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Catalogue of books on chefs and the art of cookery

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Adria, Ferran, with Juli Soler & Albert Adria (Equipo de Edicion & Cillero and De Motta, trans.)
A Day at el Bulli An Insight into the Ideas, Methods and Creativity of Ferran Adria
Phaidon, London, 2008.
Large quarto hardcover; lime boards with gilt and black upper board and spine titles, lime endpapers; 528pp., colour illustrations. Minimal wear; fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. With two million requests for reservations every year, elBulli was notoriously difficult to get a table at. A Day at elBulli, opens the doors to everyone and reveals the inner workings of the kitchen and the gastronomic innovations that have helped create the spectacular food. Illustrated with over 1,000 colour photographs, the book includes recipes and innovative inserts explaining the creative methods and food philosophy, the reservations policy, the history of elBulli and the life of Ferran Adria. Aimed at all food enthusiasts as well as industry professionals, the book starts with daybreak at 6.15 am, then shows visits to the local markets to source ingredients, Ferran's arrival at the workshop, his morning creative experimentation session, the arrival of the rest of the brigade at 2.30 pm to begin the mise-en-place for the evening, the daily tasks of the front of house team, and the arrival of the first guests for dinner from 7.45 pm until the last guests' departure by 2.00 am. With its innovative structure and striking design, A Day at elBulli provides a fascinating insight into the rare and magical experience of dining at the renowned establishment.
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Alexander, Stephanie
A Cook's Life - signed
Lantern/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2012.
Octavo; hardcover, with decorative boards and upper board titles; 362pp., with 32pp. of full-colour and monochrome plates. Mild wear; board edges lightly scraped; text block edges lightly toned and spotted with small stain to lower corner; inked inscription by the author to the title page. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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Alexander, Stephanie
Recipes My Mother Gave Me
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Ringwood Vic., 1997.
First edition: hardcover; royal octavo; pale blue boards with white spine titling, decorated endpapers; 134pp. Minor wear; mildly rubbed board edges and corners; faint spotting to text block edges. Illustrated blue dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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Alexander, Stephanie
Stephanie's Australia Travelling and Tasting
Allen & Unwin, North Sydney NSW, 1991.
Quarto hardcover, 250pp., colour plates. Minor wear; mild toning to page edges and a few spots on title page; slightly worn board edges and corners. Dustwrapper slightly worn along edges and corners with minor rubbing (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good. A personal odyssey around Australia looking at tastes, places, stories and people. A portrait of the country and its emerging culinary traditions.
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Alexander, Stephanie
Stephanie's Seasons - signed, limited edition
Rathdowne Books/Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., St. Leonard's NSW, 1993.
Quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in calf with gilt papered boards; gilt spine-titles, decorated endpapers and a navy blue ribbon; 316pp., on laid paper, with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Very minor wear; signed and numbered in ink to a bookplate on the first page. No dustwrapper as issued. Fine in like illustrated slipcase. "Stephanie's Seasons" is a seasonal account of Alexander's culinary year. Taking the form of a personal diary of her food adventures in 1992, it covers a wide range of ground. There are accounts of a trip to New Orleans, making thousands of jars of produce for the annual Harvest Picnic, the passing of Elizabeth David and her contribution to food writing, cooking during the Los Angeles riots, running a restaurant in a tough recession, spending a month in a beautiful old farmhouse in flood-ravaged Provence, and constant adventures in the quest for new and superior produce. "Stephanie's Seasons" is a food book seeking to entertain and enthuse the reader about food. It contains 80 recipes as well as hand-coloured photographs. This is number 48 of a limited, signed edition of only 150 copies.
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Alexander, Stephanie (photos. Simon Griffiths)
Stephanie's Menus for Food Lovers
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Ringwood, Vic., 2003.
First edition thus. Royal octavo; hardcover; red boards with decorated endpapers; 260pp., with full-colour photographic illustrations. Binding rolled with rubbing and wear to edges and corners. Illustrated dustwrapper mildly worn now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Here is a fascinating look back at the beginnings of Stephanie Alexander's influence on Australian cooking, with the long-awaited reissue of her first book.
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Alexander, Stephanie (Simon Griffiths & Mark Chew, illus.)
Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion
News Ltd./Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2009.
