Jump into May with Italian comfort food and, in the latest cookbook news, June puts native Aussie flavours on our plates!
A new month = a new cookbook for the Lambs Ears Cookbook Club. Our exploration of Sally Wise’s The Comfort Bake in April was fun – head to our Facebook page to admire some very drool-worthy photos. We can still share more of Sally’s delicious comfort food bakes on Throwback Thursdays, but for now it’s time to move on.
In May the cookbook club news is that we have the choice of two wonderful cookbooks for you to cook from. Marcella Hazan introduced traditional Italian cooking techniques to English speakers in the US and UK, and her book The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking will give you plenty to explore and get excited about.
If you would like to know a little more about Marcella here’s a great little piece in the New Yorker magazine, How Marcella Hazan Became a Legend of Italian Cooking.
Our second book, Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italy will appeal for it’s authentic flavours and fresh approach to Italian food – I’m sure you will enjoy either or both books.
Unbelievably (as in – where did the year go?) it’s time to share the June selection and the cookbook club news for this month is that we are going seriously local.
Since this group was the first Australian-based online cookbook club, I think it’s about time we actively explored some of the truly authentic native flavours of our home. With that in mind, my selection for the June cookbook club is Nornie Bero’s Mabu Mabu (Hardie Grant $45 RRP).
I mentioned Nornie’s book in my most recent cookbook roundup and I hope you’re all as keen to expand your Australian kitchen as I am. Her native pantry, with it’s simple and accessible flavours, unlocks the secrets of Australian herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits. The book includes a comprehensive glossary of native ingredients, many of which are now available in supermarkets, and a very handy list of stockists for those who prefer to let their fingers do the (online) shopping.
I’m excited to investigate more thoroughly our own flavours, and I hope you are too. Take the next few weeks to get a copy of the book and hunt down some of the ingredients – we kick off with Mabu Mabu in June.
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.
May – The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, by Marcella Hazan
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.)