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Provence - The Beautiful Cookbook
Cookbooks / France / Provence

Provence – The Beautiful Cookbook

Provence – The Beautiful Cookbook – Introduction Provence – The Beautiful Cookbook by Richard Olney is a ‘coffee table’ book that looks good but also contains solid, well-structured recipes that capture the essence of Provence. We normally overlook ‘beautiful’ books because they often fail to deliver rigour and authenticity, however […]

Commander's Kitchen
Cookbooks / United States

Commander’s Kitchen by Ti Martin and Jamie Shannon

Commander’s Kitchen – Introduction First, we need to tell you something about the Commander’s Palace restaurant before delving into the book. Commander’s Palace is a restaurant that made us change our mind about Creole food in New Orleans. This restaurant is very special. It is large, it is expensive, it […]

French Regional Cooking
Cookbooks / France

French Regional Cooking by Jean Ferniot

French Regional Cooking – Introduction French Regional Cooking teeters on the edge of being a “coffee table book” but is dragged back by having detailed recipes for many of France’s best dishes from across the country, with some of the more remote areas being well-represented. It was first published in […]

Bar Tartine
Cookbooks / San Francisco / United States

Bar Tartine by Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns

Bar Tartine – Introduction Bar Tartine has been a very successful venture in San Francisco, and although it closed in 2016 many customers still remember the amazing food that was created here by the authors of this book. We particularly like this book because it concentrates on techniques rather than […]

Country Cooking of France
Cookbooks / France

The Country Cooking of France by Anne Willan

The Country Cooking of France – Introduction We have a number of books on the country cooking of France and we have included two in this Top Fifty Cookbooks survey. What we are looking for is first of all authority – in other words, does the author have a deep […]

Flavors of Puglia
Cookbooks / Italy

Flavors of Puglia by Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Flavors of Puglia – Introduction Nancy Harmon Jenkins has produced an excellent survey of the foods and customs of the Puglia region of southern Italy. Flavors of Puglia is characterised by beautiful writing: “The mimosas flowered earliest, fuzzy yellow pellets cascading in great clusters from high, supple branches, quickly followed […]

Lulu's Provencal Table
France

Lulu’s Provencal Table by Richard Olney

Lulu’s Provencal Table – An Introduction Richard Olney in Lulu’s Provencal Table has set out to capture something about a legendary cook and inspirational figure from Provence, namely Lulu Peyraud. However, to many, Olney is a legend in his own right having been one of the key figures responsible for […]

New Spanish Table
Cookbooks / Spain

The New Spanish Table by Anya van Bremzen

New Spanish Table – An Introduction The New Spanish Table by Anya von Bremzen is a clever book. While it is organised along the traditional lines of grouping dishes into soups, eggs, salads, seafood and so on, she also manages to seamlessly make the book a tour of Spain and […]

Hellbound Adelaide
Adelaide

Hellbound Wine Bar – A Quiet Achiever

Hellbound – Introduction Hellbound is a comforting space in the basement at this Rundle St address in Adelaide. It is the brainchild of industry veteran Mark Reginato and industry professional and winemaker Louis Schofield. They have an excellent selection of wines (many of which are natural), simple but very good […]

Sushi-Ya Shirako
Japan

Sushi-Ya – A Perfect Treasure!

Sushi-Ya, Tokyo – Introduction We have retained this story about Sushi Ya even though we believe that chef Takao Ishiyama has his own restaurant. It is called Sushi Ishiyama. From what we have read about his new restaurant you can expect to be served very similar dishes to those described […]