Karen Martini’s COOK: The Only Book You Need in the Kitchen is the essential Australian cookbook for the food you’re cooking at home today. Covering a generous breadth of cuisines and ingredients across well over 1000 recipes, this book bursts with Karen’s love of cooking, and the inspiring ideas and enduring principles that make her flavours timeless.
With an acclaimed career spanning decades, and the influence of her Tunisian-Italian heritage, Karen has forged a path for female chefs and cooks across the country, and here she shares the hard-earned knowledge and experience for which she is famed. COOK doesn’t just tell you what to cook but shows you how to cook, with insights into the foundations of flavour and practical advice on sourcing and surrounding yourself with quality, ethical ingredients and essential equipment – everything you need to make fantastic meals from the ground up.
COOK will stay fresh in your kitchen for years to come, providing for the everyday as well as life’s special occasions. Be guided to pull multiple dishes together to build an inspired meal, or to omit ingredients for your dietary preferences. Karen will lead you to bold, simple and satisfying results time and time again.
This is the taste of modern Australia in one long-awaited cookbook. As the title says: COOK.
'This is a jaw-dropper, door-stopper of a book, a magnificent magnum opus that’s as generous and abundant as the way Karen cooks.' --Alice Zaslavsky
'WOW. This is a must for a cook of any level. This book will go straight to the ‘bible’ section of my collection.' --Tobie Puttock
About the Author
Chef Karen Martini’s acclaimed career includes two-hatted stints at Melbourne Wine Room and Sydney’s Icebergs Dining Room, as well as her own ventures – the latest of which is the ambitious Hero, in Melbourne's iconic ACMI building, where she is a founding partner and creative food director. Karen has had a TV presence for nearly two decades, including as resident chef on Australia's longest-running lifestyle television series, Better Homes and Gardens. She is a weekly columnist for Good Weekend, she is in-demand at events and festivals, and she is the author of eight cookbooks. Her newest book, COOK, is by far her most comprehensive and ambitious, cementing her place as the voice of a generation and an authority that will endure in readers' lives for decades to come.