Thursday, September 27th, 2012

‘What Katie Ate ~ Recipes and other bits and bobs’ on sale!!

I am thrilled to announce that finally my very first book, ’What Katie Ate ~ Recipes and other bits and bobs’ is officially on sale in Australia and New Zealand!

The book has turned out really so very beautiful, I am hugely proud of what I achieved from the recipe writing through styling and photography to the final book design and out-putting it for print. I can’t believe it was almost two years ago that the amazing Julie Gibbs at Penguin’s Lantern division in Sydney invited me to come into her office and asked: “Would you like to write, style and shoot your own cookbook? I think it would be utterly GORGEOUS!”…

All in all it’s a compilation of 107 recipes ~ approx. 50% new, and 50% recipes which have already featured on What Katie Ate in the past two years ~ ‘my faves’ so-to-speak, however I have re-shot most of the old pics to accompany the existing recipes. The book covers a wide range of home cooked dishes and simple ideas to make for friends and family and all food I love to cook for others and to eat myself. The gang at Penguin over the past year were incredible to work with and I want to thank them all so, so much ~ Julie, Emily, Virginia, Katrina, Alysha. Megan, Daniel, Evi O, Ariel.

Ironically the on-sale date today is also my late Mum and Dad’s 51st wedding anniversary and I like to think we’d be having a double celebration together if they were still around to clink a glass of the bubbly stuff with me today along with my husband Mick who has held my hand the entire way of this book and blog journey. He’s the one behind the scenes making it all run as smoothly as it can be and an amazing support; hand model; washer upper at 1am, driver and hand holder. Mick is the man. He’s also chief recipe tester and a damn fine on at that too! ~ especially desserts ;)

All images taken from What Katie Ate ~ Recipes and other bits and bobs © Katie Quinn Davies 2012 and Penguin Books, Australia.

A few weeks ago I shot a few of my favourite dishes from the book as I thought it would be a nice idea to post them on the blog to celebrate the book going on sale, have a ‘little party in my original Aussie home town’ and look forward to the upcoming launch.

I did so in a beautiful studio in Melbourne ~ the city where What Katie Ate originally started at the perseverance of a photography tutor of mine; Mark Boyle. Mark, today looking at the book in my hands, I want to say a huge Thank You for seeing the potential in my work at the start back in 2009 and encouraging me to give a blog a go and too for coming up with the wonderful name “What Katie Ate” (next time I’m in Melbourne Mark, the drinks are on me in Prahran!)

The Establishment studios are one of the most incredible set ups I have had the pleasure to work in over the past 3 years. When I spied them a fair few months back I knew immediately I simply had to shoot the What Katie Ate cookbook launch shoot here for the blog. Run by one of the most respected interior and prop stylists here in Oz, Glen Proebstel and his business partner Rachael Hart; The Establishment Studio is Melbourne’s only combined props, set building and daylight studio with three different spaces available for hire, each with their own personality. It was a dream to shoot in and suited me down to the ground. I can’t wait to head back and shoot a few more stories in such enchanting surroundings.

When I planned the shoot I thought it also might be a cool idea to organise a little video for you all to get an idea of the goings one behind the shoot, it was a great day, albeit a very long one, so was fab to just chill out at the end of it all, tuck into the food shot over the day  and start to look forward to this day and the great things which lie ahead for the book and the blog.

It took me a while to find a track I was happy to use on the video and finally I came across a really cool Sydney-based band called deerRepublic who recently wrote a great track called ‘Young Reverie’, I adore it and it’s so catchy, I have it stuck in my head constantly at the moment and seem to have been humming it over and over for the past 3 weeks. Check out their site here and also here on iTunes where you can get a copy of their tracks, they’re a great bunch of seriously talented guys and I’d put my money on the fact they’re going to be a major young Aussie band to watch in the coming months both here and overseas.

The book is on sale at all leading book sellers in Oz and NZ and in 2 weeks it will be on sale in the USA and Canada ~ so incredibly exciting.

Ok MORE exciting news!!!

Right so I have been literally bursting to get this one out… Seeing as one of the most popular areas on the blog over the past 2+ years has been baking and the fact the AUS and US covers feature photos containing baked goods… guess who came on board to offer one reader an amazing gift?

None other than the kings of baking equipment; Kitchen Aid Australia! The maker of most probably my most useful piece of equipment in the kitchen. They are so kindly offering one very lucky Australian or New Zealand WKA reader a brand spanking new Kitchen Aid stand mixer!!!Wooop!!! and Wahoo! :)

Valued at RRP AUD$749. The lucky winner can choose a mixer in any choice of colour.

To win simply leave a comment below telling me:

What’s the first thing you would cook or bake using the mixer if you won? 

Stateside/Canada/Europe/Rest of the world readers don’t despair, in order to make up I am giving away 5 specially signed copies of the AUS version of the book or the US one it’s totally up to you to decided which one you’d like.

To win one of the books simply leave a comment below telling me:

If you had your own cookbook, what would you want it to be all about?

On an end note I want to let everyone know that the new redesigned blog is almost ready to go live. I had planned to launch it today complete with it’s new logo and overall new navigation, platform, features, look etc etc. but decided to wait a week or 10 days and upload this post on the current site. There is one area I am just waiting to get bang on and then it’s all systems go. It is looking great, super easy to get around and looking very schmick! The wait will be worth it :)

Note: All the recipes on this post will be featured also in the new site. The new site has it’s very own recipe section so all are very easy to navigate and print out. When the new site is launched these word scribd documents won’t be a feature on WKA anymore. At present they are just a handy way for me to get printable recipes out to you all. The new format is miles easier and more organised to use. I can’t wait to set it live.

Until my next post, I hope you all enjoy the book and thanks for reading the blog, without you following my posts and being part of its success there would be no first book!

So cheers from me and many, many thanks :) x

Raspberry friands

Mum’s Chocolate Meringues

Red cabbage and fennel salad with tarragon and lemon yoghurt

Katie’s Panzanella

All photos © Katie Quinn Davies 2012 

355 Responses to “‘What Katie Ate ~ Recipes and other bits and bobs’ on sale!!”

  1. September 27, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I'm a Canada reader, so if I had my own cookbook, I'd want it to be all recipes that people always THINK are too difficult for newer cooks, but are actually a cinch. This would probably also include finding ways to “cheat” a little and make those recipes easier :)
    Justine Navarro
    justinecnavarro@gmail.com
    http://seasonwithsalt-jnavarro.blogspot.ca/

  2. September 27, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Gosh, I always love your big, beautiful posts.

    And since I am a US reader, I would like a cookbook of my own all about pies. And pie-ish things.

  3. September 27, 2012 at 2:25 am

    If I had a cookbook I would want it to be about comfort food with a gourmet twist. Your photos are breathtaking and I can't wait to see your book!

  4. September 27, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I would want my cookbook to be comfort food with a gourmet twist. Your book looks gorgeous and can't wait to see it!

  5. September 27, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Good thing I just bought a kitchen aid mixer as I can't win being from Canada :) The first thing we made was pancake batter. It was so thrilling to turn it on. Anyways If I had my own cooking book I'd want to be all about the cooking experiences my mom and I have had learning to be self sufficient pioneers. Canning, perogie making parties, how to store up the pantry and freezer to survive without the quick conveniences of the grocery store.

  6. September 27, 2012 at 2:30 am

    What can I say!?! I AM FLABBERGASTED!!
    Congrats for this new baby of yours! The trailer is so good and inspiring! You inspired me for the rest of the day! woooow!

  7. September 27, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Oh how utterly exciting, your very own cook book! I can only imagine how proud you are… I would love to win one. If I don't I will probably go out and buy one or ask for it for Christmas! If I had my own cook book it would probably have to be Mediterranean recipes.

  8. September 27, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Your work is sooo Inspiring Katie !! I have already ordered a copy of your book, I am very much looking forward to calmly sit down and enjoy all the recipes, and the amazing photography of course. All you do is so creative and enticing, well done to your team also. You keep my brain going ;)

    Greetings from Norway ~ Aina

  9. September 27, 2012 at 2:49 am

    CONGRATS! It looks beautiful! I am so excited to get your book. I DO actually have a cookbook of my own I'm working on … all about flourless desserts. But I'd also love to do a book on 'my style' of cooking, which I like to call 'California vegetarian with a side of baked goods.'

  10. September 27, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Aww you remembered us North Americans! If I had my own cookbook it would have to be all about sandwiches. Delicious delicious sandwiches.

    Looking forward to the new site. And congrats on the book, it looks amazing!

  11. September 27, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Aww you remembered us North Americans! If I had my own cookbook it would have to be all about sandwiches. Delicious delicious sandwiches.

    Looking forward to the new site. And congrats on the book, it looks amazing!

  12. September 27, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Oh my goodness! Your book looks GORGEOUS and is going to be so inspiring for us foodies.

    If I could write a cookbook about anything, it would be probably a vegan sweets book dedicated to natural ingredients and the special occasions that come along with a batch of cookies/cakes.

    I am a US resident but that is okay because I just want the book anyways!

  13. September 27, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I'd do a cookbook of pairings, something healthy with something not so healthy…make some brussels sprouts and then you get a cookie.

  14. September 27, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Beautiful!!! I have been in love with your blog Katie ever since I discovered it in 2010 and have been impatiently waiting for your book to come out. I'm a devoted US fan and it would make my year to have a signed copy of your book. So with that if I had my own cookbook. It would be a massive book with a mixture of recipes created by myself and friends whom I admire to showcase our love of cooking. And of course it have to be a lot of pictures and an amazing design.

  15. September 27, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Congrats on the book, I cannot wait to read it and cook from it! If I wrote a cookbook it would be about how to cook in the moment with a well-stocked pantry and seasonal produce. I'm all about intuitive cooking and believe understanding ingredients and how to work with them makes it easier to be spontaneous. Thanks for offering the book giveaway to us readers in the U.S. and Canada!

  16. September 27, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Congratulations Katie! The book looks stunning and I can't wait to get a copy of it.

    And what a charming video.

    I am a Canadian reader, but to my benefit as I would LOVE a signed copy of your book. As I'm a slave to breakfast (seriously – the greatest meal of the day), my book would have to be about breakfast. But more than just cereal and baked goods, it would be inspired by travel and include different variations of breakfast across the globe – from dosas served with freshly grated coconut in South India to cucumbers and feta cheese in Egypt.

  17. September 27, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Lovely photos! You and your husband are a handsome pair.

    If I were to write a cookbook, it would be about cooking food for 1 or 2 and using the leftovers in a creative and delicious way for the following days' meals.

  18. September 27, 2012 at 3:50 am

    congratulations! REally looks lovely. I'm a Canadian reader. If I was writing my own cookbook it would be a cooking with kids book.

  19. September 27, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I only just discovered your blog this summer, and I fell in love with your style of food photography. It is so beautiful and unique and each photograph seems to tell a story. Since I just began my own food photography blog, your work is so inspiring. I preordered your cookbook and I have been anxiously waiting for its arrival. Thank you so much for creating this brilliant work of art :)

  20. September 27, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Katie, can i say it?! yes, you're the best food photografer and food blogger in the entire world! You're special, inimitable, the unique!
    Congrats for all your works, and for the wonderful book. Unfortunatly I'm italian, and so I will have some problems to find your book, but I will do the impossible! I absolutely love it, I adore your style=)

    xoxo
    M.

  21. September 27, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Adding your book to my Amazon wish list for when it goes on sale in the USA!

  22. September 27, 2012 at 4:19 am

    As much as I enjoy the photography and recipes on your blog, I can only imagine what having the book on my shelf would do for inspiration in the kitchen. However, should I write my own cookbook, it'd be all about outdoor cooking and how to keep fresh foods on the menu even deep in the backcountry..

  23. September 27, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I would make nougat if I had a Kitchenaid mixer! I tried before but the mixture becomes too thick for a hand held mixer…learnt the hard way!

    I would base a cookbook on Seasonal produce so that my recipes can be based upon what is in Season so I can support local growers.

  24. September 27, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I would love to try making my own gum paste in the mixer. I currently use a food processor but have a wonderful new recipe that I need a heavy duty mixer to make it with.

    Congratulations on the fabulous new book. Looks great.

  25. September 27, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Love your work as usual, a true inspiration. There is a coconut cake that I have been saving until I get my kitchenaid (the piggybank is slim) and if I had a cookbook it would be solely on coconut cakes. Maybe lemonade scones too. And fairy bread (clearly my baking skills are not refined as I don't have a kitchen aid – not for lack of trying…)
    T x

  26. September 27, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Oh, Katie, congratulations! I am so excited for you, and cannot wait to read your book. I would love to win a signed copy, but I'm sure I'll end up with a copy one way or another!

    I hope beyond hope that someday I'll be able to style and write my own cookbook as well. I know for sure it would be seasonal, menu-based, artistic, and accessible – a bit like a mashup between Nigel Slater's Tender/Ripe and Sunday Suppers at Lucques. Until that day, I'll keep devouring everyone else's beautiful books!

  27. September 27, 2012 at 5:15 am

    WOW! I'm literally about to head out the door to buy your cookbook! I've been looking forward to this day for months! And then theres the Kitchen Aid. IF i had one, the first thing I would bake is cinnamon brioche scrolls. Can't wait for the new blog :)

  28. September 27, 2012 at 5:19 am

    The book looks beautiful (just like your blog!). I am a NZ reader and would LOVE a kitchen aid. One of the first things I would have to try would be pavlova (maybe your double chocolate raspberry pavlova) – my attempts with a hand blender just haven't quite flourished.

