Cookbook giveaway – Recipes and Secrets from Our Test Kitchen: 80 Years of Wisdom from Australia’s Most Famous Kitchen

Recipes and secrets from our test kitchenToday, we’re offering a special giveaway just for our members with Australian and New Zealand addresses. 

The Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks are renowned for their reliability as each recipe is Triple Tested for success in the famous AWW Test Kitchen. They are some of the world’s most successful cookbooks and can be found in almost every English-speaking country; they are even translated into French, Spanish, Greek, Dutch, Hebrew and Polish. 

Their most recent cookbook, Recipes and Secrets from Our Test Kitchen: 80 Years of Wisdom from Australia’s Most Famous  Kitchen is an ultra useful compendium that celebrates the rich history and the wealth of knowledge amassed in 80 years of The Australian Women’s Weekly Test Kitchen. With 100 recipes and timesaving household tips, this book is crammed full of shortcuts and everything you need to know to maintain a well stocked, organised home and kitchen. And thanks to the publisher’s generosity, we have five copies to give away.

 (Remember you can check  on all of our giveaways by just looking in the right-hand category column on any blog page and clicking on “Cookbook Giveaways.”

To win one of the cookbooks, just post a comment below answering the question:

What’s your favorite  recipe that captures the unique character of food from Australia and/or New Zealand?

Additional rules are:

  • Please make certain you have signed in to the EYB website (you don’t have to be a paid member). This ensures that we have your email address and can get in contact with you. 
  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on October 22, 2013.
  • Contest limited to members with Australian and New Zealand addresses.

This contest is now closed.  The five lucky winners, selected by random number generator, are tui, hopefulau, Beckiemas, shaedurls,  and Therese.

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  • volition  on  September 24, 2013

    What's an Aussie recipe, well it's the things my nana made and I crave and cook now. Bread and butter pudding, rice pudding curried sausages and mash. All very English I know but that is where the previous generations looked to. My mum still uses a 1974 women's weekly cookbook for a lot of things. The oriental section is hilarious, it has fried rice and a few dishes which you just add soy sauce and that's it for that genuine oriental taste. So what 1 recipe. For me I think it is a hamburger with a slice of beet root. We don't have our own cuisine we add twists, ingenuity, no pretences.

  • Roblyn  on  September 24, 2013

    Aussie food today is characterized by really fresh ingredients so I think that a seafood barbecue with fish, balmain bugs, and prawns accompanied by wonderful salads full of vegetables and avocado. And then a pavlova for dessert dripping with mango and passionfruit.

  • Margaretsmall  on  September 24, 2013

    How can you go past pavlova? Is it ours? Is it theirs? Doesn't matter, always delicious.

  • cassiemcgannon  on  September 24, 2013

    When it's cooked well, kangaroo tastes amazing – and is more environmentally friendly than most red meat.

  • rahiscock  on  September 25, 2013

    Australian food is fresh, healthy and incorporates so many different cuisines and influences, that it's hard to find 1 recipe that says 'Aussie'. But for me, a whole fish (something like snapper) wrapped in newspaper, and stuffed with fresh herbs like coriander, and grilled/steamed on the BBQ, served with a big green salad, is everything Australia.

  •  on  September 25, 2013

    My choice would be seafood marinara – because it reflects the multicultural character of our country and its cuisine, but it's unique because the fish and seafood we use to make it is distinctively Australian. Even the splash of wine that goes into the sauce is Australian!

  • KarinaFrancis  on  September 25, 2013

    Bangers and mash! I discovered it late in life (coming from a non-australian background) and I still think its exotic!

  • napier  on  September 25, 2013

    Can't go past a fresh lamington with a cuppa sitting on the veranda enjoying a cool breeze

  • amc  on  September 25, 2013


  • susanhubbards  on  September 25, 2013

    Fresh seafood "some how" followed by Pavlova.

  • shaedurls  on  September 25, 2013

    The lamingtons my Nan used to make!

  • mbremner  on  September 25, 2013

    For me – a roast leg of lamb. My parents and grandparents were sheep farmers and we always had our own home grown mutton. Today it is still the most popular request for family meals, but it has evolved to be seasoned with garlic, rosemary and anchovies, with red currant jelly and red wine in the gravy.

  • NaomiManygoats  on  September 25, 2013

    I have never been to Australia, but would love to go, even if only by cooking recipes from there! Australian BBQ of course!

  •  on  September 25, 2013

    An Australian Recipe? It's difficult isn't it? Considering the strong brittish isle influences and the multicultural impact. Whilst we can claim the best Lamb Roasts, seafood selections and even try and steal the kiwi's Pavlova, the creation of a real Australian classic is hard. My own creation, the Hamiltons Lamb Pie was an ode to such … but I recently had something that I have to put up as distinctly Australian: It was a breakfast dish where a Poached Egg was coated in a lightly herbed lemon myrtle and breadcrumbs, drop-fried into a crispy package and placed upon a stack of Tasmanian Whiskey cured Salmon Gravlax, Tasmanian potato rosti, a finger lime and mountain pepper infused king island creme fraiche and a slice of crispy WA truffle marinaded pork belly … heaven played on my tastebuds that morning.

