Introduction

Introduction

By
Daniel Wilson
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742707037
Photographer
Chris Middleton

From a young age I loved eating. I guess the natural progression from there was to learn to cook delicious food. I was always amazed how raw ingredients could combine to become such delicious meals. My favourite part of Saturday morning kids’ shows was always the cooking segments, I even wrote in a few times to get the recipes, including one for French toast that I still use!

My approach to cooking is to use the best possible ingredients to produce great yet uncomplicated food. This is where Huxtable comes in. I met Dante and Jeff, my business partners, upon moving to Melbourne in 1998. We became good friends — they were bartenders, and I was a thirsty chef on the other side of the bar; I was full of energy, wanting to learn everything. We kept in touch over the years as we each worked in various restaurants around Melbourne and overseas.

In early 2010 the idea for Huxtable was born. We came together with the idea to start a restaurant that was comfortable, with delicious but simple food, an excellent wine list and attentive yet relaxed service. We did as much work as we could to help the builders, even painting and digging trenches.

Huxtable has given me the opportunity to truly express my own style of cooking. The response has been absolutely fantastic, and we have such a great following from both locals and diners from afar.

The recipes that follow are mostly designed for sharing, as I feel this is the best way to eat. Food is to be shared, and enjoyed with loved ones. I believe there is no better way to connect with family and friends than over a great meal with delicious wine.

I hope you can try these recipes without fear, and share the result with those you cherish. Just remember that recipes are not set in stone (except maybe fancy pastry stuff) and that if you don’t like an ingredient, you can substitute it. Use this book as a guide for flavour, but don’t feel bound by the rules. Let your senses deliver a delicious result for your loved ones!

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