  29. September 27, 2012 at 5:27 am

    God I can't wait till I get my copy..
    I already pre ordered it through amazon… Now after seeing this I am even more restless…
    Beautiful!!

  30. September 27, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Oh my lordy! I can't wait to get a copy of your book! Congrats Katie. Much deserving celebration :)

  31. September 27, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Congrats! From what we can see here you can really be proud! Looking forward to your book coming to European bookstores as well!

  32. September 27, 2012 at 5:51 am

    So excited for your cookbook! Such beautiful creations. :) If I had a cookbook it would be all about desserts, because they're the most important food group.

  33. September 27, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Ahhhhh I can't wait for it to be released in the US!!! Your food photography is absolutely inspiring, the tone of them is what I want my dream life to be like haha. So wonderful, congrats!

  34. September 27, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Congratulations, Katie! I cannot wait to get my hands on the US version of your book! So beautiful.

    If i had a cookbook I'd want to fill it with my mum's irish recipes that remind me of home and my own little twists on them over the years.

  35. September 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

    So in love with your work since a long time ! Can't wait to see your book, and your video is so perfect, it's really cool and inspiring to see you working :)

  36. September 27, 2012 at 6:58 am

    WOOHOOOO!!!!

    Your cook book is on my Christmas wish list already!!! let's hope friends and family get the memo ;)

    this is possibly one of THE best array of prizes around!! If I was so awesomely lucky to have a kitchenaid the first thing I would make would probably be cake….or meringue or a sponge…ok I would probably just make 15 things in a row just to see what that baby could do ;)

  37. September 27, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Congratulations! You're work is stunning and so inspiring.

    The first thing I'd make with a new kitchenaid mixer? It would have to be some variation of lemon meringue pie. Perfect italian meringue! I'm grinning just dreaming about it.

  38. September 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I am a US reader and I think your book is absolutely gorgeous! If I had a cookbook of my own I would want it to feature good, basic, contemporary home cooking. And I would want it to appeal to all those people who didn't grow up with home-cooked meals, but want to learn how to make their everyday eating more fun, healthy, and delicious.

  39. September 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Oh my goodness Katie, your book looks amazing! The photography is killer. Comngratulations, it will be a huge success, I just know.
    Wowzas, a Kitchenaid? I use an ancient Sunbeam from the 60's I think. It works ok, but does spew sugar when I'm trying to cream butter and sugar.
    So as much as I'd like to say I'd try pizza dough, or macaron, or some of your mum's meringues (my other half would LOVE them) I think maybe I'd just make some nice biscuits :)
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  40. September 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Woohoo! I can't wait to get my hands on your book! And, a big congratulations :)

    First, if I won a mixer I would mix everything in my kitchen out of excitement. Then I would make those chocolate meringues! Yum!

    Second, if I had my own cookbook I would want it to be about… food for sharing; the best kind of food.

    Congratulations again and looking forward to your new site! RL

  41. September 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

    The video and the book are just fantastic Katie, I really enjoyed reading your story and have already cooked the lemon chicken with herb rice! If I won the kitchen aid the first thing I would bake is the Blood Orange and Rosemary cake on page 247.

  42. September 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Wooop and Wahoo indeedy!

    Congratulations on a beautiful book! A feast for the eyes & tummy.

    Good ol' KitchenAid coming to the party! Hurrah! I'm in Aus & would be super excited to get my mitts on a stand mixer. The first thing I'd be whipping up in it is a pav, probably of the double choc/raspberry variety ;)

  43. September 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Without a doubt with a new KitchenAid in hand I would be making the double layer chocolate pavlova you featured a few weeks back which looked simply divine, and what better way to make my first pav!
    Can't wait to get my hands on the book it looks fantastic – congratulations!!!

  44. September 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Without a doubt with a new KitchenAid in hand I would be making the double layer chocolate pavlova you featured a few weeks back which looked simply divine, and what better way to make my first pav!
    Can't wait to get my hands on the book it looks fantastic – congratulations!!!

  45. September 27, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Congratulations Katie! A wonderful collection of your works of delicious recipes and photography, I cannot wait to get a copy.

    I would love the enter the comp but as I already have my own beloved KitchenAid (navy blue – love it to pieces, without a doubt the most used appliance in our kitchen), I'll let someone else have it instead. Although, if I was entering, I'd be making your Mum's chocolate pavs, they look amazing, plus I've never made chocolate ones before!

    Look forward to see what comes next, yep, including your new website – yooooo!

  46. September 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I am a Filipina reader but I currently reside in Brisbane to study Patisserie. If I would have my cookbook, I would include breakfast and packed lunch recipes including pastry desserts as well. In this modern world, not most people are staying cooking at home, and isn't it a lovely feeling when you open your packed lunch and have an extraordinary food? AND DESSERT! (i'm sorry for my english but i do hope you got my point :) )

  47. September 27, 2012 at 9:05 am

    If we were luck enough to win the Kitchen Aid Mixer…I think an extra large pavlova would be the order of the day, with lashings of whipped cream, and drowned with summer berries!

  48. September 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Congrats on your book. It looks amazing, I can't wait to get my copy.

    If I had a shiny new Kitchen Aid mixer, the first thing that came to mind that I would bake was meringues. You can't beat fluffy white meringues whisked in a mixer, clinging onto the whisk attachment all shiny and glossy. I will no doubt have three kids at my side fighting over licking the bowl!

    Sweet treats and baked goods are on my mind as gifts for Christmas, so I would write a book about all things edible and giftable. I love to give food as a gift.

  49. September 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I'd bake those amazing raspberry friands on the cover :)

  50. September 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Ooh this is so exciting, just ordered your book and can't wait to get in the kitchen! If I won a kitchen Aid, ( and I desperatly want to!) I think it would be a very hard choice between, french macaroon, chocolate meringue, or maybe some brioche! (chocolate/rapsberry of course!) Congratulations!

  51. September 27, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Congratulations on the book, it looks incredible! Cant wait to get my hands on it and try some of the delicious looking food!

    If i could publish my own cook book i'd probably call it 'Inspired' it would be about all things that inspire me to get in the kitchen and whip something up and get friends and family in the one place bonding over a great meal. It would include recipes inspired by those found in cook books, from photos of amazing looking food (this blog!) to what my mum cooked for me as a child. Pretty much a food inspiration guide!

  52. September 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations Katie!! Wooohoooooo! It's totally gorgeous and I am still pouring over my copy. Well done. You should be VERY proud. xx

  53. September 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Sooo beautiful!!! Attempted to buy the book at Readings but not there yet.

    I'd be attempting kouignettes; I'll need a mixer or 2 as I suspect these will be like macaroons, full of french trickiness!

  54. September 27, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Sooo beautiful!!! Attempted to buy the book at Readings but not there yet :)

    I'd be attempting kouignettes; I'll need a mixer or 2 as I suspect these will be like macaroons, full of french trickiness!

  55. September 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations Katie! Your book is amazingly beautiful. I can't wait to read it!

    The first thing I would probably cook or bake if I had a Kitchen Aid would be your Double Chocolate Raspberry Pavolova, which I tried to make for my friends for my birthday last year but foolishly tried to whip the egg whites by hand and failed miserably. It was disastrous. I then had to improvise and ended up feeding my guests rasberries and whipped cream and bits of chopped up dark chocolate as my cake…it was quite dismal! So I would definitely try again if I had the right equipment. :)

    Alyssa
    Melbourne

  56. September 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Congrats Katie. The book is beautiful.

    If I were to somehow win the mixer I'd make something like your Double Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova. Watching egg whites change in a KitchenAid would be bliss! I'm sure the eating would be good too.

    PS – I also love Glen's work, his blog has been instrumental in inspiring our home decor desires.

  57. September 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Aussie reader here :) Would absolutely love to win the kitchen aid – I just have a hand mixer so tend to avoid baking which involves creaming eggs and sugar as I'm just too lazy! I think the first recipe I'd try is this Sangrita layer cake which has been intriguing me for months.
    http://scarlettabakes.com/sangrita-layer-cake/

    Your book is on my Christmas list :) Really looking forward to the new blog launch too.

  58. September 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Love your video!!!If I had my own cookbook, it would be about breakfast!!! Not brunch, just a breakfast, you know oatmeal, pancakes, bread, everything!!!! I would love to have a copy of your book it looks amazing!

  59. September 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I'm not sure exactly what I would bake but it would be something for my husband. We just celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary and it was our first one apart. He is overseas for work for a few months so I think a special welcome home cake of some description would be in order :)

  60. September 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

    What's the first thing you would cook or bake using the mixer if you won?

    I love to bake cakes, meringues, cookies, slices, tartlets and puddings for friends, family and work colleagues. It's amazing how something sweet shared brings so much happiness to so many people!

    If I was the lucky winner of the amazing Kitchen Aid, which I've been lusting after forever, but cannot afford unfortunately then I would be baking up a storm, for sure!

    My first creation that I would make using the winning appliance would be: chocolate layered meringue with chantilly cream, dark chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries.

  61. September 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I'm from Perth, Australia.

    I have been wanting a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer for ages but can't afford it at the moment as I recently went part-time so I would have more of a life-work balance. If I had a mixer the first thing I would make is nougat. I love eating nougat and have always wanted to try making it at home but I think I need a proper mixer to be successful rather than the current handheld beater that I have.

    My own cookbook would reflect what I currently blog about. It would contain recipes for Chinese and Vietnamese homecooking, sometimes with a bit of a twist.

    Ai-Ling

  62. September 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

    A huge congrats on all fronts, Katie! I've had your book pre-ordered since May and am so excited the U.S. release is nearly here. Having a signed copy would be icing on the cake.

    Someday I'd love to shoot a cookbook (dreaming big) but if I had the opportunity to pen one as well it'd definitely be a book about sweets and desserts, and discovering a love for baking in my thirties :)

  63. September 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Congratulations on the book release Katie! I can't wait for it to come out in the States. If I had my own cookbook, I would want to include all the dishes my fiancé makes for me, since he's the real chef in the family. :)

  64. September 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

    oh. a brown sugar pavlova. My wyandotte girls are on the lay, and i've eggs begging to be whipped into a cloud for a pav. passionfruit curd for the top with great blobs of king island double cream. I'm sure a Kitchen Aid mixer in blue would be able to cope with that!

  65. September 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

    The first thing I would make is my mum's coconut and walnut cake…It's my mums signature and the first thing she cookes for my dad.

  66. September 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Katie, your book looks absolutely gorgeous. Will be looking out for it in New Zealand – cannot WAIT to get my hands on it. There's going to be so much good cooking to do!!! Thank you for being such a constant source of kitchen inspiration – now I can't wait to have a hard version of all the inspiration.

    Ooooh a Kitchenaid…how I dream of owning one of them!!!! If I won I'd want to make a big chocolate mud cake (made with valhrona chocolate!) with caramel cream cheese icing and crumbled salted caramel macaroon on top. Decadent, but delicious!

    Look forward to seeing everything you do in the future.

    x

  67. September 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Your book has just jumped to the top of my Christmas wish list. (I hope Santa is reading this!)

    If I were the lucky winner of the Kitchen Aid, the first thing I would bake would be a super light and fluffy sponge cake to smother in cream and fresh berries – just like my Nana used to make but I have never been able to perfectly replicate … yet!

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  69. September 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    An Ode to the Kitchen Aid {and why I'd really really really love one}

    Unable to buy my own Kitchen Aid
    My baking has been purely “hand”-made

    Oh how I'd love to mix and to whizz
    Without getting my arms and hands in a tizz

    The first thing I'd make is your chocolate plum cake
    it's been on my wish list of things I should make

    The frangipane, pastry and vanilla and cream
    Will combine in my Kitchen Aid like a dream!

    Although I'm no poet and this ode is quite short
    I hope this dedication ain't for nought

    For it's true that I love to cook and to bake
    And a Kitchen Aid mixer is all it would take!

  70. September 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Oh wow it looks beautiful!!!

    If I won a kitchenaid mixer, I would immediately use it to whip up bread dough to be baked in a cast iron dish – mmmm it makes them taste so good that way!

  71. September 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    If I was lucky enough to get a Kitchenaid, I would be a little out of my depth having only ever used a handheld mixer so I'd have to make something I'm very familiar with! I'm thinking macaroons with fresh passionfruit italian meringue buttercream, the kind that is pretty much impossible to get silky smooth by hand!

  72. September 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Congratulations Katie! Your cookbook looks beautiful and I can't wait to see the new website and try the new recipes. I'm from California and if I was writing my own cookbook, it'd most definitely be about baking :)

    – Jess

  73. September 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    A pavlova is always the test of a new mixer.
    Can't wait to pick up the book.L

  74. September 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    A pavlova is always the perfect test for a new mixer.
    can't wait to pick up the book

  75. September 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I would end up in a baking frenzy, whipping up cookies, cakes and delicious desserts for days, all the while plying family and friends with delicious baked goods so I could keep going!

    I liked the other query too, and although I am an Aussie:
    My cookbook would be a collection of all the best recipes from my family of cooks! There is nothing more satisfying that using your great grandmothers recipe for a traditional sponge, her famous apricot slice or bread & butter pickles…I guess unless you count eating the end result!

    Cheers Kel

  76. September 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I would end up in a baking frenzy, whipping up cookies, cakes and delicious desserts for days, all the while plying family and friends with delicious baked goods so I could keep going!

    I liked the other query too, and although I am an Aussie:
    My cookbook would be a collection of all the best recipes from my family of cooks! There is nothing more satisfying that using your great grandmothers recipe for a traditional sponge, her famous apricot slice or bread & butter pickles…I guess unless you count eating the end result!

