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A Great Escape

Gordon Ramsay is just about as famous as a chef can get. He is an elite of the culinary world and some would deem him a master of his craft. If you were to ask Gordon for his opinion, he would say that a chef never stops learning. He latched on to this mindset when he started out on his newest endeavour and cookbook, Gordon’s Great Escape: Southeast Asia.

This cookbook encompasses four Southeast Asian countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam. With each recipe Gordon offers his thoughts on the ingredients, some background information on the dish, where he got the recipe from and/or where the inspiration for the recipe manifested.

Get ready to explore the depths of Southeast Asia and all the mouth-watering flavours that it has to offer. Here are some of the tantalizing dishes that await you in this cookbook:

Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs

Thai Gaeng Hung Lay Curry

Malaysian Beef Rendang

Cambodian Sticky Rice, Honey and Chocolate Squares

Homemade Chinese Take-Out

Ching-He Huang wants to bring 21st-century Chinese take-out into your kitchen with her new cookbook: Ching’s Everyday Easy Chinese. We all have a favourite Chinese take-out shop that we call when the fridge is bare or we just have a craving for a #15 and two #3s, but what about trying to make that chicken chow mein yourself? Or maybe that Cantonese-style roast duck? With Ching’s cookbook and your trusty wok these dishes are more than achievable for the average person to make.

Your average Chinese take-out is usually chock-a-block full of oil and salt, but with fresh ingredients and Ching’s guiding recipes you’ll be able to recreate some of your favourite dishes with intense flavour and with a fraction of the salt and calories.

Here are 3 examples from the over 100 dishes that you can find in Ching’s Everyday Easy Chinese!

Chicken Chow Mein                                             Singapore-Style Noodles


General Tso’s Chicken

Donna Hay - Food Master


When you think of Australia, food may not be the first thing that comes to your mind (Koalas and kangaroos tend to be at the top of the list and let’s face it they’re adorable! So it’s understandable) but one plucky Aussie is showing that the outback has way more than just steak to offer.

Donna Hay started cooking when she was 8 and has never looked back. At 19 she became a food writer and stylist, and by the age of 25 she was the food editor for marie claire. Today, Donna is the author of 18 award-winning cookbooks and editor of her self-titled top-selling food magazine that has captured the hearts and stomachs of people around the world.


Donna’s cooking philosophy is that she wants everyone to be able to cook a delicious meal using the everyday ingredients that you would typically find in your kitchen. Following the success of her TV show, Fast, Fresh, Simple Donna put out a cookbook with the same title. Fast, Fresh, Simple (the cookbook) compiles all of the recipes from Donna’s show and provides tricks of the trade (aka shortcuts) so that you can make delicious fast, fresh and simple meals.

Check out this, or one of her 17 other cookbooks here! Your tummy will thank you!