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Basics to Brilliance - Donna Hay

Hardcover Published: 19th September 2016
ISBN: 9781460751428
Number Of Pages: 400

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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.


Exactly as is titled


If you only have 1 book then this is it !



Stunning and practical


This is a cookbook that everyone needs in their collection. I am gifting to my brother as his introduction to cooking and the concept is fantastic for a new cook all the way up to experienced. The layout is just gorgeous and the recipes I have tried so far were lovely.



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


Basics to Brilliance

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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

Donna Hay

About the Author

Donna Hay is Australia’s favourite and most trusted home cook, and an international food-publishing phenomenon. Donna’s 27 books have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide, been translated into 10 different languages, and her television cooking shows have brought her signature style to life for viewers in more than 14 countries. In Australia, her recent books have dominated the bestseller charts, with Fresh and Light (2012) selling 202,000, the new classics (2013) selling 160,000, life in balance (2015) selling 114,000 and basics to brilliance (2016) selling 106,000 copies to date.

 Donna Hay is a household name. She is editor-in-chief of her own magazine (that’s reached more than 730,000 readers) with a digital version that’s been the number one of its kind in Australia. In addition, her food range is stocked in supermarkets nationally. She is also the working mum of two beautiful boys. 

 Books by Donna Hay include: basics to brilliance kids; basics to brilliance; life in balance; the new easy; the new classics; Fresh and Light; simple dinners; a cook’s guide; fast, fresh simple.; Seasons; no time to cook; off the shelf; instant entertaining and the simple essentials collection

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