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Friday, May 20, 2011

Freebie Friday: Win 1 of 3 copies of Voracious

Hungry? Sink your teeth into Voracious, a collection of newly commissioned essays that celebrates "The Best New Australian Food Writing". Many of you will have already read my contribution, ABC, detailing my experiences on growing up as first generation Australian, and my thoughts on reconciling my cultural heritage with my nationality.

The good folk at Hardie Grant have kindly offered up three books as prizes for Grab Your Fork readers. This is your chance to read new pieces from Pauline Nguyen, Matthew Evans, Alan Saunders, Jill Dupleix, Gay Bilson and one of my new favourites, Benjamin Law.

Don't forget that Voracious will be launched tomorrow during the Sydney Writers Festival hosted by AA Gill, the acerbic restaurant reviewer visiting from the UK. If you missed his discussion with Anthony Bourdain at Sydney Town Hall last night, this is your chance to see him - for free!

Voracious will be launched during the Sydney Writers Festival
- Hosted by food writer AA Gill

Date: Saturday 21 May 2011
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: WatersEdge, Pier 1, 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free, no bookings
All details


One copy of Voracious: The Best New Australian Food Writing published by Hardie Grant.

Prize value: $29.95

There are three copies to win.

Please note: Entries are restricted to Australia only.

All you have to do is fulfil the requirements below:

Option 1:
  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell us: What do you eat when you have a voracious appetite?
  2. And then send an email to grabyourforkfreebiefriday@yahoo.com.au with the subject heading "Voracious" and include your full name and a copy of your published comment from this post.
Option 2:
  1. Enter via the Grab Your Fork facebook fan page. Simply leave your answer on the event listing here.
The winning entry will be decided on honesty, creativity or entertainment value. Don't be shy! You've got to be in it to win it! Readers may submit multiple entries as long as each answer is different.

The Voracious competition closes on Wednesday 15 June 2011 at 9.30pm AEST. The winner will be announced on Grab Your Fork on Thursday 16 June 2011.

EDIT: This competition has now closed. Congratulations to the winners announced here.

Related Grab Your Fork posts:
Win a $100 gourmet food hamper from eFarmersMarket (closes Tues 7 June)
Win two tickets to a Taste Food Tour in Bankstown (closes Tues 28 June) 
32 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 5/20/2011 12:39:00 am


  • At 5/20/2011 9:15 am, Blogger Jennifer Reid said…

    This is really embarrassing, but when my kids were just babies, I was so busy changing nappies, heating bottles, washing baby clothes & blending veges for baby food, that on one bad day I voraciously scoffed down SIX Time Out chocolate bars, one after the other.
    The sugar fix made me feel great at the time, but I never lived it down...over 10 years later, whenever I mention that I'm hungry in my household, my hubby & kids still suggest that I eat "6 Time Outs"!! :))

  • At 5/20/2011 11:05 am, Anonymous Bambi said…

    1 big bowl of pho beef rice noodle soup and a quarter crispy skin chicken, followed by a bar of darrel lea dark chocolate

  • At 5/20/2011 11:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    1 big pot of home made pasta covered with butter, chilli, garlic, a load of grated parmesan and fresh basil. mmmmmm

  • At 5/20/2011 12:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When I'm hungry I eat hot chips with lots of gravy. I miss the days when they came wrapped in paper.

  • At 5/20/2011 1:13 pm, Anonymous Jonathon James Clarke said…

    It has to be penne carbonara, and has been for some years. Nothing seems to be as filling, or as satisfying. This is an exciting competition! I loved what I read the other day ~ may they all write as well as you! :)

  • At 5/20/2011 2:05 pm, Blogger Diariesofabeautifullady said…

    Filipino Food! Crispy Pork Knuckles with 5 cups of steamed hot rice and loads of Ube (Purple Yam) with Cheese Ice Cream for dessert!!!