    Cheers Kel

  77. September 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Hi, I'm your reader from Ukraine. My Congratulations on your first book. I'm in love with your blog and your work!!!!
    With the new KitchenAid the first thing i'd do would be meringe.
    And my own cookbook would be dedicated to sweet custards and mousses, puddings and creme brulees)

  78. September 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Hi, I'm your reader from Ukraine. My Congratulations on your first book. I'm in love with your blog and your work!!!!
    With the new KitchenAid the first thing i'd do would be meringe.
    And my own cookbook would be dedicated to sweet custards and mousses, puddings and creme brulees)

  79. September 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Congrats, I'm so excited for you!! (And so excited to get your book and show it off!)

    As a U.S. reader, if I had my own cookbook, it would probably be geared towards comfort food and family, which are the two most important things to me when cooking!

  80. September 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Can't wait to get my hands on your book it looks beautiful! The first thing I would whip up in my KitchenAid if I won, after doing a super happy fun times dance, is a big batch of double chocolate cupcakes, nothing says celebrate like chocolate squared.

    Jess
    Melbourne

  81. September 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    So many opportunities to create wonderful things with the KitchenAid mixer! My first adventure would be chocolate meringue….covered with crumbed pistachios…mmmm!

    My cookbook would be one containing flavours from around the world – each and every culture has amazing foods which are easy to create yet satisfying and nutritious!

    Thanks
    Denyse

  82. September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Congratulations! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy – thanks for providing a link to an independent bookseller for Aussies, you are truly awesome.

    Before the book is in my hands, if I won the kitchenaid, I would definitely be making the meringues – I hate standing and beating meringues and yours look so inviting and soft on the inside, and a little rustic on the outside.

  83. September 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Beautiful, can't wait to get my hands on a copy – thanks for providing a link to an independent bookseller for Aussies/kiwis too!

    If I won the kitchenaid, I'd definitely be whipping up a batch of those meringues! I hate standing over a bowl with the mixer for ages! Plus your meringues look so invitingly soft in the centre and beautifully textured on the outside too.

  84. September 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Fantastic! i can't wait to get my hands on a copy, I completely adore your photography!

  85. September 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I would make marshmallows! My hand mixer isn't quite up to the job unfortunately.

  86. September 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Oh, and if I had my own cookbook I think it would have to be for something sweet. Maybe icecream and other yummy frozen things, although I don't know if I could surpass David Lebovitz!

  87. September 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Every post of yours creates a new favourite: today I'd whip up a batch of Mum’s chocolate meringues

  88. September 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    So very excited to get your cookbook! I would buy it for the cover alone, and the fact that it's yours….but can't wait to see inside and start cooking.
    If I wrote my own cookbook, it would include include wine or drink pairings along with suggested side dishes, where all the flavors come together perfectly.

    Congratulations on your cookbook, I wish your parents where here to celebrate their day and your day together with you. What a special date for you!

  89. September 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    i'm so glad your book has finally been released!
    if i won a kitchen aid, the first thing i'd bake would be my current favourite cake – a beautiful lemon polenta cake with creme fraiche glaze and a hint of rosemary!

  90. September 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Congratulations on your book! It looks fantastic.
    Being a happy Sydneysider, if I had a cookbook, I'd do a postcode hop and have recipes from all over Sydney – I'd scour Cabramatta for Vietnamese pho recipes, get tips from Italians in Haberfield (or Leichhardt, or Five Dock) and dig up baklava from Bankstown. Yum!

  91. September 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Congratulations on your book! It looks fantastic.
    Being a happy Sydneysider, if I had a cookbook, I would do a postcode hop and have recipes from all over Sydney – I'd go to Cabramatta to find Vietnamese pho recipes, get tips from Italians in Haberfield (or Leichhardt, or Five Dock) and dig up baklava from Bankstown. Yum!

  92. September 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Congratulations Katie!
    I am a reader from Brisbane and I ordered my book from my local bookstore about two months ago. I can't wait to get the call that my copy has come in.
    Congratulations on reaching this part of your cookbook journey. Sit back, pour a glass of wine, and let yourself smile :)

  93. September 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I love the video, nice to catch a glimpse at the woman (and hubby) behind the famous blog!! Track is great, very catchy… Congratulations! ps you should do more videos.

  94. September 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    First of all Katie, congratulations! I didn't know the book was released today and actually pounced on a copy I spotted whilst out. I'm super excited to get into it, not only because your style is fabulous, but because you are such an inspiration to me and my own styling.

    This is so timely because whilst reading your list of kitchen tips and tricks, one item I don't' have is a mixer! The first thing I'd have to cook using it would be my Mum's oatmeal and dark chocolate chip cookies – I have watched her make them in her vintage mustard coloured mixer since I was little and never actually tried them myself!

  95. September 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Yay! I've been looking out for your book for a while! And just in case the book give-away is also open for us Europeans, I'd have a fresh new book on Greek mezedes, wine and cheese…

  96. September 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I am pretty much buying this book tomorrow. I have been looking forward to it for months, and of course I need to feed my cookbook addiction.

    But a KitchenAid! I have coveted one from the moment I began to bake, when I was around 17. Late adopter, I know. But I think the first thing I would make would be my grandmother's pavlova. I only have a handmixer, and I have been hesitant to attempt the meringue, but a a stand mixer would make it so much easier and allay my fears!

    Second, though, I would totally try my hand at sourdough with the bread attachment. I have had the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook on my bedside table for a year.

  97. September 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Well done! It looks like a beautiful book.

    What would I write about? All the fabulous recipes (and stories about those recipes) I've been given by family and friends over the years.

  98. September 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    congratulations Katie!!
    i can't wait to get my hands on your book and have a crazy baking session especially with all the new recipes!!!

    as a poor pastry apprentice it would be amazing to have a kitchenaid that I could practice all my sweets on!! the first thing I would make would be lamingtons filled with raspberry jelly! yum!

    good luck for the future – looking forward to book two already!

  99. September 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Katie. Could you tell me when yor cookbook is gooing to be avaible en Spain?

    Thanks.

    Virginia “sweet and sour”

  100. September 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    the book looks amazing! Congratulations! With a new mixer I'd make strawberry cake with swiss meringue buttercream!

  101. September 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    What a gorgeous book, congratulations!
    You must be excited, relieved and happy to see your book finally released…
    if I were game enough to write a cookbook, it would be a book of family favourites – all the recipes that remind me of home; and the very first thing I would make with a new mixer would be chocolate brownies, my daughters' favourite!

  102. September 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Congratulations on your book, it looks lovely!
    I have never owned a stand mixer,I would be over joyed to win one!
    I think I would like to make those beautiful friands on the cover, they look so yummy!
    Will be looking out for your book in the shops.

  103. September 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I am a Canadian reader, and I DO have my own cookbook! I compiled all treasured family recipes into a coil-bound book in 2003. Congratulations on your book! It definitely looks like a beauty.

  104. September 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Gold star for you Katie. Can't wait to buy the book.

    If I won the KitchenAid I would try to replicate my mum's spongy, gooey, sticky date pudding.

  105. September 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I am a Canadian reader, and I DO have my own cookbook. I compiled treasured family recipes into a book in 2003. Your book looks to be a beauty. Congratulations!

  106. September 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies! I made some today, by hand… Hard work! & congrats on the book! Can't wait to get my cookie covered hands on it :) x

  107. September 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Congratulations for your book!
    love your blog, not only for the recipes but also for the photographs, are beautiful. I prefer recipes with blueberry muffins, what a treat. Anyway, any of them will be fine for cooking. :) )

    xoxo

  108. September 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    ellieyThe first thing I'd make in a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is a pavlova. I love making them and have always made them using my very small hand-held mixer which my mother gave me when I moved out of home.

  109. September 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    The first thing I'd make in a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is a pavlova. I love making them and have always made them using my very small hand-held mixer which my mother gave me when I moved out of home.

  110. September 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    The first thing I'd make in a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is a pavlova. I love making them and have always made them using my very small hand-held mixer which my mother gave me when I moved out of home.

  111. September 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    The first thing I'd make in a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is a pavlova. I love making them and have always made them using my very small hand-held mixer which my mother gave me when I moved out of home.

  112. September 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    The first thing I'd make in a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is a pavlova. I love making them and have always made them using my very small hand-held mixer which my mother gave me when I moved out of home.

  113. September 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Katie, I can't wait to buy your book, but I just moved to France! Do you have any idea where and when I can find a copy?

    I can't wait for the new blog as well, good luck!

  114. September 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I figure the ultimate test of a mixer is a sponge cake so that would be the first thing I'd make…..

  115. September 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Congratulations Katie. You deserve every success. Your photography is truly inspirational. Cheers to you and your Mum and Dad who, I'm sure, would be so, so proud of you.

  116. September 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I've been keeping my eye out for your book in the stores! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Huge congrats!

    If I had my very own KitchenAid the first thing I'd make would be Sean's Panorama's white chocolate nougat. I haven't made it since I work in kitchens professionally… it's not something that can be easily made by hand ;-) It is amazing.

  117. September 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I've been looking out for your book in the stores, can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Huge congrats!

    If I owned a KitchenAid the first thing I'd make would be Sean's Panorama's white chocolate nougat. I haven't made it since I stopped cooking professionally, it's not something that's easily made by hand ;-)

  118. September 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    What a wonderful post that was – I am beyond excited that this beautiful project is finally ready for the world to enjoy!

    I am from the US… my cookbook would have to be about travel, inspired by the dishes I've had in the beautiful places i've been. Particularly Australia – I lived there for 4 months, and that is the country that opened up my mind and made me truly realize my passion for food and cooking.

    Thank you so very much!

  119. September 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Hy Katie,
    Fist of all I want to say you as beatiful and exquisit is your blog, and how I wish to have your book. I'm an European reader (Spain).
    If I had my very own book I'd speak about tradicional recipes of the world with their authors and modern dishes.
    Kisses

  120. September 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Katie, congrats on the book! I follow lots of food blogs but have to say that I look forward to your posts the post. The pics are just out of this world and cannot wait to see your book. I currently live in the States but I've lived in Sydney before and miss OZ very much :( Wish there was a way for me to get back there!

    Anyway, on to the contest :) If I got to write my own cookbook, it would be completely devoted to all things chocolate — nutella crepes, chocolate and berries combo, chocolate meringue, etc etc. Thank you for blogging and posting such a wonderful giveaway!

  121. September 28, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Hi Katie,

    As I unfortunately don't live in OZ, I am competing to win a copy of one your signed books. I would create a cookbook with only chocolate recipes as this is my addiction :)

    Congrats on your book!! Your pics are absolutely stunning!!

  122. September 28, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Without a doubt the first thing I'd make is double chocolate raspberry pavlova. And I'm pretty sure with a new kitchen aid my meringues and cream would be whipped to perfection!

  123. September 28, 2012 at 2:05 am

    COngratulations Katie!!!! That's absolutely fanstastic and OMG so beautiful! :) )))

  124. September 28, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I would want my own cookbook to be a lot of my mother's recipes as well as some of my favorite concoctions. — I can't wait til your cookbook comes out, i've already got it on my amazon.com wishlist!

  125. September 28, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I'm writing from Portland, OR…
    If I wrote a cookbook, I'd want to hire you as the photographer! your work is gorgeous.

    My content would be about how to plan + prepare weekly meals for your family, but keeping an adventurous, healthy and local feel to my recipes. It seems like all the books with good budget + shopping plans have uninteresting food with a lot of processed ingredients.

    Congrats on your cookbook Katie!

  126. September 28, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Congratulations! Your work is tremendous…If I had a cookbook…what a poignant question…I would write a cookbook telling the story of the Farms of Sonoma County, the amazing bountiful harvest and since I am a pastry chef I would have to include dessert recipes from the produce I found on my search! I would love a copy of your book…such an inspiration! Have fun in this moment!

  127. September 28, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Congratulations!!! If I don't win a copy of your ah-mazing book, fingers crossed, I am going to pick up a copy for sure! You, your pictures and recipes are so inspiring,full of life and love. If I had my own cookbook I would want it to be all about my family's authentic Italian recipes includng tidbits of their life experiences, the harships they have overcome and how family and yummy food have helped them get through everything! Thanks for being so talented and sharing it all on your lovely blog!

  128. September 28, 2012 at 4:45 am

    congratulations! had the pleasure of mark being my tutor too – he completely rocked it! first five photos in this set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gusseting/sets/72157623883829955/

    What's the first thing you would cook or bake using the mixer if you won?
    i'd bake my mum's time honoured traditional christmas pudding – it's getting to that time of the year, and we've even worked together (we live in different states) to provide the recipe to family & friends online – now you can bake it too: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gusseting/sets/72157625735519586/with/5319619204/

  129. September 28, 2012 at 6:46 am

    If I had my own cookbook, I'd want it to be about baking because it's my favorite hobby and something that I'm actually good at!!

  130. September 28, 2012 at 6:53 am

    If I won a kitchen aid the first thing I would make is Sugar Cube's Highway to Heaven cupcakes!

  131. September 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

    the first thing I'd make is your chocolate fudge cake w raspberries & amaretto cream for my husband's birthday. Then I'd add your cookbook to my wishlist since my birthday is two weeks later!!

  132. September 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Oh well done lovely, so terribly proud of you what an achievement. Kitchenaid – gosh I've wanted one forever. The first thing I would cook with my Kitchenaid would be a sponge. A plain simple Victoria sponge, my namesake. I've been told I make a mean sponge and that's with very inexpensive handheld beaters – imagine the heights I could reach with a Kitchenaid!

