Eat at the Bar Promotion

We all would love to travel the world, right? But financial constraints, work obligations, and personal situations make that difficult. This morning after watching an episode of Uprooted in which Sarah Sharratt traveled from her rural home in France for a few glorious days in Paris, I almost emptied the bank accounts and ran away from home. Instead, to placate my urge to wander, I escaped to my cookbooks. My latest journey is via Eat at the Bar: Recipes Inspired by Travels in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Beyond by Matt McConnell and Jo Gamvros. 

The book is part travelogue and shares anecdotes, narrative and stunning photography from the authors' adventures in Spain, Portugal and Europe over many years. These experiences inspired the idea and philosophy of their now decade-old Bar Lourinha  which they have created in their hometown of Melbourne.


Eat at the Bar delivers 55 recipes inspired by local farmers, providores, fishmongers and suppliers. The line-up is a best of the best from more than 10 years of McConnell's respected repertoire of tapas and raciones that highlight garlic, pimento, salt and the best olive oil. You will feel at home and comfortable as you page through this book but you will also feel transported to these cities that have influenced McConnell's food, drink and atmosphere of his Melbourne bar.

Our  takes you inside this title and features the following 



Take a seat at the bar, prepare these approachable and flavor-filled dishes and escape from the everyday troubles that plague us all. Special thanks to the publisher Hardie Grant who provided the materials for our preview above as well as offered three copies of this beautiful book in our giveaway below. 


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ . One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option - the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries.

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on March 16th, 2019.


  • lpatterson412  on  2/1/2019 at 12:12 AM

    Arrow a banda

  • size_27  on  2/1/2019 at 12:33 AM

    I've never got round to making salt cod croquettes, so the Bolinhos de bacalhau are first for me...

  • lapsapchung  on  2/1/2019 at 1:16 AM

    Jamón croquetas because on a holiday to Spain last year they were my absolute favourite of all the tapas I tried

  • debbiehb  on  2/1/2019 at 5:14 AM

    Heirloom tomatoes, crispy garlic & anchovy sauce

  • vickster  on  2/1/2019 at 7:16 AM

    Smoked eggplant, hazelnut and green chile

  • lean1  on  2/1/2019 at 7:25 AM

    smoked eggplant, hazelnut and green chili

  • sharifah  on  2/1/2019 at 7:34 AM

    olive oil cake

  • happybread  on  2/1/2019 at 12:11 PM

    Portuguese pork & octopus rice - so exotic!

  • sarahawker  on  2/1/2019 at 12:28 PM

    Arroz a banda

  • Feebee06  on  2/1/2019 at 3:31 PM

    Stuffed calamari , ive never made it, recipe has inspired me!

  • kmn4  on  2/1/2019 at 3:47 PM

    Bolinhos de bacalhau

  • stepspior  on  2/1/2019 at 6:58 PM

    Roasted cauliflower, walnuts & queso de cabra

  • Lrc_nz  on  2/1/2019 at 11:16 PM

    Olive oil cake!

  • Uhmandanicole  on  2/2/2019 at 1:52 AM

    Potatoes, vinegar & black truffle

  • Livia  on  2/2/2019 at 2:37 AM

    have to start with the Twice-cooked octopus (:

  • merkusje  on  2/2/2019 at 4:04 AM

    Pork shoulder, smoked chilli & beans

  • rchesser  on  2/2/2019 at 1:53 PM

    Prawn croquetas!

  • DarcyVaughn  on  2/2/2019 at 6:02 PM

    Sardine bocadillos

  • LaurenE  on  2/2/2019 at 7:18 PM


  • fionahw  on  2/2/2019 at 7:33 PM

    Sardine Bocadillos

  • Nkrieda78  on  2/2/2019 at 7:50 PM

    The Stolen Town Bike sounds like a good time!

  • MiMi60  on  2/2/2019 at 8:17 PM

    Chilli-pickled cucumbers

  • jmay42066  on  2/2/2019 at 9:38 PM

    Chilli-roasted blue crab

  • Sladea86  on  2/3/2019 at 1:51 AM

    Prawn coquetes

  • GillB  on  2/3/2019 at 4:08 AM

    Olive Oil Cake

  • dbielick  on  2/3/2019 at 8:01 AM

    Prawn croquetas

  • matag  on  2/3/2019 at 2:27 PM

    Chorizo croquetas

  • Dannausc  on  2/3/2019 at 3:22 PM

    Sardine bocadillos

  • banba1  on  2/4/2019 at 11:30 PM

    Spritz de Portugal

  • EmilyR  on  2/4/2019 at 11:45 PM

    Pomegranate crema, pistachio praline

  • heyjude  on  2/5/2019 at 1:31 AM

    Salted Pork and Giant Clams

  • uk2nl  on  2/5/2019 at 6:05 AM

    Love the look of the stuffed calamari!

  • popoff  on  2/5/2019 at 3:12 PM

    Lardo soldiers

  • tennyogirl  on  2/6/2019 at 11:33 AM

    Smoked eggplant, hazelnut & green chilli

  • Amandaspamanda  on  2/6/2019 at 1:40 PM

    I want to try Chilli-pickled cucumbers - because they sound delicious!!

  • JenjiRM  on  2/6/2019 at 2:36 PM

    Pork shoulder, smoked chilli & beans

  • virjeania  on  2/9/2019 at 8:51 PM

    i want to try the Prawn croquetas

  • kaivulagi  on  2/9/2019 at 9:27 PM

    I'd love to make the crispy zucchini flowers and stretched curd. They sound amazing.

  • a1apple  on  2/10/2019 at 7:33 PM

    Heirloom tomatoes, crispy garlic & anchovy sauce

  • edyenicole  on  2/13/2019 at 7:20 PM

    The olive oil cake!

  • milgwimper  on  2/16/2019 at 10:31 AM

    Grilled flowering broccoli & almonds

  • GregH  on  2/16/2019 at 7:34 PM

    Wagyu 'carne cruda' & shaved beetroot

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