With their obvious rapport on show every Sunday night – it was only a matter of time before Masterchef judges George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan teamed up on a cookbook. Your Place or Mine? (HB $49.95) is the result of their latest culinary collaboration and is full of recipes you can actually cook, even if you’ll never be a masterchef.
If the haloumi and mint ravioli with burnt butter and raisins to start or grilled quail with cannellini beans for middles don’t take your fancy, then make like sweet lover Gary and jump straight to dessert with the chocolate honeycomb or panna cotta with roasted apricots and honey.
The boys have picked 43 of their favourite ingredients, from dried beans and asparagus to honey and figs. There is a recipe for each ingredient from both Gary and George and you will want to cook and devour every single one!
Masterchef anyone? A surprise TV sensati0n for Channel 10 earlier this year, Masterchef has created insane popularity of not only the winner Julie [whose cookbook is out next year] but the judges; Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris.
The first of the books related to the series is OUT NOW! Just received is Greek Cookery: From The Hellenic Heart by George Calombaris. Let me tell you, this is one good looking cookbook! With shiny silver edged pages and chock full of great photography by Dean Cambray of not just the food, this book would make a spectacular gift. Recipes are nice and spread out meaning most have an image. The book is divided into 8 helpful chapters including Priono: Breakfast, Skara and Psitaria: Grill and Spit and My Mum’s Greek Cypriot Heart. From old favourites Baklava and Moussaka (plus Every Dip Flavour Imaginable!), to surprise packets like Cypriot pies and Greek Doughnuts with Attiki honey, this book won’t just sit on a shelf after its bought.
(self scanned image, left side slightly cut off sorry!)
Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart is well priced for books of its type at $50, Hardcover. It’s sure to sell fast so don’t wait around.
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