  • steph12205  on  September 25, 2013

    My boyfriend has been to Australia and says it was some of the best seafood he has ever had! I would love to recreate some dishes! Wow, thank you!

  • Beckiemas  on  September 25, 2013

    I think Australia is best represented in cuisine through fusion styles of food… We are a multicultural people and our food reflects this. I love visiting restaurants where the menu contains a mix of regional flavours (e.g. Brisbane's 'Depo' in West End) which have been reimagined with a modern eye. Respectful to tradition but not bounded by expectations of 'what is' and 'what isn't'.

  • centraljersey  on  September 25, 2013

    I LOVE my Australian Women's Weekly tiny chutney cookbook and especially the recipe for chili coriander (tomato) "jam". A big hit with friends too.

  • Clove  on  September 25, 2013

    I've always found Lemon Delicious pudding to be quintessentially Australian. Simple fabluous and timeless!

  • Muzzy  on  September 25, 2013

    Custard Slice is a great pick up when you need cheering up. Always my first choice.

  • hopefulau  on  September 25, 2013

    Damper is a favourite. You can add so many things to it to make it different. Second is lamingtons made in gem trays, as this reduces the mess when slicing the cake for coating.

  • mschefkitchen  on  September 25, 2013

    Tonight I'm making a great Aussie dish – Kangaroo (I've taken to sous viding it for 10 mins before finishing it off in the pan) with sweet potato mash and red wine jus! Yum!

  • jd5761  on  September 26, 2013

    As a New Zealander temporarily living in Scotland I think the thing that typifies my "home" is still pavlova to those I cook for here

  • toddschut  on  September 26, 2013

    Utterly clueless as to what makes their cuisine unique. Love lamb and seafood and meat pies.

  • CCF4  on  September 26, 2013

    Ooooo – it's been too long since I've been to Australia. The one recipe I would LOVE to have is the Chili Plum Sauce from Doyle's! Also, the meat pies, lamb dishes, some of the ice cream flavors, the restaurants at the Sydney Fish Market, Pavlova….guess I need to make a trip back!

  • ssdrabek  on  September 26, 2013

    I would love to visit Campania in Italy and learn to make their calzones!

  • farmkat  on  September 26, 2013

    I always think of lamb when I think of Australian food.

  • JanScholl  on  September 26, 2013

    I have never had an Aussie food other than Vegemite. That is used by me in my vegetarian sausages.

  • Therese  on  September 26, 2013

    My own take on the multicultural experience that is Australian Cuisine is my 'Thai my Kangaroo Down' salad. It's a riff on the popular thai beef salad, but with kangaroo fillet – macadamias instead of peanuts, and fresh local salad veg – and mango, if it's the right time of year. Yes, I'm a Queenslander. I bought a copy of this earlier in the week as part of a 21st gift for my son’s girlfriend!

  • Rockangel007  on  September 26, 2013

    Whether you live in Australia or NZ, the outdoors is the way to go and with Footy finals season on us it has to be a meat pie with home-made tomato sauce. nowhere else in the world has our pies, chunky bits of beef, flaky pastry, and rich gravy, mushy peas as well if you are that way inclined. Just try buying an Aussie/Kiwi style meat pie in the US – not gonna happen!

  • allicookinonebook  on  September 27, 2013

    Oh my…by far, Posh Lobster Cocktail and Seafood Paella or Barbe Ginger Prawns and Coconut Shrimp. All of the great wonders of seafood, fixed with special touch of Australian seasonings. This is an absolute must!

  • pgarcia  on  September 28, 2013

    Any seafood!

  • Falcon  on  September 29, 2013

    Anzac Biscuits. Simple, nostalgic always a winner. Basic ingredients like oats and cockies joy ( golden syrup) you can't go wrong.

  • tui  on  September 29, 2013

    For Kiwis, a traditional roast leg of lamb with lots of roasted vegetables – potatoes, kumara, pumpkin, parsnips, etc – can't be beaten for a big family dinner in winter. You need a green vegetable too and loads of garlicky gravy.

  • GillB  on  September 30, 2013

    Food you catch or grow and then cook yourself – crayfish, trout, fresh vegetables-can't be beaten!

  • ChristyMcMahon  on  September 30, 2013

    I love Lamington!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MamaLion2204  on  October 7, 2013

    I'll never forget the first time our friends from Oz made us Sticky Date Pudding… a recipe to die for!!

  • tcjanes  on  October 12, 2013

    Have to go with lamb-no kangaroo available here.

  • Jane  on  October 23, 2013

    This contest is now closed. The five lucky winners, selected by random number generator, are tui, hopefulau, Beckiemas, shaedurls, and Therese.

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