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France

Le Ferme de la Ruchotte – Great Farm Produce

Ruchotte – Introduction La Ferme de la Ruchotte is a gourmet paradise in the hills behind the city of Beaune in Burgundy. The farm is a source of much of their produce which is cooked with skill and flair. Their vegetables are picked fresh from the garden and there are […]

Coffee cherries
Coffee / Articles

Coffee – A Fascinating Story

This story explores the fascinating world of coffee right up to the time that the liquid is poured into your cup and you smell the aromas of the now ground beans and enjoy the taste and the effect of the caffeine entering your bloodstream. But first we must explore where […]

Cartel Brew Bar
Coffee

Cartel Coffee – Great Coffee in Geelong

Cartel Coffee – Introduction Cartel Brew Bar is our ‘go-to’ place in Geelong (and now also in Melbourne) for excellent coffee. Under the leadership of Nathan Johnston the staff are very passionate about their coffee here and always have a freshly roasted single origin variety available. They also serve tasty […]

Switch Coffee Tokyo
Coffee / Japan

Switch Coffee – Strong Coffee Program

Switch Coffee – Introduction Switch Coffee is a small coffee shop and roastery in the Tokyo district of Meguro where you can drop in and enjoy an espresso, a milk coffee or a pour-over filter coffee all made with beans roasted on the premises. The proprietor is an engaging host […]

The Compleat Housewife
Cookbooks

The Compleat Housewife a popular cookbook by Eliza Smith

The Compleat Housewife – Introduction The Compleat Housewife by Eliza Smith was first published in England in 1727 and went on to become one of the most enduring cookbooks on both sides of the Atlantic. Because this is the first review we have posted on an 18th Century cookbook (the […]

Bones - Recipes, History & Lore McLagan
Cookbooks

Bones – Recipes, History, and Lore by Jennifer McLagan

Bones – Recipes, History and Lore – Introduction Jennifer McLagan is an Australian-born chef who has plied her trade in Australia, England, Europe and Canada. Her books follow an idiosyncratic path, cleverly concentrating on topics that most other writers avoid. The topics of her books include Bones, Fat, Bitter, Odd […]

Colonial Cookbook
Cookbooks

The Colonial Cookbook by The Aristologist

The Colonial Cookbook – Introduction The Colonial Cookbook was written by Edward Abbott under the pseudonym The Australian Aristologist. It was the first Australian cookbook published (1864) even though it was printed in London. The full title was the unwieldly “The English and Australian Cookery Book. Cookery for the Many, […]

Classic Russian Cooking
Cookbooks

Classic Russian Cooking by Elena Molokhovets

Classic Russian Cooking – Introduction Classic Russian Cooking – A gift to young housewives by Elena Molokhovets is a significant book in the history of Russian cuisine and one of the great utilitarian cookbooks of the world ranking alongside Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion, Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery for Private […]

Recipes of all Nations
Recipes

Pudim de Noses: Delicious Walnut Pudding from Portugal

Walnut Pudding – Where we found the recipe This recipe for a Walnut Pudding is one derived from a book called Recipes of All Nations written by an enigmatic figure who called herself “Countess Morphy”, although her surname was actually Hincks and she almost certainly wasn’t a Countess. She possibly […]

Joy of Cooking by Rombauer
Cookbooks

Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer

Joy of Cooking: Introduction Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer was first published by Irma Rombauer in 1931. It soon became the cookbook of choice throughout the United States. It is somewhat derivative of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management in that it is not just a recipe book […]