Royal octavo; hardcover; illustrated black boards and endpapers; 771pp., colour plates; red cloth wrap with green and white titles and decoration, red and green ribbon markers. Minor wear only; near fine.
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Alexander, Stephanie (Simon Griffiths, illus.)
Cooking and Travelling in South-West France - signed copy
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2002.
Quarto hardcover; blue boards with ochre spine titling and decorated endpapers, 392pp., colour illustrations. Mild wear to board edges and corners. Inscribed in ink by the author to the owners. Near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Join Stephanie Alexander to walk through green forest, linger in tiny villages, shop in the markets and experience the sights, smells and flavours of this most beautiful and gentle part of France.
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Alexander, Stephanie (Simon Griffiths, illus.)
A Shared Table
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Ringwood Vic., 1999.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling and dillustrated endpapers; 248pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Mild wear; some light scraping to the board lower edges and spine extremities. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Like no other book about food in Australia, a fresh approach to the culture, the landscape, the people and the produce. Buffalo-milk mozarella from the Western District in Victoria, freshly caught rock lobster from Kangaroo Island, wine and cheese from Tasmania' north-east, saucer scallops from Fremantle, rare gingers from Noosa, vibrant market produce from Melbourne, and dishes for a special Easter celebration in Sydney.
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Beer, Maggie
Maggie's Harvest - signed
Lantern/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2007.
Quarto; hardcover, full embroidered cloth, green and orange silk ribbons, and decorative endpapers; 716pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Mild wear; boards rubbed with some small stains to the front cover and spine; staining and mild moisture damage to the lower board; faint spotting to the text block edges; inscribed to previous owner in ink by the author to the the title page. Very good. Over 350 signature recipes, detailed descriptions of favourite ingredients and inspiring accounts of memorable meals with family and friends. "My philosophy is simple - to cook from the heart, and to live in harmony with the seasons. Overflowing with memories, musings and recipes, this book is a personal collection of my most treasured food experiences."
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Beer, Maggie
Maggie's Orchard
Viking/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Ringwood Vic 1997.
First edition: octavo; gatefold paperback; 330pp. Toned text block edges with a few spots; mildly sunned spine panel and very slight wear to cover edges. Very good. Hand picking from her own orchard has been a passion of Maggie's from her very first days in the Barossa; the literal fruits of heartfelt labour, seasonally driven and nurtured over months to morph into something far greater than the sum of its parts. From trees over 80 years old, Maggie's heritage orchard offers her the chance to share old fashioned flavour beyond her own table, and that is something very dear to her.
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Beer, Maggie (Simon Griffiths, illus.)
Maggie's Table - signed
Lantern/Penguin Group (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2005.
Square quarto; gatefold paperback; 345pp., with a full-colour frontispiece and many colour illustrations. Moderate wear; cocked; covers rubbed and edgeworn; promotional sticker to the front cover; inscribed to person by the author in ink to the verso of the frontis. Very good.
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Beeton, Mrs.
Mrs Beeton's Cold Sweets Jellies, Creams, Fruit Dishes, Cold Puddings, and Ices
Ward, Lock, and Co., London, 1925.
Octavo; hardcover, with illustrated endpapers; 128pp., with many monochrome plates and illustrations. Rubbing and some marks to the boards; a heavy bump to the top edge of the lower cover; some softening to the spine extremities; text block edges lightly toned. Lacks dustwrapper. Application forms for a position as temporary cook laid in. Very good. 'Something quickly and easily prepared, but which will at the same time help to decorate the table is the need of almost every housewife in these days of bustle and shortage of domestic help. Cold sweets admirably meet this requirement. The making of nearly all of them is very simple a knowledge of the many little subtleties of flavouring and decoration is, however, essential to the success of these dishes, and makes this book a necessity to every housewife valuing her reputation for her selection and preparation of attractive, but at the same time economical, sweets.'
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Bilson, Gay
Plenty Digressions on Food
Lantern/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2004.
