COMING AND THE GEESE ARE GETTING FAT...'|
|Growing up I always knew the holidays were on
their way when first, the cherries came into season, and second, my
mother began to sing this classic from among her repertoire of ditties: 'Christmas is coming and geese are getting
fat, please put a penny in old man's hat. If you haven't got a penny,
then a halfpenny will do, if you haven't got a halfpenny, then God Bless
And God Bless you, if you don't have a halfpenny,
because you will want them this Holiday season. I know that I have only
recently bombarded you with the amazing pickings for November (click here to read the November Buzz again)
but I simply couldn't let the Holiday season go any further without
giving you a chance to prepare all your summer feasts and scrumptious
gifts for friends and family.
Below you will find a selection of Christmas cooking titles, as well as some
classics on the subject from Australian Women's Weekly.
I have also put together some non-Christmas
titles, for all those who are enjoying the holidays in other ways.
Those looking forward to many hours of entertaining
kids over the summer will find a couple to choose from, and our celebrities of the month have put in a word
or two to help entertaining for friends and family a breeze. I haven't
forgotten those vegetarians who might
want to enjoy a feast, or the more waist-line
conservative either. Throughout there are plenty of gift
selections, my pick of the bunch would have to be the Masterchef
cookbook, Chunky series and Moorish.
as a very special holiday present to all those lovers of good fresh
fruit and vegies, Booktopia has 50 signed copies
of Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden
I waxed lyrical about this book in my last newsletter, so won't repeat
myself here, suffice to say kids from ages 2-102 will love the recipes
and techniques collected together by this master of Australian cooking.
Click here to read more, including
an exclusive recipe for Booktopia from Stephanie, and a Q&A.
you enjoy it as much as I have,
Food and Drink Editor
|CHRISTMAS FAIRY COOKING|
I want to be a
Christmas Fairy! Even if you don't have a little girl in your life to
share Christmas with, try to find one just so you can let this book take
you on the journey back to yourself in the days of iced fairy crown
biscuits, Christmas castle cakes, tiny pink star cookies and marzipan
canes. This book will serve hours of summer holiday entertainment in the
build up to Santa's visit (and if you can't find that little girl to
share it with, I would just share it with the right girlfriend!).
here to buy Christmas Fairy Cooking
$12.95, Booktopia Price: $10.35
Including 120 recipes from cocktails, nibbles,
roasts, puddings and edible gifts plus all the seasonally anticipated
trimmings photographed in stunning style.
to see inside this book.
Click here to buy Cooking for
RRP: $24.99, Booktopia
THE CHRISTMAS KITCHEN:
The Gathering Place for Making Memories
Tammy Maltby, Anne Christian Buchanan
as more than a collection of recipes, this book will inspire you to
share activities, gifts and memories that found an entire tradition of
wonderful family Christmases.
Click here to buy The Christmas Kitchen
$24.99, Booktopia Price: $19.99
MARGARET FULTON CHRISTMAS
You can't go wrong when you have mother Fulton leading
the way. Let her guide you through even the worst of the holiday
Click here to buy Margaret Fulton Christmas
RRP: $45.00, Booktopia Price: $36.00
HAMLYN ALL COLOUR 200
Roast goose with spiced apples and
figs, roasted parsnips with thyme butter, ginger and hazelnut ice cream
and even what to do for your leftover turkey sandwiches - find it all in
Click here to buy Hamlyn All Colour 200
RRP: $12.99, Booktopia Price: $10.39
Click here to read more about Christmas titles from the
fabulous people at Australian Women's Weekly.
|For all those who are not celebrating
Christmas on December 25th, I have put together a couple of beautiful
titles that will ensure the summer holidays don't go by without a good
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO
TRADITIONAL JEWISH COOKING
Jewish history and culture through
flavour. Containing a brief history through the ages, this book shows
how different tastes have evolved in various Jewish regions and their
reasons, for example the use of dill and sour cream in Russian Jewish
cultures and spices in North African.
Click here to buy The Complete Guide to
Traditional Jewish Cooking
Booktopia Price: $26.39
PARK AVENUE POTLUCK
of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
hostesses (you know who you are), this is THE book for you. A walk
through the Manhattan and New York state homes of society women who have
thrown more glamorous parties than there are bubbles in your champagne.
