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Tuck in to a warming quinoa and chia porridge
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Tuck in to a warming quinoa and chia porridge

Winter days often call for hot, hearty dishes – ones that have done their time in the slow cooker or stovetop, fusing flavours to create the ultimate comfort-food fare. The belly-warming repasts found in Whole Food Slow Cooked, the new cookbook from food writer Olivia Andrews, are exactly the kind of meals we love to indulge in on chilly days, never mind during unwelcome cold snaps. This recipe offers the option of using either slow cooker or stovetop to create a wholesome quinoa and chia porridge, sweetened with Granny Smith apples, dates and dried fruits. more

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Slurp up creamy mushroom and pepperberry soup
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Slurp up creamy mushroom and pepperberry soup

As coughs and sniffles strike all over office spaces, public transport and family homes this winter, we’re hoping to use the power of wholesome, nutrient-dense food to nourish our bodies and ward off any nasties. A cold night at home is the perfect opportunity to brew your own pot of hot soup, full of natural ingredients and clean coconut water. This creamy mushroom and pepperberry soup combines Swiss brown mushrooms with cashews and lemon juice, and is completely vegan, dairy- and gluten free. Created by Botanical Cuisine’s Omid Jaffari, it’s one of more than 150 recipes found between the covers of raw, a new cookbook that lets you in on the secrets to creating gourmet raw cuisine every day. more

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Warm up with a rustic fish stew of cod cheeks, fennel, mussels and clams
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Warm up with a rustic fish stew of cod cheeks, fennel, mussels and clams

How many times has the calendar hit Monday and you’ve found yourself swearing by healthy-eating resolutions but demanding simplicity? Or invited all your mates around for a mighty weekend brunch, then wasted days poring over incomprehensible recipe books? Anna Barnett’s new cookbook Eat The Week guides home-cooks through their daily meals, offering recipes catered to different moods and days of the week, from carb-loaded feasts to light, zesty dishes. This recipe sees fennel, mussels, cod cheeks and clams combined to create a delicious rustic fish stew, perfect for sharing on a cold winter's night. more

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Indulge in warm chocolate, almond and pistachio biscuits
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Indulge in warm chocolate, almond and pistachio biscuits

The simple pleasure of biting into a freshly baked biscuit, still warm from the oven, is one of the many little gifts winter brings. Get those chilly hands working in the kitchen this weekend and whip up a divine batch of chocolate, almond and pistachio biscuits from the magical mind of one of the country’s most experienced patissiers, Jean Michel Raynaud. This quick and easy recipe has been taken from Jean’s very first cookbook, The French Baker, which hit stores last month. Please note all ingredients must be at room temperature. more

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Lunch on an avocado sandwich with lemon ricotta
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Lunch on an avocado sandwich with lemon ricotta

If you’ve ever experienced the leisurely indulgence of brunch in New York City, there’s a good chance you’re acquainted with Prune. The Lower East Side institution was opened by self-taught cook turned James Beard Award-winning chef Gabrielle Hamilton 15 years ago, and now her new cookbook Prune is giving fans an insight into the wonderful woman’s mind. Written in Gabrielle’s distinctive voice, with as much encouragement and scolding as you might experience were you a line cook in her kitchen, the cookbook encompasses 250-plus recipes including Prune favourites. This recipe for avocado sandwich with lemon ricotta is sure to be a winner at your next lunch or picnic. more

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Bite into a Peruvian pork sandwich
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Bite into a Peruvian pork sandwich

With a landscape varying from coast to mountains and rainforests, Peru's cultures, cuisines and ingredients differ greatly across the country. Unexpected and diverse, Peruvian food is underpinned by Incan origins, with strong use of corn, chillies and potatoes – 4000 varieties of which are grown in Peru. Over time, immigration to the country has seen traditional dishes enriched and adapted to fuse influences from Spanish, Chinese, African, French, Japanese and Italian cuisines to create modern Peruvian food. The newest addition to Phaidon's national cuisine series, Peru: The Cookbook by Gastón Acurio showcases dishes such as ceviche, stuffed potatoes and this recipe for sánguche de lechón (pork sandwich) to create a definitive guide to Peruvian home cooking. more

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Flip a batch of oat pancakes with berries this long weekend
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Flip a batch of oat pancakes with berries this long weekend