Small quarto hardcover, 312pp., colour illustrations. Lightly toned text block edges with light random spotting on top edge. Near fine in like dustwrapper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Part meditation, part memoir this book, which won the Age's Book of the Year award, offers Bilson's rich perspectives on the histories, menus and people around her most famous restaurants, the Bon Gout and Berowra Waters Inn, and then segues into a series of musings about her eccentric fascinations. Historian Clare Wright, one of the judges for the prize, says Bilson's erudition, intellect and wisdom combined with a lack of self-importance made her a mature thinker whose writing roved comfortably across literature, architecture, cultural history, art criticism, philosophy, politics and food. 'To say that Plenty is a book about cookery is both to state the obvious and to miss the point entirely,' says Wright. 'On one level it is about cooking, recipes, ingredients and preparing food. But the way she connects that to larger philosophical and historical points brings it into the public sphere of intellectual activity. A generous, hospitable book that offered reading as a slow pleasure, Plenty connected food and the intellect without emotion or nostalgia.' She further writes" 'It is a memoir, yet it is not self-referential. It is about the intimate workings of her mind, not about her emotions. It was a very brave book in a lot of ways and I quite admired the way she was able to keep herself to herself.'
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Blackman, Barbara and Charles
Barbara and Charles Blackman Talk about Food
Rigby, Adelaide SA, 1979.
Octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers; 48pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; toned and spotted text block edges. Dustwrapper sunned lightly along the spine panel; chipping at spine panel extremities; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Barbara and Charles Blackman "talk about food"... and share favoured recipes. Contents include: "A Child of the Thirties", "Young Women in our Kitchens", "Family Life" and "Foreign Travels".
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Campbell, Joan, with Catherine Hanger
Bloody Delicious A Life with Food
Sue Hines Books/Allen & Unwin, St Leonards NSW, 1997.
First edition: quarto; hardcover; royal blue boards with white spine titling, yellow endpapers; 246pp., some pages printed on coloured stock, with 8pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear; mild spotting to the text block edges. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed with sunning to spine panel, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. 'If you know how to cook a green bean you know how to cook anything.'
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Dahl, Felicity and Roald (Jan Baldwin, illus.)
Memories with Food at Gipsy House
Viking/Penguin Books Ltd., Ringwood Vic., 1991.
First edition: quarto hardcover; red cloth boards and gilt spine titling; decorated endpapers; 239pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to upper text block edges and mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This book offers an insight into the life of Roald Dahl. It is a mixture of written anecdotes covering Roald Dahl's upbringing, his youth and early days in Africa and his later life at home with his wife Felicity and their numerous children, grandchildren and friends. For this extensive family, there is no more enjoyable way of relaxing than to share good food and wine. The meals they enjoy together round the old pine farmhouse table at Gipsy House are either fine examples of national dishes of their multicolour heritage (Norway, France, Britain), or favourite recipes that have delighted three generations of discerning diners. Many recipes have acquired a particular significance for the Dahl family over the years and these are introduced with reminiscences rich in nostalgia and humour. The text by Roald and Felicity Dahl, their children, close family and friends, is interspersed with personal photographs and the sketches of Quentin Blake. The recipes included here are for all occasions, covering family birthday parties, Christmas and Easter celebrations - and demonstrating Roald's passions for chocolate, onions and wine. A final chapter offers recipes for Hangman's Suppers, with contributions from Francis Bacon, P.D. James, John le Carre and Peter Ustinov among others.
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Dali, Salvador Domenech Felipe Jacinto (Capt. J. Peter Moore, trans.)
Les Diners de Gala
Felicie Publishers Inc., New York NY, 1973.
Quarto; hardcover, illustrated and embossed boards, with decorated endpapers; 323pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece and many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; somewhat cocked; spine heel and board bottom edges softened; some mild rubbing and old tape stains to the boards; text block edges toned. One text page has a partial faint ring mark and finger smudge to lower edge. Dustwrapper is quite rubbed and scuffed with mild edgewear; old tape stains to the verso; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Else very good. 'When six years old I wanted to be a cook,' Dali wrote. At the age of sixty-eight his ambition was fulfilled in the shape of this book. 55 recipes are illustrated in colour, 21 of which were prepared by the leaders of French gastronomy: Lasserre, La Tour d'Argent, Maxim's and Le Buffet de la Gare du Lyon.
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David, Elizabeth
Harvest of the Cold Months The Social History of Ice and Ices
Viking/Penguin Books Inc., New York NY 1994.
