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The Great Australian Cookbook Launches with Pop-up Breakfasts

By Ally Parker - 16 Sep 2015

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If there’s one thing we Aussies like—aside from chucking a sickie, bastardising language and debating whether it’s potato cake or scallop*--it’s the big brekkie fry-up.

Here to push the Australian Women’s Weekly’s Children’s Birthday Cake Book squarely out of first place is The Great Australian Cookbook and more importantly, the breakfast extravaganza celebrating its launch. Seven of the best chefs and cooks in Australia will be heating up the grill on Monday 21st September and Tuesday 22nd September at 4Fourteen in Surry Hills to raise funds for OzHarvest and celebrate the noble meal of breakfast. 

Monday’s ode to brekkie will be hosted by Colin Fassnidge, Clayton Donovan, Monday Morning Cooking Club and OzHarvest’s Ronni Kahn while Tuesday will feature Christine Manfield, Peter Russell-Clarke (OMG), Margaret Fulton (the woman credited with turning us into foodies) and Suzanne Gibbs. Brekkie fans will not only be treated to a cooking demonstration but will dine on a fresh-cooked brekkie of their own and receive copy of The Great Australian Cookbook. 

As for the book itself, we’re pretty stoked to get our batter-soaked hands on it. Ever wondered what Neil Perry serves up for his fam? How about Margaret Fulton’s best-kept kitchen secrets? Well, you can now, and with no risk of those pesky trespassing charges—win! Packed with 100 contributors, 165 recipes, 81 locations and the likes of Stephanie Alexander, Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong, and Maggie Beer, this is one cookbook that won’t get chucked above the fridge.

Co-edited by Helen Greenwood and Melissa Leong, The Great Australian Cookbook asks smarties with more than one fry-pan, “What is the food you make for the people you love?” with recipes illustrated by Reg Mombassa and ready built for sharing. 

Head to 4Fourteen to book tickets (a kids menu option is available).

*This author stands by her assessment that it is potato cake. Haters to the left. 

Image credit: The Great Australian Cookbook

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