The Whole Fish Cookbook is the bestselling cookbook that has changed the way we think about fish.
Jamie Oliver called Josh Niland one of the most impressive chefs of a generation and Yotam Ottolenghi voted the book one of his favourites – ever. Add to that a swag of awards, including: The Australian Book Industry Association’s Illustrated Book of the Year in 2020; André Simon Food Book Award 2019; and two James Beard awards in 2020 – Restaurant and Professional and the prestigious Book of the Year. The Whole Fish Cookbook was also shortlisted as debut cookbook of the year in the Fortnum & Mason food & drink awards in 2020 and longlisted as Booksellers’ choice in the adult non-fiction category by the Australian Booksellers’ Association. As well, photographer Rob Palmer won the National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2020 with a stunning photo of Josh from the book.
We all want to eat more fish, but who wants to bother spending the time, effort and money cooking that same old salmon fillet on repeat when you could be trying something new and utterly delicious? In The Whole Fish Cookbook, Sydney’s groundbreaking seafood chef Josh Niland reveals a completely new way to think about all aspects of fish cookery. From sourcing and butchering to dry ageing and curing, it challenges everything we thought we knew about the subject and invites readers to see fish for what it really is – an amazing, complex source of protein that can, and should, be treated with exactly the same nose-to-tail reverence as meat.
Featuring more than 60 recipes for dozens of fish species ranging from Cod Liver Pate on Toast, Fish Cassoulet and Roast Fish Bone Marrow to – essentially – the Perfect Fish and Chips, The Whole Fish Cookbook will soon have readers seeing that there is so much more to a fish than just the fillet and that there are more than just a handful of fish in the sea.
Chef Josh Niland has transformed the way we cook, transport, age and store fish. His ethical, sustainable and revolutionary approach is recognised globally. Fellow chefs, marine experts, seafood companies and fishmongers have applauded and embraced his philosophy. With wife Julie, and at age 27, he opened his first restaurant, Saint Peter, in Sydney’s Paddington, in 2016 to widespread acclaim. Two years later, the couple established Fish Butchery, Australia’s first sustainable fishmonger with a temperature-controlled ice-free zone where line-caught fish are dry-handled and cut to order. Josh’s pioneering approach, including his revolutionary dry-ageing philosophy, is covered in his first book, The Whole Fish Cookbook. Released in 2019, it was endorsed by a swag of leading chefs and awarded several international awards, including being named Book of the Year at the prestigious James Beards in New York in 2020. It is also being translated into nine languages.