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Food + beer

On opening this book, the first thing I noticed was recipes with Lillian Gish beside them. Has the uber-busy Mr Dobson become so rushed that he is now outsourcing his recipe creation, I wondered? All is explained in the Lillian Gish chapter where he admits to a spot of whimsy, tagging the fish chapter with the Cockney rhyming slang for it.

I guess it's Dobson's way of telling readers (and cooks) that this is that kind of book. The name says it all, really. Food plus beer - it shouts casual, relaxation, fun, football, weekends....

So here you have yet another great collection of all the things that go well with food - and let's face it, that's most foods. Everything from nuts (beer nuts, of course) to a range of luscious Asian dishes (caramel claypot fish - oops Lillian Gish!), Balinese curry chicken and squid in lots of chilli, to mainstream old faves such as slow-cooked lamb shoulder, or schnitzels or shawarma.

Of course the book kicks off with some trivia and basics about beer, but most helpful is the note with each recipe on which beer would best complement it.

Beer with food? I'll drink to that - especially if it is Ross Dobson's food!


Food + Beer, by Ross Dobson, published by Murdoch Books, 2015, hardcover, rrp A$45, ISBN 978 1743 365 489


- reviewed by Sally Hammond


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