8 Ed’s letter
used to take 80 days, now it’s more like 80 seconds. Matcha lassis dominate Instagram; turmeric chai is a trending search term; Thanksgiving table settings occupy Pinterest; ramen is mainstream; chefs seek and post ideas far and wide, from San Francisco to Tokyo. Global inspiration is everywhere, which is a great thing, but how do you sift through the melting pot our lives have become? This month’s ‘global’ issue does just that: our team of experts runs a finely tuned eye over the most interesting and relevant movements, to curate and translate the trends to suit you (you’re welcome). Which cuisines are on the rise and how will you be cooking them at home? Which destinations will you be booking a ticket to next?
The buzz around Jewish food is approaching fever pitch; the sharing nature and interesting spices are tantalising a new food generation. While a handful of chefs have made popular headway with Israeli menus (take Yotam Ottolenghi or, locally, Michael Rantissi from Kepos Street Kitchen and the crews at Shuk and Nour), rising star Adam Wolfers offers his modern take on this difficult-to-define cuisine (and his seasonal market basket) in Hand Picked on page 23. Andrew McConnell tackles Turkish food after a visit to Istanbul and adds his inimitable twist on page 70. Skye McAlpine offers the first glimpse of her beautiful cookbook, A Table in Venice, on page 100. A Venetian resident, she believes the regional food in this old maritime republic is Italy’s most closely guarded secret, and encourages readers to look beyond the patina of tourists.
Meanwhile plant-based eating continues to seize the world by storm, as food-trepreneurs Tobie Puttock and David Abela attest. Enjoy their entertaining feature and menu inspired by the new plant-based range they are creating from their Melbourne base (p 52). A few more cooks adding to the broth include the delicious. team’s take on curries and spices, and Matt Preston’s United Nations of tray bakes (p 90), which all make for a compelling combination.
For the anti-armchair traveller, South Africa comes to the fore via Shannon Harley on page 120, as does my own trip to New Zealand’s Marlborough region on page 138. It struck me, while I was gathered around a traditional Maori hangi with a local Lion Brown beer, how much we underestimate NZ. Sometimes when something is so close, we mistake it for the everyday, when it’s really anything but (much like Australia itself). Hopefully this issue challenges your perceptions and entices you to do something new in real time, not just online. (But feel free to share!)