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There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

GT's first hardcover cookbook is out now

At Gourmet Traveller we've been sharing food inspiration for more than 50 years and, while we've published thousands of recipes and hundreds of cooking tips, we know that the most important ingredient of any meal is the company. So when it came to conceiving our first hardcover cookbook, we curated a collection of menus to be shared with friends.

"Gathering your nearest and dearest around the table is what the enjoyment of good food is all about," says editor Anthea Loucas Bosha, "and to cook for people you love is one of life's great joys."

Within the pages of Menus you'll find recipes for a Bondi clambake we threw with the team behind Sydney's The Bucket List, a gorgeous Christmas feast with Brigitte Hafner and the folks from Melbourne's Gertrude Street Enoteca, a hearty Blue Mountains harvest lunch (with rabbit broth and slow-roasted pork shoulder) by Sean Moran and a swish meal in Paris with chefs Shaun Kelly and James Henry. We crank up the tunes and hot foot it to Hollywood for a wild dinner party with the Aussies behind EP & LP, and head to the slopes for an après-ski lunch with the Three Blue Ducks crew. 

Good food brings people together and good times are the result. These are some of our favourite recipes - we hope you enjoy sharing them with your family and friends as much as we enjoy sharing them with you.

Menus is on sale from 1 November, RRP$59.99, available where all good books are sold and at magshop.com.au

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