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Taste of Australia

It would be impossible for any Australian cook or food-lover to have NOT heard of Lyndey Milan. For over 30 years she has worked across TV, radio and print media at the highest levels. Her CV (which must itself be almost book-length by now!) includes close to ten years as Food Director of The Australian Women's Weekly, co-host of the Channel 9 cooking show Fresh, and more recently the hosting of six television series. Notable amongst these was the 14-part Lyndey Milan's Taste of Australia.

So it is no surprise that this, her latest cookbook, bears the same name and there, as her good friend Maggie Beer says, she 'shines a spotlight on local produce and the abundance of fresh produce at our fingertips'. Little wonder it won the Australian category for Culinary Travel book in the Gourmand Book Awards.

To have and use this book is like travelling with Lyndey to the many places she visited in her series, but with the added bonus of having the recipes there in front of you, complete with notes and tips and advice on what wines will best accompany each dish. Her generosity of spirit, known and loved by all who have spent even a short time with her, is apparent as she 'showcases the bountiful variety of food and wine from the many landscapes' she visited while preparing the series.

The recipes themselves are lush and ready to serve to friends and family. Try the Barossa Valley chicken with verjuice, mustard pikelets with minted lamb which Lyndey cooked outside the historic Albury railway station, or wattleseed Anzac biscuits, chocolate hazelnut fondant pudding, or ...

Oh, just go and buy the book and keep it in the kitchen. It will be like having Lyndey at your elbow, full of encouragement.

Maggie Beer has summed it up perfectly: "We are very lucky to have Lyndey!"

Lyndey Milan's Taste of Australia, by Lyndey Milam, published by Hardie Grant Books, 2014, rrp $39.95, softcover. ISBN 978 1 7427 0784 6


 - reviewed by Sally Hammond




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