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At a time when Asian voices are not the predominate voices talking about Asian cuisine and culinary traditions, McKinnon took the step of creating a space to share her food and stories in her own way. And in this manner, the creation of Peddler paved the way for her current book. As she says in the introduction for To Asia, With Love, this book “is my homecoming, a joyous return to all the humble yet deeply nurturing flavours and meals of my childhood. It is also a celebration of the exciting an ...more
A cookbook from Hetty McKinnon is always a treasure to return to again and again. With over 20 recipes flagged to make, I’ll be cooking from this one for a long while. I especially love Hetty’s care for the gluten free community in this book, and can’t wait to make GF dumplings for the very first time!
Stunning photos she took herself at home during lockdown, using her own plates etc she collected over the years, and of course with the food that is so “her” - all of which makes this book utterly personal and hyper “on brand”. It’s not advertised as such but this is 100% vegetarian, though you hardly notice, with the result of me incorporating more veg into my cooking. Also made an effort to include seaweed, ginger, tofu, and sesame seeds. The dressings/condiments probably the most helpful. Goc ...more
Hetty McKinnon is a home cook who grew up devouring the colours, aromas and flavours of her mother's ebullient Cantonese cooking. Formerly a beauty PR, she is now the one-woman show behind the incredibly successful Arthur Street Kitchen, whipping up flavour-packed salads and sweets in her home kitchen then delivering them by bike to hungry Surry Hills locals. Hetty lives in Sydney with her husband ...more