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  • Wild Barramundi with Black Olive Salsa by Sophie Dahl
    European Recipes
    Wild Barramundi with Black Olive Salsa by Sophie Dahl
    There are days when I really want to indulge. These are times when only chocolate and red frogs will do. Then there are days when I want something light and good for me. One Sunday afternoon I was feeling like eating for my health and so I flipped through some of my more healthier cookbooks. Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights has an exciting range of meals based around the seasons and breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whenever I want to make something quick and healthy I often reach for this book. I will often find something or feel inspired by it. She doesn't eat red meat or chicken, however there a couple of lamb and chicken recipes (strange...). Vegetables and grains are predominate throughout the book. I also find that I am adding ingredients to her list. Whether it be a squidge of butter, an extra clove of garlic or some dried herbs. Most of the additions are to my personal taste, but I'm sure the recipes are fine on their own. I recently learned that she now has her own cooking show with BBC. I watched a couple of videos on youtube and cannot help but draw comparisons between herself and Nigella Lawson. * They are both well-spoken, elegant, upper-class english ladies * They have chatty and charming dispositions * They are surrounded by pretty things. All of which I want for myself. * The film styles, closeups and presentation are very similar * They both have smiles that could light…
  • Australian Recipes
    Bill’s Sydney Foods by Bill Granger
    What's in a cover? How much does a cover cause you to buy the book? Well... Bill's Sydney Food was released previously with a -blah- cover. I don't recall ever leafing through it. Hmmm, nup, never. But when i was looking at the New Release section in the bookstore i saw a sleek black book with Bill's Sydney Food scrawled on it like a chalkboard menu. Oooooh! I picked it up and it was only the slip case to the actual cookbook. Oooooh! I let the book slide out from the case and the cover was very chic photos of Sydney and Bill's Cafe. The smell of a newly printed book sends shivers down my spine. The photos (throughout the book) are wonderful depictions of a lazy sunday breakfast near the beach. The book is divided into Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Each chapter is introduced with a chalkboard-like menu. All the recipes are accompanied with bright, well photographed pictures. It does really contain 'the best scrambled eggs in the world'. These are light, tasty, healthy meals designed to be made fast. The ingredients lists aren't long and the instructions are straight forward. I love Sydney and this reaffirms my love for it. The following preview is the previous version of Bill's Sydney Food published 2000 GBS_insertPreviewButtonPopup('ISBN:0864119917');
  • Jamie’s America by Jamie Oliver
    Cookbook Reviews
    Jamie’s America by Jamie Oliver
    I have never really been drawn to the work of Jamie Oliver. I received his Italy book as a Christmas gift and was very impressed with its layout and use of colours. His recipes seemed enticing but i have yet to find inspiration from them to really test them. I was very drawn to the idea of Jamie at Home. Cooking from the garden and using seasonal products to reduce your carbon footprint and be healthy. Fantastic idea. Same problem. I didn't cook from any of the recipes. They just haven't grabbed me by the eyeballs and lured me into the kitchen like a big bad wolf. One day i was walking through a small bookshop and came across Jamie's America. "Interesting" i thought aloud. The striking cover with its red, white and blue and Jamie quite happily posing was enough for me to pick it up and flick through it. I was astounded and overjoyed at what i found inside. True to form Jamie has recognised the influence of ethnic foods in our culture and has cleverly interwoven many recipes through various chapters that are catergorised by states. New York, Louisiana, Arizona, Los Angeles, Georgia and Wild West (not a state - I know). Hot Choccy & Churros Jamie has far outdone himself in this book. This - in my opinion - has improved on all his other books by leaps and bounds. Where all the other books seem to have their various problems (hard to read fonts, cluttered…