Author(s): Maggie Beer; Simon Griffiths (Photographer)
Maggie Beer is a long-time resident of South Australia's Barossa Valley. She is deeply involved in the food culture of the area as a producer, chef, and enthusiastic champion of all the Valley has to offer. Here are recipes and stories that capture the rich flavors and colors of Maggie's home. Season by season, we discover how she cooks with fresh, local produce for simple family dinners and large festive occasions. We travel with her to the local dairy for fresh cream to make ice-cream, to the butcher for smoked meats, and to the neighboring beekeeper for delicious honey. The large wood oven in the garden is lit for baked lemony chicken and potatoes, a picnic is prepared to take to the local pine forest to search for mushrooms, and we join Maggie's husband, Colin, on a crabbing expedition in order to make classic crab cakes in the electric frying pan. Come sit at Maggie's table to celebrate the art of country cooking and to share the generosity and joie de vivre of one of Australia's favorite cooks--the marvelous Maggie Beer.
Maggie Beer lives in the Barossa Valley South Australia home of Penfolds and Jacobs Creek wineries. She ran her own restaurant there for fifteen years and has since moved on to create her own range of culinary products. She is author of a number of other titles including The Tuscan Cookbook and Cooking with Verjuice.