Reviews from The Cookery Book

There’s an avalanche of new cookbooks out at this time of year and there’s something for everyone including new books from old favourites covering everything from growing your own to cooking it.

Backyard Bounty: The Expert Guide to Growing Your Own Organic Vegetables
Organic Gardener Magazine, $35.00 pb
Featuring top advice from ABC Organic Gardener magazine, horticultural editor Penny Woodward and expert contributors present a practical guide to growing vegetables organically, whether you’re starting a patch from scratch or you’re an old hand—this book has all you need to know to grow your own healthy and sustainable produce.

Bourke Street Bakery: All Things Sweet Unbeatable Recipes From the Iconic Bakery
Paul Allam and David McGuinness, $55.00 hb
From the easiest of foolproof cakes and the crumbliest of pastries and pies to the most buttery, flaky croissants and danishes—All Things Sweet represents years of testing, adapting and refining secret recipes. A companion to the definitive and international bestselling bread bible Bourke Street Bakery, here at last is the comprehensive guide to baking cakes, sweet pastries, tarts and more, with the Bourke Street twist. 

Cornersmith Salads and Pickles: Vegetables With More Taste and Less Waste
Alex Elliott Howery and Sabina Spindler, $39.99 pb
Alex Elliott-Howery is the co-founder of what has become a thriving and boundary-breaking food community in inner Sydney. She runs the Cornersmith cafes, renowned for their big heart and strong conscience when it comes to sustainably sourced food. The Cornersmith answer to Hetty McKinnon’s Community cookbook—food so delicious you won’t notice there’s no meat.

Ducks In The Country
Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy, $39.99 pb
Professional chefs and farmers-in-training Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy are passionate about growing, sourcing and making their own food. In this, their third cookbook, they share more than 90 delicious recipes, based on their experiences and adventures at their farm café in Byron Bay. As with their previous books, there is still a focus on their love for whole grains, free-range meat, sustainable seafood, fresh vegetables and fruit, and nuts and seeds but this project has made them even more passionate about knowing where their food comes from, making things from scratch and using wholefoods in their cooking.

Hummus & Co: Middle Eastern Food To Fall In Love
Michael Rantissi & Kristy Frawley, $49.99 hb
Our friends from Kepos Stree Kitchen have a new book out. Hummus & Co invites you into its generous heart, full of love, laughter and great food for sharing with friends and family. The 140+ recipes for fresh greens and vegetables, grains, fish, chicken and meat, are bursting with zesty flavour. There’s also dips, relishes, rubs and spreads from Israel, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey along with authentic teas and sweet treats that are beyond dreamy. And of course there’s the perfect hummus recipe, guaranteed to bring everyone to the table.

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