- Publisher: Harper Collins (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554689066
- ISBN-13: 978-1554689064
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.3 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,180,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For one thing, it is a huge cookbook with the pages taken from the Donna Hay magazine. The photos are so beautiful that I kept this cookbook on my coffee table just to peruse it for awhile.
But in addition to the beautiful photographs, the recipes are clearly written and contain the fresh ingredients one would expect from Donna Hay. I had four or five marked to try on my first read through the book.
I will warn you that the original of this cookbook would be in metric since Donna Hay is an Australian magazine. My copy had the American version of recipes, which is good because I am terrible at math and making conversions.
This is a cookbook I've already come back to often.
The content is from her magazines (she is the Martha Stewart of Australia) which are gorgeous folios that i have seen before in Barnes & Noble. They are expensive magazines to purchase in the US but the production values are extraordinary. I love her aesthetic and I love her recipes.
I like cookbooks that are done seasonally. I usually will focs on the current season and get all I can from it before moving on. Since this is now Spring I have really enjoyed the recipes for the season. They epitomize a lovely spring. I did thumb through to winter which kind of different in Australia and the food is not much like food that we have in the US in the winter. That's ok though because I live in Florida and have two seasons here - hot and not-as-hot. My nothern friends might not find that chapter as useful since it recommends cookouts on the beach!
It is a beautiful cookbook with gorgeous photos of every recipe. It sets the bar very high (as do all her other cookbooks) and makes you hungry and want to get to cooking immediately. All the recipes are simple and delicious, you will usually not find anything too difficult in her books. I don;t do desserts but they look pretty easy to concoct as well.
The cookbook has two sections per each season, a savory and then a sweet. The sweet section is much smaller but stays true to the seasons.
I got a great deal on this cookbook but truthfully would have spent more for it and been quite satisfied.
The book is divided into four seasons with savoury and sweet recipes for each season. Below are our favorite recipes from each season:
Spring: caprese salad, cheat’s ricotta gnocchi (one of the best gnocchi recipes), sweet honeyed ricotta with brioche, and berry pavlova.
Summer: pan-fried butter and thyme scallops, pancetta, fig and goat cheese tart, lemongrass and chili prawns, salt and pepper crab, lemony peach cake, and strawberry and ricotta tart.
Autumn: roasted pumpkin and garlic soup, garlic pizza, roasted vegetable salad, stewed apple and coconut cobbler, coffee and chocolate self-saucing pudding, and pumpkin pie.
Winter: garlic and parmesan bread, shellfish chowder, sage roasted pork belly, creme caramel, rhubarb dumplings, and caramel dumplings.
I love that the recipes are simple and ingredients are easy to find. When preparing for a party, we often pull this cookbook to put together our menu. We rarely give any cookbooks five stars, but as food bloggers and foodies, my husband and I both agree that this one of the best cookbooks out there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of the recipes aren't realistic for a weeknight, but it's a beautiful book that sparks my creativity in the kitchen. Some special recipes in this one.Published 8 months ago by Kelly Baker
Love the recipes organized by seasons and captured in gorgeous photos. Donna Hay creates beauty through simply of words and engaging stories. Well done.Published 12 months ago by Lori Kay Foster Perez
Great book with wonderful content and a beautiful layout. The binding is terrible. This is a big book and it is a paperback. Read morePublished 14 months ago by R. Rita
Love this book! Not just a collection of recipes, but a beautiful lifestyle book with gorgeous photography.Published 18 months ago by Dejan/Adina Budimlic
Love it.......however the book binding came loose immediately!Published 19 months ago by Laine Neasi
Beatiful pictures! Done some of the recipes and them turn out deliciously!Published 19 months ago by Mercedes Rojas
If you are a Donna Hay fan, like I am, you'll love this book.Published 21 months ago by Carl Kravats