Greg Duncan Powell
Murdoch Books- NZ$37
I read the author's potted bio on the back inside cover of this book which reads - Greg Duncan Powell lives and works from a house perched on a hill overlooking the sea on the New South Wales south coast. He tastes wine for a living, occasionally writes books and won't let his beloved wife near the kitchen. A father of three small children, he is also a surfer, windsurfer, musician, part-time tree surgeon, and complains that his life is stressful and very busy.
I immediately liked him and decided I must own his book. Having now spent the afternoon reading the book, and the one that follows, I am pleased with my purchase.
Each chapter focuses on a single classic ingredient - the grape, the olive, the legume, the chicken, the pig, the sheep, the cow, the vegetable, the lemon etc - and different ways to cook and serve it, always with an eye to thrift and flavour, and the glass of wine he recommends with the dish. The first thing I am going to make is from the legumes chapter - baked beans the old way.
Also pleased with the second purchase:
Limpet Barron, David Hughes, Sarah Charles
Chelsea Physic Garden - NZ$40
This book comprises 150 pages of beautiful garden and food photography through the seasons, the photographs by Sarah Charles.
Packed with utterly gorgeous photos it is a special record of the physic garden a hidden sanctuary in the heart of Chelsea between the Thames and Royal Hospital Road, London.