One of the questions I get asked all the time from friends, relatives and clients visiting Sydney from overseas is: "What can I buy as a gift to bring back home, that's typically Australian and not too cheesy?"
With Christmas only a couple of weeks away, and many visitors coming to town for the end-of-year celebrations and Sydney Festival, I thought now was the perfect time to share some of my favourite local gift ideas.
So from books and edible goodies to designer jewelry, cosmetics, sustainable design and theatre subscriptions - here are some top picks from my little black book...
Part 1: My Top-5 Cookbooks / food books
Bentley, by Brent Savage
In a nutshell: highly talented and creative young chef Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt are the dynamic duo behind one of Sydney's hottest restaurants – Bentley Restaurant & Bar in Surry Hills. This informative and gorgeous coffee-table book includes step-by-step photography so you can replicate some of the restaurant’s cutting-edge recipes in your kitchen.