28 August 2012

Book Launch: 'Have You Eaten?' cookbook by Billy Law at Mood For Love, Sydney (27 Aug 2012)

Mood for Billy's Cooking

Excitement filled the Westfield Sydney air as Masterchef contestant Billy Law launched his much awaited cookbook to adoring fans at Chinta Ria Mood for Love. Canapes were served to those who registered for the free pre-launch book signing event plus plenty of TsingTao beer and wines by Motif and Kesketh. A small supportive army of MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules contestants also graced the limelight providing extra buzz for the fans. Billy's cookbook was on sale for $45 by Kinokuniya. It was great to see so many mouth-watering recipes and Billy's photography and styling is top notch — well done! I'm hoping Billy will one day open a restaurant so I can try his Golden Sand Mud Crab or Deep-fried Soft Shell Crab with Som Tum and perhaps for dessert his very unusual Vegemite Cheesecake which I'm sure will challenge a few to try.

PROS: Great looking cookbook with excellent photography and delicious looking recipes
CONS: I'm not much of a cook so I'm hoping someone will invite me to sample the dishes if they cook ;-)
MUST TRY: Having a better look at the recipes to see if there's any simple ones I might be able to do
VERDICT: A well-attended event that provided opportunity for fans to meet Billy and get a signed copy of his cookbook
Taro canape

Sassy Roll canape — great hit of chilli sauce

Pandan Chicken canape — great taste although two hands required to eat as the pandan needed to be unwrapped first.

Drinks on offer

Book signing

Char kuey teow recipe — I noticed without the clams

Golden sand mud crab recipe — looks great

Deep-fried soft shell crab with som tum — I want it now!

Vegemite Cheesecake — I'm curious to taste this one

Speech time

Buddha and Billy Law

MasterChef contestants Julia Taylor, Danielle Dixon and Kumar Pereira

Bella and Sammy from My Kitchen Rules 
MasterChef contestants Kevin Perry and Peter Vickery

Corporate Chef Adam Moore now proud owner of Billy's new cookbook
Cookbook lovers, Chanel (right) from Cats Love Cooking
Penny (left) from Jeroxie, Sneh Roy (right) from Cook Republic
WOW, that's the biggest yee sang I've ever seen
Busy kitchen making the canapes 
Food Safety Result 5 stars = Excellent. Good to know. 

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Richard Elliot said...

It's fantastic for Billy that he has a cookbook out. Just checked and it isn't released in the UK until 1st October, but I'll definitely be buying a copy.

Chanel said...

Great coverage Simon! A huge congrats to Billy, the book looks beautiful.

Sophie @ teathyme said...

Didn't get the chance to visit the book launch as I'd hope, so it's great to see this review of it. The book looks amazing must get a copy ASAP!

Simon Leong said...

hi richard, i'm sure you'll love it

hi chanel, he's such a great photographer

hi sophie, hope you enjoy once you get a copy.

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