Take a seasonal glimpse at everything from their recipes to table
decorations for New Year's Eve, anniversaries, birthday parties or
Click here to buy Park Avenue Potluck
Retail Price: $70.00, Booktopia Price: $56.00
PARTY: THE COMPLETE GUIDE
TO FOOD AND DRINKS
The planning and preparation
bible: with cocktails including classics such as martinis, daiquiris and
fruity mocktails plus recipes for finger food, large scale dishes,
vegetarian options and lots of sweets.
Click here to buy Party: The Complete Guide to Food and Drinks
$29.95, Booktopia Price: $23.95
|COOKING WITH KIDS|
| BAKING KIDS LOVE|
Table, Cindy Mushet
Filled to the brim with tips for both
kids and adults, this book is all about safe, clean, loving baking.
Basics like measuring your oven's accuracy and staples of the pantry are
explained by the masterful author of The Art & Soul of Baking, and
her daughter Bella, to get you started on pizzas, cookies, pies, tarts,
fruit desserts, quick bread, cakes and yeast breads.
Click here to
see a video on this book or the google
Click here to buy Baking Kids Love
RRP: $31.95, Booktopia
COMPLETELY REVOLTING RECIPES: A COLLECTION OF DELUMPTIOUS FAVOURITES
wonderful culinary creations brought straight from his novels to life.
Fans of his books will recognise Snozzcumbers, or a Fresh Mudburger as
soon as it is served up from dinner. Thankfully, all sound worse than
they really are, Stink Bug Eggs, for example, are really just devilled
eggs with food colouring and parmesan, and Mr. Twit's Beard Food
consists of mashed potatoes, hard–boiled eggs, mushrooms, and cocktail
franks cunningly rearranged. These recipes are kid-friendly to the
palate, easy to prepare side-by-side with even very little-ones and are
sure to excite the imagination.
to read a sample recipe from this book.
Click here to buy Roald Dahl's Completely
RRP: $27.95, Booktopia Price: $22.36
COOKING WITH GRANDMA
gift, this picture book tells a tale that will ring true to all those
for whom grandma has been a very special influence.
Click here to
buy Cooking with Grandma
$24.95, Booktopia Price: $19.95
EASY KIDS PARTY FOOD
here to buy Easy Kids Party Food
$14.95, Booktopia Price: $11.95
I WANT TO BE A CHEF:
Learn to Cook More Than 100 Recipes
Click here to buy I Want to be a Chef
$29.95, Booktopia Price: $23.95
FAST, FRESH AND FABULOUS and FAB FOOD FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS|
the meals that make or break us. Creating the greatest of family
memories and reducing us tears all at once. Thank goodness for Janelle
Bloom: who's knack for crowd-pleasing, easily whipped-up recipes makes
cooking for friends and family a breeze. Take a leaf out of the book
from this chef of Ready, Steady, Cook,
and relax on the big day this year.
Click here to see the video
of Bloom's Fast Fresh and Fabulous.
here to buy Fab Food for Family &
Friends or Fast Fresh and Fabulous
RRP: $39.95, Booktopia Price: $34.95
BLUMENTHAL|| ||SEASONS|| ||NEW
Chas Newkey-Burden |
most influential culinary chemist of our age, not to mention the creator
of what can be described as a stunning art-book in The Big Fat Duck Cookbook,
has had a truly meteoric life. Entirely self taught, his restaurant has
twice been voted the best in the world and he has received an OBE from
the Queen. That's the kind of achievement we could all aspire to.
here to buy Heston Bluementhal
$39.99, Booktopia Price: $31.99
| ||Donna Hay |
Picking up the
trend of seasonal eating, Donna Hay is set to beat her own best-selling
records with this stunning new collection. Including tips on lifestyle
as well as recipes and food styling, this would make a beautiful gift.
here to buy Donna Hay's Seasons:
$49.99, Booktopia Price: $39.99
| ||Marcus Sameulsson|
and Sweden-bred Chef Marcus Sameulsson presents 300 recipes - a remix
of his culinary inspirations from around the USA. Chef and co-owner of
Aquavit restaurants (New York, Stockholm and Tokyo) and presenter of
"Inner Chef" on the Discovery Home channel, he also happens to be
married to model Gate (Maya) Haile. He understands multiculturalism,
introducing many cultural influences to his cooking and philosophy,
whilst promoting healthy ingredients, organic vegetables and healthy
eating initiatives - and sure to be onto a winner in the
Click here to buy New American Table:
$59.95, Booktopia Price: $47.95
|| ||COOK'S BOOK:
RECIPES & STEP-BY-STEP TECHNIQUES FROM TOP CHEFS |
|Annemie Dedulle and Toni
The ultimate in decadence, coming in at AUD$3,500/kilo last
time I checked: Truffles. If you want to serve up something really
special this Christmas - this is the book to investigate. Since 2000
Annemie Dedulle has harvested and sold truffles to top restaurants in
Western Europe. Toni de Coninck is head editor of UIT Dutch lifestyle
magazine, and author of several gastronomy books.
