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John Purcell - The Booktopia Book GuruIf your Easter Break was anything like mine you will have spent at least part of your time enjoying the company of friends and family while sharing a meal or two, or three.

With time on our hands many of us will have gone to the trouble of cooking up a feast. Some may have even gone further, baking hot crossed buns, bread, cakes and other delicious goodies.

Whether you're a dabbler, like me, or a confident cook, we all need a little help, and inspiration, from time to time. A wonderful array of cook books are being published in April and May. These are my kind of cook books, too. Comfort food, sweets, hearty stews... Yep, winter is coming.

The pick of the bunch, in my opinion, is Charlotte Wood's Love and Hunger - it is a book which will excite us all to embrace life, love and cooking with gusto.

Kind Regards,

John Purcell,
The Booktopia Book Guru
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THE SWEET LIFE
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By Kate Bracks

Irresistible cakes, ice creams and desserts, to weaken even the strongest resolve!

MasterChef Australia 2011 winner Kate Bracks knows about desserts.

This mouthwatering array of inspired dessert recipes includes favourites such as Apple Pie, Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Mousse as well as fresh new ideas, such as Kate's Chocolate, Date and Hazelnut Torte, Raspberry and Pistachio Frozen Nougat and Vincotto Figs with Caramelised Walnuts and Mascarpone. Kate also puts modern twists on old classics, from her Spiced Crème Brûlée, to her irresistible Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches, or her Brown Butter Cheesecake. This is food to weaken even the strongest resolve!

The structure of the book is designed to guide the home cook from the 'basics' - incorporating basic techniques, such as sauces and syrups; how to make the perfect meringue; make your pastry rather than buy it; how to cook with gelatine - to 'beyond the basics' for the more confident cook. And, if you really want to impress, there's a chapter at the end where all the techniques can be put together to wow your friends and family. There's also a code throughout the book to help you determine which recipes are most suited to your particular cooking desires and ability.

Indulge your own sweet tooth with this glorious book of baked treats and dessert recipes from Australia's MasterChef 2011 winner; and don't forget the golden rule ... always lick the bowl!


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SINFULLY EASY DELICIOUS DESSERTS
By Alice Medrich
  JAM DROPS AND MARBLE CAKE
  BAKING/COOK STEP BY STEP 2 BOOK PACK

This title features the simplest, smartest, most flavourful, fail-proof, and pain-free dessert recipes ever. It is an answered prayer for all cooks who love great food but more...

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Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts

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A timeless collection of over 130 tried-and-true recipes. Jam Drops and Marble Cake celebrates 60 successful years of the Cookery Competition held by more...

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Make sure your baking rises to every occasion. Whether you want to produce the perfect tart, bake a cake fit for a king or serve up a soufflé that won't more...

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SLOW COOKER 2
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By Sally Wise

In 2009, Sally Wise's Slow Cooker became an overnight success - not just the best known and best loved of the slow cooker books, but the biggest selling, outranking her many competitors. Since then readers have been pleading with Sally to write another book. Now she's done it! Featuring 128 brand-new recipes, tips on how to cook many of the dishes for smaller families or for households of one or two, and many more recipes for vegetable and fish dishes, this is an essential cookbook for everyone needing everyday inspiration and ideas for delicious, nutritious meals.



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THE SLOW COOK BOOK

  AT MY MOTHER'S KNEE
  ROSA'S FARM
By Rosa Mitchell
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Mouth-watering slow cook recipes from tasty tagines to fragrant curries

From pot roasts to North African tagines, celebrate the art of slow cooking with The Slow Cook Book. The 200 recipes featured include all more...

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The Slow Cook Book

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  Click here for more details or to buy A patchwork of food memories and celebrities' recipes

Recollections of some of our best known celebrities as they share the recipes they learned at their mother's knee. Launched in time for Mother's Day 2012, this delightful new book features celebrities in the more...

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At my Mother's Knee

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When Italian-born Melbourne chef Rosa Mitchell and her husband Colin bought their farm in central Victoria in the late 1980s they acquired 20 acres of cleared land running up a volcanic hill, a few fruit trees and a dilapidated more...

