Weekend Cooking: Dish It Up by Hayden Quinn


I’ve decided to make the Weekend Cooking meme, hosted by Beth Fish Reads  a regular monthly post at Book’d Out. Cooking is something I enjoy and I have been making more of an effort again lately, so I am looking forward to sharing some of my culinary adventures.


The MasterChef franchise is a recognisable format the world over with a dozen or more amateur home cooks competing to produce stand out dishes to win the title, some cash and the opportunity to publish their own cookbook. Hayden Quinn became a household name in 2011 as a contestant in Series 3 of MasterChef Australia. Though he didn’t win, the show changed has Hayden’s life. The handsome professional lifeguard with a degree in Marine Biology is now a regular face on television, sharing his passion for food.

After releasing a successful series of e-cookbooks,  Dish It Up has just been published by Murdoch Books. ‘From energy packed breakfasts and post-workout power foods to light, healthy savouries, travel-inspired street food, backyard feasts and special occasion meals to share with family and friends’, this cookbook contains more than fifty recipes, complete with helpful hints on cooking techniques and the best places to source ingredients. The text is supplemented by mouthwatering full page photography and QR links to video content. The recipes emphasise fresh, healthy ingredients simply prepared and served. There is a definite Asian influence, stemming from Hayden’s travels through those regions, evident in recipes such as Barbequed Asian Prawns with Noodle Salad, Green Papaya Salad in a Bag, and  Vietnamese Pho Bo.  A few Aussie staples with a twist make it in as well such as Tim’s ‘Pimped-Out’ Sausage and Egg Muffin, The Perfect Steak Sandwich with Spiced Kipflers and the Aussie Meat Pie.

I thought I’d share one of the easiest recipes in the book today in this video by Hayden Quinn, Simple Grilled Salmon with Yoghurt, Dill and Caper Sauce.

Dish It Up is available in print and ebook format, published by Murdoch Books.

Available to purchase from

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth F
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 13:14:04

    We love grilled salmon. This looks awesome. The cookbook sounds like it covers a range of occasions



  2. booksaremyfavouriteandbest
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 16:18:53

    It’s actually outrageous that I haven’t joined this meme 😉

    *dusts off the cookbooks*



  3. Teddyree
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 20:18:20

    I’m a huge fan of grilled salmon & Masterchef and do a lot of Asian inspired cooking myself so I’ll keep an eye out for Dish It Up. I try and particpate in Beth’s Weekend Cooking cooking at least once a month, it would be more if I could get organised but I did post this week 🙂



  4. Hayden Quinn
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 09:38:57

    Thanks for the write up team : )

    I am glad you enjoyed the book and like the video content as well.





  5. heatherdpear
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 07:37:46

    I haven’t heard of Master Chef, but do watch lots of cooking shows. Hubby is the one who grills the salmon here which we eat almost every week. Our favourite fish.



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