Liz Harfull is passionate about telling the stories and unearthing the histories of Australia’s quiet voices – the extraordinary, everyday people who make up our communities, especially in rural and regional Australia.
Her first book, The Blue Ribbon Cookbook (Wakefield Press 2008), focussed on the traditions of country shows and show cooking in South Australia. Still in demand after 10 years, it even took the author to Paris after winning a Gourmand World Cookbook Award.
Since then Liz has written two national best-sellers: Women of the Land (Allen & Unwin 2012), about the inspiring lives of eight women from around Australia who run their own farms; and The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook (Allen & Unwin 2014), the much anticipated follow-up to her first book, with stories and recipes from across the country. Both books made the national Top 10 best-seller list for non-fiction.
In between, came Almost an Island: the Story of Robe (2013), about a small historic seaside town and port in southern Australia. Inspired by her mother’s story, her last book, City Girl Country Girl (2016) made Amazon’s ‘Hot List’ for Australian biography (audiobook version).
Liz’s newest book, Tried Tested and True: treasured recipes and untold stories from Australian community cookbooks, was released in April 2018.
As a journalist, Liz has been writing for regional newspapers, specialist rural newspapers and magazines, and even the odd metropolitan daily, for more than 30 years. She has also worked as a rural communications specialist, receiving a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to explore ways to encourage farmers to take up best practice and the latest technologies.
Liz is a popular guest speaker, regularly hitting the road to present at libraries and author events across Australia, rural women’s gatherings, service clubs and conferences, as well as opening the odd country show or two!