books for cooks - bendigo's largst collection of cook books

In this internet era of every recipe at your fingertips there is still something lovely about leafing through a beautiful cook book and immersing yourself in the images and ingredients, conjuring up the tastes and textures til your mouth waters.

Ol’ Fashioned Gal Emily is our cookbook guru – she gets so much joy from collating our collection. Here are her top picks for winter culinary inspiration….

Margaret Fulton Slow Cooking by Margaret Fulton

An update of Margret’s seminal 1976 “Crock-Pot Cookbook” this book is choc full of the basics and isn’t that what comfort food is about. Classic, wholesome time honoured favourites – coq au vin, pork pot roast to osso bucco. Great for new cooks.

The Pressure Cook Recipe Book by Suzanne Gibbs

Another great beginners book incorporating more international dishes and flavours than Margaret’s book. Also has pressure cooker jams and chutneys and a great introductory chapter into how pressure cooking works, choosing the right one for you and how to avoid and diagnose culinary disasters.

The Complete Slow Cooker by Sally Wise.

A few years back Tasmania’s Sally Wise sat just behind Jamie Oliver in the list of top selling cookbook authors. Looks a little like Mrs. Beaton’s classic cookery book in its presentation. You’re sure to find endless inspiration here with over 400 pages of slow cooker recipes.

Soups & Stews – Murdoch Books

Straightforward collection of meat, vegetable and seafood soups and stews from around the world. More reflective of our modern palette than the books above – every dish is vibrant photographed to get your juices flowing.

Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking by Carla Kelly

Not just for the meat free! If you are bored of the same old same old veggie soups and slow cooks you make every winter, check out this impressive collection of diverse veggie packed recipes with heaps of great gluten and soy free recipes.