Click here to buy Truffles:
$60.00, Booktopia Price: $47.99
| ||Christine Mansfield, David Thompson, Greg
Malouf, Peter Gordon, Dan Lepard|
Let the world's top chefs
into your kitchen to give you a hand. 600 classic dishes and techniques
to guarantee success every time are all covered in this essential
classic for the kitchen. Put it on the 'perfect pressie' list!
here to buy Cook's Book: Recipes
& Step-By-Step Techniques From Top Chefs
RRP: $79.95, Booktopia Price: $63.95
|MOORISH FLAVOURS FROM MECCA TO
MARRAKECH || ||THE SPICE KITCHEN:
EVERYDAY COOKING|| ||A LITTLE TASTE OF
INDIA, JAPAN AND MOROCCO|
|Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf|
chermoula, sumac and saffron into your household ingredients so they
take on the staple status of pesto, basil and rosemary, in this book
Greg and Lucy Malouf have demystified the flavours of Northern Africa,
Spain and Arabia. They have created a wonderful book to play with and be
Click here to buy Moorish Flavours from
Mecca to Marrakech:
RRP: $49.95, Booktopia Price: $39.95
Engra, Katie Luber, Kimberly Toqe|
Taking you on a short
history of spices across the globe, and featuring an introduction to the
the 'cast of characters' that makes up your spice kitchen, this book
teaches you a variety of ways to use zests, herbs, cloves, chillies -
you name it - for every meal of the day.
Click here to
see the google preview for this
Click here to buy The Spice Kitchen:
$45.95, Booktopia Price: $36.95
three classic little titles are a great way to get into the culture of a
nation you are perhaps not so familiar with - and through the most
evocative and exciting part of your body - the belly! Each one includes
stunning photography of the country it references, allowing you to go
for a voyeuristic ride as you cook!|
Click here to buy A Little Taste of Morocco,
A Little Taste of Japan
or A Little Taste of India:
RRP: $29.95, Booktopia Price: $23.95
|FOR THE HERBIVORES|
|LOVE SOUP || ||VEGAN
YUM YUM: DECADENT (BUT DOABLE) ANIMAL-FREE RECIPES FOR ENTERTAINING AND
Thomas' Vegetarian Epicure
has been a giant of the vegie culinary world for nearly two decades
now. Her latest book details the ultimate comfort food, with accompanying
breads, dips and salads and a particularly tempting perfumed wild
mushroom soup for Christmas.
Click here to buy Love Soup
RRP: $34.95, Booktopia Price: $27.95
| ||Lauren Ulm|
from Boston went vegan in 2002 and fell in love with her kitchen. Here
she serves up all her best tips and tricks for every meal of the day,
including maple soy tofu sandwiches, blueberry pancakes with lemon icing
and lemon maple scones with clotted cream. Prove to your friends how
decadent vegan food can be!
Click here to buy Vegan Yum Yum:
$32.99, Booktopia Price: $26.40
|BEATING THE BULGE|
END OF OVEREATING || ||NUTRITION AT YOUR
If you're already looking at the fruit mince pies
in in the bakery and wincing with the thought of how you will resist
this whole summer - here is the answer. In this book Kessler presents a
clear plan for changing the food choices we make, reclaiming our
cravings and finding health and vitality.
Click here to buy The End of Overeating:
$26.95, Booktopia Price: $21.55
| ||Elisa Zied|
And to help you
along that path to success, registered dietician Elisa Zied offers here a
guide to nutrition’s latest findings, explanations of vitamins and
minerals, fats, carbohydrates, fibre and proteins. She will help you
evaluate healthy weight goals and manage them, analyse food labels, plan
meals and fight disease with your diet.
