Australia's First Cookbook Dinner

When: Monday 24 November

Where: The Builder’s Arms 211 Gertrude St Fitzroy

Price: $125 (includes banquet & drinks). Copies of the limited facsimile edition The English & Australian Cookery Book will be available for sale.

To book: call the Builders Arms on (03) 9417 7700

Several newsletters ago we mentioned this very special limited edition facsimile reprint of Australia’s first cookbook The English & Australian Cookery Book: cooking for the many as well as the upper ten thousand republished for its 150th Anniversary.

Available again for the first time in over 100 years, this is a very special glimpse into Colonial Australian gastronomic history.

To celebrate its Melbourne launch the team at Moon Under Water & The Builders Arms (the pub was built a few years before the book was published) are creating a special menu drawn from the book for the occasion.

Australia's First Cookbook DinnerOver dinner we’ll be chatting to the publishers Paul County and Bernard Lloyd (& perhaps a few others) about their rediscovery of Edward Abbott and his unique contribution to Australian food history. We will also be exhibiting an original copy (nfs)

“Any Australian cook’s bookshelf without it is the lesser”
Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans.

In some 1500 recipes across 300 pages the book offers dozens of unique Australian dishes to the world’s cuisine and rivals Larousse Gastronomique for depth.

Abbott not only published recipes for kangaroo, emu, duck, swan, mutton birds, possum and wombat, he also described, from the culinary perspective, a hundred local fish, wrote of the contemporary restaurant and café scene (could do with improvement) and promoted a very wide range of gourmet foods.

Out of print for over 100 years, now adventurous foodlovers, cookery book devotees, cooks and culinary students can immerse themselves in Abbott’s landmark work just as he published it. The facsimile is accompanied by a Companion Volume of explanatory essays.

Please join us for what will be a very special dinner!

To book: call the Builders Arms on (03) 9417 7700

If you can’t join us but would like a copy of The English & Australian Cookery Book…

…order a copy of ‘the Abbott’..

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New Feast: modern middle eastern vegetarian

When: 7.00pm Monday 17 November

Where: Malouf Zum Zum 645 Rathdowne St, Carlton North

Price: $120 food & beverage included. Each ticket includes a signed copy of the book New Feast: modern middle eastern vegetarian ($59.95) and a selection of signed copies of Greg’s other books will be available for purchase on the night.

To Book: online tickets available via Eventbrite

New Feast: modern Middle Eastern vegetarian is the latest beautiful cookbook from Greg & Lucy Malouf.

To celebrate its release we’re excited to be hosting Greg Malouf for the book’s Melbourne launch with a special vegetarian banquet dinner at Malouf Zum Zum, the North Carlton restaurant of Geoff and Amal Malouf - Greg’s brother and sister-in-law.

Greg will be joining us for dinner to talk about his new book, his travels to London and beyond and his new restaurant in Dubai.

Continuing the tradition of the earlier best-selling Malouf cookbooks, New Feast is innovative Middle Eastern cuisine firmly rooted in tradition that is contemporary, moreish and delicious - and yet easy for the modern Australian kitchen. With more than 130 designed to share vegetarian recipes, New Feast is perfect for Australian cooks. Whilst vegetables are the obvious stars, there are also many enticing recipes for Middle Eastern breads, butters, dips, preserves, pastries, icecreams and cakes. We’ve been enjoying all the dishes we have cooked from New Feast!

Please join us for a very special intimate evening with Greg Malouf in a Malouf family restaurant on Monday 17th November - be quick tickets are limited!

About the Authors

Lucy Malouf is a food writer and editor. Together with her former husband, Greg Malouf, she is the co author of Arabesque, Moorish, Saha, Turquoise, Saraban and Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food. Her writing has appeared in compendiums of the best Australian food writing and she also contributes regularly to Australian and International newspapers, journals and magazines. In addition to her own projects, Lucy has collaborated with some of Australia’s best known chefs on their recipe books and is regarded as one of the most experienced food editors in the publishing industry. Lucy and her husband George, live in a converted Kentish barn in the UK.

Acclaimed as the master of modern Middle Eastern cooking, Greg Malouf has transformed the Australian restaurant scene with his innovative food. Greg’s reputation as the creator of a new style of cooking known as ‘Modern Middle Eastern’ - which has changed forever the perception of Middle Eastern food in the West - reaches far beyond his native Australia. Along with writing partner Lucy Malouf, Greg has produced six beautiful and award-winning books on different cuisines, the latest being Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food, to continued acclaim.

In 2011, he was honoured as Ambassador by The American University in Beirut for his achievements in promoting Lebanese cuisine around the world. In 2012 Greg left the award-winning MoMo restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, to take over the reins at the iconic Petersham Nurseries Caf in Richmond, UK. His Middle Eastern take on seasonal dining earned the restaurant a Michelin star. Greg is now based in Dubai, where he is opening a multi-million dollar modern Middle Eastern restaurant in May 2014.

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A Food Lovers Pilgrimage to France

When: 7.00pm Wednesday 5 November

Where: Union Dining 270-272 Swan St Richmond

Price: $95 food & beverage included. Signed copies of the book ($79.95) and her earlier book A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela will be available for purchase on the night.

To Book: call Union Dining (03) 9428 2988

Several years ago, we fell in love with Dee Nolan’s award-winning book, A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela; where Dee & photographer Earl Carter took us across Spain on a heartwarming journey along The Way of Saint James (also called the camino) revealing how this famous medieval pilgrimage is drawing us back, tugging at our modern hearts and minds in a way nobody could have foretold.

Although the Camino finishes in Galicia, it starts in many places throughout Spain and France. This year Dee has returned to the Camino exploring the French pilgrimage routes through Burgundy, the Languedoc, Gascony and the Pyrenees.

A Food Lovers Pilgrimage to France

Dee will be joining us for dinner to celebrate the launch of this second, beautiful volume to tell us about her travels and adventures.

Union Dining have prepared a beautiful menu drawn from the book with a series of interesting matched wines drawn from the regions the book wanders through
Please join us! Book Early - seats are limited!

To Book: call Union Dining (03) 9428 2988

If you can’t join us but would like a signed copy of A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to France or Dee’s first book (they make a beautiful matched pair!)…contact us!

A Food Lovers Pilgrimage to France

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