Book Reviews

Buon Ricordo - How to make your home a great restaurant

Author: Armando Percuoco and David Dale

Publisher: Allen and Unwin

RRP: $65

Itís that time of year again: time to brace ourselves for the onslaught of glossy, desirable food porn, designed to slot into Christmas stockings for Summer entertaining. This latest offering from Percuoco and Dale claims a mission to remove the mystique from many restaurant dishes to encourage cooks to attempt them at home.


Money Saving Meals

Author: Philippa Sandall and Diane Temple

Publisher: Hachette Australia

RRP: $19.99

It might seem crazy for a cookbook to have to spell out in its introduction the need to cook, but given the number of them that merely adorn coffee tables itís not as mad as it sounds. For a start, this ainít no designer hardback; itís a practical A5 paperback with a sensible pricetag and a mission to save money.


And the love is free - mum a life with recipes

Author: Jules Clancy

If you wanted to show your love for your quite recently departed mum, you could do many things. You could put flowers on her grave, you could sit in your room and look at photographs of her, or you could do what Jules Clancy has done and write and illustrate a book of her recipes.


Everything but the Squeal

Author: John Barlow

Publisher: Wakefield Pres

RRP: $24.95

This is another book about eating in Spain, this time specifically Galicia in the northwest, and only pig: as the name implies, all of it.


The Basics: A really useful cookbook

Author: Anthony Telford

Publisher: Allen and Unwin

RRP: $35

My grandmother had only one cookbook for most of her life until she received a couple of Womenís Weekly paperbacks in later years, which remained unused. Back then.


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