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Delicious recipes from a Tasmanian farmhouse

By Larna Pittiglio
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<i>A Kitchen in the Valley</i> by Sally Wise

A Kitchen in the Valley by Sally Wise


For anyone who has longed for a kitchen in the countryside, where you dream of cooking up a feast of delicious dishes inspired by exceptional local produce, A Kitchen in the Valley by Sally Wise will most certainly transport you there.

The best-selling cookbook author – and host of her own cooking school in the picturesque Derwent Valley of Tasmania – shares her favourite farmhouse kitchen recipes, in the spirit of country hospitality and energy she recalls from her grandmothers’ and great-aunts’ kitchens.

A Kitchen in the Valley is bursting with stunning photographs and short stories that take you on a tour of Sally’s favourite regions of Tasmania, showcasing bountiful local produce and spectacular scenery, with 140 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and afternoon tea.

From crispy-based Bubble and Squeak; Seafood Chowder with Smoked Mussels; Venison Pies with Port Wine and Mushrooms to Valley Apple Cake with Spiced Caramel Crumble, this cookbook is full of hearty and nutritious recipes that will feed your country soul.

Sally’s recipes range from the simple – such as Stovetop Porridge; Simple Scones; Chicken Caesar Salad; and Sponge Cake – for beginner cooks, to more advanced for those wishing to challenge themselves and experiment, with recipes like Pretzels with Lavender and Lime Salt and Chocolate Ganache; Salmon with Lemon Basil Veloute and Potatoes Primavera; and Indian Spiced Quail with Fruity Couscous.*

A Kitchen in the Valley is not just about and for Tasmanians, but is a wonderful showcase of the diversity of culture embraced by Australian cooks, including recipes from traditional Australian favourites to a variety of English, French, Indian, Moroccan, Thai and other cultural infusions. The recipes are a reflection of the varied influences on Australian cooking over time, with a delicious twist of good old Aussie country hospitality.

Not only is this a book for preparing enticing meals, but for creating memories for those lucky enough to share them with you. A must for turning your country kitchen dreams into reality!


*Note: Photographs are not included with every recipe.

A Kitchen in the Valley by Sally Wise is published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia (Sydney, Australia, April 2016; hc, 249pp) and is distributed by ABC Books. It is available where all good books are sold. RRP $45.00.

A Kitchen in the Valley can be purchased online via Booko here »


Review by Larna Pittiglio

Larna Pittiglio is a former ‘city girl’, now living on a large farm in the Midlands of Tasmania. As a mother of 6 (5 of whom are now adults living their lives elsewhere) she has long been passionate about cooking and teaching her children, not only how to cook from scratch, but to have an understanding of where their food comes from.

These days she spends her time studying Alternative Agriculture while tending to their farm animals and developing a self-sufficient vegetable garden. Larna also runs a small catering business called Mulberry Pie Catering servicing the Midlands, specialising in nostalgic, country, home-style cooking. She dabbles in food writing, recipe development and is developing her own food and lifestyle blogs.

Larna also volunteers her time to support the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance to pave the way for a fair, diverse and democratic food system for the benefit of all Australians. (http://www.australianfoodsovereigntyalliance.org)


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