First Nations Food Companion

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How to buy, cook, eat and grow Indigenous

Australian ingredients

A groundbreaking celebration of the most accessible and popular Australian
native ingredients and their uses in the everyday home kitchen.

Written by Warndu’s Founders Damien Coulthard and Rebecca Sullivan.

We know more about pine nuts than bunya nuts, kale than warrigal greens, but there's an edible pantry of unique flavours that First Nations people have been making the most of long before anyone came up with the word 'foodie'.

Welcome to a food-lover's guidebook to the First Foods of this continent. Including an informative guide to more than 60 of the most accessible Indigenous ingredients, including their flavour profiles, along with tips for how to buy, grow and store them.

After that, 100 delicious recipes: all featuring native ingredients, and including tips for substituting regular pantry ingredients where needed - including Bush-Tomato Cheese on Toast, Anise Myrtle and Macadamia Poached Chicken, Myrtle Tea Cake, Quandong and Davidson's Plum Iced Vovos and more. Plus features and recipes for an Indigenous medicine garden, as well as how to set up your pantry and freezer, and the best places to find native ingredients in shops and online.

Take a sneak peak at some of the recipes here.

'This book brings ancient foods into the modern kitchen. Every page is full of fascination. A walk in the bush will never be the same.' Bruce Pascoe

Media Release First Nations Food Companion.

List of First Nations Food Companion Recipes 

  • Lilli pilly cordial p. 68
  • Pickled quandongs p. 66
  • Herby ice pops p. 100
  • Wattella p. 106
  • Bunya nut risotto with bush green pesto p. 114
  • Boonjie tamarind and macadamia noodle salad p. 180
  • Kangaroo lasagne p. 220
  • Barra burger with bush tartare sauce p. 200
  • Myrtle tea cake p. 80
  • Strawberry gum, cherry and riberry tapioca trifle p. 132
  • Muntrie & quandong jelly slice p. 192
  • Beetroot, chocolate & wattleseed cake p. 228


Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction

Ingredients guide
Stock your pantry
Flavour wheel

Spice
Herbal
Nutty
Fruity
Medicine garden
Floral
Citrus
Marine
Earthy

Stockists
Featured Artists
Acknowledgments
Index

 

About this Book

ISBN: 9781922351883
ISBN-10: 1922351881
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Available: 5th October 2022
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 19.0

 

Christmas 2022

For Christmas 2022 gift giving please order before these dates:

◎ Parcel Post: Friday 16th December 2022
◎ Express Post: Wednesday 21st December 2022

To maintain Warndu taste we keep smaller quantities on hand of our Australian Natives, it takes us a little while to dry, roast or grind them to make. We aim to send all orders within ten days of receiving them.

Australia Wide

◎ We send by tracked standard Australia Post and offer Express Post.  With Express Post please be aware that we still require 3-10 days for packing from the time of order. This allows us to blend products and keep up with the volume of orders. Express post speeds up the AusPost delivery time. 

◎ We offer free delivery over $100 when you enter FREESHIP at checkout.

◎ Delivery cost is by weight i.e.

◦ $12 for a book, spices or teas 
◦ Up to $25 for a larger order

◎ Due to our hand blending and keeping products as fresh as possible, items may take 7-10 days to prepare, and then send from the Clare Valley. There has been delays due to border closures. We generally send items on Tuesdays. 

International Shipping and Currencies

◎ We ship worldwide and accept other currencies. 

◎ We send standard postage with Australia post prices range from $28 AUD - $100 AUD with a maximum of 5 kilos. 

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Marion Lennon
A wonderful book!

I received my book on Tuesday and wanted to congratulate you on a wonderful interesting and informative book. Thank you.

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Sandra Abraham
Great Book

I love my First Nations Food Companion. It is full of great recipes and helpful substitute ingredients when First Nations ingredients are not available. I have made the Lemon Myrtle Cookies several times, as they are a hit. The Bush Flower Syrups are refreshing mixed with mineral or soda water. I have several First Nations Food Plants in my garden, and I am looking forward to using them in the not too distant future.

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Alison Dawes
A delight

A beautifully presented book. I was surprised at how many ingredients I have locally and didn’t know it. Appreciate the recommendations of substitute ingredients.

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Mel K
Can’t wait to grow my edible garden!

Wow what a beautiful and surprising book, I’ve only had time to flick through but I’m already beyond impressed. I’ve been waiting for a book about native edible plants for so long and this one is just what I wanted. Can’t wait to see more of these kinds of books!

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Penny McCulloch

Really, really pleased. Eager to use this book in all it’s capacity. It’s the way to go.

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Marion Lennon
A wonderful book!

I received my book on Tuesday and wanted to congratulate you on a wonderful interesting and informative book. Thank you.

S
Sandra Abraham
Great Book

I love my First Nations Food Companion. It is full of great recipes and helpful substitute ingredients when First Nations ingredients are not available. I have made the Lemon Myrtle Cookies several times, as they are a hit. The Bush Flower Syrups are refreshing mixed with mineral or soda water. I have several First Nations Food Plants in my garden, and I am looking forward to using them in the not too distant future.

A
Alison Dawes
A delight

A beautifully presented book. I was surprised at how many ingredients I have locally and didn’t know it. Appreciate the recommendations of substitute ingredients.

M
Mel K
Can’t wait to grow my edible garden!

Wow what a beautiful and surprising book, I’ve only had time to flick through but I’m already beyond impressed. I’ve been waiting for a book about native edible plants for so long and this one is just what I wanted. Can’t wait to see more of these kinds of books!

P
Penny McCulloch

Really, really pleased. Eager to use this book in all it’s capacity. It’s the way to go.

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