On the 7th December 2011, we officially launched The Hungry Girls’ Cookbook Volume 3! The venue was a shop called Melbournalia Home, located in a gorgeous old warehouse down a laneway near the Queen Victoria Market.
Dale Campisi of Melbournalia and Arcade Publications kindly introduced us, then Rachel offered some insight into the Hungry Girls project – from a tiny print run of our first book in 2006, which was intended as a Christmas gift for friends and family, the Hungry Girls have now made over 3000 books! Each one is hand-bound with cloth, which amounts to quite a lot of PVA and cotton, and love that has gone into every copy.
The lovely folk of Melbournalia manned the drinks table at the launch, while the Hungry Girls weaved around the room (between the tables of locally made products) offering delicious nibbles. There were pastries with mushroom pate and roasted cherry tomatoes (from Volume 1), and others with crushed peas, broad beans and pecorino. There was some cheesy baked polenta to be had – ingeniously heated in a sandwich toaster in lieu of any kitchen facilities – and for sweets, some cute spotted cups filled with yoghurt and white chocolate pannacotta (from Volume 3), and chocolate mousse spiked with Frangelico. No one felt like going out for dinner afterwards!
Volume 3 is now stocked in shops in Melbourne and across the country, and can also be purchased through the Shop page of our website. It is beautifully photographed by Leah Holscher and playfully illustrated by Katherine Bird. As for
the recipes inside, this is another collection we hope you will want to cook from again and again. Think squid, orange and rosemary pasta; mapo tofu; homemade Italian sausage; Persian carrots; lemon curd cake … Mmmmmm.