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<i>How to Eat a Peach</i> by Diana Henry

How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry [©Octopus Publishing Group ]


Diana Henry cooks up feasts for family and friends based on meals she has cooked and loved over the years.

When Diana was sixteen she started a menu notebook (an exercise book carefully covered in wrapping paper) in which she wrote up the meals she wanted to cook. She kept this book for years.

Putting a menu together is still her favourite part of cooking. Menus aren't just groups of dishes that have to work on a practical level (meals that cooks can manage), they also have to work as a succession of flavours. But what is perhaps most special about them is the way they can create very different moods.

Menus can take you places, from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul. They are a way of visiting places you've never seen, revisiting places you love and celebrating particular seasons.

How To Eat A Peach contains many of Diana's favourite dishes, in menus that will take you through the year and to different parts of the world.


About the author

Diana Henry has won numerous awards for her journalism and books. She has also written ten other books including Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, A Bird in the Hand, Cook Simple, Salt Sugar Smoke, Roast Figs Sugar Snow, A Change of Appetite and Simple.

Diana studied English Literature at the University of Oxford and journalism at City, University of London.

She was a TV producer for the BBC for over ten years before starting to write, and lives in London with her children.


How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry is published by Octopus Publishing (Great Britain, Apr 2018; Hb; 256pp; RRP A$39.99) and distributed in Australia by Hatchette. It is available at good bookshops and can be purchased online via »



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