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Maggie's Kitchen - Maggie Beer

Paperback Published: 28th January 2015
ISBN: 9781921382956
Number Of Pages: 256

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From Maggie Beer's own kitchen come 120 favourite recipes she has shared with her television audience, as well as the everyday basics Maggie believes form the foundations of a good food life. With her trademark warmth and finely honed knowledge, Maggie shows us how to get the best out of our ingredients so that every meal is as memorable as it is simple to prepare.

Featuring the seasonal produce that has become synonymous with the name Maggie Beer - sweet quinces, verjuice, Barossa chooks and extra virgin olive oil - this collection will remind us daily of the joys of cooking and the pleasures of the table.

I hope my ideas and recipes will expand your horizons and show how easy it is to enjoy simple food that is full of flavour every day of your life. I also hope that you will gain the confidence to deviate from my written words. To me, a recipe is like a road map, a starting point from which to work, a document that can accommodate your own likes and dislikes.

When it comes to deciding what to cook, rather than choosing a recipe and then heading off to shop for the listed ingredients, approach it the other way around. Go shopping and let yourself be seduced by whatever is in season, and then find a way to cook the produce that stands out most to you.

During the week, when time is tight, I generally grill or pan-fry a piece of meat, poultry or fish for dinner, with accompanying seasonal vegetables or salad alongside; the Crisp-skin Salmon on page 116 makes a regular appearance on my dinner table during such times. When things are less busy I like to make the most of longer cooking methods when, depending on the season, I might cook Pork Belly in Shiraz (see recipe page 128) or Pot-roasted Lamb Shoulder with Green Olives, Almonds and Apricots (see recipe page 164).

ISBN: 9781921382956
ISBN-10: 9781921382956
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th January 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 1.01
Edition Number: 1

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Maggie Beer

About the Author


In 1973, Maggie Beer and husband Colin settled in the Barossa Valley, with the intention of breeding game birds and growing grapes. The establishment of their farm led to the now legendary Pheasant Farm Restaurant. The restaurant became highly acclaimed and was, in 1991, awarded the Remy Martin Cognac/Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year award.

With the closure of the restaurant in 1993, Maggie was free to pursue new directions, and in 1996 the Export Kitchen in Tanunda was opened. These days, her career spans farming, food production, as well as television presenting and food writing. Maggie's appearance on the hit ABC programme The Cook & The Chef cemented her place as one of Australia's most well known food personalities, and her line of products is arguably the most highly esteemed and much loved range for Australian gourmets.

Of all the accolades given to Maggie, being chosen as Senior Australian of the Year in 2010, and then South Australian of the Year 2011, have been two enormous highlights of a truly busy life. In addition to these achievements, Maggie was thrilled to be appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service to tourism and hospitality on Australia Day in 2012.

Her appearances on television have been numerous, with the most notable being her involvement with Channel 10รข??s Masterchef, setting new ratings records for the episodes she featured in. The Lifestyle Channel have also shone the spotlight on Maggie with a Christmas Special devoted to seasonal menus and celebration. On that theme, Maggie also returned to the ABC in 2012 to share her family Christmas in the Barossa.

A good food life for all, and all that encompasses, is what drives Maggie. As part of this philosophy, Maggie is proud to be the South Australian Ambassador for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, whose inspirational programme can truly change lives.

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