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Book Review: Now & Then by Tessa Kiros

An interesting collection of cherished recipes acquired through Tessa Kiros’s travels culminates in her 11th cookbook, Now & Then, published by Murdoch Books and featuring 150 brand-new recipes. Each is far-ranging but delicious, real and accessible as ever, giving an insight into how she cooks and lives and the food that has stayed the course in her repertoire.

Book Review: Now & Then by Tessa Kiros

The most obvious and striking at first impression is that the chapters are not in the traditional order one may expect from a recipe book, but rather are classified into a rhythm that made sense to the author.

Book Review: Now & Then by Tessa Kiros

Tessa’s stunning Instagram squares reveal a life well lived under the Tuscan sun, in European kitchens and weekend markets, bathing in the warm seas off Greek Islanda and travelling further afield. Her book is similar – capturing stories, memories and food from Tessa’s life around her favourite countries of the world with chapters divided into colours to separate them easily, and titled:

Things that stay


What I would miss if I left Italy

New Orleans sojourn

Mexico flowers

A few things I love every day

Thailand stories

The ones that got away

A few things I’m obsessed with


Book Review: Now & Then by Tessa Kiros

Read this cookbook cover to cover, snuggled under the warmth of your French flax linen sheets on warm breezy Australian night and dream of what you’ll cook on the weekend inspired by Tessa’s homage to world recipes cookbook/personal memoirs/travel journal, Now & Then.

The Australian Good Food Guide has secured three recipes from the book here for you. Jump in, try them out this weekend - we know you'll love them. 

Grilled asparagus and artichokes with goat's cheese (p. 81)

Melanzane alla Parmigiana (p. 121)

Tomatoes Provencale (p.314)




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