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Rosa's Farm

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MASTERING THE ART OF BAKING
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By Anneka Manning

Take a masterclass in your own kitchen with The Art of Baking. This comprehensive new volume includes classics such as brioche and pork and fennel sausage rolls, through to contemporary dishes such as strawberry macaron mousse cake and caramelised tomato tart. Guiding you through the sweet and the savoury alike are comprehensive step-by-step photographs and expert tips on getting the best results. No matter what your previous baking experience is, The Art of Baking will fast become your baking bible.


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MARGARET FULTON : BAKING

  CAKESTAR
By Jade Lipton
  BEST EVER BAKING RECIPES
By David Herbert
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Margaret Fulton Baking belongs in every kitchen. The recipes are triple-tested so will work brilliantly every time and are easy to follow, making them ideal for beginner cooks. From Australia's best known and most loved cookery writer comes this collection of essential more...

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Become a Cake Decorating SUPERSTAR!

CakeStar is packed with more than 25 spectacular and show-stopping cakes, cupcakes and biscuits designs by Jade Lipton, owner of successful boutique cake business Cakestar. Each design features more...

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'Over the years I have learnt to worry less and to bake more . . . For me, baking is something that comes from the heart. It connects you with family and friends, as well as traditions - whether handed down, learned or new.'

Baking is David Herbert's passion. So when he decided to more...

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LOVE AND HUNGER
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By Charlotte Wood

I have just finished Charlotte Wood's Love and Hunger and urge everyone to read it, especially those who must cook every night and resent it, or avoids cooking when they can because they consider it a chore.

This book has the power to reignite a passion for life, friendship, food and the everyday.

Part memoir and part recipe book,
Love and Hunger can be read cover to cover, as I did, just like a novel, or can be dipped into when the moment requires.

Charlotte's unusual cook book is the wise friend many of us do not have ready at hand 24/7.

Love and Hunger is a guide, an encouragement and an inspiration.

'A love of food oozes from Charlotte's every pore in this wonderful book. Her recipes and ideas come with great practical advice but even better her warmth and emotional honesty reflect the generosity of food and continually made me smile (sometimes with nudging tears). 'So many tidbits shared, so many 'aha' moments and things I needed to know!' - Maggie Beer

The award-winning author of The Children and Animal People, explores the solitary and shared pleasures of cooking and eating in an ode to good food, prepared and presented with minimum fuss and maximum love.

'What's important is the fact of eating together - the gathering at the table, the conviviality.'

Love & Hunger is a distillation of everything Charlotte Wood has learned over more than twenty years about cooking and the pleasures of simple food well made. In this age of gastro-porn and the fetishisation of food, the pressure to be as expert as the chefs we've turned into celebrities can feel overwhelming.

An instant antidote to such madness is this wise and practical book - an ode to good food, prepared and presented with minimum fuss and maximum love.

Cooking represents 'creativity in its purest form'. It is meditation and stimulation, celebration and solace, a gift both offered and received. It can nourish the soul - and the mind - as well as the body. Love & Hunger will make you long to get into the kitchen to try the surprising tips and delicious recipes, and will leave you feeling freshly inspired to cook with joy for the people you love. Love & Hunger is a gift for all who value the solitary and shared pleasures of cooking and eating. Like a simple but glorious meal, this feast of a book is infused with warmth and generosity.

Acclaimed and award-winning novelist Charlotte Wood also writes the popular cookery blog How to Shuck an Oyster and is a brilliant home cook and food enthusiast. An invitation to dinner at Charlotte's house is always cause for celebration.


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SWEET PARIS
By Michael Paul
  GOURMET PILGRIM GERMANY
  ANTONIO AND LUCIA
By Riccardo Momesso


Any Parisian will tell you that theirs is the city of romance, light and delicious sweets that are like no others on earth. Take your tastebuds on a tour of Paris in this sumptuous collection of sweet more...

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Sweet Paris

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For Gourmet Pilgrim, food has personality - a story to be told and understood. Even the simplest dish is an experience to be enjoyed and appreciated - so much more than just a great recipe or a good meal. So our mission is to more...

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Riccardo Momesso's parents, Antonio and Lucia, moved from Calabria to Australia in the 1950s, bringing with them a rich history of Calabrian cooking traditions - foraging, hunting, fishing, preserving and, most importantly, the more...

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