Cookbook Review: Asian After Work by Adam Liaw

My rating 5 stars!!

Asian After Work: Simple Food for Every Day

Click to buy at Fishpond: Asian After Work: Simple Food for Every Day

The only ‘easy’ Asian cookbook you’ll ever need. – AMAZE-BALLS!!

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Cookbook Review: Like Grandma Used to Make by Rebecca Sullivan

My rating: 4 1/2 stars
Like Grandma Used to Make

Click to buy a copy from /Like Grandma Used to Make

To pickle is the new black and this nostalgic cookbook is ironically on trend!

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WIN! Ceviche ‘Peruvian Kitchen’ by Martin Morales


Simply retweet, re-post on FB or subscribe for your chance to win a copy of this beautiful, stylish book.  A unique introduction into Peruvian cuisine. This book is gorgeous.  Entries close 30 Sept 2013.


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Cookbook Review: The Great Australian Bake Off

My rating: 5 stars

EMBRACE CARBS!! – The best baking book I’ve ever seen!

The Great Australian Bake-off Note that this book review was written BEFORE the tv show aired.

Chocolate Mud Cake

Chocolate Mud Cake



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Cookbook Review: Heston Blumenthal at Home

My rating: 4 1/2 stars

Molecular gastronomy for idiots. Unleash your inner gadget whore!

Heston Potato2


  • Makes a home cooked meal taste better.
  • Lots of online demos and advice from Heston himself


  • Makes a home cooked meal take three times longer to prepare.
  • Lots of proof reading errors (hence the need to rely on the online demos)

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How does one define the complexity of love on a single plate? N. M. Kelby brings us the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war in this work that shimmers with beauty and longing.

White Truffles in Winter imagines the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at the Savoy and the Ritz. A man of contradictions – kind yet imperious, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry – Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the in­dependent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis, who refused ever to leave Monte Carlo. In the last year of Escoffier’s life, in the middle of writing his memoirs, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name as he has honored Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, and many others.

N. M. Kelby(Nicole Mary Kelby) has been translated into several languages and offered by The Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club. She is the recipient of a Bush Art­ist Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Inter-Arts grant, the Heekin Group Foundation’s James Fellowship for the Novel, both a Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in fiction, two Jerome Travel Study Grants, and a Jewish Arts Endowment Fellowship. She is the critically acclaimed author of In the Company of Angels, Whale Season and the Florida Book Award win­ner A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, among others. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The BBC are doing a documentary about Escoffier.

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Cookbook Review: Donna Hay’s Simple Dinners

My rating 4 stars


As is typical of Donna Hay, this book has impeccable styling, chorizo, and canned caramel.

I made her cheat’s chocolate and salted caramel tarts which were very sweet but a quick win.

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Cookbook Review: Great British Food – Canteen by Titcombe, Lake, Clayton-More

 My rating: 3 1/2 stars


In a desperate search for “great british food”, I came across this title and had to press buy.
To my suprise its a small, beautiful volume. Very small.

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My Favourite Cookbooks for Christmas 2011

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve reviewed 30 books over the last 12 months! (hug to self… hmm arms have to stretch a bit harder now…)

Even though I’ve fed my friends and family over the course of the year, its time for me to keep on gifting.

Here are my top Christmas gifts for the silly season.

My top 5 books for 2011 (in no particular order)

Poh's Kitchen

Two Asian Kitchens

Delicious.: Simply the Best

    • Jeni’s Spendid Ice-cream (review)


  • Book for the guy addicted to Bunnings
  • Adrian’ Richardson’s The Good Life (Review)

The Good Life

  • Book for those that count chocolate as a vegetable

PS Desserts

  • Book for the guy that thinks he can cook but can’t

Manu's French Kitchen

  • Book for the chick who wears Campers and makes her own cool clothes

Sweet Treats

  • Book for the princess brat moving out of home
    • Donna Hay’s Fast Fresh Simple (review)

Fast, Fresh, Simple

  • Book for the self righteous hipster
    • South East Asian Food (review)

  • I wear Birkenstocks and remember Woodstock

Food Safari

  • Best group present that everyone will be happy with
  • Delicious by Valli Little (review)

Delicious.: Simply the Best

  • Book for the awesome teacher or kindly Aunt that you actually like
  • Around my French Table (review)

  • Best coffee table book – if George Clooney was a book….
  • Gingerboy (review pending)

Gingerboy: Creative Street Food

Let me know what you give this Christmas!

Amazon’s Best Cookbooks of 2011: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

  • Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food [Hardcover] Jacques Pepin (Author)

  • Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas [Hardcover] Brad Thomas Parsons (Author), Ed Anderson (Photographer)

  • Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi [Hardcover]Yotam Ottolenghi (Author), Jonathan Lovekin (Photographer)