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Natasha Lester’s luscious lowdown on food and writing

2018-10-11T10:28:11+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Author Q&A
Natasha Lester has answered our Q&A with gusto. She regales us with her journeys through Parisian ateliers, the Theatre du Palais Royale and the Hotels Particulier in the Marais. She was no doubt dining on glorious French baguettes and cheese all the way and we agree that no finer bread is to be found in all the world than the baguettes made in France. I am sure authors everywhere will be making a mental note to set their next novel in Paris.

Natasha Lester’s fabulously fun Sidecar follies

2018-10-07T22:57:33+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cocktail concoctions
Word of Mouth TV went to town (or should we say Paris) for the Natasha Lester episode, launching the evening with the oh-so-French cocktail, the Sidecar. The origin of the Sidecar cocktail is disputed but it is believed to have been invented towards the end of World War 1 in either London or Paris. It was, of course, named after the motorcycle sidecar,  a-la Two Fat Ladies, and the Ritz Hotel in Paris claims to be the drink's birthplace. 

Natasha Lester’s lobster and salmon mousse

2018-10-07T15:32:53+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Portrait of a recipe
Natasha Lester's novel, The Paris Seamstress, is a gorgeous romantic story of intrigue, danger and love set in France and in the USA during WWII. In the book, her heroine Estella Bissette flies back to Paris on a dangerous mission in a boat plane on which she enjoys an amazing meal of piping hot soup, lobster and smoked salmon. That was all the inspiration we needed to concoct this delicious lobster and salmon mousse - with caviar of course! And champagne!!

The Paris Seamstress – Natasha Lester

2018-10-07T14:53:42+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's review
A dual-timeline novel that moves between the 1940s and contemporary times, The Paris Seamstress is a gorgeously rich and romantic novel about young women finding their way in the world. The story begins with Estella Bissette, a young apprentice seamstress working with her mother at a fashion designer’s atelier in Paris. She dreams of designing her own dresses but the Nazis are closing on France, and no-one knows what the future will hold.

Episode 8: Natasha Lester – The Paris Seamstress

2018-10-05T18:41:08+00:00 Categories: Episodes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Word of Mouth TV interviews Natasha Lester, author of The Paris Seamstress - a feast for fashionistas and romantics everywhere. The Paris Seamstress has gained accolades from all corners of the world, which is appropriate given it spans the globe, taking readers from Paris to New York and Australia and back again. And it's not just a fashion feast; we served Natasha a divine lobster and salmon mousse with caviar, inspired by a scene in the novel. Enjoy!

D.H. Lawrence’s Figs poem very juicy in its day

2018-09-23T15:38:07+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iconic literary food moments
Poets have immortalised food, particularly fruit, over the centuries, tantalising the senses at every turn. One thinks of Pablo Neruda's Tomatoes, or Thomas Campion's Cherry Ripe. For Holly Ringland's edition, we have chosen D.H. Lawrence's Figs, given it is a warmer climate tree, and because it reminds us that, at the heart of all existence, lies desire and passion.

Straight from the authors’ mouths

2018-09-23T14:27:02+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Recommended reads
No doubt you have all polished off the last round of book recommendations and are hungry for more. Never fear, Word of Mouth TV is here. Holly Ringland serves up our first vegan cookbook recommendation, and a lovely non-fiction book about friendship, which is so fitting given Word of Mouth TV is about food, books and friendship. Happy reading!

Holly Ringland’s gorgeous giveaway

2018-09-21T16:32:54+00:00 Categories: Giveaway|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
Thanks to Harper Collins and Murdoch Books, Word of Mouth TV has two beautiful book packs to give away this week for our Holly Ringland episode. What’s in the box? Holly Ringland's The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart , The Country Women's Association of NSW's Everything I Know About Cooking I Learned from the Country Women's Association of NSW , Kate Forsyth's Beauty in Thorns, and S.L. Mills' GOM’s Gold.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

2018-09-22T14:17:39+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kate's review
An astonishingly assured debut, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story of love, loss, betrayal and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is both heart-breaking and life-affirming. A coming-of-age story with a vividly evocative Australian setting, this novel follows the story of Alice Hart who must learn to escape the shadows of an abusive father in order to build a life for herself. The Australian landscape, and its strange and beautiful flora, has a potent presence in the novel.

Pineapple and mint salsa and herby tomatoes

2018-09-21T17:35:21+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Portrait of a recipe
Something light and fresh was needed to accompany our Balmain bugs for the Holly Ringland interview and this pineapple and mint salsa paired with a tomato and herb salad fitted the bill. It was 29 degrees in the shade for this interview and not a scrap of salad was left in the bowls by the end of the day - simple hot-weather crowd pleasers. We hope you enjoy these salads as much as we did.

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