June in the cookbook club sees us celebrating Australian flavours – and our July cookbook selection celebrates an Australian culinary icon.
The Lambs’ Ears Cookbook Club Italian selections certainly hit the mark for May, and I think you’ll be pretty pleased with my July cookbook club selection.
In June we are bringing our cookbook love right back home again with Nornie Bero’s Australian kitchen book Mabu Mabu. I know at least two of you have the book – because you won it in the giveaway sponsored by the lovely guys at Hardie Grant Books. ? I hope that the rest of my darling cookbook tragics hunt it down at their favourite book store, the library, download a digital version of it on your ereaders, or find some of the recipes that are freely available online (like her Semur Chicken or Poached Spicy Mushrooms – both available on the delicious Australia website).
I’m really excited about this one – it will be wonderful to expand our indigenous Australian flavour repertoire, so let’s get cooking!
Many of you appreciated the flexibility of having two books to choose from in May so, once again, our July cookbook club selection is actually two books – and they are both wonderful Australian cookbooks.
Many Australian cooks cut their teeth on Stephanie Alexander’s recipes, thank to her epic signature compendium and a classic among Australian cookbooks, The Cooks Companion – a hefty and utterly indispensable tome that has found a place on the kitchen shelves of over 400,000 of us since it’s publication in 1996. In fact, I sent each of my three children out into the world with their own copies of this important Australian cookbook.
Her latest cookbook Home (Pan Macmillan Australia $59.99 RRP) published late last year, adds yet another achievement to her exceptional five decade-long food career. Featuring detailed recipes, simple ways to combine ingredients to create easy meals, and essays on the people, places and experiences that have shaped her food, everyone will find inspiration in these pages.
So, because I just couldn’t choose, I’ve selected both of these wonderful Australian cookbooks for our July cookbook club selection. Pull your old copy of The Cooks Companion from the shelves and have a really deep drill down into it, or grab a copy of this latest cookbook, Home – we will be totally celebrating Stephanie Alexander next month!
(I’ll be sharing remotely through late June and all of July as I’m finally putting my big girl pants on, and getting on a plane to visit my son in the USA – although he has a copy of this book too, so I might even get around to cooking from it in his kitchen!)
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
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