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Friday, May 24, 2013

Healthy and Warm Cooking Ideas

With winter well and truly on it's way, I bet people are craving warm tasty meals. I know I am! Well here are a few fantastic cooking books you may enjoy.

Small Kitchen by Sally Wise
RRP $24.99

While most cookbooks tend to offer recipes for families of four people or more, statistics show that more and more Australians live alone, or in small households of two people. With this in mind Sally Wise, author of bestselling books like SLOW COOKER and A YEAR IN A BOTTLE, has written a book which caters for the smaller household. Carrying Sally's signature of nourishing, tasty food, this is a book which tells you how to buy, cook and store food in a small kitchen environment--without waste and with maximum effect

Like Grandma used to make by Rebecca Sullivan
RRP $34.99

When Rebecca Sullivan's beloved Great Grandmother Lilly passed away Rebecca realised the wealth of knowledge that had gone with her, including Lilly's prize-winning recipe for Victoria sponge. Rebecca decided to make it her mission to collect and gather as many skills and recipes as she could, from all the nonnas, yiayias and grannies willing to share their treasured secrets with her. Rebecca is the face of the new 'granny skill' movement - a growing community of women who share and preserve these traditions by collecting and passing them on. In this book, Rebecca recreates the tastes, smells, clever crafts and tips of Grandma's kitchen and home, sharing more than 100 recipes and practical home crafts, all beautifully photographed. Burnt your saucepan? No worries - a quick fix of boiling water, vinegar and baking soda will have it gleaming as fast as you can whip up a batch of Granny's finest scones. Wondering if your jam is ready? Try Nonna Rosa's saucer test. Crammed with useful tips and tricks and wonderful, wholesome recipes, Like Grandma Used to Make is a wonderful gift and the absolute go-to manual for anyone looking to reconnect with the simplicity and goodness of days gone by.

CSIRO Total Wellbeing diet: Recipes on a budget
RRP $35.00

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This brand new collection of more than 135 recipes shows you how to eat well without breaking the bank or compromising on quality or nutrition. Based on the scientifically proven program, these are must-have recipes for those already following the diet, and a delicious introduction to a healthy eating plan for those trying the diet for the first time. Packed with recipes using everyday ingredients, highlights include: how to make cafe-style breakfasts and brunches for next-to-nothing; using inexpensive cuts of meat to create wonderful slow-cooked dishes; clever ways to transform leftovers into delicious meals; plenty of ideas for making your own great-tasting dips, pastes, spice mixes and dressings that will save you a fortune. Lose weight and boost your vitality while enjoying the pleasures of good food.

Australian Woman's Weekly Farm House Cooking
RRP $39.95

Country homes - like no other - have a certain evocative feel about them, a feeling of warmth, homeliness, peace and calm, a far cry from the lives we lead in our homes in busy cities. This wonderful book takes the reader for a stroll through the home, starting at the heart of every house - the kitchen - with recipes for bread, breakfast and preserves. The verandah is the place morning tea, afternoon tea and supper is served. The dining room is kept for more formal meals and larger gatherings of guests. Think special occasions, such as christenings, birthdays and Christmas. Last, but certainly not least, is the garden, where barbecues rule. Or perhaps a feast served on a long table, set under the trees - there is something special about this.

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