  133. September 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    If I had a Kitchenaid, the first thing I would make would be nougat! Because as far as I am aware, it is virtually impossible to make by hand. This is from someone who does everything by hand (including whipping 11 egg whites last night for two different cakes). I love cooking with my hands and for me, having a Kitchenaid would enhance that love, not replace it.

  134. September 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Congratulations Katie – I can finally stop using all your downloaded recipes on my computer (not the best way to cook!)

    The first thing I'd make with a mixer is pastry! I've been trying to make it by hand but it ends up like a rock of butter with crumbs…

    Thanks!

  135. September 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations! This is exciting and…and I can't believe we have a chance to win the book too! Thank you.

    If I could make my own cookbook, it would of course focus on my favorite Vietnamese home-cooking. All the little dishes my mom makes. It would discuss how to make these dishes with the most basic kitchen setup and tools, and how to find Asian ingredients Stateside (can't just buy fish sauce in an American grocery store). Each recipe might have an addendum to clarify what a Westerner could do to modify the recipe if they are missing some of the stranger ingredients, or if typical Vietnamese cooking is too unusual for them. Lastly, the entire book would be filled with beautiful images of the food!

  136. September 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Wow Your book looks amazing and has gone to the top of my wishlist for Christmas.

    What a fabulous prize pack you have going also! I would make Meringues as the first thing if I won the Kitchenaid mixer. The attachments would work a treat, oh what a dream.

    Thanks for the chance to enter!!!

  137. September 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Cogratulations from Malaysia!!! Cannot wait to have that book on my lap!! :-)

  138. September 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Congratulations on the book! The first thing I would make is your Chewy Meringues with Passionfruit Cream… They look amazing and remind me of my childhood in my Nan's kitchen making meringues all morning and devouring them all afternoon. Bliss!

  139. September 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Huge Congratulations Katie, Very exciting for you and your followers! We have all been waiting for such a loooong time! I'm getting my copy in an hour! YAY!

    If I win the Kitchenaid mixer, I'm going to make an awesome pizza dough, and I will get an ice cream attachment and make a beautiful homemade ice cream for dessert. SCRUMPTIOUS!

  140. September 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Hi Katie,

    Congratulations on the book – I'm sure it'll be so popular here in NZ. I've been wanting a KitchenAid for forever and if I won, the first thing I would bake is bread. I love making bread but would love a mixer with a dough attachement that would make the work that much easier!!

    Bee

    Good luck with everything!

  141. September 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    The first thing I would bake would have to be your 'gooey individual chocolate and raspberry cakes' – these are my absolute favourite recipe and are SUCH a crowd pleaser! I would love to have the opportunity to eat the batter straight out of a new Kitchen Aid!! Thanks for all your inspiring recipes Katie!

  142. September 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Congrats, Lovely Lady! It's been such an inspiration to watch your passion blossom into so many wonderful projects and now a BOOK! Cheers to you!

  143. September 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    How funny, I was wondering where you had been when I walked into Berkelouw Books this morning and there is your gorgeous cookbook! Congratulations it is magnificent – the KitchenAid is the most amazing kitchen appliance I would love to try a pavlova in it, getting the egg whites perfect.

    Thanks for all the amazing inspiration!

  144. September 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I would bake you chocolate and raspberry pavlova
    and my cookbook would be about dishes people make that go wrong, why and how to fix that

  145. September 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Congratulations Katie! What an awesome feat! I have read your blog since I saw your Melbourne home featured in Real Living and have followed your food/photography journey since. Love the video clip! Love love also your Chloe bag – Lucky lady! he he Anyway I dont have a Kitchen Aid – my sister does – so I would make your Coffee, Frangelico, Chocolate Meringue Gateaux if I won the mixer! I borrowed her Kitchen Aid to make your gateaux and it was utterly gorgeous! Looking forward to your new site. Congratulations also on your regular column in Delicious too! So much happening for you – you thoroughly deserve it! xx Mary Anne
    PS – any mags/blogs to feature your Sydney home. Have been dying to see snippets of it!!!

  146. September 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    What a great post and stunning pictures as always – inspirational.

    I will be visitng home (Australia) in October and I cant wait to buy your book!

    If I was to write my own cookbook it would about East meets West. I am an Australian girl living and working in Asia and I would want to write a book about my experiences of those two worlds colliding over the last 5 years!

    As for a KitchenAid – oh my! Without a doubt the first thing I would whip up is a good old fashioned Aussie Pav served a vast array of the beautiful tropical fruits I am lucky enough to have access to here in Singapore.

  147. September 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    It will depends on the weather and the blog i am reading. Though the raspberry cake looks appetizing for all year round dessert. Raspberry cake it is then.

  148. September 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Summer is almost here, and what better use for a KitchenAid than whipping up a generous batch of apple, ginger and cranberry vodka cocktails! Served with Katie's Aussie Chilli burgers and I'm in pure summer heaven.

  149. September 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Beautiful.

    The first thing I would mix up with that gorgeous mixer would be some glorious bread that I would not have to knead any longer myself!!

  150. September 29, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Katie I am so addicted to your blog – it is just so beautiful. I rushed out yesterday and got your cookbook. Well done, it really is a feast for the senses.

    And what would I cook? It would have to be something with a lot of love mixed in for my 4 boys, maybe a pav, maybe a mile-high sponge, or maybe it is time to start on the christmas cooking. Whatever it is I am sure the Kitchaid would cope

  151. September 29, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Well, I'm a reader from the United States, so lets see… If I had a cookbook, I'd want it to be garden-to-table themed I think. Yes. :

  152. September 29, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Congratulations on the new book! It looks gorgeous! I can't wait to get a copy.

    If I had my own cookbook, I would want to include all of my family recipes… good standard favorites and then things from my hubby's Italian Grandmother.

    My fingers are crossed!

  153. September 29, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Wow! Congratulations to you all! I can't wait to pick up a copy…and I loved the video! Such an intimate insight to your work, process and talent for your devoted readers to enjoy!

  154. September 29, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I am an Australian reader so the first thing I'd cook when I got the kitchen aide, after I picked myself off the floor, is something simple from your book. If I didn't have your book yet, I would cook this fantastic chocolate cake I have just discovered. It's cooked at 150c for 1.5 hours making it beautifully textured and moist inside with a hard crust. It's amazing.

    Congratulations on your wonderful successes to date and here's to your parent, they must have been remarkable to raise such a daughter.
    Carolyn
    Desireempire@iprimus.com.au

  155. September 29, 2012 at 7:46 am

    If I had my own cookbook (sigh), it would highlight how to cook meals that can be served two ways: the full meal for the non-allergens in my family, and the altered meal for the allergen members of the fam. So, a guide on how to please both parties! Only if… but I am THRILLED your book is going to be available in the USA, for a moment I was worried it was only printing down south :) Thank for you always inspiring. Take care,
    Ciao
    Tawny

  156. September 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Congratulations on the cookbook Katie, I can't wait to read it!

    I'm a reader from New Zealand and would love to win a Kitchen Aid! As for the first thing I would make – those meringues look so delicious or maybe I would have to start practicing for the Christmas Pav!!

  157. September 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Congratulations indeed! Super impressive :)
    If I won a mixer, I would whip up a pavlova base, my familys favourite summer dessert ever!

  158. September 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Congratulations Katie!
    I'll be making chocolate cookies because trying to cream butter and sugar using a hand mixer has never worked well for me.

  159. September 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Congratulations Katie.
    With a Kitchen Aid mixer, I'll start with making chocolate chip cookies, because trying to cream butter with a hand mixer has never worked for me.

  160. September 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    OH MY LORD!!! I am simply fizzing with excitement about this giveaway – can't thank you enough for the opportunity to win Katie. A beautiful KitchenAid mixer has been on my wish list for years, but I haven't been able to afford it. The first thing I would make with my magnificent machine if I was lucky enough to win, would be a lucious lemon loaf in honour of my belated grandmother who passed the recipe down to me from her mother. I have my fingers and toes firmly crossed!!

  161. September 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    OH MY LORD!!! I am simply fizzing with excitement about this giveaway – can't thank you enough for the opportunity to win Katie. A beautiful KitchenAid mixer has been on my wish list for years, but I haven't been able to afford it. The first thing I would make with my magnificent machine if I was lucky enough to win, would be a lucious lemon loaf in honour of my belated grandmother who passed the recipe down to me from her mother. I have my fingers and toes firmly crossed!!

  162. September 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Katie, your new cookbook looks breathtaking!

    If I had a Kitchen Aid the first thing I would make is macaroons. I've given them a go before and although they pass in the taste department, I have yet to master their beautiful smooth appearance and need all the help I can get!

    Jessica, Brisbane.

  163. September 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I have loved your blog from the moment I first saw it…several years now. I am a US reader and have had your book on preorder…so excited to be getting it soon.
    If i had my own cookbook it would be a collection of recipes I have collected over the years, from all the places I have lived all over the world with a few family heirlooms thrown in for good measure.
    Congrats on the success of the book! You go girl!

  164. September 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    The first thing I would make would be a second attempt at the CWA classic 'Ginger Fluff' sponge cake. My first attempt was a failure, but not surprising because I only have a stick blender!

    Celia from Canberra

  165. September 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    hmmm probably yo-yos because they're good for the soul … not so much the waistline ??
    Or a pav as I'm determined to master them. So far they've tasted great and have had the thumbs up from my tribe but they have been far from pretty.
    Love the book. Will put it on my wish list.
    Cheers
    Jenny

  166. September 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    If I had my own cookbook… I'd like it to be about travels and local meals, and it couldd aso include 'how-to-make-it-bak-home' versions.

  167. September 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Congrats on your book launch Katie, it's definitely going on my Christmas list…and can't wait to see the new blog!

    Hmmm if I had a KitchenAid in my kitchen I'd start with some yummy home-made pizza and then I'd use it to whip up some of those delicious looking chocolate meringues.

    As for a cookbook I would want it to contain all the fabulous recipes I've collected from friends around the world…and it would have to be photographed by you of course! :)

  168. September 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Katie, after waiting patiently for your book to come out and reading this post, I got in the car and went to my local bookshop to buy my copy. Had a quick flick at the lights in my car and was so inspired. Am about to sit down with a cup of tea for a proper read with notebook in hand to make choices and a shopping list. Congrats on the blog and book.
    Cheers
    Engracia

  169. September 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Congrats on the book. Looks gorgeous.
    If I won the Kitchen Aid mixer the first thing I would do is whip up some fresh bread using the dough hook.

  170. September 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    If I had a mixer I'd make a double batch of my ginger nut cookies. I did that the other night with my old sunbeam and the motor started whining and I fear I may have almost killed it. The CWA cake stall certainly enjoyed my cookies, but there is soon to be a death in my kitchen I fear :-(

    Good luck with the book sales.

  171. September 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hey! i love your blog and have been eagerly awaiting your book! It looks beautiful. I love that your meals look impressive, but are not impossible to make.

    I am from New Zealand and have always drooled over KitchenAid mixers….in mint green!

    Seems like a popular one..but I would whip up an Orange flower pavlova with coconut cream and pistachios…off the Roost blog. Hand mixer just doesn't cut it sometimes…:)

  172. September 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    The first thing id make if i had a kitchenaid mixer would be meringues (perhaps id have a crack at your mums chocolate ones). Nothing turns egg white into perfect fluffy, glossy meringue like a kitchenaid with the whisk attachment on! I always envy my father-in- laws when he makes pavlova!
    Cant wait to get my hands on your book – i often cook your recipes & they always seem to be my husbands fav's!
    sally x

    http://www.oncedailychic.blogspot.com
    sally@sallyrhysjones.com

  173. September 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    If I won a kitchen aid, the first thing I would make would back a layer cake with Raspberry Swiss Meringue Butter cream! I love the stuff,it's so fluffy and rich but still light! Yumm

  174. September 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    If I won a kitchen aid, the first thing I would make would back a layer cake with Raspberry Swiss Meringue Butter cream! I love the stuff,it's so fluffy and rich but still light! Yumm

  175. September 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    oh thanks such a hard questions …. i would have to buy your book and have a good look though it and see what jumped out at me and then set out and make it with my new kitchenaid !!
    Lili

  176. September 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    If I wrote a cook book it would probably be about gluten free baking or garden to table style book.

  177. September 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Congrats for the new book! I'm an Italian reader,and i have no doubts about a hypotethical book of mine. It would be about natural cooking,vegetarian,with a lot of veggies,beans,cereals,all made the more tempting possible of course! I'd love to get your book!:)baci, peanut

  178. September 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Congratulations on the beautiful book! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

    Glad to be an Aussie! I'd bake a big pavlova first with it. We have one every Christmas and I think if I won it'd be like Christmas for me!

  179. September 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Congratulations Katie, I just love your work. The christening of my KitchenAid would absolutely be with something meringue based (perhaps your mums choc meringues featured in the post as my mums look so similar!) I grew up using mums stand mixer for these and have been improvising ever since – i once beat up egg whites in a salad dressing shaker…it worked, eventually but life would be so sweet with a kithenaid!!

  180. September 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Congratulations Katie, I just love your work. The christening of my KitchenAid would absolutely be with something meringue based (perhaps your mums choc meringues featured in the post as my mums look so similar!) I grew up using mums stand mixer for these and have been improvising ever since – i once beat up egg whites in a salad dressing shaker…it worked, eventually but life would be so sweet with a kithenaid!!

  181. September 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Hi, if I had a mixer I'd try a pizza base, I never get the kneading right when I try to do it by hand, to make a pizza featuring goats cheese and prawns. Your book looks delightful, looking forward to checking it out.

