Last year I had the privilege of being supported by the Southern Forests Food Council to produce my new book, Food of the Southern Forests. Working with Craig Kinder of F22 Photography, this was a chance to showcase not only the incredible food of the region, but the wonderful producers who cultivate this land in the deep south-west of Western Australia.
The book aims to introduce readers to some of the produce grown in this unique place, the people who grow it and a little of the wonderful migrant food heritage of this 7,000 square kilometre area of our huge state. The stories are paired with my recipes – examples of how this produce can be be prepared and enjoyed.
If you’re a bit of a foodie and familiar with Western Australia, the towns Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole and their surrounding hamlets should already be on your radar for their bounties of fresh produce. Trout, marron, avocado, truffles, chestnuts and cherries are just a few of the foods that are farmed and raised here.
Hand in hand with primary production, culinary tourism is the new direction for the Southern Forests – taking the already renowned West Australian cellar door experience all the way back to the farm gate where visitors can enjoy the body and soul renewing experience of enjoying carefully nurtured food in a stunning natural environment.
In Food of the Southern Forests, I hoped to create a ‘virtual’ experience of the region and all it has to offer, to help put this amazing area on the map. For those further afield, I hope it brings some of the spirit of this region to your kitchens. And for those closer by – or those who are prepared to be led by their tastebuds and stomachs and go out of their way for this sort of experience – I hope to see you in the Southern Forests soon!
Where to buy Food of the Southern Forests
Food of the Southern Forests is available online from UWA Publishing or from the following stockists:
Beaufort Street Books
The Lane Bookshop
The Subiaco Bookshop
Dymocks Garden City, Busselton, Ellenbrook, Whitford City
Aspects of Kings Park
Millpoint Café Bookshop
State Library Shop
Found @ Fremantle Arts Centre
UWA Co-op Bookshop
WA Maritime Museum Shop
New Edition Bookshop Fremantle