Simply fresh; spring; summer; autumn; winter; basics.
Michele Cranston is the food editor of Australian Marie Claire magazine and author of the bestselling Marie Claire Food & Drink, also published by Murdoch Books.
The photographs of Petrina Tinslay are enough to make anyone want to buy this book. The fantastic shots make the food almost touchable and the close-ups of individual vegetables are works of art in themselves. But these are just the backdrop to another excellent Marie Claire cookery book, this time emphasising all that's best in using the freshest ingredients available. Divided into the four seasons, author Michele Cranston offers a tantalising selection of recipes using ingredients at their freshest and best at that particular time of year: Spring greens, Summer fruits, Autumn berries and Winter roots. And not just fruit and vegetables but meat and fish, freshly caught and presented in a variety of styles reflecting today's multicultural society. So next time you are in the supermarket, forget about the frozen food counter and buy what is in season and therefore at its best that day, turning it into an even more enjoyable feast using the super recipes in this book. - Lucy Watson