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Australian Food & Cooking

If you think that Australian cooking consists of meat pies and vegemite, you probably haven't had occasion to search online for a passionfruit icing recipe. All the results come from Australian websites, which leads me to believe that Australian Cuisine will soon become as much the rage as California Cuisine is now. Both are melting pots of east and west food cultures and centers of viticulture. Although Australia lacks the Mexican influence, the Indian influence with its chile peppers and cumin may compensate.


Selected Books

Alexander, Victoria
A Taste of Australia: The Bathers Pavilion Cookbook
TX725.A9 A54 1995
The Bathers Pavilion restaurant presents a new style of food that challenges the best of American cooking.
Pascoe, Elise
Australia the Beautiful Cookbook
q TX725.A9 P27 1995
One of the beautifully photographed oversized regional cookbooks that explores the classic recipes and foods of Australia.
Australian Food: In Celebration of the New Australian Cuisine
q TX725.A9 A98 1999x
Recipes compiled by Barbara Beckett with photographs by Rodney Weidland.
Selva Rajah, Carol
Heavenly Fragrance: Cooking with aromatic Asian herbs, fruits, spices and seasonings
q TX724.5.S68 S459 2007x
Although born in Malayia, Carol Selva Rajah now lives and cooks in Sydney, where she brings Asian fruits and herbs into her cooking.
Webb, Martin
Fusions: A New Look at Australian Cooking
TX725.A8 W43 1998

News and Magazines

  • Donna Hay Magazine
    You can come into the library to view our copy on the First Floor of the Main Library, or you can visit the website.

Web Sites

  • Australian Food and Drink
    This government site gives an overview of the food of native Australians and early settlers and provides links to other Bush food sources.
  • Black Olive: Native Herb Index
    Australia has many unique native food plants.
  • CSIRO: Australian Native Foods (Bush Tucker)
    The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is working to promote indigenous Australian food crops.
  • Desert Delicious - Indigenous Australian Foods for the Global Palate
    This article from Terrain describes some indigenous food crops such as: "bush tomatoes (intensely flavored pea-sized fruits), wattle (acacia) seeds, desert limes (a small knobbly fruit with a sharp lime flavor), quandongs (bright red berries high in vitamin C), sandalwood nuts, bush bananas (a vine bearing elongated fruits that taste of green peas and avocado."
  • Old Aussie Recipes
    This online recipe book is illustrated with drawing and poems. The recipes are "old" recipes that have been "copied by us from old family hand written notes and papers, original written recipes and old family cut outs from magazines and newspapers."
  • The Old Foodie
    "From Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, The Old Foodie gives you 400 words each weekday on a topic related to the day, plus a historic recipe, and sometimes a menu. And how much fun is that!"
  • Sydney Morning Herald: Cuisine
    This website offers a searchable database of recipes.