Just George | Calombaris, George | Hardie Grant
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George Calombaris, Australia's favourite celebrity chef, is back with the ultimate book for delicious home cooking and impressive entertaining, full of his very best recipes, stories and a whole lot of love. Just George takes readers through the recipes that have shaped George_s life and career, from growing up in the Melbourne suburbs with his Cypriot mother and Sicilian-Greek-Egyptian father, to his decade working on MasterChef and more than two decades running successful restaurants across Australia. With the perfect edit of mid-week meals, dishes to impress, restaurant favourites and must-know meals for every home cook, Just George is full of the sort of food that George is known for: fun, inspirational and full of goodness. Of course there are plenty of the delicious Greek dishes with a twist (tarama chicken sandwich or slow cooked lamb with chickpeas and tomato, anyone?) alongside favourites from his restaurants (including a new take on that ancient grain salad). And then there_s the food he cooks at home with his family (like the osso buco he made for Nigella, or health-focused vegetable-forward meals that don't skimp on taste), and recipes passed on from some of George_s fellow foodies. Just George is for every cook, and recipes are graded for difficulty and time. Says George: 'Some recipes are SUPER EASY, so go there if you_re not feeling really energetic but just want to eat something delicious. I_m not kidding around with you: this stuff really is easy. Others require a little bit of EXTRA LOVE, meaning maybe there_s a few more steps, ingredients or time involved, but nothing crazy. And trust me, it_s always worth it. And then there are the recipes that I DARE YOU to try. These might incorporate equipment or techniques that we use in the restaurants. Often there are alternative instructions in case you don_t want to go the whole way, but I know _ from our restaurant regulars and from everyone I_ve met through MasterChef _ that there are so many of you out there who are looking for the challenge. And I think you_re up to it'. It_s about good food, yes, but more than that, Just George celebrates the unparalleled joys of being in the moment and cooking for people you love.