Still good after 12 years

October 4, 2011
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Simple Cafe Food, by Julie Le Clerc (Penguin, RRP $32):

This is a reprinted, repackaged and updated version of Julie Le Clerc’s 1999 book by the same name and I have to say, the recipes still stack up well as good cafe food 12 years down the track.

Food trends come and go and looking over old magazines can sometimes offer a bit of a scary trip down a gastronomic memory lane but the recipes in Simple Cafe Food have dated well.

This is a fantastic collection of cafe-style recipes with everything from antipasti and salads to preserves and sweets.

However, the best part of all this is how easy these recipes are: they look (and taste) impressive but can be achieved without spending hours slaving over a hot stove.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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