Author(s): James Viles
An Australian food adventure, from the stark beauty of Tasmania due north through red earth to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
This is award-winning chef James Viles' photographic journal of his road trip due north, from Tasmania to the Gulf of Carpentaria. His focus is real food, where it comes from, how it's grown, tended and harvested, and how it sometimes flourishes in the most hostile and breathtakingly beautiful parts of Australia. James describes the people he meets along the road and the conversations he has with foragers, food producers, fishermen, tribal elders, local farmers, all of whom are knowledgeable and passionate about Australia and Australian ingredients. James also discovers that sleeping in a swag under the stars reminds him about what matters and reconnects him to his creative self. With exquisite imagery from Adam Gibson, this is an extraordinary portrait of a country.
James Viles is one of Australia's most respected chefs. Winning a coveted chef's hat in its first year, Biota Dining is one of the most awarded regional restaurants in NSW. Honoured in the Australian Financial Review Top 100 Restaurants 2015, James won The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Regional Restaurant of the Year 2015 and 2016, second hat in 2017. James' first book, Biota: Grow, gather, cook, was published by Murdoch Books in 2015.