Artichokes & French Cookbooks
23 July 2007 
 Mis en Place
 thirsty, hungry & downright indulgent
Events & Books
a few new things to check out...

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Winter is firmly upon us. We usually love winter as it affords us an opportunity to cook hearty slow cooked one pot meals, wear winter clothes and feel alive in the bracing bite of a typically windy Melbourne day.

This year, it may have gone a bit too far as it has been positvely arctic. On the other hand, all the more reason for a good glass of red (or two), a robust bistro meal and a good dose of chocolate!

 Book Signing & Wine Tasting Friday 27 July 2007
 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008

Halliday Wine Companion 2008 When faced with the daunting morass of wine labels now available (and that's just the Australian stuff!) my first port of call for reliable and exhaustive detail on wines, wineries and vintages is usually James Halliday's Wine Companion.

This year the Companion is being published by Hardie Grant.

Please join us this Friday 27 July @ 7pm for an intimate drink or two with James Halliday.

There will be a taste or three, with commentary and tasting tips from James, as well as the usual chance for an intimate chat with the author.

Wines tasted will also be available for purchase (at mate's rates) courtesy of one of our wine related customers.

Author Information

Respected wine critic and vigneron James Halliday has a career that spans over forty years, but he is most widely known for his informative writing about wine. He has been wine writer for The Weekend Australian since 1984 and regularly writes for food and wine magazines such as Decanter, Gourmet, and Epicurean, and has won numerous awards for his journalism including Australia's most prestigious wine trophy, The 2005 Saltram Australia Wine Communicator Award. He was one of the founders of BrokenWood winery in the Hunter Valley and established Coldstream Hills winery in the Yarra Valley, where he ramains chief winemaker and consultant. James is an unmatched authority on every aspect of the wine industry, and is constantly in demand as a wine judge in Australia and overseas.


James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion is the No. 1 bestselling guide to wineries and wine in Australia. Keenly anticipated by winemakers, faithful collectors and wine lovers alike, the 2008 edition has been completely revised and updated to bring you up- to-the-minute information. Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine via detailed tasting notes, each of which includes vintage- specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking, as well as each wine's closure, alcohol content and price. He provides important details on wineries - including opening times, contact details and web addresses - in addition to biographies on each, and information about the winemakers. An indispensable reference for all enthusiasts of Australian wine, the Australian Wine Companion is a must-have for anyone planning to visit a wine-growing region or to replenish their cellar or wine rack. It is the most authoritative and entertaining guide to Australian wine.

Price: $32.95
Hardie Grant
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9781740665155


 Instore Event Thursday 9 August 2007
 The Botanical by Paul Wilson

The Botanical by Paul Wilson We've been hearing about this book for almost two years now. All good things take time and this is no exception! This will be one of the best chef orientated books this year!

Please join us for an evening instore with Paul Wilson on Thursday 9 August.

As usual there will be tastes from the book and the chance to have an intimate chat with one of Melbourne's leading chefs.

Author Information:

Paul Wilson has been described as one of the most extraordinary culinary talents in Australia and England and continues to receive critical acclaim for crafting inspiring dishes that take an innovative approach to traditional cuisine.

Paul has headed the Conran restaurant Quaglino's in London (where at the age of 27 he was awarded the prestigious Acorn Award), and in Australia has relaunched retail icon Georges and brought Radii to high acclaim.

In 2002 he was ordained Chef of the Year in the Age Good Food Guide. In the same year he joined owner Chris Lucas at the Botanical, winning restaurant of the year and has never looked back.


After two years at the top of Melbourne's dining tree, Botanical remains in glorious bloom. The dining experience is outstanding: Paul Wilson crafting truly inspiring dishes for the modern brasserie menus. - The Age Good Food Guide 2006, score 17/20, awarded 2 chef hats.

Botanical is a dazzling collection of more than 100 recipes by award-winning chef Paul Wilson from the iconic Botanical restaurant. The restaurant, located in the heart of South Yarra, Melbourne, across the road from the Royal Botanic Gardens, is an institution in the Australian food scene. It has experienced a fascinating transformation from popular local watering hole to one of the best restaurants in the country.

Paul Wilson takes you through his signature Botanical creations as well as new recipes created for the home cook, always showcasing the best and freshest local produce. Experience the delectable flavours of Warm Poached Egg with Truffles, Reggiano and Soft Polenta; the rustic richness of Hickory-roasted Côte du Boeuf, Bordelaise style; the delicate briny texture of Jumbo St Helen's Pacific Oysters with Horseradish, Pickled Cucumber and Osietra Caviar; or the delicious Hazelnut and Cappuccino Crème Brûlée with Warm Chocolate Doughnuts and Biscotti.

Botanical is more than a cookbook. It's also a celebration of the brasserie's acclaimed wine list and its renowned glass-covered wine wall, its cocktails and bars, wine store and of course its loyal clientele. Illustrated with beautiful photography of the food and conviviality, Botanical takes you behind the scenes of one of the most exciting restaurants today.

ISBN: 9781740663946
Hardie Grant Books
Format: Hardcover (large)
Price: $85.00


 Chocolate Rush 2007
 a new food festival - a weekend devoted just to chocolate

Chocolate & Confections Chocolate Rush 4 & 5 August 2007

The inaugural Chocolate Rush Festival will take place on the weekend of the Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 August 2007. The City of Greater Bendigo will be inundated by chocolate lovers from all over the state as they converge on Bendigo to learn more about their favourite pastime.

Come see us at the Chocolate Rush Festival in the Masters Gallery. We'll have a large range of specialty chocolate books including several new European imports.

Chocolate Rush Festival is aimed to educate, indulge and challenge your palate! Everything you have always wanted to know about chocolate combining the respect for tradition, fantasy and attention to quality. It's about the cocoa bean and how it is produced, how it is seen, the sound as it snaps, the aroma, the texture and most importantly the taste!


This newsletter we are not even mentioning the state of the website (aargh!!) .

On the upside, the list of books coming for Christmas is starting to look very exciting with new titles from Greg Malouf, Fergus Henderson, Nigella Lawson & Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall to name a few . More on that next newsletter

Regards & Best Wishes

Limited Offer: Free Postage with Wine Companion

If you can't get to the store to pick up your essential Wine Companion 2008 this week, contact us and and pay for it, before Friday 27th July, and we'll make sure James signs it for you and we'll post it to you for free