Monday, August 3, 2015

Matt Preston - Food Writer Extraordinaire

CRAVAT -A - LICIOUS - the selected works of the Masterchef Critic - Matt Preston - Ebury Press 

Originally published in 2009 at $21.95 I picked this up at the bargain price of $3.00 at a weekly flea market near Port Douglas in northern Queensland last week.

We all know him of course as the cravat-wearing,larger than life judge on the hugely popular Masterchef Australia TV show but he has been a significant food writer for nearly 20 years and is a former winner of Le Cordon Bleu's World's Best Food Journalist Award.

This fat paperback (400+ pages) is a collection of his entertaining writings from a host of newspapers and magazines including The Age, Vogue Entertaining and delicious.

The other food-related book bought in Australia was the following:

One: A Cook and Her Cupboard

Florence Knight - Hardback - Salt Yard Book Co. A$24.95

“The kitchen was what brought my family together. Meals were about making the best of seasonal ingredients, improvising with what we had (even if what we had didn’t exactly go together) and experimenting, sometimes to the point of absurdity. It was fun and it was about sharing and most of all it was about coming together, being one.”
In this, her first cookbook, Florence turns her attention to the kitchen store cupboard to create imaginative, honest food from her favourite ingredients: olive oil, flour, mustard, vinegar, salt, ketchup, nuts, eggs, honey and chocolate.

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