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“In a cen­tury where be­ing ‘busy’ is worn as a badge of hon­our, it’s a feat to even find time to host friends for a home­cooked meal. The last thing you want to do is spend all night fuss­ing in the kitchen.” So writes jour­nal­ist and news pro­ducer turned food au­thor and teacher Annabelle Chap­ple in her lit­tle cracker of a recipe col­lec­tion, Three Wise Women: The Cook­book ($20). This is a tiny treat of a book, with well-cho­sen no-non­sense recipes un­der head­ings of Starters, Mains, Sides, Desserts, Sweets (in­clud­ing gen­tly spiced gin­ger-beer scones) and Drinks (Medic­i­nal Mar­gar­i­tas sound just the shot). Chap­ple rec­om­mends a slow-cooked Strong as an Ox­tail Ragu for win­ter nights, served over fet­tuc­cine, and who could re­sist Nana’s Per­fect Pavlova to fol­low. Nana is Les­lyn Ash­down, Chap­ple’s ma­ter­nal grand­mother, and one of the trio of se­nior sages who give the book its name. Pa­ter­nal granny Betty Carter has of­fered an ex­cel­lent Betty’s Duck recipe to the assem­bly, while the third wise woman is Rhyle Parker, Chap­ple’s hus­band’s grandma, a cham­pion in the art of morn­ing tea. Cook­ing tips are in­cluded and sim­ple line draw­ings give the book a sat­is­fy­ingly old-style feel. Buy on­line or drop into Julie Tjian­dra’s Scrump­tious Reads on Bris­bane’s fash­ion­able James Street. More: three­wise­women.co/shop; scrump­tious­reads.com.au.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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