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Fried chicken & friends

Who doesn't like fried chicken? It's a silly question as most of the world does. After all, several mega-buck multi-national companies have built empires on this concept.

But this is a love story too. An American chef meets Australian performer in New York, and magically a new Sydney restaurant, Hartsyard, is created.

This book is the love-child of the duo and is filled with the very dishes that keep diners flocking to dine there. Firstly, you need to know that this book is generous in unlocking the secrets behind those silken, tender morsels selling as fried chicken. But it is even more generous in that this disclosure takes up only a small part of the book, leaving room for a hundred American-inspired recipes. You'll love the BBQ pit beans, oyster po'boys, mac'n'cheese, crab louie, sweet potato pie and much more.

To spice things up there's and original hot sauce, and to go creative, a lemon jam ideal for vegetables. Desserts - well, they are only as the US can do them: choc chip ice cream sandwiches, sticky buns, fruit buckle, and Naomi's grandma's lemon tart.

Thanks grandma! They said it was a family cookbook. See what your family says.

Fried Chicken & Friends, the Hartsyard Family Cookbook, by Gregory Llewellyn & Naomi Hart, published by Murdoch Books, 2015, hardcover, rrpA$49.99. ISBN 978 1743 363 119.


- reviewed by Sally Hammond



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