About us

The Culinary Library food blog began in August 2011 as a collaboration between two generations, Prue and Di Gramp. Both of us with a healthy obsession with food and cooking, wanted to share our successes and failures with you. All of the recipes we post reflect our passion for food in our daily life and are real recipes that work. Most culinary failures are because of bad recipes or trickery in the photography of the final dish. We believe in sourcing high quality, ethical produce from small producers: knowing where your food comes from and supporting practices we believe in.


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6 Responses to About us

  1. Belinda Cullum says:

    Looking forward to see what you girls get up to…..culinary wise!

  2. Marisa Ramos says:

    Good morning, in your excelent book: “Alchemy of the mortar & pestle” at page XI, refers to the 7 stages of alchemy and mention the casification. does it refer as mineralization or just calcium?
    Thanks and congratulations again, I really enjoy the book.

  3. Hi Marisa. Alchemy is a very ancient art that describes 7 stages or steps to change something ordinary into something extra-ordinary or precious. The first stage is called Calcification (or sometimes Calcination). It is neither mineralization nor calcium. Just turning dark into light.It simply means to begin liberating the best that is within something by the application of fire/heat and passion. When we cook we can be either alive and passionate about our raw ingredients, processes and end results or the just opposite. Food can be a joy or a drudge, it all depends on the attitude of the cook. Alchemists are magical creators and cooks are too, so we choose our food consciously, with gratitude and reverence and try and do it justice. I hope this clarifies your question. If not, just ask another.

  4. Melanie says:

    Glad to have found your blog (via GRAM). I’m a Canadian food lover staying in Australia for a while and can’t wait to read more.

  5. Christy says:

    I just read Alchemy of the Mortar & Pestle. LOVE IT! I simply cannot wait until you publish MORE!! I was hoping to find Edible Flowers & Leaves to add to my collection as well and ran across your blog site here which I will dive into now but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep up the great work!! I will spread the word on Facebook etc. Thank you!!

  6. So glad you enjoyed it Christy and thanks for spreading the word! You will be happy to know that we are working hard to get the next book, Edible Flowers and Leaves, out by Christmas so stay tuned!

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