Official Review: Flavours of Australia by Jonette George

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Official Review: Flavours of Australia by Jonette George

Post by Cecilia_L » 14 Nov 2019, 05:52

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Flavours of Australia" by Jonette George.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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In Flavours of Australia, Jonette George provides a definitive guide to the country's best gourmet dining, bistros, distilleries, and breweries. The book contains recipes ranging from gourmet to exotic that are sure to tantalize the taste buds, such as shiitake mushroom dumplings, frozen salted caramel parfait coffee cake, and grilled octopus. It includes venues by location, a glossary of native ingredients, and an impressive collection of photographs to showcase the outback and its local cuisine.

George describes the cuisine as diverse, challenging to define, and uniquely flavourful. Her passion is contagious, and I cannot imagine a more comprehensive or visually appealing guide. Although I have not had the pleasure of visiting Australia, if the opportunity arises, this is the book I will take with me. When George highlights a restaurant, she doesn't merely mention her favorite entree or dessert from the menu. She shares the background, location, and specific niche of the venue and features contributions from the owners or chefs regarding their philosophy about food sources and sustainability. For instance, Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy of Three Blue Ducks state, "With regards to eating, we truly believe that if an ingredient is ethically grown, it just tastes better."

In another segment, George extols Longitude 131°, where diners are treated to dinner and a show: "Nestled among rust-red dunes, the gathering of pavilions raises the notion of outback luxury to rockstar heights" and "celebrates the sunburnt country in all its glory." I only wish I could include the accompanying photograph to illustrate the beauty of the iconic natural setting.

Speaking of photography, the quality is exceptional. I have previously reviewed books with grainy photographs that do little to enhance the book's content. That is certainly not the case here; the vibrant photographs George has selected complement her favorite venues. I especially like the diverse assortment that includes images of delicious culinary delights, impeccably-designed eateries, candid shots of featured chefs, and breathtaking panoramas of natural attractions. Although the photographs are from various sources, I am pleased to note that George includes a section citing photography credits.

While there isn't anything I dislike about the book, portions of the PDF format aren't optimal for viewing due to the page spread. However, I imagine this will cease to be an issue in the published format. The book is professionally edited; I noted a single typo. Likewise, there is one humorous instance of borderline profanity. During a panel discussion, Dan Simms from Melbourne's Revel Global quips, "eighty under 35-year-olds turning up on a Monday night to hear myself and others talk about what's cool in wine? That's what's bloody cool in wine."

It is my pleasure to rate Flavours of Australia 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend the book to foodies, wine and beer connoisseurs, and those interested in traveling to Australia.

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Post by La Cabra » 16 Nov 2019, 00:57

I didn't know Australian cuisine was quite so diverse. The guide seems to be packed with the kind of information you'd want to know. If I ever do head out to Australia I'll consider dropping the tour and sticking to this book :) Thanks for your great review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 16 Nov 2019, 08:38

La Cabra wrote:
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I didn't know Australian cuisine was quite so diverse. The guide seems to be packed with the kind of information you'd want to know. If I ever do head out to Australia I'll consider dropping the tour and sticking to this book :) Thanks for your great review.
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Post by B Creech » 16 Nov 2019, 11:11

Thanks for the excellent review! It has always been a dream of mine to go to Australia and your review of this book makes me want to go even more! I'm sure I will never get there but I can certainly try some of the recipes in the book! I also am excited to see the photographs. I will just visit Australia vicariously through the book and your review! :)
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Post by Meg98 » 16 Nov 2019, 16:59

I'm quite familiar with Australian cuisine and culture, but this book seems like it would still be educational and interesting for me. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 16 Nov 2019, 17:01

B Creech wrote:
16 Nov 2019, 11:11
Thanks for the excellent review! It has always been a dream of mine to go to Australia and your review of this book makes me want to go even more! I'm sure I will never get there but I can certainly try some of the recipes in the book! I also am excited to see the photographs. I will just visit Australia vicariously through the book and your review! :)
That's one of the perks of a good book--living vicariously through it's pages! Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 16 Nov 2019, 17:03

Meg98 wrote:
16 Nov 2019, 16:59
I'm quite familiar with Australian cuisine and culture, but this book seems like it would still be educational and interesting for me. Thanks for the great review!
As it was mostly new for me, it's good to know that it still has something to offer for readers familiar with the cuisine. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by kandscreeley » 16 Nov 2019, 18:59

I do enjoy learning more about other cultures as well as good recipes. This sounds perfect. I'm just not sure the recipes would be achievable for me. Still, they'd be worth looking at and salivating over. Thanks.
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Post by Wamakima » 17 Nov 2019, 02:21

If I ever get the chance to travel to Australia, I too will use this book as a guide. This is a great review!
But the path I’ve chosen has always been the right one, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. :)

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Post by Cecilia_L » 17 Nov 2019, 12:27

kandscreeley wrote:
16 Nov 2019, 18:59
I do enjoy learning more about other cultures as well as good recipes. This sounds perfect. I'm just not sure the recipes would be achievable for me. Still, they'd be worth looking at and salivating over. Thanks.
I know just what you mean about the recipes--there are some I wouldn't tackle but others I might give a try. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 17 Nov 2019, 12:27

Wamakima wrote:
17 Nov 2019, 02:21
If I ever get the chance to travel to Australia, I too will use this book as a guide. This is a great review!
Thank you. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by tristenb » 17 Nov 2019, 20:43

This made me hungry. It all sounds delicious and makes me want to go to Australia. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 18 Nov 2019, 14:24

tristenb wrote:
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This made me hungry. It all sounds delicious and makes me want to go to Australia. Thanks for the review!
You sound like me--I always get hungry when I see appetizing photos or shows about food. You're welcome. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by kdstrack » 18 Nov 2019, 17:11

Why do we find Australia so intriguing?? I love your descriptions of the recipes, restaurants and the photos. This book is motivating me to have an Outback Party with friends! Thanks for the amazing review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 19 Nov 2019, 14:23

kdstrack wrote:
18 Nov 2019, 17:11
Why do we find Australia so intriguing?? I love your descriptions of the recipes, restaurants and the photos. This book is motivating me to have an Outback Party with friends! Thanks for the amazing review!
I love your party idea! I appreciate your comment.

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