  182. September 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Katie, your book looks delightful, Looking forward to checking it out. If I won a mixer I'd try a pizza dough, I never get it right kneading by hand, to make a pizza featuring goats cheese and prawns.

  183. September 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Katie, congrats on the book, it looks stunning, looking forward to checking it out. If I won a mixer I'd attempt a pizza base, I never get the kneading but right and making a pizza featuring goats cheese.

  184. September 30, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I can't wait for the release of your book in the US! If I were to write a book it would be a series of easy recipes and ideas for entertaining. Too many of my friends think they can't entertain because it's too hard to do!19

  185. September 30, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Hello from Canada. So excited for your cookbook!
    I like the idea of combining history and food, so if I had my own cookbook, it would be about historical food recipes with a modern twist.

  186. September 30, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I have to participate…
    Your signed copy… Absolute Delight..

    So If I have my own cookbook, it would be simple food, lots of pics and simple memories which we build around food…

  187. September 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I am a NZ reader and would love to win a kitchen aid mixer! The first thing that i would make would be the secret cake recipe that has been passed down through our family from my great-great-grandfather. We get the recipe when we turn 21, i i will finally get my copy of it in a few months when i turn 21. I would love to make this wonderful cake in this wonderful mixer!

    Keep up the beautiful work!

  188. September 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

    If I won the Kitchenaid mixer the first thing I'd make is Nigella Lawson's flourless chocolate cake mounded with very very slightly sweetened whipped, pillowy cream. My husband can't eat gluten and so many gluten free recipes require a whole lot of beating of eggs, thus sore wrists ;) I've looked at the beautiful duck egg/seafoam coloured model from afar for years, it would be a lovely way to make new food memories for years to come. My grandmother was a keen baker and I'd love to continue her legacy.

  189. September 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Katie, your book is a feast for ALL senses, thank you for sharing so much with us. I would “employ”my Kitchen Aid to bake a decadent chocolate mocha cake infused with frangelico liquier – as its first job!
    would love to have the signed copy of your book
    Greetings from Brisbane Australia – Gosia

  190. September 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    The first thing I would cook with my new Kitchen Aid Mixer would be bread- it would make it so much easier, and you can't beat fresh bread! Thanks!

  191. September 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    hello katie, i would have an own cookbook wirth lots of veggie recipes combined with herbs, things that you can grow on your balcony if you don`t have a garden. and i would like it to be seasonal.

    congrats on the book!

  192. September 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    The first thing I'd make would be to re-attempt the CWA classic 'Ginger Fluff' sponge cake. My first attempt was a failure but not surprising a I only have a stick blender!

  193. September 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I would bake my Nonna's simple butter cake. It was served at all of our birthdays. In the middle contained a lemon and chocolate cream and a little bit of coffee and liquer in the layers. Yes, this was my childhood birthday cake and I would do anything to recreate it.

  194. September 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Hi!, congratulations on the book, it´s fantastic.
    If I´d write my own, I´d probably add the history of our pintxos (tapas), I live in San Sebastián, basque country (Spain), and this particular place has more michelin stars than in any other place in the word per square metre. Anyway, the book will be like yours, so beautiful, but it will probably speak about Spanish food, basque to be exact.
    I´m going to buy it,if I don´t get it free.
    Love from the north of Spain
    Marialuisa (www.decocinasytacones.blogspot.com)

  195. September 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I would make my famous apple tea cake for all my friends if I won the kitchen aid!! How exciting!!

  196. October 1, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Hi Katie,

    The first thing I WOULD bake if I had won the Kitchen Aid Mixer would be your Mocha Chocolate Mousse with Irish Whiskey. Oh La La! Sounds magnifique and deliciously decadent! And I do love the taste of Chocolate with a smidgen of Liqueur.

    I saw your cookbook today and I LOVE IT!

  197. October 1, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Hi Katie,

    The first thing I WOULD bake if I had won the Kitchen Aid Mixer would be your Mocha Chocolate Mousse with Irish Whiskey. Oh La La! Sounds magnifique and deliciously decadent! And I do love the taste of Chocolate with a smidgen of Liqueur.

    I saw your cookbook today and I LOVE IT!

  198. October 1, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I love your pictures and recipes :-) I`ve just saw the film. It`s stunning! Can`t wait for your book. Best wishes

  199. October 1, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I definitely want a copy of this amazingly gorgeous book, as for what I'd want MY cookbook to be about? well, now that you've done such a great job with primarily baking – and so many desserts, I'd love to see a focus on healthy every day brilliant combinations of meat and vegetables and or cheeses: baked, fresh salads, sautées, etc. I can splurge on dessert now and then, but every day I want to eat something delicious and seasonal. Not a big grain eater.
    thanks for asking.

  200. October 1, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I'm a US reader – I would make a cookbook using almost exclusively home garden ingredients…a way to use that tsunami of produce in the summer!

  201. October 1, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Congrats! The book looks gorgeous. If I won the KitchenAid the first thing I would make would be a lovely brioche.

  202. October 1, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Congrats! The book looks gorgeous. If I won the KitchenAid the first thing I would make would be a lovely brioche.

  203. October 1, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I've been such a huge fans of your photos (which inspire me to step into the kitchen more often now). Since I'm a US resident, I'll just go ahead and say that I would love to have recipes of all desserts and comfort food in my cookbook (if I ever have one). Thank you for inspiring us readers!!

  204. October 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

    The book is stunning Katie well done, I've started working my way through the recipes, all delicious! I'd make my Mom's Birthday cake recipe as I haven't made it since moving to Oz and it brings back so many memories!

    Cheers,

    Patrick

  205. October 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Congrats on your beautiful cookbook, Katie. Can't wait to get my hands on it!
    If I had a KitchenAid I would christen it by making my Nanna's shortbread.

  206. October 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Congratulations on your book, it is both beautiful and inspiring! I would make my mum's butterscotch brownies – always a winner but a whisk makes your arm very tired! Last year for Christmas I made my family a cookbook of our family's sweets recipes I grew up eating and making on a farm, i would like to expand on this and get my photography better then publish it properly as no one beats my mum's recipes!

  207. October 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Congrats on your book, the styling is delicious!
    You must be thrilled beyond words.

    If I won, the first thing I would bake would be meringue. I've never succeeded due to weak whipping power!

    If I were to write a cookbook it would be a collection of my Italian mothers recipes along with my Balinese dad's recipes. All family style recipes and suitably names The Fusion Family Feast.

    All the best
    Shandy

  208. October 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Congrats on the book, the styling is delightful. You and your hubby must be thrilled beyond words.

    If I were to win, I'd definitely try my hand at meringue first off. I've never succeeded due to weak whipping power.

    If I were to write a cookbook, it would undoubtedly be a collection of family recipes from my Italian mothers side and my Balinese fathers side. It would have rustic Italian styling on vintage bread boards and bottled pasata and Balinese banana leaves and old bintang bottles. Of course I would name it Fusion of Feasts- Balinese and Taliban family eating. Clearly I've though lots about this!

    All the best
    Shandy

  209. October 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Hello! I am a reader from Canada and I would probably write a cookbook that would center around the family table and cooking with children.

  210. October 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Congratulations, Katie! What a massive effort to pull it all together. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes and stunning imagery; your fresh take on a food blog is so welcome.

    Well done!

  211. October 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I have “ooed” & “ahhed” over kitchen aid mixers for over 10 years! But to save money, my trusty little kitchen aid hand mixer still hasn't let me down. I am completely obsessed with cooking, and am the designated baker for ALL birthday cakes amongst my family and friends. My step-daughter's birthday is coming up, so if i was lucky enough to win, the very first thing i would be making would be her birthday cake. This year she wants a red velvet cake with butter cream icing and home-made macaroons around the outside! Last year I made her a brown sugar meringue pavlova with raspberries, cream and candied violets.. the year before was the standout butterfly croquembouche (my biggest cooking victory so far & i still have the toffee scars so i'll never forget it), for her god mother's birthday we just made a malibu chiffon cake with lime curd filling and italian meringue icing (again, a kitchen aid mixer would have made that part easier.. but i've learned to juggle!) A kitchen aid mixer would be a TOTAL dream come true!!!!

    p.s. as for what i'd want my cookbook to be about.. check out my blog – http://www.thedogquit.blogspot.com Recently my husband had a lot of health difficulties, so in order to avoid being on medication for the rest of his life, we radically changed our diet to a no animal protein, strictly plant-based and (the kicker) oil-free diet. Within 2 months he had lost 17 kilos, was no longer pre-diabetic, cured his fatty liver syndrome, got rid of his arthritis and halved his cholesterol. His doctor was AMAZED at his results and made me start my blog. Being a supreme foodie though, i still won't give up making cakes for friends.. and for immediate family, we break the diet for a slice of super special, home-made, love-filled birthday cake!

  212. October 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I just wanted to tell you I just received your book today and it is beautiful, so beautiful someone in the office had to steal it and take it home! I can't wait to take it home myself tomorrow and poor over the stunning photography – you are an inspiration. One very talented woman. Well done Tracie

  213. October 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I'm from Denmark and my cookbook would be about the seasons and everyday food – healthy, inspiring and original. Can't wait to read your book!!

  214. October 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Your food photos always make me hungry. You make everything look absolutely delicious.

    I have always wanted to make (attempt) a pavlova, so that would be the first thing I use the Kitchen Aid Mixer for if I won.

  215. October 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    congratulations:) first thing i would bake with a Kitchen Aid stand mixer(like everyone else, how i dream of owning one of these) is a souffle as i would love my young children to try savoury and sweet souffles (as we have lots of eggs from our pet chickens to use).

  216. October 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    If I won a kitchen aid mixer I would make a Yule log because last time I whipped the egg yolks it took forever doing it by hand!!

  217. October 2, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I would definitely make Pączki (polish donuts). My earliest memories of baking were of my mum and aunts trying to make these delicacies… it would start with them studiously trying to translate the old, cigarette-burned paper recipes from their own mother and end with them dancing around the kitchen after having a few too many wines while waiting for the dough to rise!

    Can't wait to see the new website!! :)

  218. October 2, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I only very recently stumbled upon your luscious blog, and oh my, your recipes & photos are simply delectable.

    As I'm European I'll play along with your 'quizz'. My cookbook would be a culinary (historic & personal) exploration of me, my family and my culture(s). As a second generation immigrant born and raised elsewhere, it means the food I love is all over the place, yet all are part of who I am today.

  219. October 2, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Congrats to you! Your work is truly inspiring and so very beautiful! You deserve this! I am a fellow Aussie but I'm living in the U.S.

    If I had my own cookbook, I would want it to be all Parisian recipes. I'm obsessed with Paris, you see.
    :)

    Just to let you know…I blogged about your book release…I couldn't help but spread the word! So excited for you! xo.

  220. October 2, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Wooo hooo !! Well done Katie, the best looks incredible. First thing I'd make if I had a Kitchen Aid Mixer would be Lemon Curd Slice with an almond and agave crust which contains plenty of fresh eggs for whisking. Mmm, turquoise or pistachio…the eternal question.

  221. October 2, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Wooo hooo !! Well done Katie, the book looks incredible. First thing I'd make with my Kitchen Aid Mixer? Lemon curd slice with an almond and agave crust with plenty of fresh eggs for whisking. Mmm, turquoise or pistachio…the eternal question.

  222. October 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Hi Katie, I bought your book today. LOVE IT ! Congratulations ! It is so beautiful. The photography, well, goes without saying really just how brilliant it is, but the whole design…the “vintage, grungy, earthiness is what I really, really love, I have taken it to bed with me :) ). Thank you for your delicious recipes and for your visual creativeness.

  223. October 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Oh I love a pretty cookbook, which also has great recipes!

    If I had a Kitchen Aid Mixer, I would finally learn how to make macarons using Italian meringue! Oh what a wonderful day that would be.

  224. October 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Your book looks absolutely amazing! I think i'll have to pick up a copy or two for Christmas stockings this year. With a pretty shiny kitchenaid in my kitchen I would have to make a pavlova!!! I have been waiting years to make the family pavlova for Christmas however my flat was too small to fit a kitchenaid in it and a hand mixer and pavlova just don't mix (lol)! Now I've moved and can fit a kitchenaid, yay! So please help me to be chief pavlova maker for Christmas this year!

  225. October 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    If I had a cookbook it would include the simple, wholesome, and quick dishes I've learned to make over the years. I can't do much dairy, so many dishes that seem so easy like pizza or pasta bakes are not go-to recipes for me. But, I've mastered some great (and economical, too!) options! BTW, I live in the US and love WKA.

  226. October 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I would use the mixer to make the dough for Chinese steamed pork buns – it's really labour intensive and difficult to achieve the right consistency without a quality dough hook.

    To answer your other question, my cookbook would compile traditional Vietnamese family recipes that have been refined over recent generations, because it's important to document & share such precious knowledge.

    Congratulations on your book Katie. Your blog & publications are a reminder that it is possible to make a career doing what you love.