Click here to buy Nutrition at Your
RRP: $29.95, Booktopia
VELVET & CHOCOLATE HEARTACHE: THE ULTIMATE FEEL-GOOD BOOK OF
NATURAL CAKES THAT TASTE NAUGHTY|| ||CAKE WRECKS: WHEN
PROFESSIONAL CAKES GO HILARIOUSLY WRONG|
From the author of the first Cook Yourself Thin
book comes this collection of ingenious baked goods without the
calories. To achieve this, Eastwood has gone to her garden, introducing
zucchinis and eggplants as staples of baking in a way that maintains the
flavour of all your favourite classics.
Click here to buy Red Velvet
& Chocolate Heartache:
RRP: $69.95, Booktopia
This may just be the only book of what not to do
that I will ever present to you. This is a collection of professionally
made cakes that took a wrong turn at some point. Words don't do them
justice, look out for the cakes that have written on them 'Olympic
Rings', 'God Bless Everyone inside a heart' and a particular favourite,
to see the google preview of
Click here to buy Cake Wrecks:
$21.95, Booktopia Price: $16.95
|SAVOURY BAKING |
If you're feeling
like a chipmunk on speed from all the sugar, but can't resist the
relaxation of the mix, pour and bake process - this may well just be the
answer. Mary Cech is an award-winning pastry chef who has worked at
Chicago's Charlie Trotter’s,
the five-diamond resort Grand Wailea
in Maui and famed Cypress Club
Restaurant in San Francisco. Recipes in this book include:
Portobello Mushroom, Rosemary, and Shallot Cream Clafouti; Onion,
Fennel, and Orange Upside-Down Cake; and Chicken Dijon Brown Betty.
here to buy Savoury Baking:
RRP $39.95, Booktopia Price: $31.95
we often do here at the Booktopia
Food & Drink
Buzz, I have chosen a particular cuisine to feature in this
edition and provided three of the months most delectable titles on the
subject. This month I have chosen Italian...|
CROLLA|| ||WHY ITALIANS LOVE
TO TALK ABOUT FOOD|
Contini and Philip Contini |
Author of Dear Francesca and Easy Peasy Baking Contini offers
her seasonal take on the delights of Italian produce. Try winter's
festive flavours, the best of springs vegetables in a broad bean and
spinach frittata, summer seafood and slow cooked autumn casseroles.
Contini writes evocatively and the photographs that decorate this food
diary feature over 200 delicious recipes. Including personal stories and
local knowledge delivered straight from a truly passionate Italian
Click here to buy Valvona & Crolla
$69.95, Booktopia Price: $55.95
as Culture. This book, for serious foodies, takes you through Italy and
its flavourful cooking step-by-step, analysing the natural resources
and cultural backdrop that have brought particular ingredients and
dishes to the fore. The glossary of terms illuminates the meaning of
such things as alla cacciatora (browned in oil with rosemary, garlic and
red pepper, then braised in wine) or in carpione (roasted, then
marinated in vinegar).
Click here to buy Why Italians Love to Talk
RRP: $34.99, Booktopia
|AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY|
definitive guide to Australian home cooking have put together some gems
for Christmas this year, use them to prepare your feast or give them as
CLASSIC CHRISTMAS |
|Australian Women's Weekly|
all the recipes mum never wrote down for baked ham, roast turkey, mince
pies, fruit cake and Christmas pudding. Then hand this beautiful bound
edition down to your own children so they can carry the tradition on!
here to buy AWW Classic Christmas
$34.95, Booktopia Price: $27.95
|AWW CHRISTMAS|| ||AWW CHRISTMAS: FOOD & CRAFT |
with contribution by Pamela
This quirky collection of table decorations, edible
gifts and tasty morsels is designed to delight guests and friends
throughout the Christmas season. There are no turkeys or hams here, but
there are little tarts, mince pies with stars on top and Christmas tree
here to buy AWW Christmas
$24.95, Booktopia Price: $19.95
a carol songbook and pattern sheet, this collection of craft ideas for
table settings, decorations and gift ideas is accompanied with tried and
true turkey recipes, traditional Christmas cake, pudding, party drinks,
nibbles, dips and spreads. The perfect creation-combination.
