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  • BEAT COLLECTION - 2ND HAND
    BEAT COLLECTION - 2ND HAND
    MILES BARRY (ED)
    ISBN: 9781852272647
    Title: BEAT COLLECTION - 2ND HAND
    Author: MILES BARRY (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    The New York Times bestselling author and Beat expert Barry Miles pulls together writings by both the most influential and the lesser-known figures involved in the movement, including Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Frank O'Hara and Diane DiPrima. An essential collection of writings encapsulating the Beat vibe and demonstrating why this group of writers continues to fascinate and inspire countless readers young and old.



    Imprint: VIRGIN
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BECASSE : INSPIRATIONS AND FLAVOURS - 2ND HAND
    BECASSE : INSPIRATIONS AND FLAVOURS - 2ND HAND
    NORTH JUSTIN
    ISBN: 9781740664028
    Title: BECASSE : INSPIRATIONS AND FLAVOURS - 2ND HAND
    Author: NORTH JUSTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket. First edition. Signed.

    ustin North is the rising talent behind Sydney restaurant Becasse, and at the heart of his food is a love of great produce. In this sumptuous collection of recipes, photographs and travelogue, Justin visits a blood orange orchard in the Riverina, a squab pigeon farm in Victoria, a fishing village on the east coast of Tasmania and many places in between. He follows truffles, tuna, goat's cheese and wagyu beef around the country and meets the people and landscapes behind his favourite produce. Chapter by chapter, Justin creates mouth-watering recipes on each theme. Becasse is set to change your approach to food.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • BENTLEY - 2ND HAND
    BENTLEY - 2ND HAND
    SAVAGE BRENT
    ISBN: 9781741968170
    Title: BENTLEY - 2ND HAND
    Author: SAVAGE BRENT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy, illustrated boards, issued without dust jacket. First edition.

    Creative young chef Brent Savage receives rave reviews for his hot Sydney restaurant Bentley Restaurant & Bar. Brent s globally influenced, cutting-edge food is often described as art on a plate . This book reveals the secrets behind his creations in an accessible, engaging manner, and it will inspire the spirational home cook, the apprentice chef and the seasoned professional alike. With step-by-step photography and instructions on modern cooking techniques, such as sous vide (cooking in the bag), replicating the dishes in the home kitchen with professional flair is guaranteed. Recipes include tapas, entr es, mains, desserts and cocktails to wow.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • BIG FAT DUCK COOKBOOK - 2ND HAND
    BIG FAT DUCK COOKBOOK - 2ND HAND
    BLUMENTHAL HESTON
    ISBN: 9780747583691
    Title: BIG FAT DUCK COOKBOOK - 2ND HAND
    Author: BLUMENTHAL HESTON
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in a slipcase showing some signs of wear.

    In this enormous, beautiful book, we hear the full story of the meteoric rise of Heston Blumenthal and The Fat Duck, birthplace of snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream, and encounter the passion, perfection and weird science behind the man and the restaurant. Heston Blumenthal is widely acknowledged to be a genius, and The Fat Duck has twice been voted the Best Restaurant in the World by a peer group of top chefs.But he is entirely self-taught, and the story of his restaurant has broken every rule in the book. His success has been borne out of his pure obsession, endless invention and a childish curiosity into how things work - whether it's how smell affects taste, what different flavours mean to us on a biological level, or how temperature is distributed in the centre of a souffle.With an introduction by Harold McGee, incredible colour photographs throughout, illustrations by Dave McKean, multiple ribbons, real cloth binding and a gorgeous slip case, The Big Fat Duck Cookbook is not only the nearest thing to an autobiography from the world's most fascinating chef, but also a stunning, colourful and joyous work of art.In the first section of The Big Fat Duck Cookbook, History - we learn the history of the restaurant, from its humble beginnings to its third Michelin star (the day Heston received the news of this he had been wondering how exactly he would be able to pay his staff that month). In section 2- Recipes we meet 50 of his signature recipes - sardine on toast sorbet, salmon poached with liquorice, hot and iced tea, chocolate wine - which, while challenging for anyone not equipped with ice baths, dehydrators, vacuum pumps and nitrogen on tap, will inspire home cooks and chefs alike. Finally in the third section, Science, we hear from the experts whose scientific know-how has contributed to Heston's topsy-turvy world, on subjects as diverse as synaesthesia, creaminess and flavour expectation.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $150.00

    Price: $150.00
  • BLACK PUDDING AND FOIE GRAS - 2ND HAND
    BLACK PUDDING AND FOIE GRAS - 2ND HAND
    PERN ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780955893001
    Title: BLACK PUDDING AND FOIE GRAS - 2ND HAND
    Author: PERN ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, suede boards, issued without dust jacket. First edition.

    Recipes from a one-star Michelin chef in the English country side, featuring game cooking and traditional English food.

