Description: The book is crammed with information on health and cooking, and encourages men to discover the joys of cooking and good eating. About 150 recipes of all sorts. Winner of the Australian Food Writers' Award and first prize at the International Cookbook Fair at Perigueux, France.
Origins: My First Cook Book
Actually it's the first cookbook which I purchased for myself. I guess it's my first introduction into the 'foodie' culture as well. I had moved away from my family and into a new job, although I was sharing accommodation with other guys and we where supposed to be sharing the cooking, most of them worked strange or long hours so we ended up cooking for ourselves mostly.
This book wasn't a new experience, I was able to cook, my mother had taught me that, but I was getting tired of the packet meals I was eating, fast food was too expensive to eat all the time and I was needing a change. My mother had posted up some of her recipes and suggested I eat more healthy. One day on my regular trip to the book shop this book seemed to jump out at me. In the first few pages Gabriel was able to get me excited about food and some of the recipes had me wanting to cook them, even though some of the ingredients were things I never liked eating or had never considered, so I bought it and started my journey towards enjoying cooking.
|Beef & Bok Choy from my notebook|
Another cookbook which I used a lot at that time, and there are recipes in it which I think helped me woo my wife was...
Good Food for Men
Publisher: New Holland
Availability: Out of print.