Author(s): Matt Wilkinson
For chef Matt Wilkinson, vegetables come first. Whether he's cooking in the kitchen of his Melbourne eatery Pope Joan or for his young family at home, Matt plans and builds his dishes around the vegetables in season, when they'll taste the best, be cheapest and most readily available. Today too many of us - chefs and home cooks alike - plan our meals around the meat (or protein) and carbohydrate components letting the vegetables play second fiddle. In this book Matt Wilkinson lets his favourite 24 vegetables take centre stage. This beautifully illustrated book will appeal to vegetarians but it's not a vegetarian cookbook. Among the more than 90 recipes are plenty of dishes incorporating meat but Mr Wilkinson's favourite vegetables are the true stars.
Yorkshire-born, Melbourne-based chef Matt Wilkinson is passionate about food in season, farmers markets and local producers. As the former head chef at award-winning Melbourne restaurant Circa, The Prince, Wilkinson ushered in an era of organics and garden-to-kitchen rustic fine dining. He now owns and runs Pope Joan in Melbourne's inner northern suburbs, which has a cult following for its fresh, seasonal breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes.