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Gluten-Free Rocky Road Recipe

13 Jan 2020 17:08:16

Whether you suffer from coeliac disease or are simply looking to cut gluten out of your diet, this cookbook offers hassle free recipes to satisfy all tastes and skill levels.

This cookbook by Marlisa Brown is remarkably comprehensive, covering gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes appropriate for any occasion. Be it a luxurious three course meal, a quick cook-up for the working week or homely Sunday comfort food. As a registered dietitian, chef and president of Total Wellness Inc, Marlisa Brown (who personally has cut gluten from her diet) has the accolades to compliment her recipes.

Not only does the book offer clear scientific information about the dietary restrictions and nutritional values of each recipe, it also delivers a homely touch to gluten-free cooking with its ‘home-made’ writing style and useful tips which encourage creativity and variations to suit different tastes. As someone who regularly received forlorn looks from my Food Technology teacher I opted for a ‘quick and easy’ Rocky Road recipe to test the waters. The instructions were clear and easy to follow and the results were delicious; Marlisa can take pride in the fact that she received a thumbs up from the Eurospan team.

Most of all, the cookbook delivers on Marlisa’s own aspiration that going gluten-free ‘doesn’t have to be frustrating, time consuming, expensive or tasteless’.

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Eurospan Cooks: Pie

10 Jul 2019 13:00:59

Eurospan Cooks

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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