Wednesday 17 May
Eco Living Display Centre @ The Briars
450 Nepean Hwy Mount Martha
Tickets $15.00 – bookings essential
Join us to celebrate the release of Annie’s second cookbook – Annie’s Farmhouse Kitchen: Seasonal Menus with a French Heart.
Annie Smithers is one of Australia’s most respected female chefs. She has been a professional restaurant chef for over thirty years and spent her younger years training and working with luminaries of the Australian restaurant industry, including Stephanie Alexander. As her passions have evolved, Annie has eschewed traditional restaurant cooking and focused on garden to table eating. Annie opened her tiny restaurant in Trentham, du Fermier (‘From the Farmyard’), in 2013 where she focuses on cooking simple French farmhouse-inspired food.
Also joining us will be artist Robin Cowcher, whose evocative watercolour illustrations make this cookbook just that little bit extra special, and capture the true essence of Annie’s farm life and passion for food.
Tickets are $15 (no concessions), which includes the presentation plus a morning tea featuring some of Annie’s recipes from the new book.
Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Annie’s Farmhouse Kitchen is a window on the bucolic world of acclaimed Victorian chef Annie Smithers. A handsome, gifty package, it includes a best-of selection of three and four-course menus collected by Annie over the three years of her restaurant, du Fermier, in Trentham. While part of du Fermier’s appeal is undeniably its charming central Victorian location, this farmhouse-style eatery is the sort of place intrepid food lovers might equally stumble across in rural France or Dorset or California.
Annie’s food is classic French Provincial, presented with a distinct pared back, accessible aesthetic (no fuss, with preparation, anyone can do this!), and determined very much by whatever is thriving in her rambling home vegetable garden in Malmsbury. As well as being fully illustrated with delightful watercolours by Robin Cowcher – meet the cat ‘Kitten’, meet the geese, meet the dog Tommy – Annie’s Farmhouse Kitchen will also include photographs that offer another valuable visual dimension to this compelling package.
In addition to seasonal recipes (four menus per season), Annie’s Farmhouse Kitchen will present readers with four standout feasts: deep mid-winter; summer solstice; spring bounty; and autumn harvest. Annie’s distinct voice will feature throughout – both guiding readers with advice about getting the best results from her recipes (what went wrong? what about leftovers? why, exactly, is this pastry so good?), and via occasional entertaining vignettes that tell the story of the daily challenges and victories inevitably associated with running a successful small restaurant in a country town – solo.