I’m excited to say that Elements of Cooking has been published in Australia—I’ve never had a book published there, and am hoping somehow it might lead to travel downunder. I hear only fantastic things about Australia in terms of food, wine, and chefs (Bourdain loves Australia), and I just sense the spirit of the place in terms of attitudes toward food and drink are much more sensible than those informed by the puritanical, neurotic, dysfunctional (but getting better!) American palate.
The Aussie version of the book actually feels more substantial with a thick embossed cover, not the glossy flapjacket in the American version. I love the look and feel of this edition.
And I don’t know what this Gleebooks is, but I don’t really care when they write things like this:
"The Elements of Cooking is an opinionated reference work destined to stand among the great works of the kitchen. It is slim, clear and to the point: here are the things you need to know how to do, here are the key words of the language of food, and here are the absolute essentials that every great chef knows."
So that’s it. I’m goin’—next chance I get I’m heading to Australia.
In the meantime, here are some popular Australian blogs I'm glad to know about (thanks Ed and Leena):
Tomato, food and drink in Melbourne by Ed Charles, freelance journalist
Leena Eats—Leena’s an American student and writer living in Australia
Last Appetite, by Melbourne writer and marketer Phil Lees
Elegant Sufficiency, by writer and editor Stephanie wood, in Sydney
At My Table, a man after the fat
The Gobbler, by a Tasmanian chef
Milk and Cookies, by JenJen in Sydney
Grab Your Fork, by Helen Yee in Sydney
Not Quite Nigella, more than just a Nigella fetish (but that too)
The Old Foodie, by a food history junkie