Milkbar Memories by Jane Lawson (Murdoch Books)
This cookbook will take your mum right back to her youth. Sectioned into chapters titled things like ‘Milkbar’, ‘Lolly Counter’, ‘Fish’n’Chip Shop’ and ‘Corner Store’, Jane Lawson gives you all the recipes you could ever need to take you back to 1970s Australia. Think monochrome Neenish tarts, pastel musk sticks, salted caramel cobbers, fizzy sherbet, the best banana split and cinnamon-dusted doughnuts hot from the fryer. But it’s not all sweet stuff – there are recipes for Aussie meat pies and potato scallops, there’s even a recipe for seafood sticks. And once she’s a’cooking, who says it’s a crime if you get a share of the wares? It’ll be the best present you ever bought. $40. www.gleebooks.com.au.