David Herbert’s Best Home Cooking
Penguin Random House Australia
In this generous collection, David Herbert brings together 200 of his most-loved recipes from his popular column in the Weekend Australian. David is well known for his down-to-earth style, using simple, well-chosen flavours to create delicious recipes that are sure to please the whole family.
Taking his cue from glowing testimonials from his readers, David handpicked his most-requested recipes, covering everything from party food, warming soups, roasts and casseroles, fresh salads and pasta dishes, naughty desserts and, of course, his ever-popular cakes, muffins and biscuits. In short, you’ll find everything you need to cook for the people you love.
I am very excited by this book – the recipes and ingredients are fresh and contemporary; ingredients like quinoa and couscous and great sections on vegetables and pulses, some basics like sauces and dressings, pasta and rices dishes, desserts, snacks, salads, meats, Moroccan, Indian and Asian style foods …What more could you want?
Well there is a bonus here. This is a cook book written by a home cook not a chef. David Herbert says: “My recipes are based on the food that I regularly cook for diner for my family and friends. Culinary fads and fashions keep me on my toes…new ingredients, cuisines and techniques are always there to be discovered and adapted…but my fundamental philosophy is keep it simple, using seasonal ingredients where possible, and appreciate every mouthful. Be inspired by restaurant food but there is no need to try and recreate it at home. Eat meals at the table, not in front of the television, and don’t rush it – food is there to be celebrated…My recipes are there to guide you, but I urge you to bring your own creativity into the kitchen: COOK THEM, TASTE THEM AND CHANGE THEM TO SUIT YOUR OWN PALATE. But above all ENJOY THEM.” (p2) David Herbert – enjoying them – yes I am!