Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Maggie's Table by Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer is a long - time resident of South Australia's Barossa Valley. She is deeply involved in the food culture of the area as a producer, chef and enthusiastic champion of all the valley has to offer. Here are recipes and stories that capture the rich flavours and colours of Maggie's home. Season by season, we discover how she cooks with fresh, local produce for simple family dinners and large festive occasions. We travel with her to the local dairy for fresh cream to make ice-cream, to the butcher for smoked meats and to the neighbouring beekeeper for delicious honey. The large wood oven in the garden is lit for baked lemony chicken and potatoes, a picnic is prepared to take to the local pine forest to search for mushrooms, and we join Maggie's husband, Colin, on a crabbing expedition in order to make classic crab cakes in the electric frypan. Come sit at Maggie's Table to celebrate the art of country cooking and to share the generosity and joie de vivre of one of Australia's favourite cooks - the marvellous Maggie Beer. (Publisher's notes).

Maggie Beer is a star in our house; we love her on the telly sharing her culinary wisdom in such a friendly, generous way. She's no different in print, which makes this book a joy to read for the stories alone. Lavishly illustrated, Maggie's Table makes you want to spend time in the kitchen producing good food to share, whether it's a simple cake or vegetable dish or more complex recipes.

Rating - I give this 5/5 GREAT!!

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Reviewed by Jan@ Ballarat Library

1 comment:

lissa said...

Oh I just love maggie.... she knows her stuff.