Ester Cookbook Review

Ester Cookbook Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
March 18, 2024

Ester: Australian Cooking

We have been missing our restaurant cookbook series, so this week, we decided to bring you Ester cookbook review.

Authored by Mat Lindsay, the visionary behind the acclaimed Ester restaurant in inner Sydney, this book is more than a mere collection of recipes; it's an invitation to rediscover the joy of cooking with an adventurous spirit.

Ester Cookbook Review

Embarking on a Culinary Adventure

Ester Cookbook stands out not only as a testament to Mat's culinary expertise but also as a herald of modern Australian cuisine. It breaks the mold of traditional restaurant cookbooks by encouraging readers to play with their food, embracing the adventure that cooking can be.

From igniting a fire to roast oysters, grilling salads, or even burning a pavlova, Mat's approach is about creating experiences, not just meals.

The essence of Ester's wood-fired oven and the transformative magic it brings to food is captured within the pages of this book. Yet, Mat assures us that the fundamentals of his cooking remain accessible to home cooks, regardless of their location. 

The recipes and techniques presented are designed to be adaptable, encouraging experimentation and a break from conventional culinary boundaries.

Ester Cookbook Review
Potato Pasta. Photography by Patricia Niven (p. 108)

A Distinctive Flavor of Australian Food

Mat's cooking style resists easy labels, yet it's unmistakably full-flavored and distinctively Australian. It showcases a generous use of mindfully chosen seafood, vegetables cooked to perfection, and meats treated with respect and time. 

This culinary approach is not just about the food but also about creating memorable dining experiences that embody a "no-rules good time."

Ester Cookbook goes beyond being a mere collection of recipes; it's a source of inspiration for new ideas in the kitchen and at the table. Whether it's rethinking the possibilities of toast, roasting fruit, trying Mat's classic cauliflower, or embracing Sunday lunch, the book is filled with innovative ideas to cook and live by.

Ester Cookbook Review
Calamari and Lardo Skewers. Photography by Patricia Niven (p. 160)

Final Thoughts

Mat's Cookbook is not just another addition to the plethora of cookbooks available today. It is a revolutionary guide that encourages readers to engage with food in new and exciting ways.

For those seeking to bring a sense of adventure and innovation into their cooking, this book promises to be an invaluable companion. As we embrace the ethos of Mat Lindsay's cooking, we're not just learning new recipes; we're being invited to a culinary adventure that redefines what it means to cook and dine in the modern era.


The Ester Cookbook revolutionizes home cooking with an array of imaginative recipes and engaging culinary philosophies. An excellent cookbook for anyone aiming to infuse their cooking with a sense of adventure and a taste of modern Australian cuisine.









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