Last night at the ILVE Sydney showroom we were honored to host a special event for our friendly Leichhardt neighbours, Shearer’s Bookshop.

A sold out assembly of 70 passionate cookbook buyers and foodies were in attendance to celebrate the new recipe collection from Sydney favourite Bill Granger, Bill’s Everyday Asian.

Bill Granger has long taken pride in presenting delicious food that is simple, fresh and irresistible to look at. Aside from some everyday kitchen tips such as removing the backbone from a whole chicken and a recommendation for the best mortar and pestle a kitchen can have, Bill bestowed upon the eager listeners his easygoing approach to food and his philosophy to cooking and ingredients, perhaps best summed up in his new book when discussing his Asian pantry…

“For those of you who know me it probably won’t come as a big surprise to learn that I’m not a great believer in using a million ‘essential’ ingredients, even for Asian-style cooking. I’ve been through the phase of wanting to be authentic down to the last detail but, these days, I’m a lot more mellow. If you’re in an ‘obsessive foodie’ phase – which, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with, love every minute when I’m there – then please, be my guest and trawl round your closest Chinatown looking for lotus root and lily buds. But otherwise the following list should carry you happily through most of the recipes in this book.” (Extract from Bill’s Everyday Asian, by Bill Granger, HarperCollins, $49.99. Available from all good bookshops.)

In Bill’s own words, it’s a philosophy that stems from the joyous flavours and simple ingredients of his other great food love, Mediterranean cooking. On that one, we hear you Bill!

Special thanks again to Bill and the super team at Shearer’s Bookshop for making last night happen. If you’re after a signed copy of Bill’s Everyday Asian, drop in and see the crew at Shearer’s or buy online here while stocks last.

Check out some shots from the event, it’s a shame the amazing smells of cooking don’t come across in photos!

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For your chance to WIN a signed copy of Bill’s Everyday Asian, leave us a comment below and tell us your Asian cooking dream. Be sure to leave your name and an email address.  The most creative answer wins! Entries close 5pm EST on Friday October 28. Winner will be notified via email on Monday October 31.