  227. October 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Katie,

    This is Michael, I live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    I recently stumbled on your website when I was hunting down for a Pavlova recipe….and your double chocolate raspberry pavlova – was to die for. Have been glued to your website every since. I have a few websites I frequently visit everyday during work and yours has been recently the first one I browse.
    Your recipes are simply FANTASTIC and the presentation MAMMA MIA, you have the perfect touch. I am so excited about the new book, so looking forward to it.
    As for the questions, here are the answers:
    1. I would bake your lovely double chocolate raspberry pavlova, followed by your mums chocolate meringues.
    2. If I had a cookbook I want it all to show simple yet exquisite recipes whereby anyone can easily follow. It would be recipes similar of a 5-star restaurant to traditional moms recipes. Those complex looking meals made simple for everyone to enjoy cooking in the comfort of your home.
    I wish you all the very best, Katie. Remember you have a big fan in Dubai.
    Looking forward to your new website :)
    Mike
    Email: aka.mikol@gmail.com

  228. October 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Katie,
    This is Michael, I live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    I recently stumbled on your website when I was hunting down for a Pavlova recipe….and your double chocolate raspberry pavlova – was to die for. Have been glued to your website every since. I have a few websites I frequently visit everyday during work and yours has been recently the first one I browse.
    Your recipes are simply FANTASTIC and the presentation MAMMA MIA, you have the perfect touch. I am so excited about the new book, so looking forward to it.
    As for the questions, here are the answers:
    1. I would bake your lovely double chocolate raspberry pavlova, followed by your mums chocolate meringues.
    2. If I had a cookbook I want it all to show simple yet excuisite recipes whereby anyone can easily follow. It would be recipes similar of a 5-star restaurant to traditional moms recipes. Those complex looking meals made simple for everyone to enjoy cooking in the comfort of your home.
    I wish you all the very best, Katie. Remember you have a big fan in Dubai.
    Looking forward to your new website :)
    Mike
    Email: aka.mikol@gmail.com

  229. October 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Congratulations! Your book will be the next addition to my bookshelf :)

    If I had a cookbook, it would be about simple vegan food, leaving out the mock meat and processed stuff. Just real simple, accessible and beautiful food that everyone can enjoy.

  230. October 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I've just discovered you, and I'm drooling as I work my way through your posts. If I can wait, I've given my family clear instructions what I what for Christmas – your book! As an Australian, I'm keen to put my hand up to be in the running for the Kitchen Aid mixer. Right now I use a dodgy hand mixer to make choc chip biscuits for my kids' school canteen. So I think the first thing I'd make would be a batch of these beauties. This would be closely followed by “Mum's Chocolate Meringues” . Gorgeous!

  231. October 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Katie, – from a fellow 'Kate' – well done, you are an inspiration.
    The first thing I would make with a fabulous Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer would be a batch of chocolate chip biscuits with my four year old boy, who loves baking and loves machines! I can imagine the excitement at watching the whirring mixing magic machine! Everything gets done by hand at the moment!
    Kate

  232. October 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Katie, – from a fellow 'Kate' – well done, you are an inspiration.
    The first thing I would make with a fabulous Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer would be a batch of chocolate chip biscuits with my four year old boy, who loves baking and loves machines! I can imagine the excitement at watching the whirring mixing magic machine! Everything gets done by hand at the moment!
    Kate

  233. October 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I live in Sydney and have been wanting a KitchenAid forever! The first thing I would bake is a fruitcake for Christmas. Although Sydney is my home now, together with my husband and toddler, I miss my family back in Singapore. I miss celebrating Christmas with them, especially the sacredness behind the ritual of fruitcake-baking that takes place a month before. It would be so nice to have a KitchenAid this Christmas and use it to bake a fruitcake and feel that tiny bit closer to my first home.

  234. October 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Phew! Here I am at the bottom of a long, long, looooooooooong list of comments! I always jump right away to read a post from you – you're a bit of a hero and this was so very exciting and fun to read. I've showed the video and photos to my mom… to my sister… to my friend… to my mother in law… I'm sitting here waiting for my husband…. (he missed it because he was out camping with the boy scouts – in the rain. ;) =])

    and, I guess that I would mostly just like to say that you're one of my photographic heroes! I sure love being me but there's a part of me that wants to be just like you, too! ;) =D (I'm laughing – I surely hope that you know what I mean! =])

    If I could write a cookbook… or photograph one… well… ideas grow, don't they… but the seed of the idea is that I would want it to be about how recipes – food – cooking – fit into the reality of home. Not meaning that they would, necessarily, be home recipes and not 'gourmet' – just how cooking and food is a labor of love and brings people together – slows time down – makes such simple memories that we might miss them going right into our hearts.

    Well, that's my silly dream! Good thing I have a blog! =P

    Congratulations!!!!!!!! =D

    xxo

  235. October 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Those friands look so beautiful! One of my earliest memories of baking was helping my mum to make strawberry friands for our school fete. Those haloumi sandwiches in the post below also look to die for, and something I never thought of (I am vego so a substantial sandwich is always welcome!).

    If I had a kitchen aid the first thing I'd make would either be pizza dough or a beetroot hummus.. I can't get enough of veggie dips at the moment!

  236. October 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Kia Ora Katie & Congratulations.
    A dear friend and I steal occasional moments to read your sumptuous blog. He hasn't a computer of his own so these inspirational times over tea, baking, blogs & magazines are treasured.
    If I were to compile a recipe book it would be a collection of food for this togetherness, with random reclaimed settings & flowers gathered from close by.
    The Kitchen Aid should go to my friend, so he could make pillowy meringues – sweet clouds to share with his mother whom he cares for.
    His unconditional generosity is too, like your beautiful new book I eagerly await, so inspiring!

  237. October 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    hi katie, congratulations on the release of your first book!!! the video is sweet, and i really can't wait to hold a copy in my hands (oh that ribbon bookmark!!). the only thing is that i was going to get the UK version (which is the same as the AUS/NZ one?), but it looks like it won't be available until next february on both UK and Japan Amazon… so i might just give in and get myself a US version…

    while i'm at it, i thought i'd join the queue for the book giveaway… if i had my own cookbook, i think it'd be about foods inspired by what i've had on my travels, such as local delicacies i have stumbled upon or dishes i have shared with friends.

    good luck with the book and congratulations again!!

  238. October 4, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Love your blog, Katie! Beautiful book. Perhaps it's the anthropologist in me, but I would love to do a cookbook that emphasizes the culture around food. Family, friends, customs, community, etc. There is so much more to food than just food. Obviously I want it to have tasty recipes and pretty photographs too :)

  239. October 4, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Cannot wait to get my own copy of your book!

    And if I were to get a Kitchen Aid mixer (which I have wanted and dreamed about since I was a little girl) I would try and concur the perfect macaroon. As I don't have any mixer, they have never turned out right. Simple thing to master, but I need the right tools.

    Come to think of it…I would then invest in the ice cream attachment. That way, I can crumble my macaroons over my fresh roasted balsamic strawberry ice cream that I am dying to make!

    Best wishes for your book!

    M

  240. October 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I just found your blog today. Congrats on the new book.

    I would love a kitchen aid mixer. I would enjoy making fluffy meringues and other baked goods.

  241. October 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I would make my mother-in-law's pavlova. I've had to wait nearly 20yrs and produced three grandchildren in this time and, finally, I now have the recipe!!! My own Nanna was a kitchen wiz and some of my fondest memories are of her in the kitchen with her mixer making something yummy :)

  242. October 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    What stunning styling your pictures are so enticing – I'm definitely adding this one to the Christmas list. Thanks for the opportunity to win a KitchenAid – one of my major wish list items! The very first thing I would make with one would be cinnamon buns, then sponge cake, meringue, shortbread, homemade butter, the list could go one forever!!!

    Congratulations on your first book, such a HUGE achievement.

  243. October 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I'm in country Vic.
    If I won the kitchenaid, I'd gift it to my mum. She would most certainly make her fabulous pavlova with mascarpone cream and berries. It is so good.
    Congratulations on the cookbook! It looks divine.

  244. October 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Been dreaming of my own Kitchen Aid for quite some time now!! Just haven't had the money to justify my No 1#,top of my wish/lust list!
    I have seen my friends get theirs and heard them brag and say “One day you'll get yours{hoping that's in a good way}!…Wishing for a miracle that someday to come my way!Would like the Kitchen reno to finally be complete…after 12yrs some things are obsolete!If I had my own Kitchen Aid it would be my star & make the rest of my kitchen shine ,the brightest by far!Finally I'd conquer the macaron I'm sure or anything meringue or of the light & fluffy knead.Thank you for listening and to read my rambling! just one more thing …I only hope I win!!! <3 Sonya.

  245. October 5, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I keep thinking of cookbook ideas in my head and it changes from time to time, but the basic premise is that it's got to be a baking book.

    I really hope I win a copy of your cookbook. You're photography leaves me speechless.

    shaheen@purplefoodie.com

  246. October 5, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I'm going out to find your new book this weekend!!
    I have always found a personal affinity within your photos. They draw you in.

    The first thing I would make is something meringue based. Your chocolate meringues will be first on the list. I think that's a good way to test out a mixer. I've never used a Kitchen Aid I'm sure they whip them up quick smart.

    If I had a cookbook I guess it would have to reflect my own food journey. Based in London for 10yrs and being immersed in tradition and exciting new takes on eating out, Supper Clubs. Fabulous cooking for one, and how to easily impress your friends at a dinner party. Hmm I think it might meed some refinement.

  247. October 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Katie another beautiful post!!…
    Been dreaming of my own KitchenAid for quite some time now.Just haven't had the extra money to justify my No 1#,top of my wish/lust list.Have seen many of my friends get theirs and heard them brag then & say “one day you'll get yours!”{hoping thats in a good way!}So still waiting for that miracle!…If I had my own KitchenAid it would be the star and make the rest of my kitchen shine,It would be the brightest by far!!Finally I'd conquer the macaron, anything meringue & all that light and fluffy food.Thank You for listening to my rambling…theres just one more thing “I just hope I win!”<3

  248. October 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This is so exciting, I have been waiting for this book release in Canada!

    If I had my own cookbook, I would take all of my old family recipes and update them, taking a fresh take on vintage classics. If only!

    Congrats again :)

  249. October 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    The first thing I would mix in my KitchenAid mixer would be a classic sponge cake.
    Your book looks fantastic! I have to say that one of my favourite recipes of ALL TIME is your Turkey Con Carne from Real Living. It always tastes fantastic – freshly cooked or even months later when discovered at the bottom of the freezer! Good luck with the book :)

  250. October 6, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I would make a simple flourless orange & almond cake. I have only ever used a Kitchen Aid once and it was in the kitchen of a very special friend of mine. I would love to recreate that orange cake and relive the heart warming night we shared. It would be such a dream to have my own mixer, and create my own kitchen love with it. My darling friend Kate will be the first invited.

  251. October 6, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I would make a simple flourless orange & almond cake. I have only ever used a Kitchen Aid once and it was in the kitchen of a very special friend of mine. I would love to recreate that orange cake and relive the heart warming night we shared. It would be such a dream to have my own mixer, and create my own kitchen love with it. My darling friend Kate will be the first invited.

  252. October 6, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I would make a simple flourless orange & almond cake. I have only ever used a Kitchen Aid once and it was in the kitchen of a very special friend of mine. I would love to recreate that orange cake and relive the heart warming night we shared. It would be such a dream to have my own mixer, and create my own kitchen love with it. My darling friend Kate will be the first invited.

  253. October 6, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Your book looks gorgeous!
    I'm in the UK and my book would be on cakes and pastries x

  254. October 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I would whip up the most divine pavlova! Simple but delicious and ohh so elegant. I bake and cook all the time and the only tools I use are hand held – so when I make a pav – I hand whisk it!!!!!

    Mad I guess – but it's how my granny and mother taught me! It's probably time to get into the modern world – so a Kitchen Aid would be the right kitchen (m)aid for me!!!! I'd feel so grown up with one!

  255. October 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I love baking cupcakes so that would have to be the first thing I would make! I think my cookbook would be my all time favorite things to cook, including cupcakes of course!

  256. October 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Congrats on your new book it looks amazing. If I had a kitchenaid mixer the first thing I would cook would be an italian chocolate cake with coffee icecream…. then i think i would attempt to learn to make homemade marshmallows for christmas. Thanks I have my fingers crossed

  257. October 7, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Hi Katie,

    The first thing I'd whip up in a new Kitchen Aid Mixer would be a good old pavlova! An oldy but a goody!
    Off to get myself a copy your book and get inspired.
    Cheers x

  258. October 7, 2012 at 4:47 am

    I saw your book yesterday while at the Matakana market (New Zealand) it looks fabulous. I haven't popped into the blog for a while but your book stood out on the shelf as stylish and groovy then i thought – i know that name. it was rather exciting – is that odd! a flick through and i should have brought it right there and then but I have cookbook overload so always walk away the first time I see one I fancy. Mind you it's my birthday next week so may well get it brought for me. I brought lovely oranges and lemons at the market and will make a lemon polenta cake today. All the best for your book

  259. October 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

    As a US reader who grew up in very rural areas of the American South and the Appalachian mountains, I've always wanted to put together a cookbook of “church food,” family secrets brought out for big gatherings and social rituals, but made beautiful and approachable for a much wider audience than it currently gets!

  260. October 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

    oh without a doubt I would make some bread.. following that the chocolate meringues

  261. October 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I have already commented but I have just seen your book for sale in Big W (of all places) and it is achingly BEAUTIFUL. It is on my Christmas MUST HAVE list.

  262. October 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations on your book Katie. It looks absolutely beautiful. Not sure if the competition is still open, but if it is, the first thing I would make with the KitchenAid is Gulab Jamuns for my nieces and nephew using my Mother's recipe. By far and away the most delicious dessert ever.

    Sandy K

  263. October 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This looks amazing, congratulations Katie! I would go for your double chocolate raspberry pav for my first go with the mixer. Mmmm heaven. And so much easier with a Kitchen Aid, I'll bet!

