Welcome to the space I share with Alex White. Check out Cooking for recipes, new products and recipes; find out about all things liquid in Drinking, including some favoured New Zealand wines; restaurant reviews and news in Eating Out; and explore other places and tours in Travelling. There are some useful addresses in Travelling for eating out in Paris, Bordeaux and Montpellier, as well as Hong Kong, with some extra tips there for nothern Italy. The new place for us is Bolzano, in Alto Adige, close to the Austrian border. Find out more about where we stayed, ate, visited, and what we drank. Click here. Looking for books for yourself or gifts? Go to the Cooking page. 

I've just finished the judging for the Golden Plates Awards, regional restaurant awards in the Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong-Otway regions http://www.goldenplateawards.com.au/  and I've just completed the editing of The Road to QV: The Red Spice Road story, which will be launched this month at QV. Book now for the launch dinner http://www.redspiceroad.com/blogs/38-the-road-to-qv 

December is the time for catch-up lunches. My favourites in and around the city are The Point at Albert Park http://www.thepointalbertpark.com.au. The Italian at 101 Collins Street http://theitalian.com.au/, Epocha at 49 Rathdowne St, Carlton http://www.epocha.com.au/, and Pure South at Southgate http://www.puresouth.com.au/
Books written recently:  Melbourne by Menu (Slattery Media, $34.95), now out. It's an irregular history of dining in Melbourne, an account of some of the key restaurants of the 1980s -with their menus from the time - and a follow-up on what happened next. It's the story of how Melbourne got to be such a great food city. Order it from your bookstore, or online from http://www.slatterymedia.com/store/viewItem/melbourne-by-menu Read about it in Corrie Perkin's piece in the Weekly Review. 

Catch me on video following the State Library of Victoria's wonderful Gusto! exhibition, which ended in April. It was culinary history of Victoria, arranged thematically. http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/audio-video/rita-erlich-gusto

More than French: recipes & stories, which I wrote with Philippe Mouchel (published by Slattery Media), is full of great recipes and Philippe's own story. A new edition of 50 Fabulous Chocolate Cakes (published by Penguin) was also released last year.

Visiting Melbourne? Or living in Melbourne? Check out the Eating Out page for places to eat in the central city area, and some others. See the Reading page (it's with Cooking) for what books I am reading, and an account of the wonderful Lady Clark of Tillypronie. See Cooking for a version of tiramisu and other recipes, In Drinking, there's news of the wines of Alto Adige, what's happening in vineyards in Chablis,  the celebration of 35 years of Main Ridge Estate on the Mornington Peninsula, and a report on the wineries we visited in Burgundy, including some of our favourite wines from vintage 2008. BBC is part of Drinking, too.  

Last year we hosted a week in the Dordogne, immersed in regional life. Think truffles, chestnuts, gateaux, chateaux, mushrooms, foie gras, ducks, markets. Download the full itinerary at www.dordogne-country-house.com  Do check the site.  We're taking bookings for 2015. It's a great week of exploring local food and wines, meeting producers, enjoying the life of a small village.