September Cookbook Reviews

September 21, 2011

The Good Life, by Adrian Richardson. RRP $59.95, published By Pan Macmillan.

Adrian Richardson’s philosophy is simple: things taste better when they’re homemade. Baking your own bread, creating fresh cheeses or tomato sauce from scratch, making salami and sausages, cooking chutneys and preserves, mixing your own oils and vinegars, smoking or curing fish and meat, and turning out fresh pasta…In The Good Life, Adrian shows you how to do all this, and more.

This is back-to-basics living at its best, with delicious family dishes such as Spaghetti Marinara, Barbecued Lamb Koftas or Sticky Pork Ribs, nibbles and drinks for picnics and summer parties, ice creams and sorbets, delicate cakes and warming winter puddings, such as Caramelised Apple or Coffee, Prune and Frangelico. There are sweet tarts and savoury pies, with golden, flaky, homemade pastry.

Containing 10 fully illustrated, step-by-step Masterclasses and beautiful photography of the dishes, the vegie patch and lots of outdoor fun, this feel-good and comprehensive cookbook celebrates living through the seasons, will help you reconnect with food at its source, and remind you of the simple pleasure in making good, honest food for family and friends.

Adrian Richardson has a finger in many pies. He is a chef, pioneer of quality meat and produce, a TV and radio cook with shows on Channel 10, Lifestyle Channel and 3AW, a cookbook author, restaurateur and a devoted father of three. Adrian is currently co-host of Good Chef, Bad Chef and has appeared on Jamie’s Kitchen Australia, Ready Steady Cook, and was part of the nail-bighting final celebrity challenge in Masterchef’s premiere season (when Julie Goodwin had to recreate Adrian’s famous Stuffed Loin of Lamb).

Hungry Food From My Heart?, by Guy Mirabella. RRP $49.95, published By Pan Macmillan.

Guy Mirabella is a man of many passions. The way he cooks and writes about food is a reflection of them all: art, design, film, travel, music, his Sicilian heritage and his family. Known as an author, a cook and a book designer, Guy’s books are a gorgeous and original cornucopia of food, produce, flavours, paintings and colour, and Hungry is no exception.

Hungry is a lavish tribute to the food and spirit of generosity with which Guy approaches cooking. The recipes are a contemporary take on Italian home-style cooking – the food that Guy makes with so much care at home and at his cafe, where he cooks for the customers he treats like family.

From the Savoury Counter choose Broad Beans, Zucchini, Fior de latte and Mint in a fresh salad, or for something more substantial, try the Stuffed Squid bursting with chorizo, quinoa and spices. From the Sweet Counter the elaborate Tutu Trifle is a dramatic statement for any feast with its layers of cream, custard, fruit and Guy’s magical “tutu” topping. Hungry will delight – it is a cookbook with a difference, one to savour and inspire, full of warmth, beauty, and of delicious dishes to cook for the people you love.

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