I’m Rita Erlich, food writer and consultant. I write about food in its forms and meanings – restaurants, recipes, nutrition, history, culture, agriculture, wine – in newspapers, magazines and websites. The latest book was The Makers: a story of food, family and foreigners, published by Hardie Grant and available at Home IMG_0510Make It stores or on-line at http://homemakeit.com.au.

I worked with Chef Scott Pickett, of Estelle, ESP,  and Saint Crispin on his book SP: A Cook’s Story. . The year before that I edited The Road to QV: The Red Spice Road Story. All miine is Melbourne by Menu, published by Slattery Media, publishers of More than French: recipes and stories, which I wrote with chef Philippe Mouchel. Melbourne by Menu is an irregular history of restaurants, people and dining from the 1980s onwards. A new edition of 50 Fabulous Chocolate Cakes (published by Penguin) is, sadly, out of print, but you might be able to find it on-line. Other books? The first was Two in the Kitchen (with the late Dennis Pryor). Others include 15 Minute Food, Using Your Noodles, Around Melbourne (in a series on Australian wine regions), Color Me Healthy (with Dr Alice Murkies), and Regional Food: Australia’s Health and Wealth (with Professor Mark Wahlqvist AO and Ruth Riddell). I co-edited The Age Good Food Guide for 15 years, from 1984-1998. There’s broadcasting – especially about travel, usually on ABC radio, on the Nightlife show with Tony Delroy. Not to mention demonstrating, lecturing and public speaking too.

 

Photo by Alex White.