Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Homecooked feasts: favourite celebratory recipes from Australian kitchens

"Everyone has a favourite recipe for a special occasion, whether handed down from generation to generation or discovered anew. In Homecooked Feasts, ABC Local Radio listeners share with you 150 of their favourite dishes and the heart-warming stories that surround them. Selected by Maggie Beer and Valli Little, this book contains great recipes from family feasts, including weddings, birthdays, christenings, anniversaries, Australia Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's and Father's Day, Halloween and Christmas. From Irish Spiced Beef to Nana's Shortbread, Chicken and Chorizo Casserole to Danish Cherry, Almond and Rice Christmas Pudding, this delightful treasury is both a celebration of Australian home-cooking, and a resource for cooks who want to make everyday meals special." (Publisher's notes).

I have heaps of recipe books at home, but there's always room for one more - and this book just might be it! The recipes are clearly set out and I loved the stories accompanying each one. Lack of photos might be an issue for those of us who like to see what our hard work should look like, but I can assure you the baked caramel pudding (p. 116) I made last night looked a picture.

Rating - I give this 5/5 GREAT!!

Link to the library catalogue

Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch

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