My family and friends know that I love books, especially those about food and travel.
This year I was spoilt with some fabulous books as gifts, all which were reminders of travels, past and present.
Knowing how much I love India, the family knew that I would love Christine Manfield’s new book ‘Tasting India‘. Little did they realize, I have stayed at many of the places she mentions and cooked with the some of the home chefs who’s secrets she shares, so it was an nostalgic read. From Darjeeling in the north east to the villages of the Himalayas, across Delhi and Rajasthan and down to Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the stunning photos and mouth watering recipes cover all corners of India. A fabulous book that I can highly recommend to anyone who has been or wants to travel to India. Time for another trip!
Even though Lucy and Greg Malouf’s book, Saraban, has been available for a while it has always been on my wish list. I visited Tehran in the 70’s, in the days of the Shah and have always wanted to return. The photos bring back memories of the beautiful countryside and the lovely people we met. I still remember the fabulous underground markets where I bought some beautiful glasses and silver platters that I still have. Greg Malouf’s restaurant, Momo, is on my list for our next visit to Melbourne but in the meantime I’ve chosen a few delicious looking recipes to try.
Other recipes that grabbed my attention were the Shaved Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad, Buttermilk ice cream with dried fruit compote and Quail with melting onions, saffron and chickpeas, seen below with a fascinating Iranian woman.
“Thank you for showing us Sicily” said friends as they gave me the fabulous book ‘Made in Sicily‘ by Giorgio Locatelli.
Locatelli, a northern Italian was only introduced to Sicily in the late 90’s, well after he had received acclaim for his London restaurants Zafferano and Locanda Locatelli. His first trip was to Menfi to stay with the Planeta family which reminded us of our stay there earlier in the year at La Foresteria. The book is full of fabulous recipes and photos from all over Sicily.
What are you favourite travel books for cooks?
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