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A Timeline of Australian Food

Books for Cooks

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (AEDT)

A Timeline of Australian Food

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A Timeline of Australian Food - a chat with food historian Jan O'Connell
Includes conversation, discount voucher, tastes from the book & matched drinks.
Ended $10.00 $1.49
* Prices include GST

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Many people describe us as a cookbook store... but if truth be told, we have a deep and abiding interest in food history and we have hundreds of books on food history: by period, region, ingredient etc.  So when a new book on Australian food history comes along we always get excited.

Generally, cookbooks are a great social record of their time; often telling more about our past than a textbook. As Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once observed (loosely translated)...

'tell me what you eat and I'll tell you who you are"

Whilst it is easy to read about British or French or even American food history, Australian food history books are not that common. Much of Australia's food history is tied up in food manufacturing and the development of Australia's food culture.

In A Timeline of Australian Food, Jan O'Connell chronicles 150 years of Australia food begining with the first Australian cookbook in 1864 and ending in 2010 with the ubiquitious, omni-present and game changing cooking show Masterchef.

On Tuesday 5th December we'll be dipping into Australia's unique food history with Jan; exploring some of the lesser known stories of what we eat and why and we'd love for you to join us.

If you have ever wondered about the origins of Vegemite; how Tim Tams got their name, what a Dolly Varden cake is; the mystery of the lamington or the trans-tasman debate about the origins of the pavlova this is an event not to miss!

Jan O'Connell is a grocer's grand-daughter and a baby boomer who has spent a lifetime in leading Australian advertising agencies writing about ice cream, lollies, beer, yoghurt, soup and a multitude of other things we eat and drink.  Her blog documents more tan two centures of changes in the way we eat, shop and grow our food.  She lives, works & eats with her husband in Abbotsford Victoria.   A Timeline of Australian Food is Jan's second book.

Please join us for an intimate chat Jan O'Connell as we explore Australian food history in popular culture


Can I buy A Timeline of Australian Food: from Mutton to Masterchef by Jan O'Connell?

Yes - copies will be available for signing and purchase - $34.95.  Signed copies of other books by Jan OÇonnell will be available on the night including 'Me & My Big Mouth'

If you can't attend we can post signed copies to you.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

As this is a licenced venue and alcohol may be served, attendees must be 18+ or accompanied by a parent/guardian

 What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We recommend public transport.

The 19, 20, 57 (Elizabeth St)and 55 (William & Peel St) trams go past the Queen Victoria Market and run frequently.  We are in the Free Tram Zone and are a short 50m walk from the Elizabeth St Queen Victoria Market stop.  Melbourne Central and Flagstaff railway stations are two blocks away.

If driving, there is plenty of metered parking on Therry St right outside the store and on Queen St.

 Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes - to another person - just have them present your ticket on the evening.  

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are not refundable. 


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When & Where

Books for Cooks
Queen Victoria Market
129-131 Therry St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (AEDT)

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Books for Cooks

Books for CooksAustralia's independent specialist cookbook bookshop for foodies, chefs, armchair gastronauts, winelovers right in the heart of Melbourne.

We have over 40,000 cookbooks and food and wine related titles for sale

Specialist Bookseller of the Year (Victoria) 2008- 2013

Official Bookseller for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2008-2015


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