Flavours of South Australia Book Launch at Proof Wine Bar

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 backyard.

Monday night and I headed 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).

The 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 rooftop style courtyard, rope lights strung loosely overhead.

Great wine list.  Small plate eats.

Yep, add this one to the list.

But let me back up.

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.


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, hardcover, 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 peek (and do I spy a pic or several by The Hungry Australian ..? 🙂





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.


Flavours of South Australia

by Smudge Eats

RRP $80

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





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