A Dinner with Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Posted On:1st August, 2017

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We’re so thrilled to announce the next of our special book dinners is with Julia Busuttil Nishimura, founder of brilliant blog Ostro and author of the soon-to-be-released book of the same name.

Join us on Tuesday 5 September as we celebrate the release of Ostro, together with our friends at Plum BooksBooks for Cooks and Fowles Wine. We’ll enjoy a shared three-course feast of some of Julia’s favourite recipes from her book, prepared by our legendary kitchen team.

Julia Busuttil Nishimura has gained a strong and loyal following for her generous, uncomplicated, seasonal food. Her interpretations of dishes from Italy and the Mediterranean feel both timelessly familiar and altogether fresh and new. This is modern Australian eating with respect for the past – simple food that is comforting and generous in spirit.

Julia is a Melbourne-based Italian teacher and food writer, and create of Ostro – an online space where she shares her recipes, images and stories. Julia is a regular contributor to The Design FilesDesign Sponge (USA) and Assemble Papers, teaches sell-out cake workshops and is regularly commissioned to create spectacular cakes.

Tuesday 5 September 2017
6:30pm | $95 per person
Dinner with Julia Busuttil Nishimura
Three-course feast of delicious dishes from Ostro
Tickets include matched wines from Fowles Wine

*Books for Cooks will be selling copies of Ostro on the evening and Julia will be doing a book signing.



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A Dinner with Mike McEnearney

Posted On:6th July, 2017

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Get your diaries and pens ready folks! On Thursday 27 July we’re welcoming chef Mike McEnearney into the fold for a special dinner to celebrate the release of his new book: Real Food by Mike.

Together with our friends at Books for Cooks and Hardie Grant, we’ll enjoy a shared three-course feast — with matching wines — of recipes from the book. 

Real Food by Mike reminds us of the age-old truth that we are what we eat. Everything we put in our bodies has a profound effect on our wellbeing and long-term health. But this doesn’t mean it can’t also be extraordinarily delicious, diverse and indulgent. Over four chapters spanning the seasons, Mike harnesses the best produce available to bring you fresh, wholesome recipes you will want to cook and eat over and over.

Mike McEnearney is executive chef and owner of No. 1 Bent Street by Mike and Kitchen by Mike, both in Sydney. Mike began his career in 1990 at Sydney’s internationally-renowned Rockpool, before moving to London, where he worked at the Michelin-starred Pied á Terre among others. After returning to Australia, he opened Kitchen by Mike in 2012 and was swiftly awarded Best Cafe in the Time Out Sydney Food Awards. 

A strong belief and trust in simplicity, generosity and sustainable wholefoods form the foundation of everything Mike does. The joy of eating real food, in its purest form, is at the helm of all of his endeavours. His first book, Kitchen by Mike, was named ‘Best Cookbook written by a chef’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Thursday 27 July 2017
6:30pm | $95 per person
Dinner with Mike McEnearney
Three-course feast of delicious dishes from Real Food by Mike 
Tickets include matched wines

*Books for Cooks will be selling copies of Real Food by Mike on the evening and Mike will be available to sign your copy.



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A dinner with Gill Meller

Posted On:12th May, 2017


Wednesday 7 June | 6:30pm

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We are tickled to announce that together, with our chums at Books for Cooks, we will be hosting the wonderful Gill Meller as part of his tour for his book: Gather.


You are invited to join us on Wednesday 7 June to devour a 3 course feast of dishes from Gather for $95 per person, which includes matching tipples from our mates from Fowles Wine. Tickets are on sale now.


Gather is the first book from River Cottage chef Gill Meller, celebrating his unique style of simple cooking with seasonal ingredients at heart. It is a stunning collection of recipes and a philosophy for a more mindful way to cook and to eat.


Gill Meller is a chef, food writer, author, food stylist and cookery teacher. He has been part of the River Cottage team for 11 years, working closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. He has contributed to  many of the River Cottage cookbooks and has written and contributed to The Guardian, Waitrose Food, Delicious, and BBC Countryfile magazine and Country Living to name but a few.


Wednesday 7 June 2017

6:30pm – $95 per person

Dinner with Gill Meller

3 – course feast of delicious dishes from Gather

Tickets includes matching wines from Fowles Wine


Books for Cooks will be selling copies of Gather on the evening with Gill doing a book signing.





Dinner with Stephanie Alexander

Posted On:7th March, 2017


Tuesday 4 April | 6:30pm

Stephanie Alexander 2016 (Photographer, Mark Chew)


We are so, so thrilled to be able to invite you to break bread with everybody’s cooking crush: Stephanie Alexander. Need we say more?

Together with our friends at Books for Cooks, on Tuesday 4 April we’ll be celebrating Stephanie’s new book Kitchen Garden Companion: Cooking as well as recent release The Cook’s Table.

Join us for a shared three-course feast of recipes from The Cook’s Table, lovingly cooked up by Wilko and the team. Tickets are $95 per person (including matched Fowles Wine tipples) and they are on sale now

Drawing on her decades of experience, in The Cook’s Table Stephanie shares her top 25 dinner party menus including meticulous prep timetables for the home cook. Every dish is seasonally-focused, respecting traditional methods and flavours while being distinctly modern. 

“Sharing food experiences has always made me happier than anything else… I like to imagine that this book will lead to many wonderful parties around a table.”

– Stephanie Alexander 

Stephanie Alexander AO is regarded as one of Australia’s great food educators. Her reputation has been earned through her 30 years as owner-chef in several restaurants, as the author of 17 influential books, and for her groundbreaking work in creating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Everything she has achieved and worked towards has been driven by her desire to break down anxieties about cooking, to emphasise the beauty of produce fresh from the garden and to promote the pleasures of sharing around the table. Her fifth book, The Cook’s Companion, is regarded as an Australian classic.

Tuesday 4 April 2017

6:30pm | $95 per person

Dinner with Stephanie Alexander

3-course feast of delicious dishes from The Cook’s Table

Tickets includes matched wines from Fowles Wine

Books for Cooks will be selling copies of The Cook’s Table on the evening and Stephanie will be doing a book signing.



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