Book review: Like Grandma Used to Make


BOOK: Like Grandma Used to Make
AUTHOR: Rebecca Sullivan
PUBLISHER: Pan Macmillan Aust
RRP: $34.99

HERE'S collective wisdom from a host of grandmothers.

Growing up in rural South Australia in a small farming community, Rebecca Sullivan's world centred on her Nan's home where every family event and holiday was celebrated around a groaning table.

Now wherever the family is scattered, Christmas still brings them all home to Nan.

Rebecca is now a fighter for sustainable food and agriculture and wished to ensure that all of the stories and traditions, recipes and knowledge from her elders were passed on.

Her beautifully illustrated book contains everything from how to stock the pantry, preserving jams and pickling zucchini and beetroot to many ways to make tea from lemon verbena, rosehip, lavender, jasmine and mint.

There are also simple home cleaning and sewing tips, gardening advice and how to forage for wild peas, sorrel, fennel, rocket, cress and mushrooms.

Lastly, there are dozens of recipes ranging from the family's orange cheesecake, trifle and chocolate tart to the traditional bread and butter pudding (as only grandmothers can make it) to roast pork or lamb, ginger poached chicken and many more, all lavishly illustrated.

All the time-honoured granny favourites are here in Rebecca's delightful, colourful book.

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