Portrait of a recipeFantasy master Raymond E. Feist uses food when writing fantasy in many ways, one of the most common of which is to build his characters: "It's the common things," he says. "The things that we all share." In real life, he proclaims himself a "steak and potatoes" kind of guy, and he is something of a grilling aficionado. His favourite meal is Cajun steak. It must, he insists, be served with sauce.
Portrait of a recipeStella Prize winner Charlotte Wood is, to all accounts, an excellent cook and her book Love and Hunger is full of recipes - one whole chapter is devoted to pastry. Charlotte says she cut her teeth on Elizabeth David's cookbooks after learning about them one day at a friend's dinner party. "That day ... I suddenly saw how creativity and cooking were completely connected," says Charlotte.
Portrait of a recipeLouise Allan decries herself as a cook, but believes she has mastered one dish: the Aussie pavlova. Laying down the gauntlet to Word of Mouth TV's own Kate Forsyth, she has provided her favourite pavlova recipe in what may shape up as something of a cook-off. The recipe that follows asks for bananas, passionfruit and strawberry - an irresistible (and I believe the best) summer combination - but you can top your pavlova with any delicious summer fruit.
Portrait of a recipeAs part of Word of Mouth TV's Perth Writers' Festival series, we asked authors to provide their favourite recipes. Some of them loved cooking, others not so much, but all could lay claim to one recipe that they had made their own. Heather Rose loves a warm lemon and almond cake recipe that she borrowed from Nigella and revved up a touch. "I’m always experimenting with cake, so I took Nigella’s recipe and increased the almonds and the lemon," says Heather.
Portrait of a recipeWe caught up with Richard Fidler at the 2018 Sydney Writer's Festival to talk about his latest book Saga Land, which he co-authored with his dear friend Kari Gislason. In it, he included a recipe for Icelandic fish soup because, says Richard, "wherever you go in Iceland ... they tend to have these little cafes ... that only have about four or five things on the menu ... and nearly every one of them had Icelandic fish soup.
Portrait of a recipePulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan's husband is a brilliant cook, so she rarely enters the kitchen. That is, except, to bake. Jennifer has a soft-spot for baking, having inherited a very special pie pastry recipe from her grandmother. We didn't press her to divulge her heirloom recipe and instead went straight to Jamie Oliver for inspiration for the pie crust, then scanned the web for a magnificent cherry filling, cherry being a favourite of Jennifer's.
Portrait of a recipeWord of Mouth TV caught up with Annabel Crabb at the Sydney Writers' Festival and asked her to name her favourite recipe. She volunteered her best go-to recipe - the meal she loves to cook when she's at home alone. This quick and delicious classic prima vera pasta sauce is easy to make and a delight to eat; and it is bound to please your vegetarian guests at dinner parties.
Our second guest on Word-of-Mouth TV was Kelly Rimmer, the author of the heartbreaking contemporary family drama Before I Let You Go, which tells the story of a young woman doctor who discovers that her heroin addict sister is pregnant. The book is set in Alabama, which has very strict laws on the subject, so we cooked a favourite family recipe of Kelly’s, which is also an Alabama special.