12 Years, 12 Months, 12 Cookbooks1st Apr, 2019
Time and time again we find ourselves flicking through the well-worn pages of celebrated cookbooks to seek inspiration and revisit the legendary dishes that live within.
Still, after 12 years, we all seem to keep referring to the same collection of cookbooks that live in the Cumulus Inc. library.
So, we thought that if we love them so much, perhaps you will too.
For the next year, we’ll be referencing a dozen of our favourite recipes from each cookbook, with a feature dish listed on our menu for the whole month.
12 cookbooks, 12 dishes
Available for lunch Monday – Friday, 12pm – 5pm
We can’t wait to share them with you.
– JANUARY –
THE RIVER CAFÉ COOKBOOK
By Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers
Calamari ai Ferri
Chargrilled squid with red chilli & wild rocket
How can we possibly encapsulate The River Café’s genius and impact in a few, short words? It’s near impossible. This timeless restaurant in Thames Wharf, London redefined Italian cooking when Rose and Ruth opened the doors in 1987. Its unmistakably beautiful, balanced and simple food from all regions of Italy has made it a seminal dining experience for many. Dishes are impeccably cooked, achingly simple, and perfectly positioned between rustic and elegant. This book is one of the most influential cookbooks ever written – filled with vibrant and approachable recipes.
Calamari ai ferri is a menu staple at The River Café. You’ll find it being served from the Cumulus Inc. kitchen throughout the month of January.
Our sommelier Chris Ryan recommends it with a glass of 2013 Le Rocher des Violettes ‘Négrette’ Chenin Blanc Montlouis, France.
“I like the richness the bottle age brings, and the ripe citrus flavours of Chenin stand up to the char of the squid and the warmth of chilli. Chenin Blanc has a trademark refreshing acidity to keep everything light and fresh – perfect if you’re heading back to work.”
Visit a bookstore! There is nothing better than perusing the isles of an actual bookstore. If your home cookbook collection is missing these must-have titles, then we recommend dropping by and supporting a local bookstore.
Here are some of our favourites:
Books for Cooks – Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Readings – 309 Lygon Street, Carlton
The Paperback Bookshop – 60 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Hill of Content – 86 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Happy Valley – 294 Smith Street, Collingwood