The Colour of Food: a memoir of life, love & dinner
by Anne Else (Awa, $35)
Reviewed by Ruth Brassington
This celebratory feast of birth, death, food and life is much more than the descriptors – it’s a beautifully balanced multi-course meal, with ingredients sourced from the acreage of Anne’s life and spiced with her ready wit. Seriously good writing is Anne’s staple, with well-blended handfuls of humour, social commentary and a couple of dozen recipes included.
Although I chortled at her childhhood memories of “hectic yellow custard” and cookery classes where she “carried home a procession of sad little enamel pie dishes”, I can’t relate to Anne’s success with schoolgirl French but still use Julia Childs’ Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Honest enough to admit that, long ago, she “revered French food not because it was good but because it was French”, Anne leads us through the development of her culinary skills and appreciation of good food against a backdrop of serious social and political issues.