Our Australian cookbook club is still embracing Australian flavours in July, focusing on Aussie food icon Stephanie Alexander – and we have some serious comfort cooking coming our way in August.
June in Lambs’ Ears Australian Cookbook Club opened up a new world of Australian native flavours for many of us with Nornie Bero’s Mabu Mabu – check out our Facebook group to see what we got up to with it!
I know many of you are looking forward to July, to get cooking with one of Australia’s matriarchs of cooking, Stephanie Alexander. Don’t forget, we have two of her books to select from this month – her iconic The Cooks Companion, a book that definitely needs to be in every kitchen, and her latest publication Home, her 19th book and in many ways a reflection on her career and her love of food.
As I mentioned in my last post, I will be travelling for all of July, so don’t expect to be able to contribute much to the Facebook group for the month, so I’m really hoping that lots of you will step up and share your own kitchen creations from Stephanie’s two fantastic books.
August is my birthday month, so I’m indulging myself in our Australian cookbook club this month and going with something that has utterly won my heart. Regula Ysewijn’s new book Pride and Pudding totally sings to me on a couple of different levels. First up it’s about the epitome of comfort food – puddings. It has more than 80 recipes for British puddings of all kinds – sweet and savoury – and August is still cold and wintry enough in Australia to warrant comfort, so really, what’s not to love.
Secondly, like Oats in the North, Wheat From the South, the previous book of hers that I reviewed over two years ago, Ysewijn once again takes a plunge into British culinary history. Pride and Pudding delves into historical texts, some from as far back as the 14th century, to share the story of British food in an accessible and enjoyable way.
As something of an academic food geek, to whom the story behind food is every bit as important as what is actually on my plate, I seriously rate someone who takes culinary history seriously. I can’t wait to share the fascinating stories and modernised recipes in Pride and Pudding and I can’t wait to get some of these delicious treats in my face! I hope that everyone in our Australian cookbook club enjoys this book as much as I do.
In other cookbook club news, the Lambs’ Ears Cookbook Club list so far in 2022 is –
Our year-long cookbook is Neil Perry’s Everything I Love To Cook.
June – Mabu Mabu by Nornie Bero
May – The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, by Marcella Hazan or
Jamie’s Italy, by Jamie Oliver
April – The Comfort Bake by Sally Wise
March – The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden
February – Bella (or anything from any of her previous works) by Annabel Langbein
January – One Pan Perfect by Donna Hay
YOU CAN BUY ANY OF THESE COOKBOOKS AT ALL GOOD BOOKSHOPS, OR ONLINE AT BOOKTOPIA USING THE LINKS IN THIS POST. (IF PURCHASED VIA THESE LINKS, YOU WILL GET A GREAT PRICE AND I WILL RECEIVE A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE COST.)