Click here to buy AWW Christmas: Food &
RRP $29.95, Booktopia
GIFT IDEAS FOR THE COMPLETE COOK|
you're searching for the perfect present, try any of these classic
RRP: $24.95, Booktopia
RRP: $19.95, Booktopia Price:
AWW EATING TOGETHER
RRP: $39.95, Booktopia
Booktopia Price: $59.95
the person you are buying for as a seasoned chef or an interested
Women's Weekly always provides a wealth of new ideas, presented
in stylishly designed guides.
THEREFORE I AM: A PHILOSOPHER'S GUIDE TO WINE|
Taking a very
good natured look at the history of wine from the Ancient Greeks to
Christian Eucharist tradition, and onto the present day, Scruton makes
the argument that not only can a glass or more help you think, it will
positively lubricate your powers of philosophy. He suggests wine as a
new lifestyle regime, designed to liberate you from much of the
pretentious dribble written about wine today, and the cultural stigmas
surrounding grog in general.
Click here to buy I Drink Therefore I am: A
Philosopher's Guide to Wine
RRP: $49.95, Booktopia Price:
|CHUNKY COOKBOOK SERIES|
RRP: $26.95, Booktopia Price: $9.95
Full set RRP: $179.55, Booktopia Price: $59.95
Re-launched for a whole
new generation, the bestselling and award-winning Chunky Food series offers clever
collections of easy-to-cook, flavoursome recipes. Since this series was
first published in 2002, over two million copies have been sold
Of the nine, my two favourites are:
SWEET FOOD: featuring crème caramel,
cheesecake and chocolate fudge.
FOOD: Put 'em in a soup, stir fry, salad or pie - the choice is
endless in this collection suitable for omnivores, vegetarians and
vegans. The Eggplant, Ricotta and Pasta Pots look particular
Click here to
buy all these 9 titles for the special price of $59.99.
Click here to
buy any of the individual titles for just $9.95!
The perfect gift for the chef in your house!
The new updated 2009
edition of this definitive guide to the kitchen includes 900 photographs
and the details and origins of nearly every recipe included.
here to read a Sydney Morning
Herald article on this book.
Click here to buy Larousse Gastronomique
$145.00, Booktopia Price: $116.00
Australia's coastlines, and our obsession with them, from deep-sea
diving to line-fishing, the recipes and stories in this book tell the
story of our maritime history, our oceans, the wonderful seafood they
provide and the culture we have created around them.
here to buy Oceans:
$59.99, Booktopia Price: $47.95
For all those choc-a-holics we have two
very beautiful books. Click on the title to read more.
65 Chocolate Dessert
RRP: $45.00, Booktopia Price: $36.00
Booktopia Price: $19.95
|I WANT CANDY!|
we haven't forgotten the sweet tooths - here two for those who need
out the candy mice in the book video for
Life is Sweet.
|Life is Sweet
RRP: $32.95, Booktopia Price: $26.35
|Field Guide to Candy|
$32.95, Booktopia Price: $26.35
FOOD AND WINE LOVER'S PUZZLE & QUIZ BOOK
Crosswords, logic puzzles, word searches -
all sorts of puzzles on the subject of food and wine. An excellent gift
for anyone that is infuriated by the daily paper's difficult clues, or
knows their produce and gourmet cheeses inside out.
Click here to buy The Food and Wine Lover's
Puzzle and Quiz Book:
RRP: $15.95, Booktopia Price: $12.95
Oliver's tour of America is going well,
as those of us who are following the Channel Ten series will know.
He has managed to do the impossible: truly engage with a people and a
culture that have become so beyond stereotype in our minds. If you don't
believe me, check
out this trailer on the Channel
Ten website. The book features superb photography, wine suggestions and
finer versions of baby back ribs, Waldorf salad and hamburgers.
Click here to see sample pages and recipes from
To read more about the book and Jamie,
including a Q&A with the man himself, click here.
Click here to buy Jamie's America:
RRP $65.00, Booktopia price: $51.99
book is so divine it is difficult to tell whether it is an art book or a
cooking book. The images are so fabulous you will swear you have walked
off the plane and into Thailand when you fall into into it. Thompson
starts with morning food, snacks mainly, deep fried and hand-held
delectables, before launching into noodles for noon.
each recipe Thompson gives the Thai name and history of the dish for
example 'Pat Thai' emerged in 1930s and 40s under the military regime of
Phibun who established a competition to get people eating noodles - and
it was the winner.
Click here to see sample recipes and photographs
from this book.
here to buy Thai Street
RRP: $100.00, Booktopia Price: $79.99