Tasty Express

When: 7pm - 8.30 30 May

Where: Books for Cooks (at Birdman Eating - 238 Gertrude St - just across the road)

Price: $50 (includes food, wine, a copy of Tasty Express & a $5 Books for Cooks Gift voucher) via Eventbrite or below.

If you’ve ever aspired to writing a food blog, take food photographs, style food or just plain write - here’s your chance to found out how its done from Australia’s best blogger - all with some glorious food and a glass of wine.

Join us on Friday 30th May for an evening with renowned blogger Sneh Roy of the award-winning blog, Cook Republic and now author of Tasty Express released this month.

Sneh was recognised last year as Australia’s best blogger (not just food blogger!).

We’ll be chatting with Sneh about her career as a food blogger, her new cookbook (its rather delicious) her delicious inventive recipes, her food influences and her luscious photography - she shoots with a Canon 5D (all of which have earned her legions of devoted followers).

Sneh’s inspirations include the cosmopolitan eats of the urban food truck and inner city cafĂ©, the fresh variety of a lively market and the unforgettable aromas of her childhood in India. These influences are then turned into healthy often vegetarian or vegan friendly takes on comfort foods like tacos, flatbreads, veggie burgers, granola and froyo, plus a few irresistibly naughty treats.

Some of the wonderful dishes in Tasty Express include: Coconut Bircher Muesli, Carrot Cake Muffins, Kulfi Milk, Eggplant Lasagna Steaks, Kale Soup With Grilled Cheese, Brown Rice Biryani Salad, Quinoa Spice Croquettes, Sweet Potato And Pepita Burgers, Tofu And Cashew Curry, Burnt Butter Caramel Slice, Coconut Froyo and Gingerbread Tiramisu.

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The Book of Tripe

When: 12.00 noon Saturday 24 May

Where: La Luna Bistro 298 Rathdowne St North Carlton

Price: $130 (includes a multicourse offal banquet, matched wine, and a copy of Stephane Reynaud’s A Book of Tripe (valued at $49.95) )

To Book: Call La Luna Bistro on 03 9349 4888

A native of the Ardeche, and the scion of butchers and pig farmers, Stephane Reynaud is an award winning author of a number of French cookbooks.

Stephane is one of our favourite authors; a French cookery writer and chef; a gentle giant with a wicked sense of humour and a great sense of taste; and a champion of all good things rustic and French!

Over the years we’ve cooked from and launched all of Stephane’s books “Pork & Sons”, Ripailles, Terrine, Rotis, Barbecues and 365 Good Things to Eat; with much good food and wine.

Stephane’s new book and our new favourite is “Stephane Reynaud’s Book of Tripe: and gizzards, kidneys, feet, brains & all the rest”
Lamb Sweetbreads

This is a challenging yet celebratory book full of both traditional and contemporary recipes that will thrill offal lovers and convert many offal novices. All the dishes are beautifully and simply photographed. Many are elegantly simple and easy to cook. Trust your butcher and your seasoning and you too can eat ‘Nose to Tail’

Oxtail a la Royale

We’re celebrating the launch of Stephane Reynaud’s Book of Tripe with a very special offal lunch from the book cooked by Adrian Richardson, the chef patron of La Luna Bistro, and author of the best- seller Meat.

To Book: Call La Luna Bistro on 03 9349 4888

If you can’t join us for lunch, you can preorder a copy of The Book of Tripe

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Argentinian Street Food

When: 12.30-2.30, Sunday 4 May

Where: Piqueos Restaurant 298 Rathdowne St North Carlton

Price: $45 (includes food, wine, a copy of Argentinian Street Food & a $5 Books for Cooks Gift voucher) via Eventbrite or below.

Argentinian Street Food is a new book from Argentinian chefs Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmaher who run three restaurants in Paris including Clasico Argentino and a food truck that cruises the streets offering Argentinian cuisine.

The authors emapanadas and helados are the benchmark in Paris. Time Out Paris

This, their first book, is an homage to the Argentinian street food traditions of Empanadas and Helados (roughly translated as pies and ice-cream!) with a great selection of recipes.

There are chapters with traditional recipes for empanadas stuffed with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits or creamy chocolate; cult Argentinian street food recipes that are easily made at home; ice creams including helado, the creamy signature Argentine ice; and some Argentine classic desserts, including the legendary dulce de leche.

Fun, easy to cook from and perfect for a picnic or slipping in a pocket to take to the football; empanadas are the essence of Argentina and as colloquial as our meat pie.

Here’s a video interview with one of the founders Enrique Zanoni talking about their Parisian success

We’re celebrating the release of this fun book with a Sunday tasting of the street food of Argentina: Empanadas, Malbec (the national grape variety of Argentina) & Helados at Piqueos Restaurant in North Carlton.

When: 12 noon, Sunday 4 May

Where: Piqueos 298 Rathdowne St North Carlton

Price: $45 (includes food, wine, a copy of Argentinian Street Food & a $5 Books for Cooks Gift voucher)

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