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COOK : The Only Book You Need in the Kitchen - Karen Martini


The Only Book You Need in the Kitchen

By: Karen Martini

Hardcover | 8 August 2022

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In COOK: The Only Book You Need in the Kitchen, acclaimed chef Karen Martini shares a lifetime of cooking, eating and learning about food. This is an essential collection of more than 1000 recipes, from old favourites to brilliant new dishes.

Karen has inspired generations of home cooks, and with this milestone book she brings us a generous breadth of cuisines and ingredients, celebrating vibrant flavours from a uniquely Australian perspective. Karen won’t just show you what to cook, she will teach you how to cook, with everything you need to prepare effortlessly delicious meals.

Each recipe in this modern classic is packed with hard-won wisdom from Karen’s inspiring career and Tunisian-Italian heritage. Providing midweek meals, signature spreads, dinner-party dishes and feasts for special occasions, COOK will guide you to make each meal your own. Enjoy an incredible array of classic and contemporary recipes – from the simple to the elaborate – suitable for all skill levels.

This deeply personal book bursts with dishes reflecting the richly diverse world of food. Karen’s unrivalled understanding of how we eat today will delight experienced home cooks and newcomers alike. It’s time to COOK.

About the Author

Chef Karen Martini’s acclaimed career includes two-hatted stints at Melbourne Wine Room and Sydney’s Icebergs Dining Room, as well as her own ventures – the latest of which is the ambitious Hero, in Melbourne's iconic ACMI building, where she is a founding partner and creative food director.

For more than a decade, Karen has been resident chef on Australia's longest-running lifestyle television series, Better Homes and Gardens. She is a regular columnist for Good Weekend, she is in-demand at events and festivals, and she is the author of eight cookbooks. Her newest book, Cook, is by far her most comprehensive and ambitious, cementing her place as the voice of a generation and an authority that will endure in readers' lives for decades to come.
Industry Reviews
'I have been a great fan of Karen Martini for years. Her recipes are so delightfully cookable – precisely what I want to serve to guests at home – and her personality radiates through the pages of her books. COOK zooms into Karen's world, with a deep and always delicious look into ingredients, dishes and meals. Go get it!' – Yotam Ottolenghi

'This is a jaw-dropper, door-stopper of a book, a magnificent magnum opus that’s as generous and abundant as the way Karen cooks.' – Alice Zaslavsky

A quintessential guide to cookery that encompasses cultural diversity, family values and knife-point professionalism – in short, all the things that make Karen who she is. Essential to anyone from the home cook to the most professional.' – Guy Grossi

WOW. This is a must for a cook of any level. This book will go straight to the ‘bible’ section of my collection.' – Tobie Puttock


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