*SOLD OUT* A Virtual Evening with Hetty McKinnon

*SOLD OUT* A Virtual Evening with Hetty McKinnon

*SOLD OUT* This event has reached capacity.

Our favourite cookbook author, Hetty McKinnon, is back with To Asia, With Love.

Join us on Zoom as Hetty discusses the meals of her childhood and Asian home cooking with Melissa Leong and Benjamin Law!

‘To Asia, With Love is my homecoming, a joyous return to the humble, yet deeply nurturing flavours and meals of my childhood as a Chinese girl born in Australia. It is also a celebration of the exciting and delicious possibilities of modern Asian cooking.’

Recipes range from the traditional – salt and pepper eggplant, red curry laksa, congee, a perfectly simple egg, pea and ginger fried rice – to Hetty’s uniquely modern interpretations, such as buttery miso vegemite noodles, stir-fried salt and vinegar potatoes, cacio e pepe udon noodles and grilled wombok caesar salad with wonton crackers. All share an emphasis on seasonal vegetables and creating irresistible Asian(ish) flavours using pantry staples.

Whether it’s a banh mi turned into a salad, a soy-sauce-powered chocolate brownie or a rainbow guide to eating dumplings by the season, this is Asian home cooking unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

Please note:

  • The link to join the virtual event along with a password will sent on the day of the event at 5:30pm. Please check your email.
  • This event will be conducted using the video conferencing platform Zoom. You do not need to create a Zoom account to join, but users on a mobile device i.e. phone or tablet will need to download the Zoom app. Desktop and laptop users can join via the link.
  • The Zoom event will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube and used on our social media channels. You may switch off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.


Hetty sqaure

Hetty McKinnon is a cook and food writer with a passion for vegetables. In 2011, she established Arthur Street Kitchen, a local salad-delivery business run out of her home in Surry Hills, Sydney. In 2015, Hetty and her family relocated to Brooklyn, New York City, where she continues to cook and write about food.

As well as her genre-defining debut Community, Hetty is the author of two further bestselling cookbooks: Neighbourhood and the award-winning Family. She is also the editor and publisher of food journal Peddler and hosts its podcast ‘The House Specials’. Her recipes and writing can be found in ABC Life, Good Food, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Food & Wine and The Guardian.


Also by Hetty McKinnon:

Community   family2    neighbourhood


Melissa sqaureIf it has anything to do with the Australian food industry, chances are that Melissa Leong has written or broadcast about it, collaborated with, or has them on speed dial. A freelance food + travel writer, food media consultant, radio broadcaster, television presenter, MC and cookbook editor, this first generation Singaporean Australian isn’t afraid to consume anything at least once.

Melissa’s work as a television host and judge can currently be seen on Channel 10’s MasterChef Australia, alongside fellow judges Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen. Her previous work on SBS Television’s hit series The Chefs’ Line is currently on Netflix US. Melissa is also a season regular on Justine Schofield’s Everyday Gourmet and Matt Sinclair’s The Cook’s Pantry, also on Network Ten. Photo credit: Luisa Brimble


Benjamin-sqaureBenjamin Law is the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 (2017), and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). Benjamin created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, based on his memoir, and his sold-out debut play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company) ran February–March 2020.

In 2019, he was named one of the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit’s (AALS) 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians (winning the Arts, Culture & Sport category) and one of Harper’s Bazaar’s Visionary Men. He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Photo credit: Daniel Francisco Robles


When: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Where: Zoom