Nilla Tomkins, the chef and owner of VanillaFood, has celebrated the launch of her cookbook, sharing some of the cafés favourite dishes as part of Noosa Eat and Drink. VanillaFood opened its doors within Belmondos Organic Market in 2014 and has been a hit with locals and tourists alike since then.

VanillaFood The Cookbook reflects the philosophy of the café, which expanded to a second location in Noosa Junction last year, and is based on simple, wholesome, organic food that nourishes both the body and the mind. Ms Tomkins said she had long been considering putting pen to paper to share some of her most popular recipes after many requests from customers, but it was the COVID-19 pandemic coinciding with a phone call from her publisher that proved to be the catalyst to bring VanillaFood The Cookbook to life.

“I eat, breath and live creating beautiful food to keep my family, friends and customers healthy and happy, so to share this collection of recipes feels like sharing a part of myself,” said Ms Tomkins. “VanillaFood The Cookbook, much like my cafés, is an absolute reflection of me and my philosophy around wholesome, seasonal food — it reflects both my journey and that of VanillaFood.

“I moved to Australia from Denmark 25 years ago and love to combine what my mother taught me in our home kitchen with all I have learned throughout my career as a trained chef both in restaurants and the catering industry. I set out to share a collection of recipes that are simple and easy to create for those who love cooking at home and have really enjoyed including some interesting snippets about what inspired these recipes, tips and tricks to achieve the best outcome and how to get the best out of seasonal ingredients.”

Local celebrity chef Matt Golinski attended the launch and sees the book as a valuable resource for everyone, from the health conscious, experimental beginner to experienced chefs looking to expand their repertoire of good quality, easy plant-based dishes.

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