  • At 5/20/2011 5:52 pm, Blogger YaYa said…

    Bad habit, skipping breakfast. Waiting for mum who is seeing doctor at medical centre in shopping centre. Saw deli. Bought Haberfield bakery roll and wedge of Buche D'Affinois double cream cheese. Went to collect mum and realised I had devoured entire wedge of cheese and bread. Voracious.(But it was a small wedge.)

  • At 5/22/2011 1:49 am, Anonymous Trippas W said…

    A whole block of chocolate (or even worse, multiple blocks)... without taking a breath.

  • At 5/22/2011 1:50 am, Anonymous Jo Ann T said…

    Steak and fries!!!! Looove steak and fries!!!!

  • At 5/22/2011 1:50 am, Anonymous Natalie D said…

    Gyozas for a voracious appetite!!!! ALL fillings equally delicious but how to stop is the problem!!!! Dipped in a spicy soy, vinegar and chilli oil mix. My tastebuds are going craaaazy just thinking about it!!! Think I'll do a batch of Shrimp, Pork and Chives now. Anyone care to TRY and share???

  • At 5/22/2011 1:51 am, Anonymous Michela C said…

    A nice pice of Parmigiano Reggiano with hot form the oven sordough bread!

  • At 5/22/2011 1:51 am, Anonymous Pete L said…

    Breakfast - at whatever hour (usually late at night). A bowl of spelt maple muesli usually does the trick.

  • At 5/22/2011 1:52 am, Anonymous Kathy M said…

    Homemade hamburgers with the lot.

  • At 5/22/2011 1:52 am, Anonymous Claire D said…

    ra V enously ram fistfuls of mini eggs down my gullet.
    glutt O nously gobble grainwaves cheese and chive chips.
    g R eedyly get through an entire block of cadbury’s snack chocolate.
    ins A tiable cravings for goodfella’s loaded cheese pizza.
    rapa C ious tendencies towards the entire contents of my pantry and fridge.
    big appet I te means devouring an entire BBQ chicken in one sitting.
    pig O ut on salty homemade popcorn.
    h U ngry for vanilla ice cream smothered in warm caramel sauce.
    exces S ive eating patterns that follow hormonal patterns.

  • At 5/22/2011 1:53 am, Anonymous Sally M said…

    On Monday, while I was on the road for work, I put the very hungry caterpillar to shame and took myself by surprise in the process – 7am: 1 big bowl of cornflakes with sultanas and milk, 2 slices of fruit loaf and a cup of tea; 9am: a bacon quiche from the pie shop that I passed; 12md: a hot chicken and gravy roll with pepper; 2.30pm:... KFC wicked wings and hot chips; 5.30pm: macadamia shortbread from the hotel minibar; 7pm: 300g fillet steak and the world’s largest baked potato drowning in sour cream (the waitress kept coming by, asking if I was finished because she’d not seen a “lady” finish the meal. I growled that I would let her know when I was finished ie. When my plate was empty!), a bowl of vegies (supposed to serve 2) and at 9pm: I topped it all off with chocolate fondue, strawberries, shortbread, kiwifruit, marshmallows.
    The following morning I started all over again – with eggs benedict with shaved ham off the bone!

  • At 5/22/2011 1:53 am, Anonymous Ladylaurizdegumantenorio B said…

    Filipino Food! Crispy Pork Knuckles with 5 cups of steamed hot rice and loads of Ube (Purple Yam) with Cheese Ice Cream for dessert!!!

  • At 5/22/2011 1:54 am, Anonymous Sandra B said…

    Pad Kee Mow from Pron Prohm on Redfern St., very nice! Or a good old Chinese Noodle House with the lot: fried dumplings, stir-fried noodles, special hot eggplant and cucumber salad! Or a nice Pizza in Haberfield... yum!

  • At 5/22/2011 1:54 am, Anonymous Karina W said…

    A large rack of BBQ pork ribs!

