This is my book review of Cooking All Around the World by Shannon Bennett and in partnership with Miele Australia.
This is my third blog post for IFBC (International Food Blogging Conference). Miele was a sponsor of the 2015 IFBC. For the record, I attended their excursion and they gave all attendees a cookbook.
Chef Shannon Bennett was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. He is an author, appears on TV shows, and he is the Chef and director of the Vue de Monde group, an association of restaurants in Melbourne including Burnham Bakery, Piggery Cafe and Jardin Tan. Chef Bennett has won a number of accolades, has a long list of cookbooks, and his history is quite interesting. If you would like to read more follow this link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Bennett
Shannon is also an ambassador for Miele and together they took a unique approach to cooking in the 19 countries they chose. Most of the time when someone visits different cultures to cook and write a book they use local ingredients and cook local dishes. In this case, Shannon and Miele brought a traditional meal from Australia to each country. Cooking All Around the World is a reflection of his experience. Of course the cookbook includes local recipes, using interesting and unusual ingredients.
In each location the Miele team prepared the same menu: Barramundi with prawns, kangaroo filet, and pavlova and lamingtons for dessert. “Modern Australian cuisine”, says Chef Bennett. Getting the ingredients into each country was a challenge, but a rare treat for the lucky people they served.
Shannon and his team traveled the 19 countries in 70 days and prepared the meal in the Miele kitchens. These kitchens are sharp! During the 2015 International Food Blogging Conference (IFBC) in Seattle I took the Miele excursion to the kitchen and show room. They have beautiful equipment. We all worked together in their kitchen and made a fantastic lunch. The ingredients were so fresh, the tables were beautifully set and they gave us a copy of “Cooking All Around the World”. They even mailed the books so we didn’t have to pack them home. It’s a heavy book and most of had flown to the conference.
In Cooking All Around the World, Chef Bennett shares 60 recipes influenced by the people and cultures of the incredible countries and local regions they visited.
The cookbook doesn’t stop there. It’s also a bit of a travel guide sharing ideas, tips and suggestions for visiting each place they stopped. And it has many great photos. I think there should be a law that all cookbooks have pictures. This book complies!
For the record:
- Miele gave me written permission to use photos of their photos – and Monique Robinson Public Relations Associate email@example.com is very nice.
- Miele nor the author gave me anything to review the book.