From the Earth
World’s Great, Rare and Almost Forgotten Vegetables
Author - Peter Gilmore
From the Earth is a celebration of nearly 50 heirloom vegetables and plants, featuring vegetable profiles, recipes, full-colour photography and botanical illustrations.
Peter Gilmore, one of Australia’s most acclaimed chefs, takes you on a culinary and historical journey into the world of unique and almost forgotten vegetables. Each vegetable features at the heart of a recipe, and is further explored through a detailed profile and stunning photographs by Brett Stevens. The book looks at chef Gilmore’s decade-long passion for growing vegetables, and how it has informed and inspired his work as a chef. Also featured are four dedicated, like-minded growers he works closely with. They share their passion and knowledge for producing vegetables with a focus on flavour and sustainability. From the Earth is an embodiment of this passion, illuminating the amazing world of vegetables from seed to plate.
From The Earth was a finalist in the 2019 James Beard Awards – in the Restaurant and Professional category.
Peter Gilmore is the Executive Chef at two of Australia’s most exciting and dynamic restaurants; Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House and Quay Restaurant across the harbour in The Rocks. Peter is one of the most awarded chefs in Australia taking the helm of the kitchen at Quay in 2001. Quay has been awarded three chefs hats for an unprecedented 16 consecutive years and named Restaurant of the Year six times in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Quay has also been awarded three stars in the national Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide for 16 years. Quay was listed for five years on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list and held the title of Best Restaurant in Australasia for three of those years.
Across both restaurants, Peter describes his cuisine as food inspired by nature and as a passionate gardener himself, he was one of the first chefs in Australia to embrace heirloom varieties of vegetables and continues to work with small producers who cultivate bespoke produce exclusively for Quay and Bennelong.
Peter has released two previous cookbooks, Quay: Food Inspired by Nature published in 2010 and Organum: nature, texture, intensity, purity in 2014.
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Published: Sept 2018