  • At 6/03/2011 1:52 am, Anonymous Cathy L said…

    (set to tune of "my favourite things") Cheese toasties, potatoes all roasty. Piping hot chestnuts and sourdough loafies. Schnitzel and croissants and chocolates galore, voraciously eaten til I can't eat no

  • At 6/03/2011 1:53 am, Anonymous Sally M said…

    My chicken roast dinner complete with: a lemon, bacon and herb stuffing, and all the veg - crunchy golden roast potatoes, sticky sweet potato, collapsing chunks of roast pumpkin, caramelised roast carrot, parsnip and just-cooked through, tender crisp green beans all swimming in (made-from the roast chicken pan) gravy - not that instant gravy rubbish. And, if my husband was in on the act there would be roast chokos because for a reason unbeknown to me - that is his favourite roasted vegetable.

  • At 6/03/2011 1:53 am, Anonymous Sally M said…

    Today, my voracious appetite is calmed momentarily by a tin of spaghetti with extra cheese melted through it and a hot cheese and bacon bread roll. This is a VERY temporary "fix" while I urge on tonight's dinner time because I'll be making Cantonese bbq pork and fried rice! Ohhhhh yum!

  • At 6/03/2011 1:54 am, Anonymous Sally M said…

    Are you sure you want to keep the competition open until 15th June? I could go on forever and ever without pausing to consider my next mouthful....
    a home made tapas feast - starting with marinated bbq baby octopus and prawns and finishing with the last few drops of sangria when I can fit only a few drops of liquid into the "gaps" in my belly and I have undone the top button of my trousers and pulled my top back down to hide the evidence!

  • At 6/08/2011 2:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    were lucky enough to have some great seafood places you can even buy direct from the trawlers when were having a pig out day its lots of crabs, bugs, prawns and oysters, mmmmm so good we once went to morgans seafood restarant when they had a buffet and we must have eaten 6 plates between the 2 of us.

  • At 6/13/2011 8:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I will dig in to a trusty jaffle. Avocado, ham, tomato, feta and a squirt of lemon juice. Not the most sophisticated meal, but it makes me smile :)

  • At 6/14/2011 12:53 pm, Anonymous Tania said…

    Has put my co-workers off for years, but my mid-morning snack is tuna, whole egg mayo and onion atop either toasted sourdough or a cheese scone (washed down with a couple of pieces of chocolate covered licorice!). Sounds gross, but hits the spot!

  • At 6/14/2011 7:00 pm, Anonymous koukla said…

    I scoff anything and everything that I can find... mostly chocolate, including mint slice bickies, coffee ice cream drizzled with Kahlua, and salt and vinegar chips which I share with the cat coz they're her favourite flavour.
    ps, i'm lactose intolerant so I really pay for my binges.

  • At 6/15/2011 11:26 am, Blogger paeonia rosea said…

    A huge bowl of whole oat porridge(made with milk) containing a half a dozen almonds, a few spoonfuls of LSA(ground linseed, almonds and sunflower seed mix), a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and a handful of frozen blueberries tossed into the saucepan at the last minute..I will mix it up with a splotch of honey from time to time.
    In summer I will have the same mix but uncooked/as muesli.
    Very satisfying for both the guts and the health-freak in me.

  • At 6/16/2011 2:39 am, Anonymous Louise-Ann P said…

    When I have a voracious appetite, I eat anything in sight!!

  • At 6/16/2011 2:40 am, Anonymous Liz M said…

    I tend to gravitate towards sweet foods. A favourite is ooey-gooey chocolate brownies. YUM.

  • At 6/16/2011 2:40 am, Anonymous Alison L said…

    Ribs, Ribs, Ribs!!! Sticky, juicy, ribs in massive quantities!! My Voracious appetite means that I often dream about and indulge in sweeeeeeeet RIBS!!

  • At 6/16/2011 2:40 am, Anonymous Alison L said…

    My Voracious appetite got the better of me recently.. i ate half a bowl of Ganache that i had made for my sons birthday cake There's just no stopping me sometimes :-)

  • At 6/16/2011 3:16 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Thank you everyone for your entries. This competition has now closed. Congratulations to the winners announced here.


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