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Noosa has its own cookbook, Cook Noosa

Known for its culinary delights, the Noosa region now has a fitting tribute to its plentiful gastronomic pleasures. Beautiful Cook Noosa cookbook contains 120 recipes from the region’s favourite restaurants, cafes, producers and providores.

From Hastings St to the hinterland, Cook Noosa shares the best recipes from the bountiful Noosa region in its 256 pages. Bound by a hard cover featuring local artist Lisa Morgan’s stunning work, aptly named Looking Out Noosa, Cook Noosa features beautiful photography from all local Noosa photographers.

The book was printed in Australia and proudly supports Australian food charity, OzHarvest. It is the brainchild of Noosa local, Leesa Watson, whose Hastings Street business, Lamington, supports Australian products and brands.

As she describes in the book’s introduction, Cook Noosa is much more than another cookbook, it is a love letter to the beautiful flavours of the region, and a way of life for her and her food-loving family.

“When asked to sum up Noosa, I have three words. Noosa Farmers Markets,” Leesa said. “It’s the reason we moved here 11 years ago and it remains why I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. It has been a part of our lives every Sunday since then and will be until my ashes join my grandmothers across Little Cove.

“This book was created to celebrate this region’s incredible bounty, and tip our caps to the magnificent ways Noosa’s myriad food venues and producers honour it in their own unique and delectable ways.

“I believe that’s what Noosa’s eating venues do best,” Leesa said. “They take advantage of the head start they’ve been given with all this world-class local produce and highlight on a plate in stunning and delicious ways. Cook Noosa is a toast to the abundance of quality on offer in Noosa. It is a way for people to take it home with them and enjoy it with their families in new ways.

“For me and my family, Cook Noosa is our everyday life. It is where and how we live. Both at home in Doonan with my chef husband Andrew, our teenage son Charlie and often neighbours and friends, and in our daily lives out in the community.

“Be it enjoying our coffee at Moto, celebrating a special birthday at Wood Fire Grill or Thomas Corner Eatery, or grabbing a Friday night take-away from Kaali Gourmet Indian, a Mother Earth Smoothie from The Sunflower Hotel at Noosa Farmers Market, or collecting our organic, free-range meat from the best butcher in the world, Eumundi Meats. The list in endless. This is our life.

“We have dined, purchased or consumed from every one of Cook Noosa’s contributor’s establishments, many on a weekly basis. They are a regular part of our lives and now so are these wonderful recipes. Sushi Yah Man’s Poke Bowl is on our weekly rotation and breakfast hasn’t been the same since we tried Providore on Hastings’ oats recipe.

“Opening each recipe was like receiving the most beautiful love letter. I would call my husband and tell him we had a new dish to try that night, and so the treasure hunt for ingredients would begin,” Leesa said.

“We wish you the same enjoyment and bountiful riches exploring your way through this treasure trove of Noosa’s best fare. Good appetite!”

Cook Noosa, $50, is available for purchase at