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Published November 19th 2016
Do you need some inspiring salad ideas?

Neighbourhood is a plant based cookbook by Hetty McKinnon, who established Arthur Street Kitchen. She is a home cook with a passion for vegetables and local foods. This is her second book where she showcases the salads and sweets with stories from Australia and abroad.


Hetty says in her introduction that 'no matter where you live in the world, it is the daily rituals of food that strongly influence the way we live. It is the places we visit daily.....that have inspired my latest salad-making adventures, with exciting new international flavours and bold new vegetables'.

The cookbook is a 'physical compilation of the sights, sounds and colours of a geographical area' and that she is 'continually drawn to the role of food as a social anchor in a neighbourhood'.


The book has beautiful photographs of each recipe and street scenes of places to buy food and eat. Each recipe has a dedicated page of instructions, serving size, suggested substitutions and options to make the recipe gluten-free or vegan. We made the olive oil and sea salt molten brownies and they were divine.

Be tempted by recipes for
bean chilli with crispy tortilla strips and creamy avocado salsa
kinda nicoise with fried green beans, roasted kale, lentils, steamed eggs and caper mayo
slow-cooked chickpeas with roasted carrots, spinach and za'tar,
honey-roasted brussel sprouts with quinoa and lentil pilaf
Pho noodle salad with tofu, wombok and broccolini
Green and gold salad of asparagus and golden beets with faro, crispy sage and lemon brown butter
Raspberry mousse
Orange blossom, yoghurt and cardamom cake


The book is divided into chapters based on different country's influences - American, French, Mediterranean, Asian Fusion, Asian and Australian. The book has instructions on salad preparation and suggest four handy ways to use leftover salad.

If you are vegetarian or looking for some inspiring ways to add more vegetables to your diet, then grab of copy of Hetty McKinnen's Neighbourhood cookbook.

Neighbourhood is available in paperback from your favourite bookseller.

ISBN: 9781743538982
Published by Pan Macmillan Australia

About the author

Hetty McKinnon is a home cook with a passion for vegetables. In 2011, she established Arthur Street Kitchen, a community kitchen with a simple concept: local food for local people. From her inner city terrace kitchen in Surry Hills, Sydney, Hetty dreamed up and cooked flavour-packed, hearty, seasonal salads, which she delivered to locals on her bicycle.

In 2015, Hetty, with her family and Arthur Street Kitchen in tow, relocated to the rather larger neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York City, where she continues to deliver salads to locals, run creative pop-up events and cater lunches, making food friends along the way. Hetty also writes about her experience of food, life and adventure in Brooklyn on her blog.

Her first cookbook, Community: Salad Recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen, was published in 2014.
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Why? Salads and sweets cookbook
When: Published September 2016
Where: At your local bookshop
Cost: RRP: $39.99
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