Nov 29, 2011

Good Food for Men - Gabriel Gaté


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
One of the best tips Gabriel gave in the book was to keep your own notebook.  Jot down recipes which you like and notes on how you may have changed them a little.  In the book he writes: 'My wife, Angie, had jotted down recipes I cooked when we first met twenty years ago.  If she hadn't done this, we would have forgotten some of our favourite dishes of the time.'  I took his advise and started my own notebook, I haven't added to it in years but I still like looking though it, I even kept some love letters my then girlfriend, now wife, sent me.  When I started this notebook it was nearly 15 years ago so the words from Gabriels' book are good words and good advise, there are some recipes in my notebook which I used to cook for my wife which we enjoyed back then but have not had in over ten years... ah memories, here is a favourite for me at the time and I remember embarrassing myself the first time I tried to show my girlfriend (now wife) how to cook it.


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...

Yes, that's right Jamie Oliver's The Naked Chef.  I caught one episode of the first series on TV one night and loved it so much I bought the book.  When it was replayed, my wife and I watched it together and tried cooking together from the book, after over 10 years of marriage we still have one of his recipes from that book as a regular item on the menu.  Jamie has been a popular in our household for a long time, not all the projects he did we liked but we are enjoying his new series Jamie's Great Britian.

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Good Food for Men
Year: 1996
Publisher: New Holland
Availability: Out of print.