There were no shortage of book recommendations flowing from this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). Authors, festival-goers and volunteers all had wonderful reading moments to share. We couldn’t fit them all in one article, so we will spread them over three: SWF Part 1, SWF Part 2 and SWF Volunteers.
Richard Fidler’s best book read lately was Educated: A Memoir. We forgot to ask him about his favourite cookbook but did discover that his favourite meal is Icelandic Stew – we are going to have a crack at cooking it and posting it in our recipes section next week.
Annabel Crabb’s latest reading list comprised the SWF line-up, and her best book read lately was The Trauma Cleaner. Judging by our survey of festival goers, this was one of the most popular books at the festival. Annabel’s favourite cookbook was Mark Best’s Best Kitchen Basics (she is cooking a five-week recipe from the book called Kingfish ham), and she is also partial to Hetty McKinnon’s cookbooks (she is ‘beside herself’ waiting for Hetty’s latest offering), and Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks.
Of course, we also try and mix it up a bit by asking the festival-goers about their favourite books. The two recommendations from episode 1 were George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Caitlin Maling’s Conversations I’ve Never Had.
We’ve listed the books recommended in this (the first SWF episode) below. There are more to come over the next couple of weeks. Message us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know if you are reading any of these in your book clubs. Happy reading!