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November 25, 2021


#AusReadingMonth 2021 Cookbook nr 2

by N@ncy



  1. Bill Granger is very famous in Australia.
  2. Granger was born to a vegetarian mother and a
  3. father who worked as a butcher.
  4. He lives with his wife Natalie Elliott and their three daughters.
  5. Strong point: the dedication in the book is just so beautiful:
  6. “For Natalie”
  7. Her name might not be above the door,
  8. but the door would never open without her.”


  1. With eighteen restaurants around the world, Bill Granger has spread
  2. the Aussie way of dining far beyond the beaches of Sydney.
  3. There are 5 photo’s of Bill in the book
  4. …how approachable he looks and
  5. …how handsome padding across the beach in his bare feet.
  6. Bill’s crinkly smile is infectious…he makes me believe I can really cook!
  7. I was surprised he is photographed with a coffee and newspaper
  8. instead of a huge glass of wine in the kitchen…like me.


  1. Sydney-style avo toast, was popularized by
  2. Australian chef-restaurateur Bill Granger,
  3. whose early 90s version…toast, mashed avocado, lime, salt, chilli flakes
  4. …has since taken over the world.



  1. Weak point:  font used in the index is too small…or my eyes are too old
  2. Strong point:  I made 1 recipe from each section except BBQ.
  3. I was introduced to at least 8 ingredients I never used before.
  4. This was because Bill Granger makes many Asian influenced dishes…all new to me!
  5. This aspect of the book makes it so exciting to cook with Bill Granger.

Update: 20.11.2021

  1. Leave it to Bill to come up with
  2. the answer to my “Christmas Party” prayers!
  3. I’m hosting a 4 course Christmas dinner for friends.
  4. I love wine with my food….but don’t want to send the guests home
  5. and have them washing the wine and champagne out of their hair the next day
  6. …along with a hangover.
  7. So..Bill gave me  the Negroni Spritz on page 174 (Australian Food).
  8. I’ve modified it to replace:
  9. 100 ml wine –> cold water
  10. 30 ml vermouth –>   juice of one lemon
  11. ice cubes, curl of lemon peel and 40 ml Campari
  12. …small squeeze honey if you like a bit of sweetness!
  13. Absolutely a visual refreshing delight in a wine glass!
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 25 2021

    Bill’s Everyday Asian is one of my favourite cookbooks, especially the seafood recipes. I’ve dined at his Sydney restaurant only the once, but it was delicious. So glad he has helped you with your Chrissy plans 🙂


    • Nov 25 2021

      Bill is a life saver…Xmas cocktails will be light…before the the long anticipated Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019….is served!

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