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Basics to Brilliance - Donna Hay


Published: 19th September 2016
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Australia's most trusted and best-selling cookbook author, Donna Hay, wants to take you from basics to brilliance.

Donna believes that, just like anything you want to be good at, mastering the basics is how you build confidence. So, in this book, she's sharing all her favourite, tried and true recipes - think the perfect tender steak, golden roast chicken, crispy pork belly, her nan's sponge cake, and of course the fudgiest brownies! Each basic recipe is followed by clever variations and simple flavour change-ups, so one recipe becomes many and your repertoire naturally grows. Take Donna's 'no-fail meringue mixture' - once mastered, this basic recipe can be tweaked to be turned into the perfect pavlova; divinely flavoured salted caramel, chocolate, rosewater and pistachio, and raspberry meringues for an elegant afternoon tea; or a silky smooth and tangy lemon meringue pie for a divine dessert for a dinner party.

This is your ultimate guide to being brilliant in the kitchen!

Basics to Brilliance is a luxurious hardback, featuring beautiful photography and featuring over 200 recipes. This is a book you will want to treasure forever.

In 2011, Donna's first television series - fast, fresh, simple - premiered on LifeStyle, garnering her a 2012 Astra award for Best New Female Personality and went on to air in more than 17 countries worldwide. In 2016 , Donna is returning to Foxtel with a brand new eight part show, Basics to Brilliance, based on this book, which will go to air in late May and be on repeat rotation as the book goes on sale.


Beautiful Cooking Companion


Stunning photography and great basic recipes to follow. The idea is once you've mastered how to make the item, she shows you different ways to use it. Pretty happy with the purchase and it ties into all the recipes she made on the tv show.

Queensland Australia

Great service


Great cookbook by Donna Hay. Service from Booktopia was fast and I was kept well informed on the progress when the book was shipped.

Western Australia

Another practical and reliable cookbook that is a go to


Donna Hay's cookbooks never fail. I have never had a recipe that has not exceeded expectation. Simple, practical, tasty and real crowd pleasers - every one of them. I've found this book perfect for helping to nail down the basic cooking skills and the opportunity to then add the creative flair. Perfect for a beginner or a passionate cook who needs some guidance.

Sydney NSW Australia

Amazing Product - highly recommend


I love this product. It is amazing and extremely aesthetically pleasing. Very eye-catching that the material of the pages is​ so nice.


I would buy this book again


Interesting cooking



The basics updated with modern food


This book gives you methods and recipes for the basics and the recipes are modern. I have been cooking professionally a while ago and bought this as the recipes and variations are useful.

New Zealand


Fantastic cookbook


Really easy to follow recipes



Great Buy


Great book for someone who does't cook very often but wants to make an impression.

Perth, Au


Awesome service and an amazing book!!


One of the best Donna Hay cook book!!



Brilliant best


It is a cookbook and I collect them

Melbourne Australia


Basics to Brilliance

4.9 22


Donna Hay

At the age of eight, Donna Hay skipped into a kitchen, picked up a mixing bowl and never looked back.

Donna Hay is Australia's leading food editor and best-selling cookbook author. Her food, recipes and styling focuses on basic ingredients, simply prepared and beautifully photographed - hallmarks of her work which have set the benchmark for food publishing worldwide and inspired a whole new generation of cooks.

Donna's career as a food writer and stylist began when she was 19. She was appointed food editor of marie claire when she was 25 and soon became food editor of
marie claire lifestyle, too.

She is the editor of donna hay magazine, a highly acclaimed, top-selling bi-monthly food magazine with tremendous local success and far-reaching international appeal. 

Donna also has a popular weekly food column in the Sunday editions of News Limited newspapers around Australia and The New Zealand Herald, reaching over seven million people each week. She is also a regular contributor to UK's leading lifestyle magazine, Living etc.

Her simple and style-driven approach is reflected in her 18 award-winning cookbooks. She has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide and her books have been translated into nine languages.

Donna was named one of the "Magnificent Seven" cookbook authors by the international Gourmand Awards in January 2007.

Donna's successful homewares range is currently exclusive to David Jones in Australia. She is also in development with Royal Doulton for a stylish new range which will launch worldwide in 2011.

The donna hay food range has just launched in Australia with cookies, brownies and cupcake baking kits full of all natural ingredients. As good as home baked. The range includes a line of pretty baking accessories - sugar pearls and buttons to elegantly decorate cupcakes plus stylish quality cupcake papers for a professional-looking touch. In true Donna Hay fashion it's special made simple.

In early 2009, Donna opened her first concept store in Sydney's Woollahra. The donna hay general store is full of Donna's products plus beautiful homewares and special gift ideas carefully chosen from around the world.

Donna Hay is an Australian success story. She lives in Sydney with her husband, Bill, and children Angus and Tom.

Visit Donna Hay's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9781460751428
ISBN-10: 1460751426
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 19th September 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.7  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.97