Food lover, cover to cover – cookbooks worth a look

Up your game in the kitchen and get inspiration from the masters of the stove.

We all know life has a habit of getting pretty busy, which sometimes means the best-laid dinner plans occasionally go on the backburner – especially during the winter months.

Luckily, we’ve come up with a selection of Australian cookbooks that would take pride of place in any local kitchen, offering a feast for the eyes and helping deliver food inspiration when you need it most.

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Maggie’s Recipe for Life – Maggie Beer with Professor Ralph Martins

Maggie Beer is one of Australia’s most recognisable foodies, boasting a culinary career spanning five decades as a cook, food author, food manufacturer and restaurateur.

In Maggie’s Recipe For Life, she teams up with Professor Ralph Martins – Professor of Neurobiology at Macquarie University NSW – to help tackle one of the most debilitating conditions affecting older Australians: Alzheimer’s disease.

Guided by scientific research, Maggie has created more than 200 delicious recipes aimed at helping to provide the nutrients we all need for ideal brain health. There’s no compromise on flavour, either – roast chicken with broccoli tabouleh and chocolate cloud cake make the cut!

The proceeds from Maggie’s Recipe for Life are shared between the Maggie Beer Foundation and the Lions Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

That’s cooking for a good cause.

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CWA Classics: Over 400 Favourite Recipes – Country Women’s Association

You’d be hard-pressed to find many local households that haven’t used a Country Women’s Association (CWA) recipe or cookbook to whip up something simple and tasty in the kitchen – they’ve been an essential part of Australian kitchens for generations.

This book focuses on the classics: over 400 traditional delights from some of Australia’s most loved and respected home cooks. Everything from soups and stews, to pies and cakes, to jams and preserves – a recipe for every occasion.

The CWA is all about advancing the rights and equity of women, families and communities in Australia through advocacy and empowerment, especially for those living in regional, rural and remote Australia.

And they’re also the experts in simple and delicious home cooking.

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Asian After Work: Simple Food for Every Day – Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw has been a busy boy since winning MasterChef Australia in 2010 – quickly becoming one of the country’s most popular cooks, authors and television presenters.

Asian After Work keeps things super-simple: helping anyone create authentic and affordable Asian dishes at home without hours in the kitchen.

Making the most of easy-to-find ingredients, friends and family will soon look forward to favourites like chicken kra-pow and black pepper beef, or grilled prawns with salty lime and honey ice cream.

If you’re time poor but won’t skimp on flavour, this guide will take you on an thrill-ride through all the very best bits about fast, fresh and easy Asian food.

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Dessert Divas – Christine Manfield

Is this a book for the kitchen or the coffee table? We can’t quite decide.

Dessert Divas is a feast for the eyes and mouth – a tribute to desserts jam-packed with captivating photography sure to inspire your next sugar-rush in the kitchen.

Celebrated Australian chef Christine Manfield thinks desserts should appeal to all the senses – that means being utterly seductive, capturing our imagination and (most importantly) tipping the scales on deliciousness.

Learn tips and techniques from the expert as you work your way towards recreating sweet treats like caramel ice cream and rich honeycomb at home.

After all, what’s a good dinner without dessert? Sweet tooths rejoice!

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Good Food Guide 2018 – Myffy Rigby and Roslyn Grundy

OK, we know this isn’t technically a cookbook.

But there always comes the odd occasion when cooking at home just isn’t an option, or you’ve spent all afternoon thinking about that special night out for dinner.

Enter the Good Food Guide 2018 – the first national edition of the much-loved foodie bible, guiding us through expert reviews of 500 of Australia’s most popular restaurants.

Following 38 years of expert advice on restaurants across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, the Good Food Guide now steps up to the national stage under the guidance of some of our country’s most respected reviewers.

Co-editors Myffy Rigby and Roslyn Grundy provide the finishing touches. Voila!