Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cookbook Review: The Good Life by Adrian Richardson

My rating: 4 ½ stars



Adrian is a Melbourne boy done good – check out La Luna and his show, “Secret Meat Business”. This book is a fantastic celebration of his Italian food life. It is hilariously male in many ways… read more »

Best Cookbooks for Father’s Day!

Father’s Day in Oz is Sunday, September 4, 2011. Hurry along and order or buy one of these books now. I reckon they are absolutely perfect for Father’s Day. In no particular order…
Adam Liaw’s My Two Kitchens (reviewed here)

  • Best for the Dad that loves Asian food, who wants to learn new things and is capable of cooking complex foods.
  • For the more international and cerebral dad/zen/ karate kid at heart father.  This book is one of my favourite books of the year.
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Two Asian Kitchens

Maeve O’Meara Food Safari (reviewed here)

  • Best for Dad’s that love to try new cuisines from around the world
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Food Safari

Manu Fidel’s My French Kitchen (reviewed here)

  • Best for the Dad that loves French food simplified, is young at heart and a beginner in the kitchen.
  • Manu seems to love his young son and there are lots of pictures of father-son sentimentality. The recipes are also simplified and accessible versions of flashy French dishes so hopefully the gift giver is going to get a tasty reward.
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Manu's French Kitchen

Adrian Richardson’s The Good Life (reviewed here)

  • Best for the Dad that loves meat, footy, bbq’s, and is a beginner in the kitchen.
  • The Good Life (to be reviewed soon) is the ultimate book for the Alpha Male. Adrian Richardson even shows you how to cure your own meat and do basic butchery – not only that, he does it using pictures. For the Fred Flintstone in your life this book is pure gold.
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The Good Life

Guy Mirabella’s Hungry: Food From My Heart (review forthcoming)

  • Best for the Dad that loves Italian food with a fine dining spin, who appreciates modern art and photography, and has a bit of experience in the kitchen.
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Jamie Oliver’s 30 Min Meals (review forthcoming)

  • Best for the Dad that wears trainers to work, rides a moped and likes simple plain food that’s not too rich.
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Jamie's 30-minute Meals

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Cookbook Review: 2010 Cookbook of the Year: Around My French Table

My rating 4 1/2 stars

This book is old school i.e. it’s similar to books from the 60’s and 70’s in that there are hardly any pictures and there’s an overdose of words. (bye bye Gen Y, LOL, LMAO).  I would have cooked more than one recipe but typing out one gave me carpel tunnel.

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WINNER: The Good Life by Adrian Richardson


Congratulations G.Runacres!

You have won a copy of  “The Good Life – A year of cooking and eating with family and friends” by Adrian Richardson. Chef extraordinaire of La Luna Bistro and tv host of “Secret Meat Business” on the Lifestyle channel.

I’ll be reviewing this book shortly – making the footy pies. I’d love to have a bake-off with you!

Thanks to Pan MacMillan Australia for the book.

Thank you all for entering and supporting this site! Stay tuned to more giveaways and reviews

“The Good Life is about cooking and eating well with friends and family; getting back to basics and making things from scratch” RRP $59.95

Cookbook Review: Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood

My rating: 2 stars

I saw country singer Trisha Yearwood on The View, spruiking her new book
Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood: Stories and Recipes to Share with Family and Friends

The lovely ladies at the View raved about her Southern style cooking and loved Trisha’s version of “crack” – a sweet and salty snack so good you can’t stop eating it.  The recipe for Sweet and Saltines is here.

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