge the best producers in Champagne this year.
    Highlights of all the best champagnes of the year at every price and style.
    Updated assessments of the past 24 vintages in Champagne.
    Brand new chapter on decoding champagne labels and bottling codes.
    Maps of the champagne villages and vineyards.
    All set off with photographs of the region by Tyson Stelzer and full- colour bottle images.

    Praise for The Champagne Guide 2020-2021: When I first reviewed Tyson Stelzer's The Champagne Guide, I marvelled at the quality of the overall package and the wealth of information it contained. Then and now it was entirely his personal knowledge, with fearlessly objective ratings. Now he has achieved the impossible, almost doubling the size of the 2018-2019 edition, with 582 gilt-edged pages. The 300,000 words within expand the scope of the information at every turn, and the amount of beautiful photography is likely to make it the only coffee-table book to show the eyeball and thumbprint traffic it will engender. It goes without saying that anyone with an interest in Champagne must have this book. - James Halliday

    This is the most comprehensive and finely wrought and written book on Champagne I have ever seen. Truly epic work. - Matthew Jukes

    THE definitive guide and authority on everything champagne. This 'bible' is beautifully presented and the immersive research invested and passion is on full show. A stunning achievement. - Luxury Wine Trails

    An extraordinary achievement - the depth of understanding and notes about each house and their wines is exceptional. - Mark Smith

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
    ISBN: 9780393240054
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An essential update of the perennial bestseller.

    Charcuterie exploded onto the scene in 2005 and encouraged an army of home cooks and professional chefs to start curing their own foods. This love song to animal fat and salt has blossomed into a bona fide culinary movement, throughout America and beyond, of curing meats and making sausage, pates, and confits. Charcuterie: Revised and Updated will remain the ultimate and authoritative guide to that movement, spreading the revival of this ancient culinary craft.

    Early in his career, food writer Michael Ruhlman had his first taste of duck confit. The experience "became a fascination that transformed into a quest" to understand the larger world of food preservation, called charcuterie, once a critical factor in human survival. He wondered why its methods and preparations, which used to keep communities alive and allowed for long-distance exploration, had been almost forgotten. Along the way he met Brian Polcyn, who had been surrounded with traditional and modern charcuterie since childhood. "My Polish grandma made kielbasa every Christmas and Easter," he told Ruhlman. At the time, Polcyn was teaching butchery at Schoolcraft College outside Detroit. Ruhlman and Polcyn teamed up to share their passion for cured meats with a wider audience. The rest is culinary history.

    Charcuterie: Revised and Updated is organized into chapters on key practices: salt-cured meats like pancetta, dry-cured meats like salami and chorizo, forcemeats including pates and terrines, and smoked meats and fish. Readers will find all the classic recipes: duck confit, sausages, prosciutto, bacon, pate de campagne, and knackwurst, among others. Ruhlman and Polcyn also expand on traditional mainstays, offering recipes for hot- and cold-smoked salmon; shrimp, lobster, and leek sausage; and grilled vegetable terrine. All these techniques make for a stunning addition to a contemporary menu. Thoroughly instructive and fully illustrated, this updated edition includes seventy-five detailed line drawings that guide the reader through all the techniques. With new recipes and revised sections to reflect the best equipment available today, Charcuterie: Revised and Updated remains the undisputed authority on charcuterie.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
    ISBN: 9781788161183
    Author: PALMER NED
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Every cheese tells a story. Whether it's a fresh young goat's cheese or a big, beefy eighteen-month-old Cheddar, each variety holds the history of the people who first made it, from the builders of Stonehenge to medieval monks, from the Stilton-makers of the eighteenth-century to the factory cheesemakers of the Second World War.

    Cheesemonger Ned Palmer takes us on a delicious journey across Britain and Ireland and through time to uncover the histories of beloved old favourites like Cheddar and Wensleydale and fresh innovations like the Irish Cashel Blue or the rambunctious Renegade Monk. Along the way we learn the craft and culture of cheesemaking from the eccentric and engaging characters who have revived and reinvented farmhouse and artisan traditions. And we get to know the major cheese styles - the blues, washed rinds, semi-softs and, unique to the British Isles, the territorials - and discover how best to enjoy them, on a cheeseboard with a glass of Reisling, or as a Welsh rarebit alongside a pint of Pale Ale.

    This is a cheesemonger's odyssey, a celebration of history, innovation and taste - and the book all cheese and history lovers will want to devour this Christmas.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • CHICKEN AND CHARCOAL - Yakitori - Yardbird, Hong Kong
    CHICKEN AND CHARCOAL - Yakitori - Yardbird, Hong Kong
    ISBN: 9780714876450
    Title: CHICKEN AND CHARCOAL - Yakitori - Yardbird, Hong Kong
    Author: ABERGEL MATT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first cookbook from cult yakitori restaurant Yardbird puts the spotlight on chicken - taking grilling to a whole new level

    Chicken is the world's best loved meat, and yakitori is one of the simplest, healthiest ways to cook it. At Yardbird in Hong Kong, Canadian chef Matt Abergel has put yakitori on the global culinary map. Here, in vivid style, with strong visual references to Abergel's passion for skateboarding, he reveals the magic behind the restaurant's signature recipes, together with detailed explanations of how they source, butcher, skewer, and cook the birds with no need for special equipment. Fire up the grill, and enjoy. The first comprehensive book about yakitori to be published in English, this book will appeal to home cooks and professional chefs alike.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
    ISBN: 9780714872247
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of bestsellers including Mexico and The Nordic Cookbook comes the next title in the multimillion-selling national cuisine series, China: The Cookbook.

