The Whole Fish: an intimate chat with Josh Niland

Every now and then, someone comes along and fundamentally changes the way we look at food, dining and sustainability.  

Saint Peter Paddington

In 2016 Josh Niland opened the now universally acclaimed & instantly award winning Sydney fish restaurant St Peter.  More recently Josh was shortlisted in the 2019 World Restaurant Ethical Thinking Awards; fueling the conversation he started in 2016 with his boundary pushing views on sustainable seafood. 

In the past 2 years Josh has won just about every significant award in Australia for his ground-breaking approach to using the whole fish and wasting nothing.  Most recently, Josh opened The Fish Butchery, Australia’s first sustainable fishmonger which sells dry-aged, cured & smoked fish & offal to an eager public as well as supplying many of Sydney’s best restaurants.

The Whole Fish Cookbook
The Whole Fish

Now, Josh has put it all on paper… The Whole Fish Cookbook has just been published and in our view, it is a game changer…   If you love fish…this is the one book you should own.


And it’s not just us singing Josh’s praises…

“A mind-blowing masterpiece from one of the most impressive chefs of a generation.”
Jamie Oliver

“Josh Niland is a genius”
Nigella Lawson

“If you love cooking fish, this book will be a revelation”
Rick Stein

“A very, very special book…a game changer!”
Nathan Outlaw (Michelin 2 Star UK fish specialist chef)

“Equal parts comprehensive technical manual and a giant porthole into creativity, chef Niland’s honest and pure approach to all things fish is inspiring.  The Whole Fish Cookbook beautifully articulates the entire animal approach while methodically opening the reader’s mind to how responsibility and innovation coexist”
Grant Achatz (Michelin 3 Star US chef)

On Wednesday 11 September Josh will be in conversation at Books for Cooks, talking about his book, his inspiration and his ‘whole fish’ philosophy.

This will be an amazing discussion that will make you look at fish in a whole new light. 

Trust us – you really don’t want to miss this.


When: 6.30pm Wednesday 11 September 2019
Where: Books for Cooks 115-121 Victoria St

Tickets $10 via Eventbrite

Please join us for an inspiring, empowering evening on Wednesday 11 September with Josh Niland instore exploring The Whole Fish Cookbook

Can I buy/pre-order a signed copy of The Whole Fish Cookbook?

Copies will be available for signing and purchase on the night – $55.  If you can’t attend we can organise to post signed copies to you.  Postage (tracked & insured): Victoria $7.95; Australia wide $9.95; overseas we’ll quote.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you have been to one of our events before, please note we have moved to the northern side of the Queen Victoria Market.  Our new address is 115-121 Victoria Street (next to A Shed)

We recommend public transport.

The 19, 20, 57 (Elizabeth St)and 55 (William & Peel St) trams go past the Queen Victoria Market and run frequently.  We are in the Free Tram Zone and are a short 50m walk from the Elizabeth St Queen Victoria Market stop and the Peel St Queen Victoria Market stop.  Melbourne Central and Flagstaff railway stations are two blocks away.

If driving, there is plenty of metered parking on Queen St near the corner of Victoria St.  There is also limited parking on Victoria Street outside the store.

 Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes – to another person – just have them present your ticket on the evening.  

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are not refundable. 


 A selection of tastes will be served during the event. Please advise of any allergies or intolerances.  Every dish will contain seafood.

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