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Cookbook Review: Homemade TAKEAWAY by Julie Goodwin

My Review: 5 stars

I made a promise to myself to only write positive reviews about books I really love.  This is THE BEST COOKBOOK I HAVE READ IN 12 MONTHS.

It makes THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE I have ever baked.

Yes folks its that good.

Julie Goodwin Chocolate Slab Cake

choc cake 1
Julie Goodwin Chocolate Slab Cake

more after the jump

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Cookbook Review: Jamie’s Food Tube: The Cake Book by Cupcake Jemma

My Review: 5 stars

This is a super slim but information rich book written by Oliver protege “Cupcake Jemma”.   I really like this book.  It’s small, simple, but delicious.  The chocolate cupcakes were divine. More after the jump!

Cupcake Jemma Chocolate Cupcakes
Cupcake Jemma Chocolate Cupcakes

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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: 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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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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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!

Cookbook Review: PS desserts by Philippa Sibley

My rating: 4 ½ stars


This is a book for serious dessert lovers, budding pastry chefs and domestic cooks ready for training from a generous and kindly master.

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Cookbook Review: South East Asian Food by Rosemary Brissenden

My rating: 4 1/2 stars

This book is definitely one of those compulsory doorstops along with La Cuisine, Stephanie Alexander and anything by Marc Bittman…

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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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