Hilary will be at the Collingwood Farmers’ Market, selling copies of  Guide to Fish, Saturday 13th DECEMBER,  Collingwood Childrens Farm, St Heliers St, Abbotsford



Last Saturday, the St Kilda Farmers’ Markets hummed along with the excitement of an enormous crowd, a crowd who sought fresh produce, hand-made nougats, organic Christmas puds, sauces and relishes. It was a pleasure to be amongst the focussed chaos as people walked by; some meandering, others with purpose, all with the idea of quality food  on their minds.

                Thank you to those of you who visited my stall at the markets. The enthusiasm I was met with was inspiring. So many of us care about the state of our oceans and are aware of the long-term implications of our food purchases. So many of us want to know how to contribute to sustaining our future while still enjoying and nurturing our relationship with eating and drinking well.

   On Saturday, one question I was asked more than anything else was, ‘Is this book based on Australian fish species.’

 The answer is Yes.

             The Guide to Fish profiles 23 Australian species of fish (ok, 22 plus one squid!) and I have tried to include fish from all around Australia. There are reef fish like Coral Trout and Red Emperor, gorgeous South Australian whiting, and the stunning Western Australian Dhufish gets his own chapter.

            We have so many cook books sold here from overseas that we seem to be developing a habit of seeking out suitable alternative Australian species when a book, based around European ingredients, naturally suggests something native to their part of the world.

 With the Guide to Fish, that’s not necessary – it’s based around our beautiful waters and written about our native fish.