I am a huge fan of Stephanie Alexander's The Cook's Companion, a terrific alphabetical guide to ingredients and cooking for clueless people like me. Each ingredient has information about its various types; how to store, select, prepare it; recipes and quick cooking ideas. It's interesting to read (I get bored very easily particularly when there are not many pictures), easy to understand, but not too simplistic. What's especially appealing about the books is Stephanie's passion for fine Australian produce.
Although she no longer owns Richmond Hill, the new owners (previously long-time staff members of hers) have endeavoured to maintain that philosophy. Richmond Hill invokes that warm, glowing feeling inside that I think good food should always invoke. Simple, earthy, warm, inviting, and quality.
RICHMOND HILL CAFE AND LARDER
48-50 Bridge Road,
Phone: 03 9421 2808