  264. October 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    If I had a Kitchen Aid I would cook non-stop for two to three days… maybe a week. I love baking sweets, but haven't had access to a mixer for 6 months now… it's so sad! First up though I'd make a rosewater pavlova loaded up with whipped cream and tonnes of berries. I feel like I can't bake anything without a mixer, which I know is rather pathetic.

  265. October 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    If I won a Kitchen Aid, I would bake a pleasure pie with a glut of scrumptiousness, a crackle of decadence, a morass of silky smooth that sweet-talks the tongue, a smattering of friends laughing over coffee . . . and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

    Thank you for this glorious opportunity! I was one of the first Aussies to buy your book. I absolutely LOVE it – biggest congrats.

    Tx

  266. October 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    AUS reader- just got your book delivered today and i can't put it down. Its GREAT!
    the first thing i would bake with my Kitchen Aid (if i won) would be pavlova, with beautiful and glossy cream and berries, my hand held mixer can never do the job right of whipping the whites just perfect. Fingers crossed ;)

  267. October 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    The first thing I would cook with a KitchenAid mixer would be Earl Grey Tea cupcakes. A friend who lives on a cattle farm recently made these when some friends and I came to visit on the long weekend. She made them with her Nan's old KitchenAid stand mixer. They tasted like pure magic and I would love to bake them again and again!

  268. October 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I just bought your book from Readings yesterday! I love it. So many recipes, so little time.

    In answer to the question; What's the first thing you would cook or bake using the mixer if you won?
    I think I would probably go out and purchase the pasta attachment and make spaghetti vongole.

    All the best.

  269. October 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Hi Katie I'm a fellow Australian from Sydney, congratulations on the book.
    If i had my own cook book it would be based on the life and cooking of my late grandmother or 'Nonna'. She passed away in 2009 and was the matriarch of my very big Italian family. The book would be about her life, her cooking (including simple delicasies as well as traditional family favourites), and the food of the legacy she left behind. I have actually already begun creating my family food heritage and hope to one day print a few copies to share with the family when it is complete.

  270. October 9, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Congrats Katie on your book, I'm looking forward to adding it to my collection.
    If it wasn't for my lovely sister I wouldn't even know about your blog so I would love to see her win a new Kitchen Aid mixer. She has always wanted one and loves to cook, she puts so much thought, love and effort into her cooking. She is a kind, generous and selfless person and I miss her every day because I'm living in the US but we continue to discuss recipes, blogs, restaurants etc as much as we can.

  271. October 9, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Woohoo, can't wait to see the book on my kitchen shelf! I've been making pavs with a handmixer and if I won the Kitchenaid stand mixer this Aussie would first make a What Katie Ate Double choc raspberry pav!!!

  272. October 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Love LOVE LOVE the book! Thank you. I ran out 2 weeks ago and bought a copy and have already cooked 3 recipes! thank you for an amazing visual and tasty treat!! I wish you much success!

  273. October 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Hi Katie!
    Thank you for your beautiful blog! Well done! I would use the Kitchen Aid mixer to mix up a slightly sticky, dense but not too heavy orange cake to share with a little bit of King Island cream for afternoon tea! Almond meal, fine gratings of orange zest and a slightly sticky though not too sweet texture would all help to make it just perfect.

    If I wrote a cookbook I would think long and hard to bring something different to the table (pardon the pun). I think the hard work and thought that you have put into your book (recipes and photography) helps to achieve an invaluable sense of originality. I would start my thought process around opening the door to forgotten vegetables and work around developing salads. Heirloom varieties and reintroducing veg that have not been as popular (kale for example), combined with beautiful textures (almonds) and flavours (shanklish) and colours (slow roasted heirloom tomatoes)…

  274. October 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I've been following your blog for a number of years now, Katie, and I always knew that it would end in a book! You're just so good at what you do! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

    If I won a mixer, the first thing I would cook is an Angel food cake. I recently got some chickens and I have eggs galore at the moment. After that, I'd probably cook your mum's chocolate meringues (making some assumptions on the recipe though seeing as I haven't seen it).
    Oh excitement!!

  275. October 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Katie, your recipes/images are awesome. You are setting such a high bar for cookbook images!

    As far as my cookbook goes I would love it to be (mostly) healthy, fresh produce recipes that are the tastiest time possible. I like the idea of cookbooks for seasons as the produce can differ so much.

    And the first thing I would make with my kitchenaid would be salted caramel Macarons, then a lime curd tart… and then some trout ravioli.. ok, lets face it thats a lot in one sitting.. but I'd give it a good go.

  276. October 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Yiiippiee! How exciting Katie, congrats, I've been looking forward to your book for sometime – and now it's all come true! Love that pic pf you and Mick enjoying a celebratory glass of vino by the way…
    What would I make using my new mixer? Well, your Mum's meringues look fab and I still need to practice their art – so perhaps a choc, hazelnut and salted caramel Pavlova with caramelised bananas or some such other over the top dessert. Because winning a KitchenAid would be awesome!

  277. October 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    the presentation is really gorgeous

  278. October 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Hello, I'm a fellow Australian reader and I don't own an electric mixer so I'm restricted to many recipes as I don't have the muscles to mix by hand! I would love to perfect the macaron!

  279. October 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    US reader

    If I were to have a cookbook, I'd want it to feature impressive menus that are simple, easy, and minimal ingredients. A mix of healthy and indulgent items.

    Also an easy to read glossary and basic technique section to help any reader get through without using google (if possible, haha).

    Congrats on all the excitement going on in your world!

  280. October 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    US reader.

    If I had a cookbook, I would love to see menus for gatherings of all sorts that are impressive but simple, easy and use few ingredients. A mix of healthy and indulgent recipes.

    Glossary and technique sections that are easy to follow and understand for minimal googling (if possible, haha)

    Congratulations on all the great things going on in your world!

  281. October 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Oh Katie…your book is fabulous! I've tried a few of your recipes off the blog and have been smitten with them…filed them and made them again and again!

    And what a hugely generous giveaway…sharing the love with some festive sweet treats would have to be done!

    Congratulations…you deserve all the accolades that come your way!

    Ingrid x

  282. October 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    KATIE!
    So many grats from Germany to you!
    I am so proud of u u made it,with aaall that new,exciting experiences.
    I will go and get the book NOW!

    :*
    Fabia

  283. October 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Oh,and I forgot:
    The forst thing I would do with the mixer would be:dancing around my kitchendance-for welcome ot between all the other kitchenstuff- before trying to make the fluffiest frenchiest Mousse au chocolat!

    And my own cookbook (I am workin on that idea) would be either one about the best recipes of people`s childhood (Mamas best) or a cppkbook about Sansibar kitchen,cause it is the spice island,and spices are…well…so tasty and different on to each other!

  284. October 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    The first thing I'd make with a mixer is a Pav – the poor old hand beaters really struggle with Pavlova!

  285. October 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    This Francophone Aussie would love your cookbook here in France to make some What Katie Ate treats for Frenchies to discover!
    My own cookbook would incorporate French recipes to eat seasonally and locally, like the French have mastered but with special Aussie recipes as well!

  286. October 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I'm an excited Kiwi reader! Can't wait for my copy…and think I have my mum's Xmas pressie sorted!!

    With a KitchenAid, I'd be baking ever day for sheer joy but I'd give the chocolate raspberry pav a whirl for starters…:)

  287. October 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Oh!..I forgot to tell you what my cookbook would be!Hmm… Seeing I love all things Italian and I have a sweet tooth I'd call It “Sweet Bliss” or “Dolce Bliss” and it would be full of the recipes I learnt to cook on my 6 month stay in Tuscany…Anyway a girl can dream!
    :) Sonya.

  288. October 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Oh my, your pictures are amazing!! Everything looks so good. I need your book!

    And if I'd make a book, it would definenitely be about squash. Everything about squash! Pumpkin, butternut.. All of them!

  289. October 12, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Complimenti
    ciao Stefania xx

  290. October 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

    MIXER: What's the first thing you would cook or bake using the mixer if you won?
    I would seriously make your divine Double Chocolate & Raspberry Pavelova – the perfect Spring delight for the Australian weather & a dedicated chocolate fiend.
    BOOK: If you had your own cookbook, what would you want it to be all about?
    It would be about the food that I adore to create in my quaint kitchen to entertain all the loves of my life of friends & family. From simpleton quick fixes to gorgeous everyday gourmet.

    Congratulations on your success Katie – well deserved for all the creativity, hard work & determination you have displayed. Cheers.

  291. October 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    The first thing I would bake if I won this KA is your ” Double Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova”, take a pic, put on Facebook and tag you ;)
    Thanks Katie

  292. October 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    fab photos/design of book and new site..Canadian reader who is passionate about local/organic/sustainable and homegrown, mainly vegetarian fresh and yummy unintentional “spur of the moment – heaven-sent recipes” that would be the Title..

  293. October 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I'm a Venezuelan living in France reader. Was waiting for your book! great is already there. Love your photography style as well.
    I have a mixer already :)

    I would like to write a cookbook (family and my husband's recipes :) )

  294. October 13, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I'm a US follower. If I had a cookbook it be about baking. Mostly cakes, but also pies, cookies, etc.

  295. October 13, 2012 at 1:53 am

    If I had my own cookbook, I think I'd call it “Let Them Eat Johnny Cake!” My family is French so I'd do a French bakery themed one. Do ones like brioche, choux pastry, éclairs, beignets, etc. Plus like French styled hot chocolate, tea and coffee. My name is John, so I'm taking the name of a famous cornmeal pancake and using it the famous Marie Antoinette quote. So I'm combining my name and my French ancestry and what I enjoy cooking. Stylistically, it would be very French pâtisserie like, but with a more homely feel. I may have thought about what my cookbook would be like once or twice..

  296. October 13, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Congratulations for such a stunningly beautiful book!!

    If I had my own cookbook it would have to be all about our family recipes and stories linked to them.

    Cheers from Canada!

  297. October 13, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Congratulations on your stunningly beautiful looking book!

    If I were to have a cookbook, I'd want it to be about my family recipes and the stories linked to them.
    Cheers from Canada!

  298. October 13, 2012 at 4:51 am

    For a first cookbook I think it would have to be favorite recipes – things I love, things I've made for my family and friends and they love and ask for the recipe. I'm looking forward to buying your book, excited it's available in Canada now but having lived in Sydney for 4.5 years (we moved to Vancouver in 2009) I'd love to have the Aus version :) so if I don't win one I might wait til we visit at Christmas to buy one over there. One of the reasons I initially subscribed to your blog was to help with missing Sydney, the food scene there is amazing. Keep posting wonderful food and stories. Cheers, Jacque-Lynne

  299. October 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I would most certainly make Italian meringue, to brulée with a torch and eat atop lemon curd or sorbet or deep, dark chocolate cake.

  300. October 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Holla!

    The first thing I would make if I win the KITCHEN AID (!!!) mixer is macaron. I'm a pastry chef and make lots of macaron at work and they turn up beautiful. HOWEVER, when I tried making them at home (using the same recipe and the same method) I FAILED! I did exactly the same with when I do them at work, the only difference is I used hand mixer and my head chef reckons the hand mixer is not as powerful as stand up mixer thus not whipping up the egg white properly (BOO!!).

    So yea, macaron would be the first thing I make…

    Much love,
    Sandra. T

    PS: LOVE YOUR BLOG! All the photos look gorgeous and I can't wait to try the recipes :)

  301. October 14, 2012 at 6:08 am

    There would be nothing better than to give the Kitchenaid the challenge of whipping up full volume meringues… I would start with French and then experiment with Italian and Swiss. I'm sure it's up to the task!

  302. October 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I would make a big glossy pavlova. I always get asked to bring one (or two) to family events and with summer on its way I'm looking forward to topping one with delicious summer fruits. Congratulations on the book, it looks gorgeous.

  303. October 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Katie. Your photos are stunning, and great food, passion and talent. Congrats on your book.
    If I won, I'd make a pav. Nothing like whipping air into egg whites to put a mixer through its paces. Of course I'm about set to make my Christmas cake. Perhaps the mixer should be christened making something very traditional. Thanks for the chance to win. Cheers

  304. October 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Katie!
    I saw your cookbook in a book shop while wandering through the city the other day. I was about to buy myself a copy when my Mum called to ask for present suggestions for my birthday. So now I have to wait a few weeks to get my hands on a copy and hope that she actually gives it to me rather than keeping the book for herself which she has already eluded to!
    I would make either my boyfriend's family's treasured strawberry shortcake or your delicious and equally well received pavlova with pomegranate and red berries…

  305. October 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Katie!
    I am an Australian now living in Barcelona (& very lucky)! I have just started a cooking school here called The Kangaroo Kitchen with a fellow Aussie. We are teaching the children of Barcelona all about cooking and baking from around the world and in particular from Australia in ENGLISH! So I would love to be able to write my own book, like you, one day telling the children (and parents) here in Spain, all about our wonderful recipes from Australia and beyond – so they can cook and learn what we have learnt growing up in multicultural Australia!

    All the best for the book sales, Lauren.
    (www.thekangarookitchen.com)!

  306. October 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I'm US reader, and I just got a peek at your amazingly beautiful book at Barnes and Noble. I was literally stunned into silence it was so gorgeous.

    If I were to make my own cookbook, it would probably be a collection of the best recipes I had found for individual foods, like best banana bread and best pot roast, etc. It's amazing how many recipes you can go through before you find one that really makes you smile.

  307. October 15, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I just grabbed my copy of you new book over the weekend – its still a little cold and bleak here in Melbourne so your amazing Shepherds Pie was the first cab off the rank – sooo good! Fingers crossed for an entry into the Kitchenaid competition – the first thing I would make would be your chocolate pavlova with salted caramel sauce from an Australia Day post ac ouple of years back – salted caramel nom nom nom!