Humble legumes often get overlooked when thinking of fun and exciting ingredients to cook with, but they are in fact an extremely versatile addition to both sweet and savoury dishes, as well as being full of protein, low in GI and packed full of nutrients that are really ace for your insides. On a mission to change the way we look at and consume legumes, Australian nutritionist and food writer Chrissy Freer has released her latest cookbook, Superlegumes: Eat Your Way to Great Health. With more than 85 recipes ranging from pulled pork black bean burgers to this recipe for oat pancakes with berries, you'll be itching to introduce more legumes to your cooking repertoire. more

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Bake a traditional Queensland drover's fruit cake
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Bake a traditional Queensland drover’s fruit cake

To celebrate Queensland week from May 30 to June 7, Alison Alexander has gathered some of the best produce the state has to offer to whip up this delicious drover's fruit cake. This cake was first made by a drover working in the Chinchilla area on Queensland’s Darling Downs in the 1930s. Originally the fruits were in packet sizes and the cake was cooked in a camp oven. The quantities have been changed a little, but the rich flavour and aroma of the cake remains as delicious as ever. The use of treacle, rum, ginger and macadamias makes this a special Queensland treat. more


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Serve up a Nordic feast of herring, potato and lingonberry
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Serve up a Nordic feast of herring, potato and lingonberry

Although here in Queensland our temperatures don't quite drop to those of northern Europe, its still nice to cosy up indoors and pretend its actually cold outside. When the weather is too bitey for your sensitive skin to handle, gather a group of your favourites, bunker down and share in a Scandinavian feast. Chef, food stylist and photographer Simon Bajada celebrates the cuisine of the northern region in his new book, The New Nordic, showcasing the earthy, clean and subtle-but-complex flavours of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The book features classics such as Swedish meatballs, Danish smørrebrød and this recipe for herring, potato and lingonberry, alongside stunning photography of Scandinavian landscapes to transport you right there. more

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Give your dessert a twist with a chocolate basil cake
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Give your dessert a twist with a chocolate basil cake

If you’re an inner-city dweller who uses your small abode as an excuse for not growing your own food, then new cookbook Courtyard Kitchen is for you. Author Natalie Boog guides readers through the process of growing their own herbs and potted fruits on balconies, courtyards and window boxes, from selecting the best plants for your space to information on seasons and plant care, before dishing up more than 80 recipes using those home-grown goodies. This divine cake snips basil straight from the garden and throws it into the mixing bowl with your usual baking staples to create a moreish chocolate cake with a herby zest. more

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Graze on a plate of beef carpaccio
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Graze on a plate of beef carpaccio

Tender beef, zesty capers and sharp pecorino combine to make this crudo di manzo, or beef carpaccio, the perfect share plate for a late afternoon snack with a glass of wine. This ensemble will transport you to the home kitchens and trattorias of Italy, where simple dishes focus on the perfect composition of flavours, colours and textures. Find this recipe and plenty more snacking inspiration in Luca Lorusso and Vivienne Polak’s new cookbook Sharing Puglia, which showcases the culinary delights of Italy’s southern coast. Invite a few friends around this weekend, stock the cellar and throw this merry mix on the table. more

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Bake a moreish chocolate and beetroot cake
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Bake a moreish chocolate and beetroot cake

As the temperatures drop and the hoodies come out of exile, we start pining for cosy weekends at home, pottering around in the kitchen cooking up comfort foods. Executive chef and cookery writer Lucy Cufflin is the queen of the baked good, thanks to many seasons catering for ski chalets. Her latest cookbook, Lucy’s Bakes, is a collection of more than 200 recipes encompassing everything from sourdough to Bounty biscuits. This delicious recipe for chocolate and beetroot cake is the perfect cure for weekend chills. more

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Whip up a classic Victoria sponge with passionfruit icing
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Whip up a classic Victoria sponge with passionfruit icing

She may have been born in Britain, but this sunburnt country has wholeheartedly adopted cookery writer Margaret Fulton. Hailed as ‘the matriarch of Australian cooking’, Margaret is credited with changing the way we eat and has been nominated by the National Trust as an Australian Living Treasure. Margaret published her first cookbook back in 1968 but the 90-year-old dreamer hasn’t slowed down a single bit, with the release of new cookbook Margaret Fulton’s Baking Classics just this month. We’ve been eyeing off a number of sweet indulgences, including this classic Victoria sponge with whipped cream and passionfruit icing – the perfect treat for a chilly weekend. more

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Serve up an autumnal sundown carrot and grilled corn salad
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Serve up an autumnal sundown carrot and grilled corn salad

