Books and Ideas at Montalto

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Richard Cornish

As the long-running and trusted ‘Brain Food’ columnist for Fairfax, Richard Cornish tackles food and cooking questions from readers around Australia.

He responds to practical queries (‘How much is an American ‘stick of butter’?), experimental queries (‘Can I make mayonnaise using the juice from a jar of pickled cucumbers?), scientific queries (‘What is the difference between taste and flavour?’) and even paranormal queries (‘My grandmother claimed she could "hear" when her cakes were ready. Is there any science in this?’).

Richard’s blend of humour and warmth and his broad knowledge of culinary culture are reflected not just in his ‘Brain Food’ columns, but in his journalism and recipe books. He is the author of My Year Without Meat, about his experiment in vegetarianism, and he’s the co-author of several recipe books, with chefs Frank Camorra and Phillippa Grogan.

Over fabulous food and wine at Montalto, Richard will discuss his new book, a collection of his ‘Brain Food’ columns, and his career writing about food and culinary culture. Hosted by Emily Sexton.

Please arrive 6.30pm for a 6.55pm start.


Portrait of Richard Cornish

Richard Cornish

Richard Cornish is an award-winning food writer who penned the much loved and irreverent Fairfax Media column Brain Food for more than seven years. He has co-authored the bestselling MoVida cookbooks with Frank Camorra, and Phillippa’s Home Baking with Phillippa Grogan. My Year Without Meat was published by MUP in 2016.

Portrait of Emily Sexton

Emily Sexton

Emily Sexton is currently Head of Programming for the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.

How much?

$70, plus 30c booking fee, inclusive of food; wine charged on consumption.Book your tickets

Books and Ideas at Montalto

Why go postal when you can go coastal?

On the third Friday of each month from March to November, the Wheeler Centre brings the best of Australian writing to the Mornington Peninsula. Swap the hustle of the city for an unhurried, immersive look at the stories behind the stories – all while enjoying outstanding food and wine, fascinating company and the opportunity to hear from writers in an intimate and relaxed setting.

Share in Books and Ideas at Montalto – perfect for lovers of fine writing, good conversation and great wine.

A limited number of season passes for the 2017 series are now on sale.

The series will commence on March 17 and speakers for the March and April events will be announced at the end of January 2017.


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