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Favourite food rescue recipes from top Aussie chefs

It's hard to imagine a better combo - Australia’s most celebrated chefs sharing their favourite 'food rescue’ recipes.

For chefs, imagine a line up that includes 44 of the finest from Maggie Beer and Guillaume Brahimi to Poh Ling Yeow. And for ’food rescue’ recipes, read comfort food cheffy style that satisfy your taste buds like a hug from mum.

Got it? Well that's what you'll find inside the pages of The Oz Harvest Cookbook.

Lovingly photographed by top food photographer Alan Benson, this hardcover 320-page cookbook is a can’t live without collection of over 120 recipes dedicated to converting leftovers and past-it-looking produce into gastronomic masterpieces or simply great meals for all the family. Just because your veg maybe bendy and blemished, doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste great!

So, how about turning last night’s lamb roast into lamb and olive ladies’ fingers with beetroot tzatziki (George
Calombaris), or saving the ham hock for garlic custards with ham juices and peas (Peter Gilmore), and using
gluggy rice for Christine Manfield’s mushroom arancini? And of course, there’s no better use of leftover egg
whites than Bill Granger’s gooey pavlova with strawberries and honey.

What's Oz Harvest? It's an extraordinary organisation founded by Ronni Kahn that had provided millions of meals by rescuing surplus food otherwise intended for landfill.

“The cookbook is based on the same philosophy of OzHarvest – making sure good food is put to good use," says Ronni.

"We are just so lucky to be working with some of Australia’s most talented and community minded chefs who have given us their time and recipes to produce this gorgeous book, we can never thank them enough.

“We are also delighted that every dollar raised by the sale of this cookbook will go to feeding those in need.
This project has been made possible by the generosity of Vittoria and Caltex who have funded the production, and we also thank the creators of this beautiful cookbook, Viv Valk and Jane Price."

Buy the book online thru OzHarvest  or at instore at David Jones Queens Plaza, Toowong Shopping Village, Chermside Shopping Centre, Carindale Shopping Centre, Garden City Shopping Centre, Robina Shopping Centre

Bottom line: For every RRP $60 book purchased 60 meals will be delivered to those in need. Recommended.

Best tip: This book is full of fabulous, mouth-watering recipes and, as well as reducing waste, it could potentially save you hundreds of dollars every year in grocery bills.

Disclaimer: Ed+bK was given a book for review.


  1. Elaine10:41 pm

    OzHarvest is an amazing organization who have distributed over 15,000,000 meals to the needy from excess food collected from food businesses and farms. This has saved over 5 million kilos of landfill waste too. Qld OzHarvest is only just over 12months old however they have distributed over 250,000 meals to date. We hope everyone will purchase a copy of the book for themselves and gifts. Every book will provide a meal to 60 people...Thanks Kerry for spreading the work!

  2. This is a great book even without the good it will do. Thanks for posting this.

  3. Wow Elaine! I didn't know they have only been going just over a year. What a fantastic effort.

    And you are right Maureen. It's a fabulous book what ever way you look at it.


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