Hardcover; octavo; dustwrapper; 413pp. Remainder. New. "A splendid tale of human ingenuity in the service of taste, sedulously researched and told with great flair." - Loyd Grossman, Sunday Times. Elizabeth David (1913-1992) found that the literature of cookery, as well as the practical side, was of absorbing interest, and she studied it throughout her life. "Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen" was published in 1970, followed by "English Bread and Yeast Cookery", for which she won the Glenfiddich Writer of the Year award, in 1977. At the time of her death in 1992, she was working on this equally epic study of the use of ice, the ice-trade and the early days of refrigeration, which was published posthumously in 1994 as "Harvest of the Cold Months". "An awe-inspiring feat of detective scholarship, the literally marvellous story of how human beings came to ingest lumps of flavoured frozen matter for pleasure ... There is much, much more - about the making and breaking of reputations, the founding of Parisian cafe culture, the great and rivalrous confectioners of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century London, about Russian ice-cream (surprisingly superior) and Persian sherbets ... sumptuous." - Independent on Sunday. "This survey of the use of ice in cookery takes us on a fascinating journey from 1581, where in Florence they put snow in the wine glasses, to that modern phenomenon, the growth of the ice-cream business. A scholarly social history, which makes a fitting finale to the work of the greatest of our writers on foods and its contexts." - Harpers & Queen.
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David, Elizabeth (Christine Perers, illus.)
Elizabeth David on Vegetables
Viking Studio, New York NY, 2013.
Hardcover, small quarto, 191pp. Colour plates. Dustwrapper. New. Remainder. Published on the centenary year of her birth, Elizabeth David on Vegetables is a celebration of the beloved writer and a compendium of her vegetable-centric recipes. Having travelled extensively in the sunnier climes of southern Europe she was unabashed about sharing her love for fresh, unusual produce and a Mediterranean sensibility towards simple but sensual food. Her cookery books, which from 1950 to 1960 focused on Italian and French food became bibles for a generation of cooks. They introduced a certain rustic, seasonal, Mediterranean approach to eating which is still - arguably - the dominant approach to cooking to this day. The importance of good olive oil, pasta and pesto, how not to be afraid of garlic, what to do with an aubergine - all these David gave us. This new book, compiled by Jill Norman (literary trustee of her estate), features soups and dips, main meals and side dishes - but what's delightful, particularly delving into it when you are a vegetarian, is that the distinction is often vague. A stuffed aubergine can happily be a main dish or a starter or a lively side; potato pie or veggie tart or courgette gratin can stand alone, rather than coming second to a slab of meat. Many of David's long-standing fans enjoy her books for their travelogue style, vividly evoking foreign markets and restaurants, painting word pictures of vegetables in an unusually eulogising manner: in Venice, "cabbages are cobalt blue, the beetroots deep rose, the lettuces clear, pure green, sharp as glass". Norman has included her digressions - mini-essays or travel sketches - on everything from the truffle season to the history of the spud to Venetian markets (featuring exotic salads, 'quite unfamiliar to English eyes,' such as radicchio, lamb's lettuce and rocket. David's book encourages you to really think about vegetables and how you treat them, but also to be a bit more imaginative. This is rather pleasing for the haphazard cook. And with David's brisk but enthusiastic rough guide to all things fresh and vegetable, everything from courgettes to watercress can confidently take centre stage. - Holly Williams
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Ehlert, Friedrich W., Edouard Longue, Michael Raffael & Frank Wesel
Pates and Terrines
Lansdowne, Sydney NSW, 1984.
Quarto hardcover; Illustrated boards and endpapers; 192pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Otherwise very good to near fine with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The definitive work on one of the finest of the culinary arts superbly illustrated in colour. Shows how to make forcemeats, pates, terrines, aspics, galantines, and meat pies, discussing ingredients, utensils, and special cooking techniques.
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Fulton, Margaret
I Sang for My Supper: signed copy Memoirs of a Food Writer
Lansdowne, Sydney, 1999.
Hardcover, octavo; yellow boards with pale yellow spine and gilt titling; 288pp., monochrome illustrations. Signed in ink by the author. Minor wear; very slightly rolled; mildly rubbed and faded board edges; toned text block and page edges. Illustrated dustwrapper, faded spine and adjacent; mild edge and corner wear. Very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Geddes, Robert
A Good Nose & Great Legs - signed copy The Art of Wine from the Vine to the Table
Murdoch Books, Millers Point NSW, 2009.
