After selling her tiny but acclaimed hole-in-the-wall café in Melbourne, Jade O’Donahoo wanted to share the secrets of her favourite dishes. She wrote down the recipes, compiling them as a gift to loyal customers and friends. Beautiful illustrations followed, and the project evolved, first to a blog, and ultimately to this little book. Eat This, My Friend is O’Donahoo’s collection of more than 60 lovingly illustrated recipes for versatile, healthy veggie dishes that are fuss-free and especially good when shared with friends.

Breeze through breakfast with her delicious and healthy Choc-tahini spread or Labneh and beetroot bagel or stave off that lunchtime hunger pangs with a Lemony broccoli quinoa salad, or a Peperonata tart. This book has you covered for every occasion. A whole chapter is set aside for sides, a meal that is often overlooked, with raw zucchini agrodolce or honey and harissa glazed sweet potato. Then you get to the sweet treats such as apricot and coconut bliss balls or lemon, yoghurt and polenta muffins. O’Donahoo also offers handy tips on kitchen equipment, staples for your pantry and recipes to make your own condiments and sauces.

Eat This, My Friend is the result of 15 years of collecting recipes, drawing and illustrating, of cooking and tasting and sharing, a book that will help you realise that incredible food need not be complicated or time-consuming, nor do you need to be a chef to be able to prepare it, a book that makes you actually want to cook.

Jane O’Donahoo