Foreword

Foreword

By
Ben O'Donoghue
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742709994
Photographer
Benito Martin

If I could have anyone cooking a barbie for me, it’s Ben.

We first met more than 15 years ago, while honing our craft (and running amok) in London during the nineties. Even back then, Ben (or, as many of us know him, Bender) was known among our mates as ‘the meat freak’ because of his tendency to cook and eat tonnes of it. So it is only natural that four out of five of his brilliant cookbooks are meat-centric – this bloke is really fanatical about his protein. Since those London days, we’ve cooked and travelled together all over Oz, and Bender continues to soak up inspiration from his travels, using new cooking techniques or experimenting with crazy, unique flavour combos. I’m in awe of what an attentive, dedicated learner he is; he’s like a sponge.

Luckily for you and me, the culmination of all the meat knowledge Bender has garnered over the many years of his enviable cooking career is shared here in his aptly titled Meat Bible. As you would expect from a ‘bible’, these recipes draw on a huge array of cuisines, cuts of meat and cooking styles, and I just know this is a cookbook that will take pride of place in my collection. A few favourites so far include Japanese braised wagyu short ribs, Dukkah lamb cutlets and finger-lickin’ Brazilian cachaça chicken. How’s that for diversity?

Bender, I might not say it to your face, mate, but I’m mega-proud of all you’ve achieved. You’re one of my favourite people to cook with, learn from and teach, not to mention stay up with until 7 am yabbering on about food over a few bottles of vino. I’m looking forward to firing up the barbecue together again soon and tasting a couple more of these bloody delicious recipes first-hand from the creator – and to beating you at the game of backyard cricket that will inevitably follow. Good work, as always, mate.

Cheers guys. Get cooking!

Curtis Stone

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