Mr Hong

When: 12.30pam Thursday 9 October

Where: Supernormal

Price: $120 food & beverage included. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase on the day.

Sydney’s hottest chef Dan Hong, is cooking lunch with Andrew McConnell (Melbourne’s Chef of the Year) at Supernormal, (Melbourne’s new restaurant of the year) to launch Dan’s first cookbook “Mr Hong: a glimpse into the mind of the brilliant chef behind Mr Wong

Dan’s appetite for rare sneakers, hip-hop and collecting cookbooks is only surpassed by his passion for food: everything from fast food to fine dining.

Growing up in the suburbs of Sydney with a food-obsessed family and a mother who fell into owning a Vietnamese restaurant by chance, Dan has gone on to become a critically acclaimed chef, working at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Australia, including Sydney’s Mr Wong, Ms G’s and El Loco.

Dan HongDan’s potent mix of proud heritage, technical skill and boundless enthusiasm for experimenting with big, bold, fresh flavours makes his approach to food truly unique. Mr Hong is as much an exploration of Dan’s colourful path through life as it is a beautifully illustrated book of one hundred scintillating recipes — Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, as well as fusions of the three — re-imagined and re-invigorated for a new generation of food obsessives. Feast your eyes and dig in.

Dan Hong has worked in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Australia, including Tetsuya’s, Marque and Bentley, and his mentors include Mark Best, Brent Savage and Thomas Johns. He has opened some of Sydney’s most exciting dining destinations, including Ms G’s, El Loco and Mr Wong (honoured with a hat in its first year of business at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide awards) and most recently Papi Chulo, a smokehouse and grill at Manly Wharf, Sydney.

This is a great opportunity to experience first hand the funky deliciousness of both Dan Hong & Supernormal and score a great cookbook at the same time!

Please join us! Book Early - seats are limited!

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Heirloom Vegetables

When: 7pm Thursday 4 September

Where: Books for Cooks (@Birdman Eating 228 Gertrude St - just across the road)

Price: $55 (includes tastes, drinks, a signed copy of Simon Rickard’s Heirloom Vegetables: a guide to their history & varieties’, & a Books for Cooks voucher (or $10 without book)) via Eventbrite or below.

Perhaps best known as the former head gardener at the Diggers Club, where he oversaw the gardens at Heronswood and the Garden of St Erth until 2009, Simon Rickard is a true Renaissance man.

Heritage gardener, heirloom fruit & vegetable historian, gardener to chefs, plantsman, baroque bassonist, showman, tv gardener, journalist and now author!

Heirloom VegetablesWe’re really excited to be having a chat over a few veggies & a glass of wine or two with Simon on Thursday 4 September to celebrate the launch of his first book Heirloom Vegetables: a guide to their history & varieties published by Lantern

Heirloom Vegetables explores and celebrates the beauty, history and diversity of heirloom vegetables according to their various families. Following on an explantion of what is an heirloom vegetable and why they are important to us, detailed stories for each heritage vegetable are accompanied by glorious photographs.

Have you ever encountered vegetables called “Lobbericher”, “Sicilian Purple”, “White Egg”, “Rat’s Tail”, “Snowflake” or “Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter”?

The book concludes with practical advice on how to grow your own heirloom vegetables drawing on Simon’s vast experience working at Heronswood, the Garden of St Erth and later as market gardener for the award winning Annie Smithers Bistrot in Kyneton.

Simon is also a botanical guide for Botanica World Discoveries, a garden consultant and gardening coach!

When not gardening, Simon is a a world renowned baroque bassoonist - having played with leading International and Australian period instrument ensembles including the Gabrielli Consort, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Pinchgut Opera, Opera Australia, and many more.

Please join us for a conversation with Simon exploring heirloom vegetables - it promises to lots of fun - and you’ll never look at vegetables the same way again!

Our premium ticket includes a signed copy of Heirloom Vegetables (at a small pre-launch discount), a Books for Cooks gift voucher, a number of tastes and a glass or two of matched wines

Our alternative ticket includes a number of tastes and a glass or two of matched wines. Copies of Heirloom Vegetables will be available to purchase on the evening

Please join us!

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This Saturday 9 August is #NationalBookShopDay

We’ve got lots happening! Come join us between 10 and 6 tomorrow

  • brunch with Backyard Bees at Ladro in Gertrude St - bees, just like bookstores need their champions - and we’re proud to be launching a great practical guide to Beekeeping for beginners at 10.30 over a honey filled brunch

  • burgers for books with our friends Huxtaburger in Smith St - that’s right buy some books from us tomorrow - and we’ll shout you one of Melbourne’s great burgers

  • bubbles - what party doesn’t need bubbles, and

  • we’re baking! We’ve had our noses in a few of our current favourites - and Amanda’s been baking

And if you can fit in more than one bookshop - check out what some of our friends are doing! Lots of activities at The Little Bookrooom, Readings, Fairfield Books, and lots more here

National Bookshop Day 2014

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