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Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton

Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton

From Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton


Garlic is a superstar ingredient like no other.  Whether roasted, fried, pickled, fermented, smoked, soy-infused, puréed, poached or confit, garlic has been the cornerstone of cuisines throughout the world since time immemorial. In short, garlic is one of the most indispensable ingredients there is, and it would be almost unthinkable to contemplate a culinary world without it.

Garlic Feast is a celebration of all things garlicky, with a wealth of information and of course, delicious recipes, from talented chefs and cooks from around Tasmania and the world.

Janice Sutton was inspired to write the book by her involvement in the organisation of the first two Koonya Garlic Festivals held each February in the bucolic idyll of Koonya, on the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania’s spectacular south east. 

With design by Ian Wallace, Garlic Feast is a true written and visual celebration of this humble bulb featuring more than one hundred delicious garlic-inspired recipes, created and shared by a number of celebrity, award winning and talented Tasmanian chefs. These include

  • Luke Burgess, former owner and head chef of the multi-award-winning Garagiste Restaurant in Hobart
  • celebrity Tasmanian chef Sally Wise
  • Rodney Dunn from the Agrarian Kitchen
  • award-winning chefs Paul Foreman and Ben Bate
  • Sam Berechree from My Kitchen Rules and
  • talented local chefs Eloise Emmett (Real Food for Kids Cookbook), Bronwyn Strange, Mic Giuliani, Craig Volant, Arwen Genge and Lee-Anne Webb.

In addition there are gorgeous recipes created by top interstate and international chefs – Australian icon Maggie Beer, Lisa Featherby from Australia Gourmet Traveller and Sam and Sam Clark from the acclaimed Moro Restaurant and Morito Tapas Bar in London.

Passionate foodies, garlic lovers, growers and gourmet stallholders involved in the Koonya Garlic Festival, plus food bloggers from Korea, New York and Sydney have also contributed.

In addition to delicious recipes, Garlic Feast offers a wealth of information about garlic, including chapters on black garlic, green garlic, smoking garlic, preserving garlic, cooking with garlic, growing garlic and the nutritional benefits of garlic, as well as recently published information from the Australian Garlic Industry Association about garlic variety flavours – crucial to creating your perfect garlic feast!

And not forgetting the event and place that provided Janice with inspiration, there is of course a generous nod to the Garlic Festival, the beautiful hamlet of Koonya and the spectacular Tasman Peninsula where she lives.


About the Author

Janice worked for BBC Radio 4 for more than ten years as a researcher in current affairs and magazine programs and helped organise numerous outdoor radio broadcasts and program launches during this time. After moving from London to South Warwickshire with her husband Paul, she continued as a freelance researcher and producer for BBC national Radios 4 and 5 in London and at Pebble Mill in Birmingham.

In the 90’s Janice moved to Fremantle in Western Australia with her husband where she obtained a Masters degree in Counselling and worked part time as a freelance researcher, designer and writer.

In 2010 Janice and Paul moved to Tasmania and soon after she joined ‘Out on a Limb’, the Tasman Peninsula branch of Tasmanian Regional Arts, and is currently the marketing and publicity officer for the group.

Since joining ‘Out on a Limb’, Janice has co-organised two community art exhibitions in 2013, and in 2014-15 was curator for and coordinated the successful ‘Out of the Ashes Photography and Art Exhibition’ that toured the state following the devastating bushfires in the region in 2013.

Janice was also on the organisational committee for the 2014 and 2015 Koonya Garlic Festivals, responsible for marketing and promotions, fund-raising and helping to coordinate the festival’s cooking demonstrations.


For the past three years Janice has had her own ‘On the Arts Column’ for Temperate Zone Publications, and also contributes regular arts-based articles to the regional papers. In 2015 Janice co-wrote and edited The Real Food For Kids Cookbook, produced by talented Tasmanian chef Eloise Emmett.

Throughout her life and career, Janice has continued to pursue her passion for 'all things creative'. Garlic Feast  is Janice’s first solo publication.


UPDATE May 2017: Garlic Feast has won Best Self-Published Cookbook (in the world) at the International Gourmand Cookbook Awards! 

STOP PRESS: Garlic Feast has won two awards at the International Gourmand Cookbook Awards »

AND: a Bronze Medal in the cookbook section of the Independent Publisher Awards held in New York!

Read our review of Garlic Feast here »

Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton is self published (May 2016, HB 328 pp, RRP A$69.95). It can be purchased direct online from the author at or from the Koonya Garlic Festival website at where a percentage of profits will go to the Festival (a not-for-profit organisation).

It is also available at bookstores in Tasmania and these mainland Australia outlets :

  • Melbourne: Readings in St Kilda and Hawthorn
  • Sydney: Berkelouw Books in Paddington (Balgowlah shortly)
  • Queensland: Mary Ryan Bookshop in Noosa and Berelouw Books in Eumundi

Note: this list is being updated as new stockists are confirmed.


  • East Coast and Tasman Peninsula (TAS)

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