This beautiful book explores the incredible history and natural beauty of the coastline between North Head and Barrenjoey. The scalloped beaches found here were home to the coastal clans of the Eora people for at least 20,000 years before the arrival of Europeans. Their water skills and ability in the surf underscore the northern beaches as the birthplace of Australian beach culture, where beach bathing, body surfing, surf life saving and board-riding all began in this country. But it is not just surfers who are drawn to the surf zone, that ever changing interface between ocean and shore that can in turn be calming, thrilling, or threatening. Poets, artists, photographers, architects, and dreamers are inspired by the beauty and drama of this coastline. Part history, part photography, it’s a brilliant book.
This week we spent Roger’s birthday voucher for Rockpool Bar and Grill. Had a fabulous dinner, beautiful wine and great service – thanks Minna. The next day I wanted to look through Neil Perry’s new cookbook, called of course Rockpool Bar and Grill. If you’re interested in where Perry sources his food, you can meet his suppliers who are just as passionate about their product as he is. Then you can see how it’s prepared and presented. It’s a very inspiring book, and one I’ll treasure for years to come. And of course it will help me remember what a fabulous night we had.