The dilemma…Do it yourself from scratch or buy ingredients that are pre-made?

“A recognised food professional who advocates purchasing pre-made products?  Can this be true?”

Canon Meatballs, Kan Tong Sweet & Sour Rice and Pre-Cooked Rice

Canon Meatballs, Kan Tong Sweet & Sour Rice and Pre-Cooked Rice

With all the positive health messages out there that trash fast food, it is no wonder that the general public might be confused about whether it is best to cook food from scratch or if it is okay to use pre-packaged foods.  After all, is it cheating to serve up a pre-packaged meal to your guests?

Grace Maiolo is a qualified butcher who has been working in the trade for over 40 years and has over 35 years of entertaining experiece.  Grace caters for weddings, business functions, funerals and family/friends functions as well, so has prepared thousands of meals for guests of all different levels of society.

In her book, The Butcher Who Bakes, Grace advocates for the use of “local, fresh, pre-made nutritious products” where you are time challenged or daunted by the prospect of starting from scratch.

No doubt this stance will raise eyebrows with food critics and experts who are on the all-natural is best train.  But according to Grace, unless we encourage our young people to start preparing food in their own kitchens we will not convince them to make the break from fast food options that are super quick and loaded with fats and sugars.  We need to provide them with quick and easy recipes that build their confidence and encourage them to entertain at home.

Grace’s philosophy is that if you can teach young people how to entertain with style, encouraging them to look for easy options that don’t compromise on the look and taste of the end product and are economical, helping them to build their confidence, you are going to build a love of cooking in them that will lead to them experimenting with food.  And once they start experimenting with food, the prospect of trying something from scratch will not be as daunting.

The Butcher Who Bakes is the quintessential guide to entertaining and contains recipes that do use pre-made products that are tried and tested where practical.  It is designed specifically for the time poor or inexperienced cook with the goal of helping to show them how easy it is to entertain with style.  It also demonstrates how easy it is to plate your food so that it has that restaurant feel.

See blog… “Can you create a Restaurant Feel in Your Own Home?  I’m not a chef you know!”

Pre-Sales of The Butcher Who Bakes


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The Butcher Who Bakes cookbook has been launch at Friends Restaurant at the Hyatt Hotel and will feature at the Royal Show in Perth, 1st week of October 2011.

The book is now available for sale, and contains:

  • 48 of Grace’s favourite recipes
  • 8 table setting ideas
  • and special Butcher’s Tips bonus section with knife care and meat cuts and the women who have inspired Grace.

The Butcher Who Bakesfeatures recipes that any person can cook…you don’t have to be skilled at cooking to be able to follow Grace’s recipes, as they come with step-by-step photos of the method and use products that are in most pantry cupboards or are easily accessible at your local continental deli.

A fantastic resource for every kitchen, the guide is designed for both men and women and is the culmination of over 35 years of entertaining experience.

“Grace is definitely the hostess with the mostest and her philosophy for cooking is simple…great food that is easy to make, tastes fabulous and looks sensational,” says publisher, Hayley Solich.

“Being a butcher, you will love Grace’s butchers tips throughout the cookbook, whether it is how to spot a great cut of meat or which cut will best suit what style of cooking, you will love her perspective.

“And you will also enjoy Grace’s anecdotes from her life as a butcher…a little about the woman behind the cookbook and the amazing people that have graced her table.  This really is so much more than just a cookbook…it’s a complete entertaining guide on how to entertain with grace.”


At $19.95 plus postage for the soft cover version, the cookbook is both affordable and great value, so don’t miss out.  Buy your copy now and we’ll mail it to you as soon as it arrives from the printers.

The Butcher Who Bakes Cookbook – Soft Cover

And if you want something a bit more special, perhaps to give as a birthday gift or for Christmas, we are offering a limited number of hard cover copies, complete with ribbon so you can bookmark your favourite recipe, gift boxed and ready to give for just $29.99.

The Butcher Who Bakes – Hard Cover Gift Boxed


Be the first to own your copy of The Butcher Who Bakes as we are confident it will sell quickly.


The Butcher Who Bakes has been sponsored by…

Meat & Livestock Australia

Master Butchers Limited

Canon Foods

Foodworks Fresh at Forrestfield

L J Hooker Thornlie

The Creaticians


Stellar Visions

Studio Classique

and 6PR Radio Station


FOR BULK PURCHASE for RESALE please email our Sales Department.