The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

Whole Larder Love Ro­han An­der­son (Pen­guin, $29.99) IF ever there were a book to be avoided when it comes to Fa­ther’s Day gifts, this is it.

The de­scrip­tion of au­thor Ro­han An­der­son’s mul­ti­ple tal­ents —‘‘hunter, fisher, for­ager, gar­dener, larder-stocker and some­times barterer’’ — is enough to have the av­er­age bloke weep­ing into his TV din­ner.

An­der­son is liv­ing life off the land in re­gional Vic­to­ria and in this late-Septem­ber re­lease, billed as a ‘‘com­bi­na­tion how-to man­ual and cook­book’’, he shares his tips on ev­ery­thing from set­ting up a farm and whip­ping up a field­for­aged ragu to choos­ing a de­cent trowel — all of which one ex­pects he does with­out break­ing a sweat.

It’s a suitably rus­tic-look­ing tome, with some nice recipes, but I could do with­out the pho­tos of dead an­i­mals and the chap­ter on firearm lingo. Sim­ple Plea­sures Annabel Lang­bein (ABC Books, $49.99) THERE’S not a gun or a dis­patched rab­bit in sight in the very la­dy­like Annabel Lang­bein’s fol­low-up to her award-win­ning 2010 book, The Free Range Cook. In­spir­ing pho­to­graphs of her home base, Wanaka, on the scenic South Is­land of New Zealand, vie for at­ten­tion with a col­lec­tion of mor­eish recipes, in­clud­ing mus­sels with nam prik sauce, saf­fron spinach risotto and duck breasts with bal­samic mar­malade.

The book is a com­pan­ion to the sec­ond sea­son of the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show Annabel Lang­bein The Free Range Cook and in­cludes all 13 menus fea­tured on the show. Her Asian sum­mer meal — pork and co­rian­der spring rolls, bang bang chicken salad with peanut sauce, apri­cots with mac­a­roon top­ping and le­mon syl­labub — has my name on it.

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