IMG_7083It’s beautiful, tactile, tempting .. all the things a coffee table cookbook should be, and the new South Australia “Flavours of” release is all about our own back yard.

Monday night and I headed in to Proof, a cosy laneway wine bar in Adelaide’s inner city.

Having heard this book was in progress, I was delighted to receive an invite to the launch (note: disclosure).

Additional plus was a chance to check out Proof.

IMG_7047It’s a cool but warm vibe as I enter, marble bar, wood floors, winding staircase, warm lighting, and the single wall of windows adds to the mood.

The upper level is more cosy seating, then opens out into a roof top style courtyard, rope lights strung loosely overhead.

Great winelist.  Small plate eats.

Yep, add this one to the list.

But let me back up.

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Mini lamb croquettes

 

Tonight proof is filled with local food types – restaurateurs and bar owners, winemakers, producers, industry officials, photographers and just a small cadre of bloggers – joined by South Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell.

All here to celebrate the launch of the latest Smudge Eats book Flavours of South Australia.

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There are some award-winning predecessors from Smudge, and I now learn that there’s a growing lineup that includes Flavours Of books for Melbourne Sydney, Queensland, pocket guides and specialty producer publications.

Now a confession – my collection of recipe books is bordering on OTT.

But this really is a beautiful book.

Large format, hard cover, beautiful images and soft luxurious stock, all wrapped around a collection of stories and recipes with South Australian food and wine at heart.

It also extends beyond the city to include Adelaide Hills, McLaren, Clare and Barossa.

Definitely a keeper for the shelf.

Here’s a sneak peak (and do I spy a pic or several by The Hungry Australian ..? 🙂

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If you are interested in a copy you can pick one up a copy online here, from bookstores, or from any of the businesses featured.

Lucky you.  That includes Proof.

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Flavours of South Australia

by Smudge Eats

RRP $80

(Disclosure: I attended this event as an invited guest of Smudge Eats.)