Though once dominated by British culinary tastes, Australian cuisine is now influenced by a variety of Mediterranean and Asian foods introduced by immigrant cultures. Many people living outside of Australia think of native Bush Tucker when they contemplate Australian food, but Southeast Asian, Greek, Lebanese and Italian influences are now more common.
Australian cuisine is the next outpost on the culinary frontier. And one of the restaurants that stands out on this island continent is The Bather's Pavilion, where, according to the New York Times the "menu and wine list are as outstanding as the view."
Built in 1928, The Bather's Pavilion is a sun-drenched spot that was once a swimmer's changing shed. In 1988, former fashion designer and stylist Victoria Alexander and her husband bought the abandoned building. With Chef Genevieve Harris, they created the Bather's Pavilion Restaurant, located smack on Balmoral Beach (in Sydney). The restaurant and its cuisine has been universally praised by the local and international press.
Included in A Taste of Australia are seventy of the restaurant's more popular recipes divided into seven chapters. The Asian, Mediterranean, and Indian influences in Australian cuisine are delightfully incorporated in the restaurant's menu and in the book.
Sumptuous color photography and illustrations of the Bather's Pavilion, its environs, and food not only capture the flavors of Australia but also the ambience of this magical locale.
Before joining the Bather's Pavilion in 1993, Genevieve Harris cooked at a number of acclaimed restaurants in Australia as well as at the luxurious Amankila Resort in Bali. She has been lauded as a "perfectionist" and as a chef of "incredible finesse and refinement" by the food media.
Victoria Alexander has a background in photographic styling and fashion design, and spent her early years as a fashion editor at Vogue Australia and Cosmopolitan magazine. She purchased The Bather's pavilion with her husband in 1988, realizing a life-long love of food.
A Taste of Australia: The Bather's Pavilion
By Victoria Alexander and Genevieve Harris
Photographs by Rodney Weidland
Ten Speed Press
122 pages, full-color photography throughout
Reprinted with permission
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