    Imprint: FACE
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • BOUCHON - 2ND HAND
    BOUCHON - 2ND HAND
    KELLER THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781579652395
    Title: BOUCHON - 2ND HAND
    Author: KELLER THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Reprint

    Thomas Keller, chef/proprieter of Napa Valley's French Laundry, is passionate about bistro cooking. He believes fervently that the real art of cooking lies in elevating to excellence the simplest ingredients; that bistro cooking embodies at once a culinary ethos of generosity, economy, and simplicity; that the techniques at its foundation are profound, and the recipes at its heart have a powerful ability to nourish and please. So enamored is he of this older, more casual type of cooking that he opened the restaurant Bouchon, right next door to the French Laundry, so he could satisfy a craving for a perfectly made quiche, or a gratineed onion soup, or a simple but irresistible roasted chicken. Now "Bouchon," the cookbook, embodies this cuisine in all its sublime simplicity. But let's begin at the real beginning. For Keller, great cooking is all about the virtue of process and attention to detail. Even in the humblest dish, the extra thought is evident, which is why this food tastes so amazing: The onions for the onion soup are caramelized for five hours; lamb cheeks are used for the navarin; basic but essential refinements every step of the way make for the cleanest flavors, the brightest vegetables, the perfect balance--whether of fat to acid for a vinaigrette, of egg to liquid for a custard, of salt to meat for a duck confit. Because versatility as a cook is achieved through learning foundations, Keller and Bouchon executive chef Jeff Cerciello illuminate all the key points of technique along the way: how a two-inch ring makes for a perfect quiche; how to recognize the right hazelnut brown for a brown butter sauce; how far to caramelize sugar for different uses. But learning and refinement aside--oh those recipes Steamed mussels with saffron, bourride, trout grenobloise with its parsley, lemon, and croutons; steak frites, beef bourguignon, chicken in the pot--all exquisitely crafted. And those immortal desserts: the tarte Tatin, the chocolate mousse, the lemon tart, the profiteroles with chocolate sauce. In "Bouchon," you get to experience them in impeccably realized form. This is a book to cherish, with its alluring mix of recipes and the author's knowledge, warmth, and wit: "I find this a hopeful time for the pig," says Keller about our yearning for the flavor that has been bred out of pork. So let your imagination transport you back to the burnished warmth of an old-fashioned French bistro, pull up a stool to the zinc bar or slide into a banquette, and treat yourself to truly great preparations that have not just withstood the vagaries of fashion, but have improved with time. Welcome to "Bouchon. "

    Imprint: ARTISAN
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • BREATH - 2ND HAND
    BREATH - 2ND HAND
    WINTOM TIM
    ISBN: 9780241015308
    Title: BREATH - 2ND HAND
    Author: WINTOM TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition. Signed

    When paramedic Bruce Pike is called out to deal with another teenage adventure gone wrong, he knows better than his partner - better than the parents - what happened and how. Thirty years before, that dead boy could have been him.

    'It's unlikely Winton has ever written as well as he writes in Breath... Its seeming simplicity is deceptive, for beneath its pared-back surfaces lies all the steel of a major novelist operating at full throttle in a territory he has spent 25 years making his own.'James Bradley, THE AGE'

    A novelist who, to a peerless degree, has learnt how to do it...Breath seems to cut through everything, and to speak with unusual honesty.' Philip Hensher, SPECTATOR

    'An absorbing, powerful and deeply beautiful novel, a meditation on surfing which becomes a rumination about the very stuff of existence.' Helen Gordon, THE OBSERVER

    'This brilliant book may well turn out to be the finest thing that Winton has done.'Andrew Riemer, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

    'Breath is about moving out of your depth, getting in over your head, having your soul damaged beyond repair ...But against all this pointless sorrow, there remains the evanescent beauty of the world, and Winton matches that with limitlessly beautiful prose.'Carolyn See, WASHINGTON POST


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BRING UP THE BODIES - 2ND HAND
    BRING UP THE BODIES - 2ND HAND
    MANTEL HILARY
    ISBN: 9780007315093
    Title: BRING UP THE BODIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: MANTEL HILARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in a very good, rubbed dust jacket. Reprint.

    The Man Booker-winning sequel to the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall. 'My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he'll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he'll cut off your leg,' says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. 'But if you don't cut across him he's a very gentleman. And he'll stand anyone a drink.' By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king's pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a 'truth' that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days. In 'Bring up the Bodies', sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning 'Wolf Hall', Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This Man Booker-longlisted novel is a speaking picture, an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • BRUCE CHATWIN - 2ND HAND
    BRUCE CHATWIN - 2ND HAND
    SHAKESPEARE NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9781860465444
    Title: BRUCE CHATWIN - 2ND HAND
    Author: SHAKESPEARE NICHOLAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, edges of text block somewhat stained, in a very good dust jacket.

    Bruce Chatwin's death in 1989 brought a meteoric career to an abrupt end, since he burst onto the literary scene in 1977 with his first book, In Patagonia.

    Chatwin himself was different things to different people: a journalist, a photographer, an art collector, a restless traveller and a bestselling author; he was also a married man, an active homosexual, a socialite who loved to mix with the rich and famous, and a single-minded loner who explored the limits of extreme solitude.

    From unrestricted access to Chatwin's private notebooks, diaries and letters, Nicholas Shakespeare has compiled the definitive biography of one of the most charismatic and elusive literary figures of our time.