  308. October 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Congratulations on your new book! I picked up a copy on the weekend and am completely in awe of how amazing you have made it. I've always been a fan of your photography and design and am so happy to have a piece of it in my bookshelf!

    The first thing I would make if I won a KitchenAid mixer is to try out those delicious looking meringues! Also to bake some delicious peanut butter brownies!

  309. October 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    First thing i'd make in a new Kitchen Aid would be brioche. Kneeding the butter into the dough by hand is messy and exhausting!

  310. October 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Oh my goodness!
    I think I would have to make lemon curd from the endless lemons in our garden! And then I would eat it with butter on toast for breakfast every morning for the rest of my life maybe YUM
    I cannot WAIT to get my hands on your book, thank you for being so divine!

  311. October 16, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Hi Katie. How amazing photos , I wonder how you can do this ,really. It's like being transported into another planet . If I had my cookbook it would be inspired on 18th century Venitian recipes and life-style . But I really hope to win yours before that ! XXX

  312. October 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hi Katie congrats on the book it looks amazing!!
    and if I was going make/create a cookbook it would it would probably be filled with afternoon tea recipes, scones, cakes, biscuits, sweet and savoury tart etc!! and of course lots of photos :)
    Anna xx (Australia!)

  313. October 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Katie – congratulations on this success, you so deserve it. I love both your food and photography. you are so inspiring!
    I would love to win either your book or the kitchen aid (i'll leave a seperate comment for the mixer)

    If I had a cookbook I would like for it to be about my mum and her recipes. She was an amazing cook in her day (she died about 3 months ago) and she ran a very successful restaurant with on training and just a handful of her friends' recipes. So inspiring. She was always on the end of the phone for us girls when we were cooking and needed help.

    anyway all the best for this next phase for you. I love your blog – all so gorgeous.

    thanks Fiona xx

  314. October 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    hi Katie – in regards to the Kitchen Aid -I would love to win one and if I did the first thing I would make is your Australia Day chocolate pav with the salted caramel. It sounds divine!
    And I know that nothing out there beats egg whites as well as a Kitchen Aid!
    fingers crossed
    Fiona

  315. October 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I've been a fan of your blog for a while. Congratulations on the launch of your book. Its on my christmas list. Your definitely an inspiration to a young graphic designer in myself.

    The first thing I would bake if I had won the KitchenAid is a Sour Cherry Flan. My Oma used to bake one everytime we would visit her on my school holidays – I haven't had one in years (I've never made one either and I'd like to give it a try).

  316. October 17, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Congratulations on your beautiful book- very inspiring. I would love to have a go at making your chocolate meringues with the mixer first as I have never made meringues before!

  317. October 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

    cool.. i will looking for that books. :)

    Irene Wibowo

  318. October 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

    The first thing I would cook with a brand spanking new Kitchen Aid would be my favourite 'citrus butter cake' with candied citrus and lemon icing…
    Congratulations on your book launch Katie, you're a huge inspiration xo

  319. October 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I'm a US reader and a brand spankin' new fan to boot. I'll be sure to get your cookbook one way or another, but on the off chance I could win it: I would make a cookbook of family recipes. My family's had healthy and well, severely fattening recipes passed down, correctly titled, or else labeled after the person who made it (Tutu's Salad for example). A lot of the recipes' sources were lost and some family members were the source. I would collect my favorites, my parents' favorites, grandparents', etc. and so on, and make that one. A cookbook, like any book, isn't any good if it doesn't mean something to you.

  320. October 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I would cancel my day's plans due to lack of interest and would create your oozing-with-goodness double layered chocolate pavlova. Perfection in a moist consistency. Those fluffy himalayan peaks forming. My finger entering the bowl. My favourite-finger-to-mouth ritual. And then I would weep.

    My cookbook would be all about things that are meant to be eaten over the sink. I spend most of my nights having dinner over the sink- straight off the bbq or out of the oven, baby lamb rumps wrapped in pita bread drizzled in greek yoghurt and oil, canapes wrapped in leaves, deliciousness running down my wrists. I'm a fan of the drizzle. Anything drizzling gets my thumbs up!

  321. October 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I dream of a kitchen aid mixer living on my bench.. First thing would be that amazing double chocolate raspberry pav! Because it looks other worldly…. I think I would make two. Congrats on your book and thanks for making Christmas pressies a whole lot easier!

  322. October 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I am a new US reader. If I had a cookbook it would defiantly be related to baking breads and sweets and the life lessons I learned throughout the way. I have used baking and blogging as a way to process thoughts, share myself with others, and of course, try out recipes.

    http://www.coracakes.tumblr.com

  323. October 18, 2012 at 2:24 am

    If I could write a cookbook it would be all dessert and all chocolate! I love making pastries and cupcakes and all sweet things! Wonderful cookbook and giveaway! :)

    Jackellyn @ In the waiting line
    {jackellynsq.blogspot.com}

    jcarcamo18@gmail.com

  324. October 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Oooh!
    In my new kitchen aid (yes please), I would make individual chocolate pavlovas that my family oh so loves! Lx

  325. October 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I just discovered your blog and I´m overwhelmed and so inspired, love it! I live in Sweden and have actually recently started to actually find an interest in cooking more than merely to have food on the table. I would love to have a copy of your book to be even more inspired! If I were to make a cookbook of my own, I would make it a cookbook with fun, easy, seasonal recipes followed by tips and tricks of how to take your cooking to the next steps, good-to-know and also facts about the ingredients. There would be recipes that can be combined with each other to make a whole dinner/buffet that will still leave the reader with creativity to mix different recipes and create their own mix. Wow, it would truly be amazing with a cookbook!

  326. October 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I'm a kiwi reader. The first thing I would bake would be a Victorian Sponge Cake. Delicious! Congratulations on your book! x

  327. October 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    i would use the KitchenAid to make really lovely breads – crusty seeded rolls to be had with butter and sea salt, or braided burnished challah to be had with a cup of coffee. ah, getting carried away.

  328. October 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Thank you for this opportunity to win your beautiful book! If I were to write a cookbook, it would be of comfort foods – not the cheesy casserole type (although those are delicious too), but the food that evokes memories and makes you feel good and warm, like family dinner.

  329. October 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

    oh how devine! I just LOVE the mystical quality to your photography and the luscious depth of each piece.

    If I was lucky enough to win a Kitchen aid, I'd start with my friends Pide bread and then I'd move onto some chocolate and raspberry macarons!

    Mmm delicious.
    My very best wishes for success in your book.

  330. October 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    If I were to win the kitchen aid mixer I would take great pleasure in gifting it to my darling mother, along with a copy of your gorgeous new book and I just know that the first thing she made with it, no matter what it was, would be absolutely amazing!

  331. October 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    If I had my own cookbook I would want it to be about… Authentic food – food that satisfies the heart and the belly. I would want it to be inspirational to those who find cooking uninspiring. Food should be delicious, beautiful, healthy, and sustainable. That's what my book would be about. Hope I'm one of the lucky few to receive one of your books. :D

  332. October 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I'm a brand-new (today) US reader who found you through a friend's link. My nearly 6 year old has already decided he wants his December birthday party to look like your beautiful table spread with pomegranates and meringues. If I were to have a cookbook, it would be about adventurous eating – how to make ahead and make onsite meals that can be “picnicked” anywhere (atop a frozen lake in winter, a bluff you hiked to in summer) based on our adventures with our 4 boys.
    Congratulations on a beautiful book- can't wait to read more!

  333. October 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    The first thing I would bake using the mixer would be a huge celebration layered chocolate cake! Definitely a good way to start off!

  334. Jodie
    November 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    So pleased when I discovered you book on sale locally here in NZ! I have already fallen in love with the recipes and your stunning images.

    I would love to try your beautiful meringues in a cake mixer. And my cookbook would be full of sunday family meals!

  335. November 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Congrats on the new book! Can’t wait to check out your amazing work in print. Will be on the look out for it here in NZ.
    And if I was lucky enough to win the kitchen aid mixer I would be whipping up some panettone to gift to friends and family this Christmas.

  336. Eleanor
    November 15, 2012 at 4:23 am

    It will anything sweet…most likely the raspberry friands. They look absolutely scrumptious. Yum!

  337. November 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    This is amazing, congrats katie! and nice to know that it’s available in NZ too!

  338. Dawn
    November 20, 2012 at 6:25 am

    What would I make first?? Being an Aussie girl, with Summer less than 2 weeks away – and Christmas knocking on the door – I’d make a light airy fresh pavlova of course! Your book looks amazing – it’s certain to be wrapped and placed under a few Christmas trees by me. Cheers!

  339. November 27, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I am so excited, I can’t wait to get your book. I adore your blog, it is heaven itself. Congratulations!

  340. Ann
    November 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I follow your blog for a couple of years now and I was really surprised to see you in the Dutch version of Delicious! So I was wondering: will your cookbook also be translated in Dutch? Otherwise I will put the grams version on my wishing list :D

    Greetings from Holland!

    • Katie
      December 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Ann – thanks for your comment. Yes I have just heard that a lot of my Aussie Delicious features will be going into Delicious Holland from now on – how exciting!! And yes, great news too – I found out last week that WKA is going to be translated into Dutch! Yay!

      • Ann
        December 15, 2012 at 2:27 am

        How fab! I will wait for the Dutch version… Can’t wait! =) I really love your work. Keep up the good work !

  341. Corlia
    December 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Cant wait to buy your book!! Congratz! With the mixer the first thing I would make is a sponge cake or scones.
    If I had my own cookbook it would be filled with recipe ideas for babies and toddlers that involves herbs and spices. Call it Baby Spice or something along those lines. Baby food does not need to be bland :-) My 10 month old loves my basil and garlic chicken stew, and vanilla and cinnamon couscous.

  342. Janice
    December 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    What’s the first thing you would cook or bake using the mixer if you won?
    A pavlova – a good mixer will make a great pav!

    If you had your own cookbook, what would you want it to be all about?
    My cookbook would be 90% everyday cooking, using everyday products, and 10% recipes for entertaining, that may use non staple ingredients. Most home cooks are looking for tasty, visually inviting, ‘everyday’ recipes that don’t require a trip to a specialty store and can be prepared without too much fuss, after a busy day. Plus, my cookbook would have a photo accompanying every recipe so that the user could see the result they are aiming for – as they say “A picture speaks a thousand words”.

  343. Andrea Grant
    January 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    What’s the first thing you would cook or bake using the mixer if you won?

    If I won the Kitchenaid mixer, the very first thing I would cook would be a pavlova. My darling mother passed away last year, age 92, and pavlova was one of her specialties. I have vivid childhood memories of her mixing egg whites for a pavlova in an old stand mixer.
    To do this again today would make me feel as though she was standing in the kitchen with me and would be a heartfelt way to continue her legacy of loving to cook and loving to feed and nurture family and friends with special food.

    • Katie
      January 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Andrea – thanks for your comment, alas this competition is now closed as I announced a winner in late 2012. Thanks Katie

  344. Katie
    January 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I can’t wait to get your book! Love your inspiring story & photos.
    Where can I get the US version?? Thanks

    • Katie
      January 30, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Hi Katie – you can get it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Anthropologie and I think most independent book sellers will have it too. Thanks!

  345. February 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I first came across some of your pics off a tweet from the lovely http://www.afoodieliveshere.co.za. If I had my way I would use the Kitchen Aid to whip eggs into shape for meringues, macarons and marshmellows

  346. Laura
    February 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    If I had a Kitchen Aid (to replace the one I had that died last year, but oh was it a treasured item in our household!!), I would make pizza. My last KA mixer gave it’s last breath in the middle of mixing our pizza dough and I have not been able to finish that homemade pizza off ever since. I know, not third world problems but I loved my mixer …..

  347. February 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    ‘If I had my own cookbook…?’ – now, that alone would be a great title, methinks. I guess we all have our own cookbooks, our tear sheets from magazines, a printed-off A4 emailed from friends (my dad back in the UK in my case, winging me my childhood faves annotated by a maestro chef mum).

    But, I’d have to say my true, printed, authored book would be my Red Bistro – recipes from a farmhouse kitchen in Malta (my adoptive Med island home). I nicknamed my cooking space the Red Bistro as it has cheery touches of red decor. My book would be my journey feeding an Anglo-Maltese family; my learning curve from Brit supermarket shopper to go-with-the flow of the seasons cooking at my local farmers’ and fish markets. Everyday, every-way meal recipes from breakfasts on the hoof to laptop lunches and sultry summer night dining. A bit of a foodie travelogue on Malta too. Oh, and my KitchenAid would be red, of course, and the first thing I’d make in it would be dough – for Med flat breads on the BBQ.

  348. February 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Congrats! I would love to have a copy for my collection. If I had a cookbook, it would be all about Homemade food related items and conversions and substitutions. I prefer to make everything and anything homemade, that way I know I am not eating preservatives, MSG or any other garbage company’s put in our foods.

  349. Linda
    February 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    If I had a Kitchen Aid I’d make everything I do now, but I’m sure it would taste better because I wasn’t battling with a pathetic hand held mixer. The absolute first thing I would make is a Soft Merinque Roulade with a whipped cream and blueberry center to remind me of all the times my Dad and I spent in the kitchen when I was a kid.

  350. June 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    HI…
    only urs photography intrest me.you are a Master i think..here in our city there are many delicious food such az …( sorry i am not a food maker) cookies..i will be glad introduce them all to you someday.i am happy to see urs photos..i am a interior designer & a freelance photographer.
    ps: i enjoy ur photography very much.

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