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Here are some of the wonderful books, wines and experiences we've seen over the year

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Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton

Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton

Goodwill Wine, Reg Mombassa labels
Lord Howe Island - view from Anchorage Restaurant
<i>Australian Fish & Seafood Cookbook</i> by Susman, Huckstep, Hodges & Swan
<i>The Lord Howe Island Cookbook</i> by Dani Rourke and Luke Hanson


Each year at we discover some amazing, inspiring and all-round wonderful wine, food and travel experiences.

Whilst we share these with you through the year, with the gift-giving season upon us, we thought it might be handy to gather a few of our thoughts and recommendations for you here, on one page!

Some might even come from previous years but are so good, they're worth repeating!



The OIdest Foods on Earth: a History of Native Australian Foods: reviewer Laura's opening line on this book is "Simply a fantastic read and worth buying" and she voted it a highlight of culinary literature for the year, and we agree  »

Garlic Feast: delicious garlic-inspired recipes for the quintessential garlic lover: a true favourite around the VV office, this is a wondrous celebration of the humble bulb used medicinally and to flavour foods since ancient times, a visual Garlic Feast »

The Australian Fish and Seafood Cookbook: the press release and Neil Perry dubb this book the 'bible for seafood. Our reviewer Jennifer calls it "an oustanding vessel for the 130 recipes it contains" and has already placed this in her kitchen bible library »

Milk. Made.: Nick Haddow of Bruny Island Cheese Company has created a deliciously inspirational volume that is sure to encourage more exploration of artisan cheese, the ones with real taste »

Tasmania's Table II: Paul County and Nick Osborne team up again for another sumptous edition of this culinary journey around Tasmania. As well suited to the travel section as the food one, it's all about people, places and produce of the island state in glorious form »

Seafood Everyday: chef, photographer and author Eloise Emmett has produced another Tassie publishing triumph with beautiful photographs of the Tasman Peninsula interspersed with 80 original recipes in Seafood Everyday »



Around the World in 80 Dinners: billed as the gastronaut's guide to the globe, this book is for anyone who books their restaurants before their airfares! Helen Ellis reviewed Around the World in 80 Dinners  which included 14 restaurants in Australia »

Discovering Hobart: explore Tasmania's capital city through the the Tasmanian capital through the fascinating historical tales written by Warren Glover and brilliant photographs by Paul County in Discovering Hobart »



Great to see some new, and very good, spirits books out this year:

The Australian Spirits Guide:  an excellent book for discovering the distilleries around the country with 51 standouts covered in this book by drinks write and bartender Luke McCarthy. Check out the extracts from the book linked to this media release »

Gin: Shake, Muddle, Stir: Dan Jones has put together over 40 of the best cocktails and drinks for the serious gin drinker. Some of the recipes linked are linked to the media release here »

The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace: Tristan Stephenson takes us on a tour of the finest gins and distilleries in the world and of course, serves up some gin recipes as well »



Goodwill Wine: Doing good and drinking good – so the grammar isn't quite right but the sentiment certainly is. At Goodwill Wine a minimum of 50% of the profit from your purchase of great wine goes go to the charity of your choice. Kerry's tried the wines and they really are good! Read more about Goodwill Wine »

The Good Beer Co: more enjoying a beverage for the greater good! Launched late last year to support Australian causes, the Good Beer Co is currently brewing up Great Barrier Beer supporting the Australian Marine Conservation Society, and it's a good drop too »



Peninsula Larder: Rodney & Fiona have created tiny orbs of popping flavour with the magnificent produce of the Mornington Peninsula. Called Flavour Pearls, they're an unusual but lovely way to add colour, style and flavour to your dishes »
PS and you can win a gift pack of these Pearls now! »

Tasman Sea Salt: we envy Chris and Alice's office views across the sparkling clear waters of Tassie's stunning East Coast. It's no wonder their sea salt tastes so good! »

Boomtown Barbecue at Redhill Brewery: Laura highly recommends this new Mornington Peninsula food venture as having simple but very tasty food. Of course being at craft brewery would add to the appeal as well! »



Lord Howe Island: the natural wonder of this island is well known and World Heritage listed but the extraordinarily good food is perhaps less recognised than it deserves. A mix of amazing natural surroundings and great food, what's not to love about this island paradise! »

Lord Howe Island Cookbook: and to prove the above point, Pinetrees Lodge has released a cookbook showcasing the island all as well »


Now this list really is just a quick snippet from the amazing range of wine, food and travel experiences we see through a year and we may well be adding to this before the year is out!

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