Flavours of Melbourne Coffee Table Book

Flavours of Melbourne
Hardcover 2014 Edition
ISBN 978-0-9873712-8-7
RRP $69.99

This book is a romance novel and the ultimate love story. An ode to Melbourne if you will, but the universal language and visual delights surrender readers to the delicious melting pot of cultures we embrace in this beautiful and culinary city. 

The artistic direction speaks of Melbourne's diversity, creativity, cultural leanings and our intrinsic passion for EVERYTHING. It is our way of living, our lifestyles, we breathe it, we cook it, we frequent it, we eat it. Thank you Jonette George and Ethan Jenkins for your homage to our home and Kaitlyn Wilson and Bianca White for photographing the essence of every street and food haunt the book has highlighted. 

I cradled and flipped through the pages of this award-winning updated edition (2nd) compliments of the publisher. My first was pretty dog-eared. But I love the cover of the 2014 edition so much more. 

Every visitor to Melbourne speaks of our laneways and the cafes that are like hidden gems inside them. This book features a lot of the above but we have no shabby main street eateries either. Walking around Melbourne city is like discovering celebration of food in every form and Flavours of Melbourne captures it so perfectly in spirit of design, photography and words.

Meander through the laneways and the history and eateries with this book. It takes you there.

Most of the eateries are comfortingly familiar. As we flip through every page, we anticipate who or what was coming up. We reminisce, review and chatter excitedly. This book does that to you. The bonus is flipping the page after one of my favourite eateries to find a recipe from them! 

Wonderbao provided a sinfully delish roast pork gua bao recipe. But I'll definitely be trying 90 Secondi's Calzone Con Silverbeet, Pancetta, Anchovies and Olives.

And Red Spice Road's Barramundi with Pork Belly and Roast Shallot Green Nam Jim.

My imagination and inspiration run wild with these tauntingly tempting dishes. They are staring, daring and inviting. Now excuse me while I get lost in my copy of Flavours of Melbourne and journey through the familiar streets and the food they serve.

Get your copy from all good bookstores or buy online here.  This is one coffee table book that is a must-have on my coffee table.

*All images are copyrighted to Smudge Publishing and the Authors of Flavours of Melbourne


  1. The book looks beautifully made. And it's great that they include recipes too!

    1. The book sits proudly on my coffee table. I'm so trying the wonderbao recipe!

  2. You won all hearts seriously.Flavours Of Melbourne such amazing review and one thing that clicked me and forcing me to read it is "Romance".I am interested to see your upcoming posts.


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