Books for the Food Nerd in the Family


 We've all got one (in our office, we're always that person!) - the food nerd in the family. Fortunately, come Christmas time they're always easy to buy for. We've pulled together a list of some of our favourite new books from this year to tempt your food loving friend or loved one. 

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Broadsheet Broadsheet Melbourne Food, the latest book from our friends at Broadsheet is here. They crossed town to test every sourdough, taste each croissant and try enough charcuterie to know they are sharing with you not only Melbourne's greatest bakers, but its most remarkable delis, highest-quality grocers, freshest fishmongers, finest butchers and most interesting bottle shops, and much more. 

SPECIAL OFFER: Use promo code “MFWF” and they’ll take care of postage. This offer ends 12am Sunday December 17. 

The Tivoli Road Baker by Michael and Pippa James – The first book from South Yarra favourite Tivoli Road Bakery is perfect for the discerning carb lover. Breads, palmiers, tarts – and yes, those doughnuts – are all included. Chef Michael James lets you inside the bakery, with a guide to the ultimate sourdough. You’ll also get a glimpse inside the Tivoli Road supply chain when you meet the farmers and growers who make it all possible – and delicious.  





Pidapipo; Gelato Eight Days a Week by Lisa Valmorbida, illustrated by Jean Jullien – Inspiration for summer from a lady who really knows her stuff. And the little shop on Lygon Street has the year-round cues to prove it. Seasonal recipes for the fresh contemporary gelato are beautifully rendered by French artist Jean Julien.




Coming to my Senses by Alice Waters – a perfect beach read for the food history aficionado. This long-awaited memoir from culinary and cultural icon Alice Waters is filled with stories, recipes, photographs and letters from the life of the activist, chef and pioneer of Californian cuisine. Waters opened Chez Panisse in Berkeley California in 1971, a pioneering force behind the rise of organic food and a tireless advocate for free speech and universal access to healthy, real food.




Eat This My Friend by Jade O’Donahoo – once owner of the tiny but acclaimed hole-in-the-wall café Switch Board, Jade O’Donahoo created this collection at the behest of her friends and loyal customers. This collection of more than 60 recipes is lovingly illustrated by O’Donahoo and covers fuss-free veggie recipes to share with friends. Quirky, colourful and perfect that friend you’re always swapping foodie inspirations with.