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Eurospan Cooks: Pie

10 Jul 2019 13:00:59

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This charming recipe book from The University of North Carolina Press provides fifty-seven delicious, seasonal pie recipes that draw on author Sara Foster’s extensive skills as a professional chef.

More than this, though, it gives an insight into the warmth and heart of a southern kitchen, and presents the process of pie-making as an almost instinctual, family-orientated tradition – one that results in a seemingly unavoidable ‘passion for pies’.

From the traditional – Chocolate Meringue, Old-Fashioned Pecan, Straight-Up Rhubarb – to the adventurous – Peanut and Pepsi, Carolina Crab, Chorizo Apple – Sara has a recipe for every occasion and every taste. A significant slice is dedicated to savoury pies, which draws on Sara’s experience as a chef and highlights the importance of seasonality, texture, and seasoning to taste rather than following the recipe precisely. In fact, when it comes to savoury pies, she encourages her reader to use the recipe only as a guideline and to make the ingredients and flavours their own.

For a decidedly amateur baker, this freedom appealed more than the precision I thought I might need to whip up some Swiss meringue or frangipane, so I decided to have a go instead at the Caramelised Onion and Whipped Feta Pie. Sara's instructions were clear and reassuring, and while I’m still not quite ready to be throwing pies together at the drop of a hat, it certainly seems more attainable than when this book first landed on my desk.


Sara’s ultimate advice is:
‘Make lots of pies. That’s how you learn.’
When the results are this delicious, I’m more than happy to keep practising…

Pie: A Savor the South Cookbook is available on the bookstore now: https://www.eurospanbookstore.com/pie.html

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Meet the legendary Mirka and Georges Mora, with classic French recipes, untold
anecdotes, photographs and Mirka's sensuous and colourful artworks.

This vibrant and beautifully illustrated book from Melbourne University Publishing showcases the remarkable impact of Mirka and Georges Mora on Australian art and food. Arriving in Melbourne in 1951 from Paris, they energised local society and transformed the culinary and artistic landscapes.

Their apartment became a hub for the bohemian set, and their cafes and restaurants brimmed with sophisticated food, sexual intrigue and creative endeavours. Mirka's distinctive art, now collected by major galleries, was a vital part of this heady mix.

Their eateries were magnets to the rich and famous — a who's who of the art world, and those looking for a seriously good time. Mick Jagger was a customer, as were Bob Dylan, Barry Humphries, Jean Shrimpton, Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Maurice Chevalier and Graham Kennedy.

Launched in the year of Mirka's 90th birthday, Mirka & Georges gloriously illustrates the Moras' extraordinary story, with the couple's classic French recipes, photographs from family albums, and images from Mirka's studio by internationally renowned photographer Robyn Lea.

We tried our hand at making some Madeleines: 

...and they passed the taste test here at the Eurospan offices:

Available on the bookstore now: https://www.eurospanbookstore.com/mirka-georges.html

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Eurospan Cooks: Pulses

4 Dec 2018 11:30:00


The nights are drawing in and it's cold outside... What better way to prepare for winter than with this lovely, illustrated collection of recipes from around the world? From Cuba to Pakistan, there's something in Pulses to warm all palates and suitable for multiple dietary requirements.

Pulses from the Food and Agriculture Orgnization of the United Nations (FAO) is a handy and straighforward collection of more than 30 recipes for pulses from around the world. And if you think this simply means baked beans or daal, then you have a pleasant suprise coming, as the books walks us through traditions and flavours from every continent. Pulses are a great tasty way to get your protein, without sacrificing either your wallet or your waistline, and the lovely illustrations throughout the book plus commentary from the contributing chefs make for a fascinating read as you cook.

Feeling in need of some Latin warmth, we tried the classic Cuban-style Picadillo sauce. Combining black beans, onions, garlic, chili, capers, raisins, olives, tomatoes and lots of cumin, this is a crowd-pleaser that goes perfectly with rice, as an acompaniment to a main meat dish, or just by itself. 


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Eurospan Drinks: The Mojito

3 Sep 2018 11:32:00

As the weather has taken a cooler turn this week, we’ve been looking for ways to warm up a Summer favourite, and turned to The Mojito from the University Press of Florida for a little inspiration...

Author Heather McPherson celebrates the mojito in all its glory, offering flavour-packed variations to the Caribbean classic that has become a staple in bars and restaurants across the globe. From Spicy Mango to Basil Lychee, Heather never neglects the key elements that make the mojito so special: quality rum, fresh mint, plenty of sugar, and a kick of lime. The simplicity of the mojito is perfectly paired with Heather’s uncomplicated instructions that will make any budding bartender feel like a mojito maestro in no time.

When it came to choosing a recipe to try out, Hot Mojito Tea had a certain appeal that was impossible to ignore. You’ll be less likely to find this one behind the bar when you’re out and about, but the minty mix of rum, sugar, and English Breakfast tea makes for the perfect at-home cocktail to see you through the cooler months. In short, the perfect way to enjoy the mojito all year long!
Though we still have lots of experimenting to do, especially with the mojito mains and desserts also featured in the book, like Heather, we found ourselves saying, ‘Cheers to the mojito’!

The Mojito, from the University Press of Florida, is available to order on the bookstore.

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