The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Food Issue - MICHELLE ROWE MICHELLE ROWE

Tast­ing In­dia Chris­tine Man­field (Lan­tern, $89.95) AN­OTHER sump­tu­ous ef­fort from in­vet­er­ate trav­eller Chris­tine Man­field, owner of Syd­ney’s Uni­ver­sal restau­rant, whose abil­ity to evoke the sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences of her jour­neys is in­spir­ing. A vis­i­tor to In­dia dur­ing the past two decades, the chef and writer has com­piled her re­flec­tions and ob­ser­va­tions of In­dia and sto­ries of the peo­ple she’s met, along­side a fine col­lec­tion of re­gional recipes. With the vis­ual treat of An­son Smart’s photography, Tast­ing In­dia is a divine trib­ute to this fas­ci­nat­ing coun­try. It’s go­ing straight to the pool room. MoVida Cocina Frank Camorra and Richard Cor­nish (Mur­doch Books, $49.99) NOvisit to Mel­bourne is com­plete with­out press­ing one’s nose up against the win­dow at one of Camorra’s (in­vari­ably full) Span­ish restau­rants. For those who can’t stand to wait, this col­lec­tion of recipes and be­hind-the-scenes glimpses at the MoVida eater­ies will ease the hunger pangs. From piquillo pep­pers with deep-fried salt cod to the world’s best ham and cheese toastie (none of your pro­cessed muck here; this is made with ja­mon serrano, fresh black truf­fle and buf­falo moz­zarella), if this book doesn’t hit the spot there’s sim­ply no hope for you.

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