Media clippings

A mysterious art                          May 17, 2014

ABC Landline and presenter Pip Courtney explore the mysterious art of show cooking with author Liz Harfull and some of the cooks featured in The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook.

Fancy some old-style home cooking> – May 2014

Listen to Liz Harfull chat with Belinda King on ABC Hobart about baking and the Man Cake Competition at the Campbell Town Show.

Radio Great Southern                 April, 2014

Pat Harding talks with Liz Harfull about The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook and where her fascination with country shows and show cooking all started. Listen to it in three parts…

Part 1

Part Two

Part Three


Making sure the show goes on                      November 20, 2010

In this feature story, Elaine Reeves from The Mercury in Hobart talks to Liz about her search for Tasmania’s best show cooks during a recent visit to the island State, and the challenge of capturing traditional recipes before they disappear from community knowledge banks.

Landline takes the cake                                 September 20, 2010

Liz Harfull and her quest to find the best show cooks in Australia was featured in a story on ABC’s popular Landline program yesterday. The story was filmed during Brisbane’s annual show in August, with the camera crew following Liz as she met local cooks, watched the show’s cookery judging and gathered photos for a national version of The Blue Ribbon Cookbook. Visit the Landline website and view the story.

Blue Ribbon does the red carpet                                                    May 7, 2010

They are described as the Oscar equivalent of the Food World. And what a night it was…
The World Food Media Awards were announced in Adelaide this week, and Blue Ribbon Cookbook author Liz Harfull was there to enjoy the experience together with celebrity chefs, authors and food writers and broadcasters from around the world.
Liz became a finalist in the category for Best Hard Cover Cookbook (under 35 Euros) after her book was shortlisted by an international panel of 60 jurors.
“I didn’t win, but I felt like a winner just being in the room,” Liz said. “It was an amazing night with great food and wine as you would expect, and I had the chance to meet some of my idols in the world of food and food writing.”
A total of 24 gold ‘ladles’ were handed out to winners from the USA, New Zealand, France, Australia, Spain, Cambodia, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom.
The audience included the UK’s Antony Worrall Thompson and Rosemary Shrager, Antonio Carluccio, Ian Parmenter (the organiser and host for the evening), Maggie Beer, Manu
Fieldel, Paul Mercurio, Poh, Frank Camora, Simon Bryant, Phillippe Clergue, Alan Saunders, and the team from The Age’s Epicurean section.


More Blue ribbon success                                                                      April 21, 2010

The Blue Ribbon Cookbook has been nominated for the 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards, due to be announced in Adelaide on May 3 as part of Tasting Australia. It is the second international accolade for the book which was named runner-up out of 56 finalists from around the world in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris last year.
Known as the Ladles, the World Food Media Awards are held every two years, with categories for a wide variety of food and drink broadcasting and publishing, from books and magazines to journalism, photography, TV and the internet.
Liz Harfull’s book about country show cooks and their prize-winning recipes is nominated in the category for Best Hard Cover Recipe Book (under 35 Euros).
Two other books published by Wakefield Press have been shortlisted in the Best Food Book category – Lolo Houbein’s ‘One Magic Square’, and ‘Everything but the squeal’ by John Barlow.

Full house for home event                                                    November 19, 2009

A full house of more than 120 people greeted Liz yesterday for her first Meet the Author event in her home town of Mount Gambier. Volunteers from the local Anglican Church created a fabulous spread for the occasion, using recipes from the book; they also organised a magnificent display of old cookbooks and historic kitchen items from the local National Trust collection. Liz talked about her early ambitions to become a writer, her career as a journalist, starting at the local newspaper, The Border Watch, and how The Blue Ribbon Cookbook came about. The event raised funds for the Christ Church Building Fund.

Taking Blue Ribbon to the Outback                                           August 19, 2009

Adelaide chef Abbas Ibrahim is on the road this week, cooking for participants in the amazing Variety Club Bash, which raises money for charity. Abbas has had the gig for the past 10 years, with his curry nights a very popular feature for the bash crew. But last night he tried something a little different – serving up a recipe from The Blue Ribbon Cookbook for dessert. Jean Evans’s popular apple square recipe, from Uraidla, in the Adelaide Hills, was made for about 450 people attending a special dinner at The Painted Desert, about 90 kilometres north of Coober Pedy. Abbas had help from fellow chef, Chris, at Woodbake in Stirling, who made the squares. When he isnt cooking for the bash, Abbas runs two take-away Indian food businesses under the name indis, at Crafers and Glenside.

Paris success for Blue Ribbon                                                                              July 2009

The Blue Ribbon Cookbook was named runner-up against more than 50 other finalists in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris on July 1. Author Liz Harfull travelled to France for the event, held in the beautiful home of the famous La Comedie Francaise theatre company. Food and wine book authors from around the world gathered for the stellar occasion which featured a special appearance by Julia Powell, whose blog and memoir about her daily experiences cooking each of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s famous book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, is about to be released as a feature film starring Merryl Streep and Amy Adams.

The Easy Recipe book category in which Liz’s book competed, was won by Spanish author Xabier Guterrez. In announcing the winner, awards organiser Edouard Cointreau (pictured with Liz) pointed out the category was the hardest to win, with more than half the cookbooks sold around the world falling into this sector.
Cointreau, who is from the famous French wine-making family, acted as host and master of ceremonies at the event. Guests were served vintage champagne and cognac, and food prepared by students from the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, which is headed up by his brother, Andre Cointreau.

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