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Thursday, September 30, 2010

The 2011 Foodies' Guide to Sydney



Always on the hunt for a new food adventure?

The 2011 Foodies' Guide to Sydney officially goes on sale on October 1, 2010 and I'm pleased to reveal my involvement as a member of the contributing team.


Foodies' Guide to Sydney contributors

A new team of eighteen food writers have combed the streets of Sydney and beyond for this fifth edition, hunting down the best bakeries, cheese specialists, chocolate makers, patissiers and more. You'll find snapshot reviews of butchers, delis, fishmongers, spice shops and greengrocers, all helpfully indexed by suburb, and clearly marked on detailed maps for easy reference and navigation.


My contributor blurb

Guided by esteemed food writers Simon Thomsen, Elizabeth Merryment, Kate Gibbs and Pauline Nguyen, and working with editor Kim Rowney, contributing to this book was a thrilling challenge. It was also a treat to work with fellow friends and colleagues Debbie Elkind, Leanne Kitchen, Billy Law and Michael Shafran.

As I crisscrossed my way around the suburbs of Sydney, spending time with shopkeepers became an illuminating experience, as each store became less of a business, and more of a life story, family legacy or personal dream.

Because that's the great thing about so many of the stores in this guide. Most are small-time producers specialising in something amazing, heartfelt and overwhelmingly delicious. Each snappy profile aims to provide not only the store highlights, but a little background information on the owners behind them, so that you, too, will feel like you know them before you've even set foot through the door.


Spotlight on food blogs

Interspersed throughout the book -- printed in full colour for the first time -- are columns featuring Chef's Favourites and "Spotlight on..." interest pieces. It wasn't until I saw the published copy that I found "Spotlight on Food Blogs" which includes Grab Your Fork.

Simon Thomsen writes:
"Helen Yee loves a good festival and is a meticulous chronicler of her adventures. Helen's appetite for Sydney had lead her into less well known parts of the city to find great Asian food. Her giveaways are a popular regular feature."
Congratulations to the other highlighted food blogs: A Table for Two, Elegant Sufficiency, Inside Cuisine and The Food Blog.

The 2011 Foodies' Guide to Sydney is on sale from 1 October 2010 and retails for $29.95 (Hardie Grant and SBS). An iPhone app is in the works and will be available shortly 18 October 2010.

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/30/2010 01:53:00 am


28 Comments:

  • At 9/30/2010 2:24 am, Anonymous Rebecca @InsideCusine.com said…

    WOW wonderful news about the food blogs being included Helen - and thanks - I just found out thanks to your post that I'm included too - can't wait to get my copy! @frombecca x

     
  • At 9/30/2010 8:23 am, Anonymous Victor Pisapia said…

    Yippee! I've always loved what SBS does with food, from the old Food Lovers' Guide with Maeve O'Meara & Joanna Savill to the new "crop". As an ardent supporter of small growers and producers, I can't wait to get my copy. This looks a treat, and will be a welcome "edition" to my library. Thanks, Helen please pass on my thanks to the team!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 9:29 am, Blogger Stephcookie said…

    Whee that's awesome news Helen! Congrats! I will definitely need to pick up a copy, you are such a talented writer :)

     
  • At 9/30/2010 9:39 am, Anonymous JanJan@CookingForMyLove said…

    Congratulations! Love your blog! Can't wait to buy the foodies guide!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 9:40 am, Blogger Yas @ hungry.digital.elf. said…

    Awesomeness! Congrats Helen! ;) Will definitely get a copy of the guide!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 9:43 am, Anonymous R said…

    Woohoo! I can't wait to eat my way through 2011 ;) thanks Foodies!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 9:53 am, Blogger Phuoc'n Delicious said…

    YAY! Congrats Helen! Love your work!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 10:52 am, Blogger A cupcake or two said…

    Good for you Helen. Yiheeeeee. You have one of the most informative food blogs around. Well deserved.

     
  • At 9/30/2010 10:53 am, Blogger Margaret Tran said…

    WOOHOO!!! CONGRATS!! =]

    It was only a matter of time til your appetite was immortalised. It's so great that food blogs are finally being given the recognition they deserve - congrats! ♥

     
  • At 9/30/2010 11:36 am, Blogger Anna said…

    congrats helen! how exciting. i note one of the other contributors was zoe lyon who i worked with in my day job!!!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 12:07 pm, Blogger OohLookBel said…

    Great work, Helen! You're a wonderfully entertaining writer and this book is the perfect way to get your work out to an even wider audience.

     
  • At 9/30/2010 12:13 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Congratulations!!! Sneaky you, sitting on that one all this time!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 12:14 pm, Blogger Shanks said…

    Well deserved mention Helen - Congrats. Love your work!!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 12:50 pm, OpenID debbii said…

    Congrats Helen! :)

     
  • At 9/30/2010 2:44 pm, Anonymous Angela said…

    Well done Helen !!!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 3:51 pm, OpenID lateraleating said…

    Congrats! Can't wait to get a copy!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 5:00 pm, Anonymous john@heneedsfood said…

    Congrats young lady! Well done!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 5:48 pm, Anonymous MissDissent said…

    Congratulations Helen, a great thing to be a part of, and lovely to see your excellent blog be mentioned!

     
  • At 9/30/2010 6:24 pm, Anonymous Trissa said…

    Helen - a big congratulations from me. Your writing is fantastic and a testament are Simon's words about you. Very well done and looking forward to bigger and better things.

     
  • At 9/30/2010 7:09 pm, Anonymous Min Ai said…

    Yay! Congratulations Helen! I knew you'd be a celebrity one day and forget about us little people.. lol! Just kidding. Can't wait to get my iphone 4 (still waiting!) and download the app! :P

     
  • At 9/30/2010 10:37 pm, Anonymous thang @ noodlies said…

    congrats Helen! Well done! Will have to keep an eye out for the guide.

     
  • At 10/01/2010 4:16 am, Blogger Gourmet Chick said…

    Congratulations Helen - so great that you were a contributor and you must be proud to have your name in print.

     
  • At 10/01/2010 1:46 pm, Blogger Ladybird said…

    Congratulations on your contribution and feature in th Foodies' Guide! You have done yourself proud, Helen :)

     
  • At 10/01/2010 3:20 pm, Blogger Brenda said…

    Congrats Helen! I love what you do!!!

     
  • At 10/01/2010 4:37 pm, Anonymous Simon @ the heart of food said…

    Congrats on the double inclusion in this year's guide, both as contributor and featured blog.

    Wonder what other future writing projects will be graced with your contribution...

     
  • At 10/02/2010 2:41 am, Anonymous Style Your Food Recipes said…

    wow Congratulation Helen on your accomplishments.

     
  • At 10/03/2010 9:56 am, Blogger Steph Bond @ Bondville said…

    Wow Helen, I'm so so so proud for you! You're an inspiration and I'm thrilled that you have been included in the book's editors. Well done!

     
  • At 10/03/2010 10:17 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments - it's so heartwarming to see so much support and kind wishes from you all.

    Don't forget you can your own copy of the Foodies' Guide by entering the GYF competition here. There are five copies to win!

    Margaret - It has been phenomenal to see how food blogs are getting taken more and more seriously every day.

    Anna - What a coincidence!

    Hannah - lol. I'm always hesitant to say anything until I see it printed right before my eyes.

    Trissa - Aww thanks. Precious praise from the Mistress of the Macaron!

    Min Ai - The iPhone app should be out 18 October, and lol, I'll always be for the people!

     

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