New cooking books: featuring fun party cakes, seasonal recipes, finger food and more!

We’ve done our first round-up of the new cooking books for the year! You’ll find some inspiring cooking for Summer – restaurant cookbooks, party cakes for all those January birthdays, seasonal sustainable food, and more. Plus – a workbook for managing food intolerances. Have a browse – and enjoy!

Syndetics book coverBite By Bite : 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make For Any Party / Peter Callahan (foreword by Martha Stewart).
“Callahan invented high-end party food as we know it; now, he shares his secrets. Callahan invites readers to enter his world of whimsy and wit, where tuna tartare becomes an ice cream cone, shrimp cocktail becomes lollipops, and frites are served next to mini sliders.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCook This Now : 120 easy and delectable dishes you can’t wait to make / Melissa Clark.
“A journal-style narrative about the author’s first year of feeding her family seasonally, sustainably, and sumptuously – eating real, fresh, whole, non-processed foods, choosing local and seasonal and sustainable whenever possible, and eschewing factory meats and overfished seafood. But also about eating well and not making herself crazy. This is a look at her choices, how she succeeds and fails, and most importantly, what she’s choosing to cook.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverGingerboy : Creative Street Food / Teage Ezard, Chris Donnellan.
“Iconic Melbourne restaurant Gingerboy is renowned for its funky decor, Asian-inspired dishes and hip laneway location. Serving creative street food, based around plates for sharing, chefs Teage Ezard and Chris Donnellan take a unique and bold approach to the food of the region.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverMarque : A Culinary Adventure / Mark Best ; recipes by Mark Best and Pasi Petranen ; photography by Stuart Scott.
“MARQUE is a highly illustrated, contemporary recipe book, celebrating and reflecting on Marque, the succesful Sydney restaurant. Also included will be the personal journey of chef and owner Mark Best and approximately 80 of Marque’s signature recipes. Most will be complete dishes but the book will also contain a myriad of smaller recipes and techniques which are the backbone of chef, Mark Best’s creations. A stunning book to treasure as both a compilation of beautiful recipes and a record of one of the world’s best restaurants.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverHip Hip Hooray : 50 Fun Party Cakes / Julie Lanham.
“A spectacular homemade cake can make a great party unforgettable. Children and adults alike will have a ball deciding which of the 50 inspired cakes to make first: the submarine, the robot, or perhaps the lollypop cottage? With Julie Lanham’s clear step-by-step instructions, you’ll find these eye-catching cakes are surprisingly easy to make. The comprehensive introduction includes baking tips, decorating techniques and shopping suggestions. You’ll also find recipes for basic cakes and icings, and all the templates you’ll need.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverTop 100 Finger Foods : 100 quick and easy recipes for a healthy, happy child / Annabel Karmel ; [photography by Dave King].
“Following up on her hit bestseller “Top 100 Baby Purees,” British media star and “Today” show favorite Karmel presents a scrumptious guide to creating tasty tidbits that young children can really sink their teeth (and gums!) into. Loaded with simple instructions, this is an ideal source for making mealtime fun.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFood Intolerance Management Plan / Sue Shepherd & Peter Gibson ; food photography by Mark O’Meara.
“The Food Intolerance Management Plan is a scientifically developed program and comprehensive recipe book for those suffering from common digestive illness. Based on the revolutionary Low-FOBMAP Diet, it shows people with food intolerances how to enjoy their food while remaining free of the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome and related conditions, such as gluten, fructose, lactose and wheat intolerances.” (Library Catalogue)