Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Cookbook You Can Get Your Teeth Into

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Cookbook You Can Get Your Teeth Into

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Byline: Letea Cavander

FAST Ed Halmagyi wants to create a recipe book that readers will stain, dog-ear the pages - and actually use.

"That's a book whose purpose has lived," he said.

In his sixth recipe book, The Everyday Kitchen, the chef famous for his 15-series stint on television show Better Homes and Gardens aims to give parents ideas for quick meals.

"I think this is a book worth sharing," he said.

"It is some of the best content I've ever written in terms of genuinely being able to deliver simple, deliciously predictable food on a Tuesday or Wednesday night for busy working mums and dads."

The chef started his career as a 15-year-old kitchenhand. The head chef walked out of the cafe he was working at and the teen stepped into the role. Despite starting university studies, food always beckoned and Halmagyi switched to a career in cooking.

The chef, now 42, works seven days a week but always has about five weeks off over the summer to spend with his family - wife Leah and children Finn, 11, and Luca, 14.

The kids do help him cook when he is making meals for them in their Sydney home, but he also spends a lot of time in the kitchen cooking for work, too.

"My daughter is at a point where she is pretty much beyond wanting to have anything to do with her parents, but we still get the occasional moment," Halmagyi joked.

"My boy, at 11, he's at a great age where he still wants to go to the beach, wants to kick a footy, wants to go to the park, wants to go skating.

"He wants to hang out with me and that's good. I'll take it for as long as it's there. Soon enough he'll turn around and decide that I'm redundant."

Halmagyi was born into a Hungarian-Jewish family. Prior to the Second World War, the chef said, there were tens of thousands of Halmagyis. His was one of a few hundred families who survived the atrocities levelled at those of Jewish heritage during the Nazi march across Europe.

The chef said it was important to keep the Hungarian culture alive in his own children, especially as his father was an only child, his brother was not having kids and his sister took her husband's name when she married. …

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