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Porteño book launch

It was Navajo collar tips, pointy shoes and seriously coiffed hair all around as the extended family of Porteño, Sydney's favourite rockabilly asado hangout, rocked out to celebrate the launch of Recipes for a Good Time (Murdoch, $59.95, hbk), the first book from chefs Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz. With people from the music, food, design and publishing worlds jitterbugging alongside booksellers and the restaurant's regulars to the beat of Pat Capocci's "Two-Timin' Playboys", it was clear that the book's title is no idle boast: these guys know how to throw a party.

The food Finger-lickin' hits from the book, naturally enough - Bodega's signature raw fish on char-grilled bread and the Porteño bar menu's pulled pork buns among them.

The drinks The big favourite of the night was a house special, the neoclassic Banana Old Fashioned.

We loved The book, definitely, and the care all the guests had taken to dress to the nines, but perhaps most memorable was the intensity of sentiment from the well-wishers in the room. Good times for all.

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