Good Reading : August 2001
wordof mouth cooking Reviewed by Rowena Cseh Weber’s Big Book of Grilling Jamie Purviance and Sandra McRae Chronicle Books $49.95 D Although we are in the heart of our winter not all Australians are donning their scarves and woolly jumpers. Many of us are enjoying pleasant weather that lends itself to enjoying the barbeque. In Weber’s Big Book of Grilling you can tell pretty quickly that this is an American book (e.g. by grilling they mean barbequing). Ketchup and the use of ounces are the obvious clues, but the introduction by the weatherman from the Today Show is the real giveaway. If you can manage to look past this, you will find a book packed with over 365 recipes on how to barbeque or grill just about anything and everything from the traditional beef, lamb and poultry to rabbit, goose and buffalo and even a large range of desserts! It also includes marinades, sauces, a grilling guide which will help you determine cooking times for each cut of meat, given its thickness and weight, and also tips on what not to wear while at the barbeque (including a hot story of pants on fire!). The Food of France – Recipes Maria Villegas and Sarah Randell Murdoch Books $49.95 42 This is the sort of cookbook that I like to take to bed. Propped up with pillows and the book on my knees as I drool over the recipes and tempting pictures. The Food of France has all the great traditional French recipes like chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, bouillabaisse and soufflés to die for. As French food is fundamentally regionally based there is an overview of each region’s specialities followed by recipes, which include soups, eggs and cheeses, patés, and vegetables, to baking, seafood and the various meats and game. There are also gatefold pages that fold out with explanations and photos of the staple foods of France such as breads, cheeses, wine and of course the delicious treats you would discover in the local patisserie and charcuterie. It’s big and heavy and richly photographed, just as French food should be. Cheaper than a plane ticket to Paris, The Food of France will bring the flavour of France to your table with recipes that are easy to follow. Ebury Press $75.00 Moro The Cookbook Samuel and Samantha Clark For their honeymoon, Sam and Sam Clark travelled in a campervan through Spain and Morocco, to the Sahara. During this time they endeavoured to find out the cooking techniques and learn the flavours of these regions. Their task was to find out how to ‘make food taste of where it comes from and not seem cooked by an Anglo-Saxon’. Armed with their previous experience at the River Café, they went on to open Moro in 1997 with Mark Sainsbury and Jake Hodges. In 1998 they won both the Time Out and BBC Food Awards for Best New Restaurant. They took the name Moro from the Spanish word for Moor, el Moro, which in itself is derived from the ancient Greek mauros meaning eastern. Moro The Cookbook is a compilation of their favourite dishes from the restaurant. Sometimes cookbooks that originate from restaurants are a little scary for the novice but the recipes here are not too difficult, and with each recipe you either get a history of the dish or they explain how it is used in the restaurant. This is not a high gloss, pretty cookbook, although it does have frequent pictures, rather it is designed to reflect Arabic and Hispanic regions, with beautiful endpapers that immediately give you a sense of what’s to come.