Top 5 book buys for food lovers

Five fabulous cookbooks to add to your collection
Brigid Arnott

Looking for some culinary inspiration or a gift for a foodie friend? We’ve tested and tasted our way through the pages of these appetising editions that are sure to stimulate the taste buds!

(Credit: The Cook & Baker By Cherie Bevan and Tass Tauroa, Murdoch Books )

The Cook & Baker

From the buzzing café/bakery in Bondi, comes this debut cookbook featuring the popular recipes of owners Cherie Bevan (the Cook) and Tass Tauroa (the Baker). Irresistible sweet and savoury baked goods are what this duo does best. Our favourites include the Oaty ginger slice and the Salted caramel brownies – moreish, old-school classics with a modern twist!

(Credit: Indian Made Easy by Amandip Uppal, Murdoch Books)

Indian Made Easy

Spice up your basic butter chicken and explore Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Author Amandip Uppal, a former stylist and journalist, has taken a clean-cut approach to a traditionally complex cuisine with mouth-watering dishes such as Mussels in chilli, ginger and curry leaf broth.

(Credit: Cornersmith by Alex Elliott-Howery & James Grant, Murdoch Books)


All the recipes in this book are favourites from the award-winning Cornersmith cafe located in Sydney’s Marrickville. The menu reflects the owners, Alex Elliott-Howery and James Grant, ethos for sustainable, local and seasonal produce with a strong focus on pickling and preserving. The result is a unique and flavourful collection of recipes that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

(Credit: The Broadsheet Melbourne Cookbook/ The Broadsheet Sydney Cookbook, Plum )

The Broadsheet cookbooks

Online guide Broadsheet has become a trusted source for many when looking for a new restaurant or café to try. With the release of their two cookbooks – one for Sydney and one for Melbourne – they have curated a collection of recipes from each city’s most popular eateries so you can create a dish from your favourite café at home!

(Credit: 100 Desserts to Die For by Trish Deseine, Murdoch Books)

This could fast become known as the sweet tooth’s bible with 100 treats you will want to make again and again. From inventive flavour combinations such as miso, coconut, maple syrup and ginger ice cream to the classic sticky date pudding, you will be drooling from start to finish over these stunning desserts that are truly – to die for.

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