A Timeline of Australian Food by Jan O'Connell

Book Launch – A Timeline of Australian Food by Jan O’Connell

A Timeline of Australian Food by Jan O'Connell

A Timeline of Australian Food: from mutton to Masterchef by Jan O’Connell $34.95

Book Launch

On Tuesday 5 December, Jan O’Connell will be joining us instore to chat about her new book A Timeline of Australian Food: from mutton to Masterchef and explore how Australian eating and drinking habits have evolved over the last 150 years or so.

When: 6.30pm Tuesday 5 December 2017

Where: Books for Cooks

Cost: $10 includes tastes, glass of bubbles and a great chat

Bookings:  via Eventbrite

 About the Book: A Timeline of Australian Food: from mutton to Masterchef

Many people describe us as a cookbook store… but if truth be told, we have a deep and abiding interest in food history and we have hundreds of books on food history: by period, region, ingredient etc.  So when a new book on Australian food history comes along we always get excited!

Generally, cookbooks are a great social record of their time; often telling more about our past than a textbook. As Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once observed (loosely translated)…

‘tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are”

Whilst it is easy to read about British or French or even American food history, Australian food history books are not that common. Much of Australia’s food history is tied up in food manufacturing and the development of Australia’s food culture.

In A Timeline of Australian Food, Jan O’Connell chronicles 150 years of Australia food begining with the first Australian cookbook in 1864 and ending in 2010 with the ubiquitious, omni-present and game changing cooking show Masterchef.

On Tuesday 5th December we’ll be dipping into Australia’s unique food history with Jan; exploring some of the lesser known stories of what we eat and why and we’d love for you to join us.  This is history that is fun and surprising, digestible and tasty; and full of trivia and nostalgia.

If you have ever wondered about the origins of Vegemite; how Tim Tams got their name, what a Dolly Varden cake is; the mystery of the lamington or the trans-tasman debate about the origins of the pavlova this is an event not to miss!

About the Author

Jan O’Connell is a grocer’s grand-daughter and a baby boomer who has spent a lifetime in leading Australian advertising agencies writing about ice cream, lollies, beer, yoghurt, soup and a multitude of other things we eat and drink.  Her blog australianfoodtimeline.com.au documents more tan two centures of changes in the way we eat, shop and grow our food.  She lives, works & eats with her husband in Abbotsford Victoria.   A Timeline of Australian Food is Jan’s second book.

Please join us for an intimate chat with Jan O’Connell as we explore Australian food history in popular culture


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