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From snaggers on the barbie to dainty desserts for dames, Stew a Cockatoo is the cookbook that every Australian has been waiting for. Not only is this book jam-packed (no pun intended) with good ol' Aussie recipes but it's full of anecdotal stories about how our cuisine came to be and fair dinkum definitions for words and phrases like 'bush tucker' and 'spuds'.
Stew a Cockatoo is also full of facts that you just can't live without. Like, did you know that of all the foods eaten week by week in Australia that Spag Bol is #1? And that the phrase 'fair suck of the sav' was a phrase used when passing the one and only sausage between family and friends during the Great Depression?
About the illustrator
Leigh Hobbs is an artist and author best known for his children's book character 'Old Tom.' Leigh was born in Melbourne in 1953, but grew up in a country town called Bairnsdale. His first job as an artist was at Sydney's Luna Park where he created two giant caricature figures called Larry and Lizzy Luna. Leigh recently designed the colour scheme for the entrance to Melbourne's Luna Park.
'Old Tom' first made his appearance in four hilarious advent published by Puffin. It was on these books that the French/Australian animated TV series was based.
Leigh was short-listed for the 2002 Australian Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Horrible Harriet, and again in 2003 for Old Tom's Holiday.
Leigh is also a sculptor and painter. He has a passion for English history and visits London as often as possible.
Children are quick to learn. Very soon they know that when you cook well, you eat well, and that to enjoy cooking is something that will be with you for all your life. Happy cooking with this delightful book. Learn the Aussie slang words and you'll be a real Aussie! - Margaret Fulton, Australian Chef
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old
For Grades: 3 - 4
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 1st November 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 17.2 x 14.0 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.56