THE ZERO F*CKS COOK­BOOK

YUMI STYNES, HARDIE GRANT BOOKS, P/B, $45

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THIS IS THE FIRST cook­book by Yumi Stynes, an Australian TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter who has also worked as a cook, and it im­me­di­ately drew me in with its lib­eral ap­proach to swear­ing and fuss-free ap­proach to cook­ing. “I have zero f*cks left to give to bullsh*t cook­ing that wastes time, cre­ates ef­fort and adds a whole un­nec­es­sary level of wankery to other­wise hon­est food,” Stynes states in the in­tro (with­out the as­ter­isks) – and amen to that. Un­sur­pris­ingly, there­fore, there’s noth­ing ground­break­ing go­ing on with the food in this book, but there are plenty of tasty, fam­ily-friendly recipes. Stynes’ mother is Ja­panese so many of the dishes lean that way – think agedashi tofu and chicken yak­i­tori – and the bar­be­cue chap­ter is packed with fresh takes on out­door clas­sics. AN

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