Post Script: Beyond the Farm Gate. A Culinary Journey Through Australia’s South West – Danielle Costley

Come on a journey…

Beyond the Farm Gate

Beyond the Farm Gate

A Culinary Journey through Australia’s South West

Danielle Costley

Margaret River Press

ISBN: 9780994316714



Beyond the Farm Gate by Danielle Costley takes you on a culinary journey through Australia’s Southwest.


It’s a journey that’s both breathtaking and yet deeply communal, at one with the people, places and produce that are home to the South West Region. Here, the food is very much an expression of craftsmanship and, at times, the very lifeblood of the community.


Beyond the Farm Gate celebrates and pays tribute to the artisan food growers who are dedicated to the art of producing flavoursome, high quality produce. Danielle Costley’s in depth interviews with 31 growers reveal the interesting and diverse backgrounds of these food growers some of who share recipes that have been passed down from one generation to another.


Embark on a food-finding mission that begins with a unique berry that earned its name from a Tiger snake, unearth the rare and elusive black Perigord truffle, pop beads of citrus caviar in your mouth or pluck a Greenlip abalone from the pristine waters of Flinders Bay. Savour dry-salted organic capers, or sample fresh, oozingly decadent jarrah honeycomb straight from a beehive.


Beautifully photographed by Chris Gurney, Beyond the Farm Gate unlocks the stories and secret recipes from a melting pot of flavours and influences. This book will want to make you pack your bags and disappear for a few days on a gastronomic adventure that will leave you craving more.



This is a very impressive book – not just because it focusses on the culinary discoveries of the South West Of Western Australia where I happen to live, not just because the photos are impressive and could easily be mistaken for art works hanging on walls, not just because the book shares some fresh and exiting recipes from local producers and growers and not just because this unique book also shares personal stories from the aforementioned local growers/producers but because this book is crafted with love and appreciation for people and communities featured in this book.


This is a book that can be read as a travel guide for a culinary experience of the southwest, this can be read as a “coffee table picture book” its images inspiring, or perhaps as a cook book for those with a yearning for fresh, local and organic produce. This book is the perfect gift to send to your overseas or eastern states family and friends – but be warned after they read this book you may suddenly find yourself with an influx of visitors waiting to explore for themselves the many attractions the south west of Western Australia has to offer. When I picked up this book and started flicking through its pages I had an immediate yearning to pack up and head off in our caravan to discover the places and foods this book features.





5 thoughts on “Post Script: Beyond the Farm Gate. A Culinary Journey Through Australia’s South West – Danielle Costley

  1. It sounds like a great addition to a kitchen library, Carol. And there’s just something about community-based recipes and lifestyles. They had a very personal and unique touch to food.

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