LUKE MANGAN’S SHARING PLATES
Traditional tired tapas types bear no resemblance to this wonderful catalogue of original concoctions suited to lunch or dinner parties, casual, celebration or BBQ entertaining. Ideal for offering a delectable range of tastes – mostly, happily, able to be prepared before guests arrive. Murdoch Books. RRP $39.99.
COASTLINE – Lucio Galletto & David Dale
The food of the Spanish, French and Italian Mediterranean as expressed by the culinary master and owner of Lucio’s restaurant, Paddington . Stunning recipes in a magnificent compendium, best suited to dedicated exponents who delight in exhibiting both skill, and patience, alla cucina. Murdoch Books. RRP $59.99.
ALL DAY CAFE – Stuart McKenzie
Melbourne’s cafe culture is legendary and the author’s South of Johnston, or SoJo, interpretation in Collingwood has just celebrated five successful years of serving simple recipes, excellently executed. More than 100 delicious affordable fresh-produce recipes to reproduce to applause. Murdoch Books. RRP $39.99.
I’M JUST HERE FOR THE DESSERT
An exceptionally beautiful directory suited to keen home dessert enthusiasts: pretty pink-toned illustrations throughout, the book itself edged in glorious, shimmering gilt. By Melbourne “dessert designer” Caroline Khoo of the online dessert boutique. Stunning sweet treats. Murdoch Books. RRP $39.99.
CROWN STREET WOMEN’S HOSPITAL 1893-1983 – Judith Godden
A superb history of the remarkable 90-year life of this landmark hospital, peppered too with the politics, policy, medical developments, social pressures – such as abortion demand – and advances across the changing eras. A keepsake for the many born, who gave birth, or worked there. Allen & Unwin. RRP $45.
By Susie Boswell.