I am an internationally award-winning author and publisher who is incredibly blessed to live in one of the most remote, breathtakingly beautiful corners of this earth - the island of Tasmania in Australia!
I am also a former BBC national radio journalist, writer, aspiring food photographer and passionate 'foodie' and home-cook, who loves experimenting with recipes, and creating scrumptious feasts to share and enjoy with family and friends.
What inspires me ... When it comes to food, I am inspired by the slow food movement and try to choose organic, sustainable, seasonal, locally grown produce wherever possible! I also love to grow my own herbs, garlic and heirloom tomatoes! As a humble home cook, for me, its about creating tasty, honest, unpretentious food: "Flavour after all is the barometer of pleasure from which we measure the deliciousness of our food".
The book ... With its temperate climate and clean air, water and soils, Tasmania creates the perfect climate for growing tasty healthy organic garlic. Garlic Feast seemed the perfect way to celebrate our fantastic local produce, our bijou harvest festival - the Koonya Garlic Festival - the prodigious culinary talent in the region, and my love of garlic and cooking.
Though the book - its shape, form and production was my vision; and I invested a great deal of time, passion, and hard work into producing the book, I cannot take all of the credit! Garlic Feast was borne from the grassroots of a small community harvest festival: 'The Koonya Garlic Festival', and the incredible, passionate and creative community that exists here on the ruggedly wild and beautiful Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania's spectacular south east region.
The book simply would not have been possible without the generosity of this community, and the gifted chefs, passionate cooks and artisan producers who generously shared recipes for the book. Neither would Garlic Feast have been possible without the skill of the book's food photographers (of which I was a modest one!) or the book's designer, Ian Wallace, who mentored and guided me through the self publishing process. I feel so humbled and blessed to have had such amazing talented professionals involved in the book. Garlic Feast would not have been possible either without the support of my gorgeous husband Paul, who kept me afloat with a steady stream of G + T's during the bleary-eyed deadlines and occasional hail storm.
Garlic Feast is a book for garlic lovers, foodies and cooks, and all those who love beautiful coffee table books!
I hope that you enjoy Garlic Feast - it's such a pleasure sharing this journey with you! Oodles, Janice X