'Cook!' art exhibition celebrates 100th anniversary of the Barossa Cookery Book

Sweet Barossa Memories: Artist Janelle Amos working on her entry 'Deconstructed Honey Biscuits'.
Sweet Barossa Memories: Artist Janelle Amos working on her entry 'Deconstructed Honey Biscuits'.

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Barossa Cookery Book, the Barossa Regional Gallery is holding an exhibition of local works that pay tribute to the iconic collection of recipes.

Exhibition curator Maz McGann said the longevity of the Barossa Cookery Book was something worth celebrating.

“They haven’t changed it,” she said.

“There’s some quirky things in the cookbook. Things like giblet soup, scalped brains, ox tongue—stuff you wouldn’t find in contemporary books.

“People might not necessarily cook from it, but as a piece of history it transforms people in time really.

“A time where we used to cook weird and wonderful things.”

The Barossa Cookery Book, first printed in 1917 to raise funds for the war effort, is said to be the first regional cookbook in Australia. 

“There’s recipes being used here that have come out with the German and English migrants and are still being used today,” Ms McGann said. 

The ‘Cook!’ exhibition is also a competition between the featured artists of various mediums, with the winning piece to be announced on Wednesday, April 19.

The successful artist will win a $1000 cash prize from sponsor Carême Pastry.