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!

Photo of Beautiful Indian women from 'Tasting India' by Christine Manfield
Fabulous photo of the Indian Women in their colourful saris

Spiced goat curry recipe from 'Tasting India'
I've eaten this spiced goat curry from Chattra Sagar - it's delicious

Kingfish Steamed in Banana Leaf from 'Tasting India'
Faiza Moosa's Kingfish steamed in Banana Leaf from her fabulous cooking class in Thalassery

Udaipur from 'Tasting India'
Fabulous photo of Udaipur, one of many in the book

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.
Beautiful photos from the book 'Saraban'
Stunning photos fill the book

Beautiful photos from the book 'Saraban'
More fabulous photos

Meatballs stuffed with fruit and nuts and profiteroles with fig cream from the book, 'Saraban'
Must try these meatballs stuffed with fruit and nuts and profiteroles with thick fig cream

Olive and pomegranate salad recipe from Malouf's book 'Saraban'
Olive and pomegranate salad also looks interesting

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.
Photo from 'Made in Sicily' by Giorgio Locatelli
I love this introduction to the vegetable section of the book!

Photo from 'Made in Sicily' by Giorgio Locatelli
This photo has to be taken in Castelbuono

Recipes from Made in Sicily by Giorgio Locatelli
Photos and recipes fill the book

Photo from 'Made in Sicily' by Giorgio Locatelli
Reminder of the fabulous poppies of Sicily

What are you favourite travel books for cooks?
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