Next weekend we kick off a new year in the cookbook club, with One Pan Perfect by Donna Hay. Discover the February cookbook and our new year-long cookbook selection here!
Well here we are my lovely cookbook addicts – right at the pointy end of the year with things looking just as bad as they did at this time last year. Lucky for us we can take comfort in the kitchen, so it’s time for the February cookbook selection, plus the announcement of the book we’ll be cooking from all year long.
As I posted last month, the cookbook for January 2022 (how weird is it writing that?!) is One Pan Perfect by Donna Hay which I’m quite looking forward to, but I’ve broadened our scope a little, and gone across the ditch for the February cookbook selection.
One of my favourite cookbook authors is New Zealand’s Annabel Langbein, who I first wrote about way back in 2012. She has a huge cannon of work, her food is always delicious, accessible and generous, and her recipes never, ever fail. Since 1988, when she self-published her first book of recipes, she has published over 25 cookbooks and she’s something of a national culinary treasure in Aotearoa.
Her new book Bella – My Life in Food (Allen & Unwin $44.99RRP) is a memoir that includes 60 of her own absolute favourite recipes, and it is technically our February cookbook, but to give you the chance to explore her work fully I’ve decided that we can cook from any of her many books or any recipes she has online, in February. Please note the book name and page number when you post in the group so others can find the dishes too.
Knock yourselves out treasures, no matter what your food preferences are I really think you’re going to love her.
We will begin cooking from the new year-long cookbook from January 2022, just to keep things tidy, and I’ve thought long and hard over the new selection. Given that his impact on Australian food and dining – both in the restaurant and at home – is enduring and incredibly profound, I’ve selected Neil Perry’s new cookbook Everything I Love to Cook.
This latest book comes 16 years after the publication of Perry’s groundbreaking bible for home cooks, The Food I Love, and contains more that 230 recipes that range from legendary dishes from his restaurants, modern classics from his long-running Good Weekend newspaper column and some new favourites. Again, it’s broadly inclusive of different food preferences and kitchen skills, so I’m sure we’ll all find things we’ll love to cook, too.
So, in a nutshell – the February cookbook is Annabel Langbein’s new book Bella, or anything from any of her previous publications, and our new year-long cookbook is Neil Perry’s Everything I Love to Cook.
Have a safe new years eve and I’ll see you on the flip side, my friends. xxx