Chef Sarah Glover and photographer Luisa Brimble are taking what you know about cookbooks – and throwing it to the curb. Their collaborative book WILD, which straddles adventure handbook and culinary choose-your-own-adventure, awakens the pure primal joy to be found in food and eating.
Shot over 2 years in no less than 17 locations across the east coast of Australia, this book pushes boundaries in all directions. Forget about the more clichéd notions of ‘foraging’ as this book takes it to the next level. This book is about breaking rules and challenging conventions. WILD will make you think about the freshness of food in a whole new way, and about becoming more instinctive about flavour, ingredients and food preparation.
A qualified chef, Glover is a self-described finder of goodness and her favourite kitchen is the landscape. Armed with her knife and a few basic tools of the trade – Sarah’s approach to food has refreshing ‘rogue’ element, as she deconstructs measurement and method to create something more authentic and uncomplicated.
Stunningly captured by WILD co-creator and photographer Luisa Brimble, this book is photographed ‘documentary style’ – out in the wild, completely free of a studio and conventional kitchen. Brimble is there every step of the way, capturing the moment: the ingredients, the processes, the locations, the people, the drama and the absolute magic that occurs when these elements all come together.
While WILD is certainly a cookbook brimming with original recipes – it is also a book to be read and enjoyed. It is a book of adventure, where you feel included in the party. There is something so romantic about the notion of pulling up stumps, striking a match, and preparing a meal to be shared with friends out in the wild, somewhere beautiful – whether that is bush, beach or mountains. WILD conjures the nostalgic feels of Anne of Green Gables, the Swiss Family Robinson and Indiana Jones and injects it into the current day with a very genuine spirit of adventure and escape.
Moreover, what underpins every motive in this book is that of community and family. This book exists for the business of memory making – the idea of stepping away from the TV and living by doing not viewing. This is about going outside - for real - getting dirty and having fun with the people you love.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY...
“When I suggested is not a norm for a 32-year-old Sydneysider to be so adept at building a campfire and rustling up dinner from the bush, Glover laughs and admits she is perhaps ‘a little bit badass’. She recalls her great-grandmother chopping wood for the old-fashioned stove and preparing wallaby for dinner”-Sally Glaetzer, Mercury TasWeekend Magazine
“She makes food about fun – whether it’s her iconic Bondi Bikkies (our favourite, Jaffer Crush - double choc orange with smashed Jaffas!)– or her outdoor adventure cooking that feels like the idyllic family holidays of your childhood.”-Robin Powell, Garden Clinic
“There is a dramatic romance to it all. Armed with a knife, she will dive down into the ocean to gather abalones and cook them straight away over a fire on the beach. Dressed in a vintage formal maxi skirt and a flannel shirt, she’ll throw whole pumpkins in the coals of a campfire and then, when the pumpkins are soft and sweet, she’ll smash them with a spade on a nearby log and scatter them with goats cheese, fresh herbs and olive oil, to be eaten then and there. She is not constrained by tradition. She works with what she has in front of her, guided by what feels good and what tastes great. I am completely entranced by her approach to cooking; the fearlessness and fun and physicality she injects into each meal.”-Annabelle Hickson, Daily Plenty Workshop Cookbook
COOKBOOK PRINTING DETAILS
With full-colour photographs spanning 340 pages, the WILD cookbook is a coffee table cookbook that will feature 100+ recipes
Book size: 287mm x 210mm (portrait) Length: 340+ pages linen hardback including 12mm ribbon Printed on 140gsm matt paper stock
WHY DID YOU NAME THE COOKBOOK WILD?
Wildis the one word that we think describes what this book is all about - untamed, native, spontaneous, rough, rugged, raging, raw, crazy, fantastic, incredible, unbelievable, extravagant, curious, eccentric, far-out, funny, kooky, odd, outlandish, quirky, strange, ludicrous, ridiculous, Alice-in-Wonderland, dreamlike, offbeat, extraordinary, singular, unique, unusual, striking, outrageous, out there, unconventional, mystifying, mad, fierce, extreme, crazy, happy, obsessed, ambitious, craving, restless, game, ready, willing, free, natural, lush, and fearless!