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Special Guest - Annabel Crabb

Hardcover Published: 24th October 2018
ISBN: 9781760631949
Number Of Pages: 240

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If you are someone who prepares for guests by sweeping bills, laundry and newspapers behind sofa cushions, take heart! It's possible to be an imperfect host, but happily so. The essential ingredient is not, paradoxically, the food, nor the perfect house to host in, but the sentiment you convey when you open the door. Do your eyes say: 'I like you and I enjoy your company,' or does a weepy cloud of visceral horror descend as pine nuts burn quietly in the kitchen?

Special Guest is a gentle guide to turning easy basic fare into something of a celebration. For when you want to say to your friends with their spouses and ten small children, 'Why don't you stay for lunch?' without hating yourself afterwards. Learn the lesson of 'one splendid thing done well' without regard to the hundred other things, and call the day a success. Pick up some pointers for the modern conundrum that is cooking for people with seemingly incompatible dietary requirements.

Hosting your friends is not about showing off; it is about delighting others. Your dining table might be decorated with a pile of unmatched socks and kids' homework, but that's no reason not to invite friends in for a chat, a sit-down and something delicious to eat.

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's best-loved TV and media personalities and a joyfully imperfect host. Wendy Sharpe is Annabel's oldest friend, a recipe consultant on Kitchen Cabinet and co-conspirator in mad-capped cookery projects.

Waste of money


Not at all what it promised to be. 'A gentle guide to turning basic fare into something fancy' couldn't be further from the truth. Complicated recipes with ingredients the average person would struggle to source let alone have in the cupboard for when guests just happen to pop in. Save yourself the time and give this a miss, there are plenty of other good books out there, unfortunately this isn't one of them. Very disappointing!!



I would buy this product again and again


Easy to follow recipes that actually taste like they say they will. Not using ingredients no one has heard of. I had all the ingredients for the salad I took to share with family on Christmas Day! Too easy

Outside Sydney


Did not disappoint - can't stop reading


This book is not just a cookbook - it is a great read and is written in a way it pulls you in to want to read every recipe.



Special Guest by Annabel Crabbe &Wendy Sharpe


This book really fulfills its promise.

Northern NSW

Great recipes and a good laugh


Great recipes and a good laugh


Another deeply fabulous cookbook from these two ladies!


A great cookbook with wonderful stories and surprising combinations which just work!



Everything I've cooked out of this has been delicious!


So many great ideas for entertaining. Delicious and achievable recipes.




A cookbook to be kept out andcused regularly



Excellent recipes answers excellent read


Great range of recipes for entertain and families. Very achievable. Also, I really enjoyed the writing throughout.

Regional Victoria


Just my kind of recipe book!


Fabulous recipes, which I'm going to work my way through.



Special Guest

4.5 10


ISBN: 9781760631949
ISBN-10: 1760631949
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 24th October 2018
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 19.5

Annabel Crabb

About the Author

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most popular political commentators, a Walkley-awarded writer, and the host of Australia’s first dedicated political cooking show, ABC TV’s Kitchen Cabinet. She writes for ABC Online’s The Drum and has worked extensively in TV and radio. 

She is a columnist for the Sunday Age, Sun-Herald and Canberra’s Sunday Times, and has worked as a political correspondent and sketchwriter for titles including the Advertiser, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, and as London correspondent for Fairfax’s Sunday papers. 

She won a Walkley Award for her 2009 essay on Malcolm Turnbull, and was Australia’s 2011 Eisenhower Fellow. Annabel is an enthusiastic social media user and tweets about politics and food as @annabelcrabb. She lives in Sydney with her partner, Jeremy, and their three children.

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