Sharing food is the greatest act of community and connection. Breaking bread. Sharing a table. Feasts are a gathering of family and friends. People and culture. Creating connections. Food is a conduit. Food, however simple or extravagant, has the immense power of bringing people together. Thus, eating with family and friends old and new, is something we should strive to do frequently. This sense of food as conduit is at the essence of Audra Morrice’s food philosophy, and the thematic thread that seasons her second book of food, Cook & Feast.
Chef, cookbook author and former MasterChef finalist, judge and co-host on MasterChef Asia and MasterChef Singapore, Audra treats us to a feast of recipes in her cookbook Cook & Feast. Printed in hardcover on fine matte paper, the lavish recipes cross cultural boundaries, melding Eastern ingredients into Western dishes, bringing flavour and colour.
Included in the forward are hints on organisation and preparation, possible ‘feast’ menus, table settings and even edible gifts.
Each recipe begins with Audra’s voice – how she prefers to make the dish and hints for success. From dumplings to olive oil biscuits, steamboat to cardamom and honey ice cream, there’s a wealth of recipes awaiting me, explained logically step by step, as I turn each page. Such a delight!
Cook & Feast by Audra Morrice (Landmark Books, $39.99)