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Annie's Farmhouse Kitchen: Seasonal Menus with a French Heart (Hardcover)
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Annie's Farmhouse Kitchen is a window on the world of acclaimed Australian chef Annie Smithers. A handsome, gifty package, it includes a best-of selection of three and four-course menus collected by Annie over the first three years of her restaurant, du Fermier, in Trentham, Central Victoria. Annie's food is classic French-Provincial, presented with a distinct pared back, accessible aesthetic, and determined very much by whatever is thriving in her rambling home vegetable garden.
As well as the menus, Annie includes timelines that talk the reader through the process of recreating her feasts. Annie's distinct voice features throughout – both guiding readers with advice about getting the best results from her recipes, and via occasional entertaining vignettes that tell the story of the daily challenges and victories inevitably associated with running a successful small restaurant in a country town – solo.
About the Author
ANNIE SMITHERS is one of Australia's best-regarded chefs. Since 2013, she has worked at du Fermier, her charming restaurant in the picturesque Victorian town of Trentham.
ROBIN COWCHER is an illustrator, art director and designer with more than three decades' experience in books, magazines and newspapers.
"Annie is the best chef in Australia to reproduce properly the traditional countryside food of France. Going to her kitchen is, for me, stepping back to my village with all the natural local products on hand, and the aromas of real food that excite your palate and your senses." - Chef Jacques Reymond
"Smithers takes us into her one-acre vegie patch to build her seasonal menus from the ground up. You can smell the wood smoke, see the first asparagus spears pushing up through the straw, as she writes about the work involved in cooking at a level so palpably connected to the earth, the changes in the weather, "and my moods"." - Australian Financial Review
"I want to cook every single recipe in this book. And I want to do it the way Annie Smithers intended" - The Northsider, Jo Rittey