    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • CAVIAR : THE STRANGE HISTORY AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF THE WORLDS MOST COVETED DELICACY - 2ND HAND
    CAVIAR : THE STRANGE HISTORY AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF THE WORLDS MOST COVETED DELICACY - 2ND HAND
    SAFFRON INGA
    ISBN: 9780767906234
    Title: CAVIAR : THE STRANGE HISTORY AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF THE WORLDS MOST COVETED DELICACY - 2ND HAND
    Author: SAFFRON INGA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    In the tradition of "Cod and "Olives: a fascinating journey into the hidden history, culture, and commerce of caviar.
    Once merely a substitute for meat during religious fasts, today caviar is an icon of luxury and wealth. In "Caviar, Inga Saffron tells, for the first time, the story of how the virgin eggs of the prehistoric-looking, bottom-feeding sturgeon were transformed from a humble peasant food into a czar's delicacy-and ultimately a coveted status symbol for a rising middle class. She explores how the glistening black eggs became the epitome of culinary extravagance, while taking us on a revealing excursion into the murky world of caviar on the banks of the Volga River and Caspian Sea in Russia, the Elbe in Europe, and the Hudson and Delaware Rivers in the United States. At the same time, Saffron describes the complex industry caviar has spawned, illustrating the unfortunate consequences of mass marketing such a rare commodity.
    The story of caviar has long been one of conflict, crisis, extravagant claims, and colorful characters, such as the Greek sea captain who first discovered the secret method of transporting the perishable delicacy to Europe, the canny German businessmen who encountered a wealth of untapped sturgeon in American waters, the Russian Communists who created a sophisticated cartel to market caviar to an affluent Western clientele, the dirt-poor poachers who eked out a living from sturgeon in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse and the "caviar Mafia" that has risen in their wake, and the committed scientists who sacrificed their careers to keep caviar on our tables.
    Filled with lore and intrigue, "Caviar is a captivating work of culinary, natural, and cultural history.


    Imprint: BROADWAY BOOKS
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • CHARMAINE SOLOMONS COMPLETE VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK - 2ND HAND
    CHARMAINE SOLOMONS COMPLETE VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK - 2ND HAND
    SOLOMON CHARMAINE
    ISBN: 9780207184369
    Title: CHARMAINE SOLOMONS COMPLETE VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK - 2ND HAND
    Author: SOLOMON CHARMAINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy.

    Whether you favor French, Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Indian, or Asian dishes, you will find dishes to suit your taste among the 600 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes designed to make your vegetarian cooking simple and pleasurable. Now available in paperback, a glossary of terms and ingredients, advice on combining dishes, and seasonal menus are also included.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • CHILDHOOD OF JESUS - 2ND HAND
    CHILDHOOD OF JESUS - 2ND HAND
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9780670014651
    Title: CHILDHOOD OF JESUS - 2ND HAND
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition

    The child is silent. For a while he too is silent. Then he speaks. 'Please believe me - please take it on faith - this is not a simple matter. The boy is without mother. What that means I cannot explain to you because I cannot explain it to myself. Yet I promise you, if you will simply say Yes, without forethought, without afterthought, all will become clear to you, as clear as day, or so I believe. Therefore: will you accept this child as yours?'

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • CHILDREN ACT - 2NDHAND
    CHILDREN ACT - 2NDHAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780224101998
    Title: CHILDREN ACT - 2NDHAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    iona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • CHRISTINA STEAD : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    CHRISTINA STEAD : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    ROWLEY HAZEL
    ISBN: 9780855613846
    Title: CHRISTINA STEAD : A BIOGRAPHY - 2ND HAND
    Author: ROWLEY HAZEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, gift inscription has been crossed out on title page, in a like dustjacket. First edition hardcover.

    This critical biography of Australian novelist Christina Stead, drawing on her private correspondence and conversations with intimate friends, paints a picture of a passionate and intense woman for whom fame came too late in life, and sheds new light on the impulses behind her writing. It describes her tempestuous early years in parochial Sydney, her escape to London, the discovery of love with Bill Blake, Paris in the 1920s and the move to New York. After the war they returned to Europe but moved restlessly from place to place. Then, in 1965, "The Man Who Loved Children" was reissued, turning Stead into an international celebrity.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • CITIES OF THE PLAIN - 2ND HAND
    CITIES OF THE PLAIN - 2ND HAND
    MCCARTHY CORMAC
    ISBN: 9780330344487
    Title: CITIES OF THE PLAIN - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCCARTHY CORMAC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    In Cities of the Plain, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing beyond recognition.

    In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north by the military. On the southern horizon are the mountains of Mexico, where one of the men is drawn again and again, in this story of friendships and passion, to a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • CIVILIZATION : The West and the Rest - 2ND HAND
    CIVILIZATION : The West and the Rest - 2ND HAND
    FERGUSON NIALL
    ISBN: 9781846142734
    Title: CIVILIZATION : The West and the Rest - 2ND HAND
    Author: FERGUSON NIALL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six "killer applications"?that the Rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
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