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Foodies Guide to Sydney 2010 - Greenwood and Newton

By Tricia Brown
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The Foodies Guide to Sydney 2010

The Foodies Guide to Sydney 2010 [©Fairfax Media]

Now in its fourth edition, The Foodies' Guide to Sydney 2010 contains more than 30 chapters listing the best places to buy everything from pastries to pasta, fresh bread to delicious cakes, aged cheese to ripe, organic fruit and vegetables.

Helen Greenwood and John Newton, dedicated food detectives, have again sourced the best food Sydney has to offer, with essential details on more than 450 fresh, handmade and general food retailers, along with such secrets as where the chefs shop.

Food lovers everywhere know that the basic rule for cooking great food is to use the freshest and best ingredients possible and in this single book you will find the best bakeries, butchers, cheese specialists, boutique wine merchants, chocolate stores, coffee roasters and much more.

By patronising them, you'll keep them in business. And those who love to cook will value knowing where to buy the best food produce and food products, along with the best wine retailers in Sydney.

The Guide also announces the annual Foodies Awards for excellence of product, attention to detail and an overall joyful retail experience. This year's best of the best included Sonoma in Waterloo for Bread who supply many of the top restaurants in town including Tetsuya, Quay and Pier.

Eveleigh Farmers' Market got the gong in the markets section with French sorrel and fresh tarragon, irresistible bread, vegies and breakfasts, along with artisan cheeses and so much more. All this every Saturday from good-natured farmers, organic and biodynamic growers.

Other notable award winners were the Vaucluse Cellars for best wine and spirit merchants,Taka Tea Garden in the Strand Arcade for tea, De'lish in Lindfield for delicatessens and Manna from Heaven in Marrickville for cakes, biscuits and pastries.

Formaggi Ocello in Surry Hills not only won the cheese award but Carmelo and Sogna Ocello also received a Young Achievers Award.

Beginning with 'A' for Asian and ending with 'W' for World Food, readers can navigate the guide by category or suburb and then find their way to each location using the handy maps at the back of the book.

Bargains and bulk is a timely reference with the global financial crisis and all of us looking to save a few dollars. Knowing where to buy those sticky, gooey, nutty Greek pastries at bargain prices should lift anyone's spirits!

A chapter devoted to out of town - Newcastle, Wollongong, Central West, Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands - and "compiled by local enthusiasts with grassroots knowledge" is useful for tourists and residents. However it is just a small scratch on the surface of great food producers in the New South Wales regions. Lucky we have VisitVineyards.com when you're touring the regions.

If you enjoy reading about food as much as eating and cooking it then this section of the Guide will grab your attention. This chapter lists cookbook shops (yes, they continue to flourish), food blogs and websites.

The ultimate guide for anyone who enjoys shopping for good food, The Foodies' Guide to Sydney 2010 is a must-have for locals and visitors alike. "May all your foraging finish as good food on the table."


The Foodies Guide to Sydney 2010 by Helen Greenwood and John Newton is published by Fairfax Books / Hardie Grant Books, October 2009, RRP A$29.95

VisitVineyards.com and Winepros Archive subscribers may buy The Foodies Guide to Sydney 2010 online at a subscribers-only 12.5% discounted price through our book partners, Seekbooks (postage extra).



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