WHAT A PLEASURE IT IS TO SHARE A TABLE. I’m a firm believer in the power of shared meals to bring people together, build friendships and create communities. This book is a celebration of beautiful meals that are perfect for sharing. Whether it be a picnic with friends, housemate dinner, or a family birthday, sharing food is an act of love that should be celebrated.
This book was conceived and created in share houses; the place where many of us truly learn and find enjoyment in cooking. The eight chapters were shot in different locations throughout the inner suburbs of Brisbane, mostly in different friends’ share houses. Most meals were conceptualised, tested and perfected within a sharehouse environment, and Shared Table endeavours to capture the warmth, love, and unique connection of a loving house, as well as the role that shared meals have in creating and nurturing this. By shooting and writing recipes with these people in mind, this book also becomes a celebration of my home city, Brisbane (Meanjin). It captures some of the most beautiful parts of this city, its slow pace, incredible weather and strong sense of community.