BOOKS FOR COOKS
THE WILD SIDE As the buzz around using indigenous Australian food plants grows, so should our understanding. Australian Bush Superfoods (Hardie Grant Travel, $29.99) is a guide to 40 foods from the bush and desert. Authors Lily Alice and Thomas O’quinn cover where the plants grow, their traditional use and nutritional make-up. They also provide a recipe for each.
BEHIND THE SCENES If you’re interested to see inside the mind of a chef, Aaron Turner’s specififically, then Igni (Hardie Grant Books, $60) is the book for you. It’s fifilled with the angst and drama of the opening of Turner’s critically acclaimed restaurant, Igni, in Geelong. It’s raw and real, and Julian Kingma’s moody photographs only add depth to the drama.