Book Reviews

Balance and Harmony - Asian Food

Author: Neil Perry

Publisher: Murdoch Books

RRP: $125

Remember when our Neil wrote his first cookbook? It was called Rockpool after his restaurant and it would have been great for the professionals working in his kitchen. Home cooks, though — unless they were seriously high achieving types — wouldn’t have attempted much from it.

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Faking it

Author: Valli Little

Publisher: ABC Books

RRP: $39.95

This hefty paperback tome from Delicious magazine's food editor, Valli Little, is designed to help busy home cooks rustle up impressive-looking - and tasting - meals in a flash.

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Ottolenghi - The Cookbook

Author: Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Publisher: Ebury Pres

RRP: $79.95

I could just cut to the chase and say, “Go and buy this book — you’ll love it” and know that I’d get nothing but thanks from anyone who did. It is quite simply one of the most fab books this obsessive cookbook collector has seen in a very long time.

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Essentially Japanese Cooking & Cuisine

Author: Hideo Dekura

Publisher: New Holland

RRP: $50

The French word cuisine means, literally, kitchen. More broadly, it means the food traditions of a country. And it is in this sense that Hideo Dekura uses the word in the title of this wonderful book.

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A Day at el Bulli

Author: Ferran Adri�s

Publisher: Phaidon

RRP: $75

The first thing you should know is that this is a big book. At 30cm x 22cm, 2.5kg and 528 pages, a bloody big book. It's interesting to compare it to Adri�s first book, in Spanish, Los Secretos de El Bulli, which comes in at 20cm x 12cm, 300g and 332 pages.

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