The summer issue

Our summer-packed January issue is out now - featuring our guide to summer rieslings, strawberries and seafood recipes, as well as a look at the best of Bali.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller for just $6 an issue - offer ends 29th January, 2017.

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Lantern Penguin book launch party

Christine Manfield, Jenny Kee (top left), Yottam Ottolenghi (bottom right)

Christine Manfield, Jenny Kee (top left), Yottam Ottolenghi (bottom right)

"Welcome to the pleasure dome," announced Christine Manfield to a full house at her book launch on Monday night at Sydney's Café Paci. And she wasn't kidding, either.

The dessert dégustation, hosted by the Sydney chef and author and presided over by Blackheath-based artist and designer Jenny Kee, was hosted in celebration of Manfield's latest book, Dessert Divas (Penguin, $79.99, hbk). Sharing the evening with Manfield and Kee were fellow Lantern Penguin Australia authors Vince Frost (Design Your Life, Penguin, $49.99, hbk), Karen McCartney (Superhouse, Penguin, $79.99, hbk) and Richard Unsworth (Garden Life, Penguin, $49.99, hbk), who also launched new titles on the night to a room full of media, publishing, design and hospitality folk.

Manfield says her desserts are her "showgirls". "Dessert is all about pleasure and fantasy; they should make you want to dive right into that plate."

We didn't need to be told twice. Manfield's signature Gaytime Goes Nuts dessert (made famous during her days at Universal) was reimagined, this time combining the caramel ice-cream with salted hazelnut caramel, hazelnut chocolate mousse and honeycomb nougat dust, in bite-sized form on a stick.

The book launch concludes Manfield's national tour of pop-up dessert bars at top restaurants around the country, which so far have included Nomad, Tonka, Aria Brisbane and The Source, among others.

"Each dessert diva is big on personality," says Manfield. "The book is a spectacular finale and a lasting memoir of my life as restaurateur of Universal."

The Food Guests happily skipped straight to dessert canapés that included delicate raspberry ripple meringues with vanilla yoghurt cream and raspberry sorbet; Roquefort mousse, walnut nougatine and roasted figs; caramelised choc mousse and passionfruit curd tarts with caramel popcorn; and yes, the Gaytime Goes Nuts.

The Drink 2013 Espelt Lledoner grenache rosé, 2011 Espelt Vailet Macabeu grenache blanc and Crystal Head Ginger Martinis.

We Loved As an enthusiastic home cook, Jenny Kee was an apt choice of host to introduce the four books. "These are super-desserts in every way," announced Kee. "The humble pav just won't cut it in quite the same way anymore."

Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
Reader lunch: Fred's, Sydney
24.01.2017
A Chinese New Year Night Market at Carriageworks
18.01.2017
Barbecuring cancer this summer
13.01.2017
Reader dinner: Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney
09.01.2017
GT photographer John Laurie's The Light of Day exhibit
06.12.2016
Icebergs First Day of Summer Party returns for 2016
28.11.2016
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

You might also like...

On a high note

Australia’s restaurant stars took a well-deserved night off ...

Sanpellegrino Cafe Society awards

Sanpellegrino announces the winners of its Sydney Cafe Socie...

Jaeger-Le Coultre 180th birthday

Swiss watch company Jaeger-Le Coultre celebrated its 180th b...

NICI cocktail party

The National Indigenous Culinary Institute introduced its ne...

Porteno book launch

It was Navajo collar tips, pointy shoes and coiffed hair all...

Best at Est

Est's crack troupe of waiters is ferrying an extra-special l...

2006 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque

Glasses of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque sparkled as the Champa...

March into Merivale

March: it means March into Merivale...

Absolut Oz launch party

Bondi's Bucket List might not quite be East Egg but that did...

2014 Sydney Carnival at Royal Randwick

Randwick gets a taste of Melbourne Cup glamour this autumn r...

Taste of Sydney 2014

Time to strap on the eating boots, folks: Taste of Sydney is...

Calvisius caviar launch

It's one of those "tough job, but someone's got to do it" mo...

Little Sydney 2014 recap

The Little Sydney marquee space at Royal Randwick, featuring...

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond launch

The secret ingredient in Estee Lauder's latest skincare rele...

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×