Quarto gate-fold paperback; 303pp., colour illustrations. Inscribed in ink to the owner. Mild rubbing and edgewear. Very good to near fine.
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Gilmore, Peter
Quay Food Inspired by Nature
Murdoch Books, Millers Point NSW, 2010.
Large quarto hardcover; illustrated gray boards with white upper board and spine titling, gray decorated endpapers; 285pp., colour and monochrome illustrations, gray ribbon marker. Mild wear to edges. No dustwrapper. Near fine otherwise. Quay, one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, is a showcase for Peter Gilmore's culinary genius. Peter's nature-based philosophy and the organic presentation that is synonymous with the fine dining experience at Quay is reflected in the stunning photography and illustration of this eagerly anticipated book. Quay's recipes, including the irresistible eight-texture chocolate cake and signature 'sea pearls', will take you on an inspirational adventure, exploring flavour, texture and technique. Start with a single component, build to a show-stopping dish, or simply enjoy the visual and culinary journey.
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Gopnik, Adam
The Table Comes First Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
Quercus, London, 2011.
Octavo; hardcover, with metallic-red spine titles; 294pp., with some monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; spine heel softened; text block and page edges lightly toned and spotted; some minor spotting to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn with some spotting; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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Grigson, Jane
Food with the Famous
Michael Joseph Ltd., London, 1979.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles on a green label; 256pp., with monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; somewhat shaken; spine extremities softened; text block top edge lightly dusted. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Expanded versions of articles published in the Observer Colour Magazine in 1978. Part cookery book, part social history. The author betook herself away - not too far - from the stove and cooker to reread favourite novels, re-examine pictures in the great galleries, explore houses, letters, journals, and cookery books used by her choice of famous men and women.
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Groundes-Peace, Mrs (Zara Groundes-Peace & Robin Howe, eds.)
Mrs Groundes-Peace's Old Cookery Notebook
David & Charles, London, 1971.
Large octavo hardcover; red cloth boards with gilt titling; illustrated beige endpapers, top edges dyed red; 127pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; a few random spots on prelims and browned text block edges. Illustrated card dustwrapper with tape on upper and lower edges of verso. Otherwise near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Gyngell, Skye (Jason Lowe, illus.)
A Year in My Kitchen
Quadrille, London, 2006.
Octavo hardcover; dark red boards with black spine titling; 255pp., colour illustrations, three ribbon markers. Slightly cocked; one or two spots on text block. Illustrated dustwrapper mildly worn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Skye Gyngell presents a treasure trove of dishes especially created to make the most of ingredients at their seasonal best. Her enthusiasm for great-tasting food is conveyed on every page, providing a constant source of inspiration.
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Johns, Leslie, & Violet Stevenson (Marianne Yamaguchi, illus.)
The Complete Book of Fruit
Angus & Robertson Publishers, Sydney NSW, 1979.
Quarto; hardcover, with upper board titles and illustrated endpapers; 309pp., with 32pp. of full-colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; spine extremities and lower board edges scraped; text block edges toned. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; sunned along the spine panel. Very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Every kind of fruit - from Akebia to Zabala - is described in detail: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how different varieties occur and are cultivated to advantage. For the home gardener the authors give practical advice on the choice of the best varieties to suit climate and soil conditions, on pruning and fertilising techniques, pest control, on training methods and on when to harvest and how to store the crop. Finally they give a guide to preserving and the use of fruit in jams, chutneys, sauces, desserts etc.
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Jones, Marian
Australian Sugar Artistry
Fairfax, Rushcutter's Bay NSW, 1995.
Quarto hardcover; illustrated pink boards with decorative pink endpapers with flower motif; 200pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear; tiny tear on upper front corner of dustwrapper. Near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Creating wonderful things for our family and friends is one of life's pleasures but sometimes it's hard to come up with the ideas. "Australian Sugar Artistry" is a catalogue of sugar pieces made for celebration, fun and fantasy.
