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Melbourne by menu: the story of Melbourne's restaurant revolution

Rita Erlich
RRP $34.95
Slattery Media Group in association with the State Library of Victoria
Paperback 288pp Illustrated ISBN 9781921778582

Melbourne by menu is the story of a revolution in the restaurant world, a time when everything changed – licensing laws, technology, our tastes, the way we ate and drank.

This memoir charts Melbourne's burgeoning restaurant scene in the boom-and-bust decade of the 1980s through the eyes and words of Rita Erlich, former co-editor of The Age Good Food Guide.

Gathering menus, recipes and reviews from the era as well as entirely new essays, Melbourne by menu offers a behind-the-scenes look at the trials and triumphs of the industry's movers and shakers and shows how today's successes – and successors – grew out of the creative energy of a driven decade.

Rita Erlich is a Melbourne-based food writer whose work has appeared widely in newspapers and magazines. Her books include More than French: recipes & stories and 50 fabulous chocolate cakes.

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