Best of Booktopia TV – Julie Goodwin & Rick Stein chat to John Purcell

We know that Booktopians have a passion for food, and in these interviews both authors chat about what makes a delicious meal and the way that food can bring people together. Check them out below!

gatherJulie Goodwin – Gather

How to cook delicious recipes for large and small crowds of family and friends, from the bestselling original Australian MasterChef, Julie Goodwin.

Julie Goodwin’s first cookbook, Our Family Table, was loved by many for its combination of simple and delicious recipes, and affectionate family stories. Her second book, The Heart Of The Home, followed on from this, with more quick and easy family recipes and stories to bring together those she loves.

With more than 100 delicious recipes and stunning photography, Julie gives us fast and fresh recipes for the perfect picnic, a warm and cosy dinner party, a bustling street party, a cake stall, pot luck, a family dinner around the pizza oven, a cocktail party and the perfect High Tea.

Grab a copy of Julie Goodwin’s Gather here

rick-stein-s-indiaRick Stein – India

Whenever I hear the word curry, I’m filled with a longing for spicy hot food with the fragrance of cumin, cloves and cinnamon. I see deep red colours from lots of Kashmiri chillis, tinged with a suggestion of yellow from turmeric. I think of the tandoor oven, and slightly scorched naan shining with ghee and garlic.

When Indians talk of their food, they talk about their life. To understand this country, you need to understand curry.

What makes a good curry? Sensual spicy aromas or thick, creamy sauces? Rich, dark dals or crispy fried street snacks? Rick journeys through India to find the answer, searching this colourful, chaotic nation in search of the truths behind our love affair with its food.

Grab a copy of Rick Stein’s India here

Sharell Cook, author of Henna for the Broken-Hearted, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Sharell Cook

author of Henna for the Broken-Hearted:
When the search for meaning takes you all the way to India

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in rural Victoria, in a town called Traralgon. It’s around two hours east of Melbourne. I was raised and schooled in the area. My primary school was a small country school in the middle of nowhere. I have such fun memories of climbing the towering row of cypress trees out the front of it. It was quite a shock when I started secondary school, which was a large private school around an hour away from home by bus.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

When I was twelve, I wanted to be a hairdresser. My mum was one, and I loved cutting hair. Every doll that I owned got at least one haircut from me when I was a child. Some dolls were unfortunate enough to lose most of their hair! When I was eighteen, I wanted to be an accountant. My parents wanted me to go to university and I was good at commerce at school, so accounting seemed like a suitable profession for me. When I was thirty, to be honest, I didn’t know what I wanted to be. All I knew was that I didn’t want to be an accountant anymore! It was too rigid and structured for me. I’m a creative person at heart.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

At eighteen, I found life rather overwhelming. There’s a saying, “It’s not what happens, it’s how you deal with it.” I believed the opposite of that. To me, life was all about what happens and I was very daunted by what the future may hold. It wasn’t until I faced my first major crisis, the ending of my marriage, that this belief changed. It was a terrible event, but I realised that I could deal with it just as Continue reading


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