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Kiros, Tessa
Apples for Jam Recipes for Life
Murdoch Books Pty. Ltd., Millers Point NSW, 2006.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards, decorated endpapers and a pink ribbon; 430pp., many full-colour and monochrome photographic illustrations. Some marginal notations in ink. Dustwrapper. Very good to near fine. Tessa Kiros has circled the globe working in restaurants in Australia, Greece, Mexico, and London. Her extensive travel and multicultural background lend authenticity to more than 200 recipes, which are grouped by colour and presented alongside vibrant photographs, sound cooking advice, and heartwarming anecdotes about friends, family, and the whimsies of childhood. Kiros shares a bevy of diverse and easy-to-prepare dishes playfully themed in coloured chapters. An index references both specific foods and recipes. With memories of daisy chains, ice cream cones, circuses, and four-leaf clovers, Kiros shares her belief that good food sparks cherished memories that intensify life's melting pot of flavour.
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Kiros, Tessa
Falling Cloudberries A world of family recipes
Murdoch Books Pty. Ltd., Millers Point NSW, 2004.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards, decorated endpapers and a grey ribbon; 397pp., many full-colour photographic illustrations. Minor wear only; very good to near fine in like dustwrapper. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The New York Times calls Tessa Kiros's work "exuberant and colourful." And that is just what her gem, "Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes", is. The book is full of personal touches and stories. It is a beautiful collection of family anecdotes, history, and traditions, all documented with stunning photography, unique illustrations, and a warm dialogue that will simply pull you in. You'll find "Falling Cloudberries" in the Cookbook section, but it could also easily be found in the World Cultures or Travel sections because the recipe collections give a unique taste of Finland, Greece, Cyprus, South Africa, and Italy all in one. This is possible because of Kiros's life. She takes us on a global journey of taste and experience with her eclectic compilation of 170 simple and delicious recipes that reflect her world travels, multicultural heritage, family traditions, and amazing cooking combinations. Taste the world without leaving your kitchen.
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Lawson, Nigella (Francesca Yorke, illus.)
Nigella Bites
Chatto & Windus, London, 2001.
First edition. Small quarto hardcover; gray/silver boards; pink and silver endpapers; 244pp., colour illustrations. A few tiny bumps on board edges. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film).
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Martini, Karen (Earl Carter, illus.)
Cooking at Home
Lantern/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic. 2010.
First edition. Quarto hardcover; red boards with white upper board and spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 249pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear; page edges faintly rippled. Illustrated dustwrapper with light wear to edges. Very good to near fine. "If this collection of recipes does nothing else, I would like to think it encourages people - family, friends, households - to share at least one meal together, two or three times a week."
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Martini, Karen (Earl Carter, illus.)
Lantern/Penguin Books (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Camberwell Vic., 2010.
Quarto hardcover; illustrated boards, red endpapers; 309pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear only; spine panel slightly faded. No dustwrapper, as issued. Very good to near fine. Karen invites us to choose just one delicious dish, put together an entire menu, or create our own unique feasts. Inspiring, instructive and beautifully photographed, "Feasting" reminds us that cooking is not just about producing good food, it is about creating a reason to connect and celebrate with family and friends. "A lush, warm, friendly book filled with recipes you can cook every day - and you'll want to. Her food hits the spot every time." - SMH.
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Neil, Marion Harris
Candies and Bonbons And How to Make Them
W. & R. Chambers Ltd., London, nd. (c.1913)
Octavo; hardcover; 254pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 15 plates likewise. Minor wear; text block edges mildly spotted; mild offset to the endpapers; retailer's ink stamp to the front pastedown. Mild edgewear to the dustwrapper; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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Olsen, John, with Andy Harris (Sowerby Smith, illus.)
Culinaria The Cuisine of the Sun
Tim Olsen Gallery, Woollahra NSW, 2010.
Square quarto; paperback; 46pp., with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Light wear; some rubbing to the covers. Very good. "I had never, in a cloistered childhood, ever cooked, but I had with me from London - I don't know why - a copy of Elizabeth David's 'Mediterranean Cooking'. When I finally settled in Deia de Mallorca, I came to realise that all these splendid dishes derived from a peasant necessity - vegetables and fruits that naturally grew there. Spain was still recovering from a horrific civil war; consequently people were very poor, meat was very expensive - there was only one sheep killed a week. The painting in this exhibition 'The Butcher's Cart, Deia de Mallorca' is an enactment of how the meat was displayed in large chunks no matter which part it came from. The resulting scene had a primitive, animalistic vitality about it. I'm reminded that all art is memory of old-age things, dark things." - John Olsen
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Perry, Neil
The Food I Love Beautiful, Simple Food to Cook at Home
Murdoch Books, Millers Point NSW, 2005.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers and a brown ribbon; 440pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minimal wear. Very slight scuffing to dustwrapper. Near fine.