If you’re looking for a colourful, vegetarian side for the dinner table, this sundown carrot and grilled corn salad might just do the trick. In awe of the bright fresh produce that abounds her local farmers markets, chef and nutritionist Sarah Britton created this bright and delicious salad, named for the sunset look of cut purple carrots. Inspired by her incredibly popular food blog My New Roots, Sarah’s new cookbook dishes up 100 plant-based recipes, with plenty of vegan, gluten-free and raw options for those so inclined. To make this more of a meal, toss in some black beans and serve it all over a cooked grain like quinoa or brown rice. more

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Whip up a rustic farfalle pasta with peas, mint, lemon and goats curd
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Whip up a rustic farfalle pasta with peas, mint, lemon and goats curd

There’s been a chilly nip in the air this week – a sure sign of winter creeping towards us and all the promises of hearty comfort food. A flick through the new cookbook from MasterChef 2014 runner-up Laura Cassai has set our eating agenda for the seasons ahead, with dishes like sausage, porcini and fennel seed ragu pappardelle and slow-roasted pork loin stuffed with chestnuts and cranberries. Showcasing Laura’s roots in traditional Tuscan and Sicilian cooking, My Italian Kitchen is sure to provide plenty of culinary inspiration for chilly nights at home. For a fresh and zesty dish, plate up this farfalle pasta with peas, mint, lemon and goats curd. more

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Serve up Adriano Zumbo's Moroccan chicken sausage rolls
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Serve up Adriano Zumbo’s Moroccan chicken sausage rolls

What is there not to love about Adriano Zumbo? The man can craft you a lavender, thyme and strawberry macaron just as easily as he can whip up a bangers and mash pie. The Sydney-based patissier shot to fame when his croquembouche tower appeared on the first series of MasterChef Australia and he’s been a household name ever since. Now the master has wooed us once again with his third cookbook, The Zumbo Files. Unexpected flavours and vibrant colours fill the book, which will guide amateur homecooks through the baking process. Spend the rainy Easter long weekend pottering about in the kitchen, whipping up this hearty dish of Moroccan chicken sausage rolls. more

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Dip into a Turkish-style spoon salad
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Dip into a Turkish-style spoon salad

You may be one of those people who find salads to be a little ho hum. While this salad features your usual tomatoes and red onion, your tastebuds are in for a treat when they discover bursts of pomegranate, the crunch of walnuts, the heat of bullhorn peppers and fresh zesty herbs. And to top it all off, it's coated in a zippy sweet-and-sour dressing of sumac, pomegranate molasses and apple vinegar. Often seen on menus of Istanbul as the famous Gavurdağ salad, this finely chopped side dish is designed to be eaten with a spoon. Follow Istanbul-born chef Somer Sivrioğlu and food scholar David Dale’s lead as they explain in their new cookbook Anatolia how to construct this delightful spoon salad. more

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Craft a salad of golden beetroot, pickled plum, pancetta and maple syrup
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Craft a salad of golden beetroot, pickled plum, pancetta and maple syrup

Last week on The Weekend Edition Brisbane, we had the great opportunity to interview Melbourne chef Matt Wilkinson about his gorgeous new cookbook, Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads. This week, we’re sharing one of our personal favourite excerpts from the book, which explains how to craft salad of golden beetroot, pickled plum, pancetta and maple syrup. Filled with bold flavours like horseradish, smoked yoghurt and star anise, the salad is delicious on its own or as a side. more

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Bake a fancy epi loaf to impress your guests
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Bake a fancy epi loaf to impress your guests

The simple pleasure of cracking open a fresh loaf of bread and devouring a warm slice smeared with butter can only be heightened when that doughy creation was crafted by your very own hands. Parisian master baker Éric Kayser is no stranger to this feeling, and now he’s sharing his secrets with English-speaking bread fiends via The Larousse Book of Bread, which is available in English for the first time. Brought to you by the publishers of the Larousse culinary encyclopaedia, the tome serves up 80 recipes with variations and step-by-step photography. Whether you’re pining for a traditional cob, a speciality rye, an organic sourdough or perhaps even a sweet brioche, The Larousse Book of Bread has you covered. This recipe for fancy epi loaves is sure to impress both eyes and stomachs. more

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Crunch on a shard of flaked almond brittle
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Crunch on a shard of flaked almond brittle

Even the healthiest of those among us have to admit – sometimes there is nothing better than a bit of sugary goodness. Sharing this love for sweet treats, London-based chef Yasmin Othman shows you how to make your own indulgent bites to impress your pals. You’ll find this recipe for flaked almond brittle snuggled up next to other childhood favourites like liquorice allsorts, peppermint creams and marshmallows in Yasmin’s gorgeous new cookbook, Atelier: Confectionery. more