Post Script: Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook – Julie Goodwin

Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook

Julie Goodwin

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733637117



Australia’s best-loved home cook and original MASTERCHEF, Julie Goodwin is back with the accessible and practical cookbook every family needs.

Looking for the perfect meal for your family?

All you need to make delicious food to feed your hungry loved ones is contained here in one place. Collected here for the first time you can find Julie’s essential go-to recipes: from making a great omelette, to roasting the perfect chicken, preparing simple and satisfying soups and salads and baking classic cakes, muffins and desserts that will become family favourites. Whatever ingredients you have in the house, no matter the season or occasion, you can put together a tasty feast that will please everyone, every time.



My View:

“Whatever ingredients you have in the house no matter what the season or occasion, you can put together a tasty feast that will please everyone, every time.” (Back cover)


This book is a “collection of everything I think is important to know in order to be able to nourish yourself and the people you love; it’s the recipes that bring back childhood memories for myself and my kids; it’s the little bits of kitchen wisdom that have been handed down through generations, or passed on from friends, or discovered by accident or through trial and error. It is the book I want my boys to have for when they have families of their own.”  (Julie Goodwin, Introduction) Indeed this is a book that when you think engagement present, house warming present, birthday present…this is the “go to” book.  With sections on the basics, and much more – why are my family cooking memories not of laksa, dukkah, baked Camembert with pear and candied walnuts, cannellini bean dip, lemon, pea and ricotta cannelloni?  Why not???  A different generation I suppose – who only cooked basics, who cooked in the pervasive shadow of war time rationing, who were conservative in their tastes. Even when I went to high school I could not avoid the stodge that was offered in the home economic classes I attended.  Thank goodness home cooking has evolved into the sumptuous and nourishing choices we have today (yes food can be both tasty and nutritious).


Julie Goodwin provides a resource that is easy to use, inspiring and tasty. This book makes the perfect gift to give or to keep for yourself.






Post Script: The Best Of Gretta Anna with Martin Teplitzky – Gretta Anna and Martin Teplitzky

Guaranteed to make you hungry just looking through this book.

The Best of Gretta Anna

The Best of Gretta Anna with Martin Teplitzky


Penguin Random House

Penguin Books

ISBN: 9781921383656



The much loved Gretta Anna Teplitzky is to Australian cuisine what Julia Child was to American cuisine, introducing the home cooks of Australia to her own unique style of fabulous French-style cooking, with her practical, non-nonsense recipes that work every time.


Here, for the first time, is an updated selection of recipes from her two bestselling books, curated by her son Martin, a talented chef in his own right.


What’s more, you’ll find sixty original, never before published Gretta Anna recipes, plus a selection from Martin.


My View:

It is a bleak and rainy day here in Western Australia and so I though what better to do on this lazy afternoon than flick through a new recipe book and see what catches my attention – I was already considering making something sweet with bananas or a casseroled beef type main meal (a strange combination I admit but we expecting a delivery of Leeuwin Grass Fed Beef tomorrow and I have some ripe bananas on hand and I am already planning what I might make with these ingredients).


Picking up this book was the wrong thing to do- I am now sitting in my office – my stomach is gurgling begging me to start cooking. The trouble is there are so many great looking recipes I don’t know where to start. French style cooking has never looked yummier (the photos are amazing) and so many of the recipes are calling to be made. And they don’t look difficult (is it a myth that French style cooking is intricate and tricky to master?) As the description of the back cover states – these are practical, no nonsense recipes that work every time.


Already I have decided to make Anna’s Carrot Cake, the Banana Cake (it is recommended to make a double batch and freeze one as all who try will love this), the Macaroons (a family favourite), the Almond Chocolate and Ginger Cake, and the mix in the food processor; Rol’s Apple Pecan Cinnamon Cake (too easy).


For vegetables I want to try the unusual combination of Sweet Potatoes in Lemon and Ginger or Broccoli with Garlic and Chillies or Beans & Broccoli with Chillies and Almonds (the garden has plenty of beans and sweet potatoes at the moment).


For the main meal …so many choices leap out at me; the Moussaka looks great (and we have eggplant still growing in the garden), or perhaps The Basic Casserole – can be made with chicken/lamb or beef. Or there is the Pot Roast Chicken or the Perfect Roast Chicken and the Chicken Capitan – it looks delicious too (a Spanish style recipe) or there is the Osso Buco Special.


Or perhaps the German Potato Soup would be a good place to start – something nourishing and warming for this wintry day?


Too many choices!