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Plagemann, Catherine
Fine Preserving Jams and Jellies, Pickles and Relishes, Conserves and Chutneys, and Brandied Fruits; Elegant and Unusual Recipes for City and Country Cooks
Simon and Schuster Inc., New York NY, 1967.
Octavo; hardcover, with decorated upper board; 128pp. Mild softening to the spine extremities; remainder mark to the lower text block edge. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed with a small crease to the rear flap; old price sticker and former price in ink to the front flap. Very good to near fine.
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Robins, Juleigh
Wild Lime Cooking from the bushfood garden
Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., St. Leonard's NSW, 1996.
Quarto; paperback; 210pp., with monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; spine sunned; previous owner's pencil inscription to the title page. Very good. Bush tomato, riberry, quandong, wild lime, wattleseed: how can we introduce them to our everyday cooking? This guide focuses on forty native fruits, nuts, leaves and seeds chosen for culinary appeal. There are cooking tips and over 120 original and delicious recipes.
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Skipworth, Mark
The Scotch Whisky Book
The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., Twickenham Middlesex UK, 1987.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers; 156pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper lightly edgeworn (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine. The image of Scotch whisky is of a 'cottage' industry - that of the careful art of the distiller nurtured in the lonely glens and hillsides of the Highlands and Islands. Of course, with single malt whiskies, this is, broadly speaking, the reality. But Scotch whisky is also very much a product of the Scottish Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, and the big grain distillers and blenders who have helped the drink to gain a worldwide reputation, are to be found mainly in or near the major cities of the lowlands. As well as telling the story of Scotch, this book is also of some practical use. A directory of brands is provided to help the enthusiast find out more about their favourite drink and to select suitable new ones. These are split into the four main areas - single malts, vatted malts (a blend of single malts), ordinary blends and deluxe blend - it gives information on where the whisky is produced, its age (if appropriate), the distillers address, what markets it is sold into and any comments on the brand itself. This book provides a comprehensive survey of Scotch whisky.
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Spry, Constance, and Rosemary Hume
The Constance Spry Cookery Book
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1994.
Reprint. Hardcover, octavo, 1235pp. Minimal wear; spotting to upper text block edge. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper. Menus, presentation, planning and ingredients are all a vital part of the book, but at its heart are over 2,000 unrivalled recipes that cover nearly every dish of any meal and underpin all successful kitchens.
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Tannahill, Reay
The Fine Art of Food - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1968.
First printing. Quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titling; 128pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; front board slightly fanned and text block edges spotted. Very good. No slipcase. In very little space (115 pages) Tannahill manages to convey a broad picture of the history of both procuring and preparing food, common foodstuffs, dining customs and social history related to eating in the Western world (plus several chapters on India and China) from prehistoric times though the age of exploration and colonization. She uses a conversational tone through out the book, along with plenty of anecdotes and examples to illustrate her points. She includes extensive notes on sources, and even a few early recipes (although modern cooks would be confused by the lack of exact measurement) and menus. Recommended for readers who love food history.
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van Loon, Joan, with Gabriel Gate (Chantal Stewart, illus.)
The Chocolate Lovers - signed A children's story and cookbook
Sue Hines Books/Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest NSW, 2001.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; unpaginated (32pp.), with many full-colour illustrations. Mild wear; signed by Gabriel Gate in ink on the front free endpaper. No dustwrapper. Very good to near fine.
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Wilson, C. Anne
The Book of Marmalade Its Antecedents, Its History and its Role in the World Today
Constable, London, 1985.
Octavo hardcover; black boards with silver gilt spine titling; 184pp., monochrome illustrations. Foxing to inner flaps of dustwrapper. Very good to near fine otherwise and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Zumbo, Adriano (Cath Muscat, illus.; Anna Scobie, ed.)
Zumbarons A Fantasyland of Macarons
Murdoch Books Australia/Pier8/9, Millers Point NSW, 2012.
Octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards and decorated endpapers; 118pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear. Some offset and rubbing to the protective pink rubber sleeve. Near fine.
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