    Featuring more than 650 recipes for delicious and authentic Chinese dishes for the home kitchen, this impressive and authoritative book showcases the culinary diversity of the world's richest and oldest cuisines with recipes from the eight major regions and twelve minor regions.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
    ISBN: 9781760525514
    Author: DOBSON ROSS
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    Master the art of cooking Chinese food at home with these simple, flavour-packed dishes by bestselling author Ross Dobson.

    Chinese Food Made Easy takes favourite recipes from each of China's diverse culinary regions and simplifies them so you can recreate them with ease at home. Including expert guidance on finding and selecting the key ingredients to stock your pantry, plus step-by-step guides to essential techniques such as blanching greens and making dumplings, this book will have you turning out favourite dishes like spicy Shanghai noodles, fragrant beef hotpot and Hainan chicken rice in no time. Also included is a detailed meal planner with suggestions on how to put together a truly fabulous Chinese feast.

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CIBI : Simple Japanese-inspired Meals to Share with Family and Friends
    CIBI : Simple Japanese-inspired Meals to Share with Family and Friends
    ISBN: 9781743793732
    Title: CIBI : Simple Japanese-inspired Meals to Share with Family and Friends
    Author: TANAKA MEG & ZENTA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    CIBI ('a little one') is a book on home-style Japanese cooking inspired by the eponymous Melbourne café and design space created by Meg and Zenta Tanaka. It contains more than 80 seasonally relevant recipes across vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, grains and noodles, and sweets, plus small features on elements of Japanese cooking and food culture, accompanied by beautiful photography and illustrations. The recipes, many designed for sharing, strongly reflect Meg and Zenta's ethos – a fresh approach to simplicity using quality produce.

    CIBI incorporates elements of Japanese design culture and glimpses of their young family's worlds in Collingwood, Tokyo, and Meg’s birthplace, Okayama, alongside snapshots (in words and pictures) of the CIBI-feel: an enjoyment of food, community and sharing.

    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • COCOA : An exploration of chocolate with recipes
    COCOA : An exploration of chocolate with recipes
    ISBN: 9781787132603
    Title: COCOA : An exploration of chocolate with recipes
    Author: QUINN SUE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chocolate has beguiled us for millennia. From the spiced drinks sipped by the elite in ancient Mesoamerica to the artisan bars spiked with intriguing flavours we devour today, chocolate has always had a magical pull on our senses. Exotic, indulgent, hedonistic and sensual, its power over us somehow exceeds the sum of its parts.

    This ground-breaking exploration of chocolate, by award-winning writer and lifelong cocoa enthusiast Sue Quinn, will intrigue, inspire, surprise and fascinate you in equal measure. In these pages is a wealth of cultural, historical and culinary information about the story of chocolate through the ages and across the world, illustrated with vintage packaging, iconic adverts and stunning illustrations. Interspersed throughout the book are 80 tantalising sweet and savoury recipes, such as Salted Caramel and Lime Chocolate Sauce; Triple Chocolate and Liquorice Cake with Treacle Syrup; Spelt, Cranberry and Cocoa Nib Crackers; and Sticky Slow-Roasted Beef Short Ribs with Cocoa and Maple.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • COMMONS : A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating on Fat Pig Farm
    COMMONS : A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating on Fat Pig Farm
    ISBN: 9781743795392
    Title: COMMONS : A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating on Fat Pig Farm
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The personal journey of one family’s joys, harvests, and challenges while living the rural dream in Tasmania, Australia, captured in one volume.

    We all want more air in our lives. Brighter skies, slower days, more time for growing, for cooking, for family. In The Commons, a book inspired by the hit SBS television show Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans captures Fat Pig Farm’s year of growing, cooking and feasting. It’s part how-to, part evocative diary, part cookbook (with more than 100 recipes). It’s the perfect inspiration for those about to embark on a simpler life, a handy reference for those who already have done just that, and a vicarious solution for those who just want to dream the dream without leaving home.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $55.00
  • COMMUNITY   -   Revised Edition
    COMMUNITY - Revised Edition
    ISBN: 9781760786571
    Title: COMMUNITY - Revised Edition
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Community moves salads firmly to the centre of the plate, injecting colour, life and flair into everyday vegetables, and showing you how to achieve exciting flavours and hearty main meals with simple, nourishing ingredients. These are the kind of recipes you will want to share with your family, friends and neighbours, time and time again.

    Originally released in 2014,Community became an instant classic and favourite in kitchens all over Australia and around the world, creating a community of salad-lovers who are just as passionate about cooking and sharing. In this revised edition, Hetty shares 20 new recipes and some of those readers' stories - with accompanying interviews and beautiful imagery - to give the book back to the fans who made it such a phenomenon.

    New recipes include: Roasted sweet potato with lime cashew cream and roasted curry cashews; Butternut pumpkin with lemon tahini and miso granola; Whole roasted cauliflower with toasted farro and romesco sauce; Roasted cabbage with lentils and pumpkin seed brown butter; Pasta alla norma salad; Charred cos lettuce with lemony mushrooms, chickpeas and marinated feta.

    This is simple but generous food that you will want to make every night of the week, for those you love.

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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