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Typical. It's taken
a couple of Poms
to show Western
Australia how good
our food scene is.
But God bless British
ex-pats Julie Mews
and Lisa Hummel-
Robson for their efforts and persistence.
Two years in the making, the second edition of
The Food Lovers' Guide to Perth pays homage to the
stores and providores that come correct when it
comes to eating and drinking in our fair city.
From standout coffee to strikingly fresh
produce and top shelf meat and seafood, the la-
dies' collective years of experience and culinary
recommendations have all been condensed into
a 416-page paperback that's sure to find favour
Television script supervisor-turned-caterer-
turned-author Julie talks about her life as a
passionate and parochial foodie.
Traditionally Sydney and Melbourne are re-
garded as the food and dining capitals. Do you
think that is still the case?
Yes. Melbourne particularly. But Victoria has
very different soil to Perth and we are, basically,
on a sand plain. Perth has some outstanding
shops. There are 39 butchers in this new edition
and if I were writing a similar guide to London,
I could not find more than four which reached
the standard of the best in our book. WA is
blessed with some of the highest-quality seafood
in the world: the very best fishmongers here are
as good as any I've seen elsewhere.
What's changed between the last edition and
this edition of the book?
A huge amount. So much so that we couldn't
just update the first book. We discovered 79
new shops and businesses and extended our
geographical area and included several of the
farmers', growers' and producers' weekly mar-
kets that have now opened. The organic and
health food chapter has more new entries than
any other, and every existing entry has been
revisited and revised.
A close friend begs you to help buy the
ingredients for a true-blue West Aussie
Christmas feast but you've only got an
afternoon to do it. Where do you get it from?
The answer to this depends absolutely on
where you are starting from. The fabulous food
stores in which Perth excels, like Peaches, Boat-
shed Market, Claremont Fresh Markets, Fresh
Provisions, the Herdsman (pictured above) and
Carine Glades are pretty evenly distributed
throughout the metropolitan area and any of
them would stock all I could possibly want
and of a very, very high standard. As with the
butchers, I would be very hard-pressed to find
more than four or five food shops as good as
these in London.
The Food Lovers' Guide to Perth, by Julie
Mews and Lisa Hummel-Robson, published by
Fremantle Press, $24.95.
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