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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780733632181

Price: £20

ON SALE: 26th June 2014

Genre: Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure

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LOCAL IS LOVELY is a seasonal guide to the fruit, vegetables and meat that Australian farmers produce. Beautiful recipes, tips for the home and family, and stories and interviews with and about local producers – because local is lovely.

Follow Sophie Hansen as she takes us on a journey with the farmers and producers she loves to cook with. From delicious, ripe stonefruit through to wholesome freshly milled flour, you’ll learn everything you need to know about eating local, direct form the source.

A gorgeously illustrated celebration of Australian rural life with a focus on fresh, local food and mouth-watering recipes.


Sophie Hansen moved to the country, married a farmer and now promotes the Orange Region food industry through a seasonal cookbook titled Local is lovely. In this exciting hipster recipe collection, the former food and lifestyle magazine writer immersed herself in local food buying, though being geographically isolated from other shops and healthily enjoying the regional farmers markets. Kowning that 'most people only cook around three recipes from every cookbook they buy', Hansen has tried to attract readers with intimate stories about how each of the farms flourished. I was initially hopeful of finding new recipes to cook with out Brunswick figs and plums, but Local is Lovely is mainly about Orange region harvests. Teaching an adaptation of traditional recipes and some bonus hand-me-down secret recipes, Local is lovely does however teach city chefs to consider seasonal meal planning. Sophie Hansen's humor can be read through usage of phrases such as 'fancy pants' and 'flash in the pan', while her narrative voice is heard through well-worn speech idioms like 'to be honest' and even more playful nonsense like 'extra oomph' and 'um'd and ah'd'. Look out for Returned Soldiers Act, 'the proverbial', and venison.
Alice Bee, The Australian Writer