Bills Italian Food

Bill Granger has been one of my favourite Chefs for many years.  I own most of his cookbooks and cook from them often.  He’s a restaurateur and self taught cook whose relaxed and joyful approach to food explain his enduring popularity.  Born in Melbourne into a family of butchers and bakers, he moved to Sydney when he was nineteen.  He opened up his first restaurant Bills at 22 and now has three restaurants in Sydney, four in Japan and one in London.  This year will see the opening of Bill’s second restaurant in London and first in Hawaii.

Bill is married and a father to three daughters, his life is busy.  He’s the family cook and faces the same challenges we do trying to decide what to cook for dinner every night.  It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. I know sometimes I don’t have a clue what to make for dinner.

After holidaying in Italy Bill came home feeling refreshed and optimistic striving to be a “little bit more italian” with his meals after seeing the way families eat and entertain there. In his new book “Bills Italian Food” he’s created 100 original recipes taking inspiration from the diversity of italian regional food to make the most of fresh seasonal produce.

Bill’s Italian Food has a relaxed vibe with platters of beautifully coloured food that can be placed on the table and passed around family style.  There are so many dishes I’d like to try, some of the first being the Tomato and Mozzarella Gnocchi Bake (one of Bill’s daughter’s favourites), Orecchiette Broccolini and Chilli (pictured above), Trofie, Eggplant, Cherry Tomatoes and Pecorino and in the Dolci (Sweets) section Roasted Seasonal Fruit, Almonds and Mascarpone Cream and of all the dishes from the Slow section!

Hayley and I baked the Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake with Nutella Frosting the other night.  Hmmm, is there anything better than Nutella?  It was a dense cake made all the more delicious with a Nutella, Mascarpone cheese icing.

Bill’s Italian concentrates on simple, flavoursome dishes with a short ingredient list and uncomplicated methods.  Casual cooking that you can share with friends and family reflecting the Italian lifestyle.

Something that caught my eye immediately in the book is the stunning Italian house Bill shot his cookbook in.  It’s called Secondo Amore and is situated in Puglia at the southern end of the Valle d’Itria between Ostuni, a beautifully restored baroque town with stunning panoramic views, and the pretty centre of Ceglie Messapica. Click here  if you’d like to see more of this exquisite house.

Thanks to Harper Collins, I have a copy of “Bill’s Italian Food” to give away to one lucky reader.

You simply have to like my Farmhouse Home Facebook Page and if you’re on twitter retweet about this competition and leave a comment below saying you’ve completed this.  If you already like Farmhouse Home on facebook just leave a comment below to go into the draw.

Terms and Conditions

I have 1 copy of “Bills Italian Food” to give away to 1 reader.
The winner will be drawn at random.
The competition is open worldwide.
Winner announced Friday morning 20th September.

Good luck to everyone.

Catherine x


  1. Keely

    Nice review Catherine, Bill Granger writes fantastic cookbooks with some really special recipes. I already like you on facebook, so maybe I'll win it :)
    Hope you had a great time in Sydney. I'll look forward to meeting up next time you're up my way. Or maybe I'll come and visit you instead!

  2. Caro

    What a lovely site! I saw Amanda's tweet about this competition and am a huge Bill Granger fan, but don't have the new book yet, so thought I'd enter. I'm loving your site, what a pleasant Monday morning discovery. :)

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