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Sunday 8 October 2023

Everywhere man Liaw cooks up a storm

Adam Liaw is ubiquitous.

Turn on the TV and there he is hosting a cooking show. 

Open the Sunday newspaper and he's got a recipe for you.

But there is a good reason for his popularity. He's talented, personable and relatable.

He also understands that most people want a good, simple recipe for cooking at home.

Hence his new book: 7 Days of Dinner, released this month. 

This is a seriously practical book with most of the featured ingredients easily found. You won't have to track down the one grocer in town who sells condiments from Peru. 

These are recipes that  my wife, who does all of the cooking in our house, describes as "simple and practical". Don't worry, we have an equal division of labour: I open the wine bottles. 

This is a book for anyone from novice cooks to Mums lacking in time to spend hours on prep. 

It features over 80 "easy" recipes taken from the set of his hit SBS series The Cook Up.

This week we tried Adam's coconut and chilli prawns (below). Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 10 minutes. 

The verdict: More than tasty: absolutely delicious. 

The recipes include spins on Asian hits like sesame and chilli noodles, or pepper and coriander chicken; as well as Mexican-inspired dishes such as beef and bean taco rice. 

For the more adventurous cooks there are some creative weekend projects and useful hints on how to make stellar roast potatoes and stunning stews. 

There are also suggestions for Meat-Free Mondays and Fish on Fridays. 

The 7 Days of Dinner by Adam Liaw. Published by Hardie Grant Books. RRP $50. 

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