‘Australia’s best-loved home cook and original MASTERCHEF, Julie Goodwin is back with the accessible and practical cookbook every family needs.

Looking for the perfect meal for your family?
All you need to make delicious food to feed your hungry loved ones is contained here in one place. Collected here for the first time you can find Julie’s essential go-to recipes: from making a great omelette, to roasting the perfect chicken, preparing simple and satisfying soups and salads and baking classic cakes, muffins and desserts that will become family favourites. Whatever ingredients you have in the house, no matter the season or occasion, you can put together a tasty feast that will please everyone, every time.’

Essential Cookbook

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Julie Goodwin, MasterChef winner and one of Australia’s favourite home cooks, will join Rabbit as Star 104.5’s Rabbit & Julie Goodwin breakfast show in 2016.

One of Gosford’s most well-known identities, Julie has been a special guest on Star 104.5’s Craig & Rabbit breakfast show for the past three months. Since winning the inaugural series of MasterChef in 2009, Julie has become one of Australia’s best-selling authors with the release of five cookbooks, Our Family Table, Heart of the Home, Gather, 20/20 meals and Homecooked Takeaway, is a regular contributor to the Australian Women’s Weekly and is in-demand to appear at food events and on TV and owns Julie’s Place – Cooking School on the Central Coast NSW.

Julie said, “I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be joining the team for breakfast at Star 104.5. It’s a real “pinch me, I’m dreaming” moment for me, an unexpected privilege and bound to be a lot of fun. I love the guys and I can’t wait to get started!”

Rabbit said, “I’m so stoked that we’ve been able to add Julie to the mix. Finally, all these cooking puns I’ve had simmering can rise to the top. Julie and I have had stacks of laughs already, my wife has claimed her as a new ‘best friend’ and we just can’t wait to get into it next year! So many fun times ahead!”

Paul Moltzen, Star 104.5 General Manager said, “We are absolutely delighted that Julie has joined our team on a permanent basis. As Australia’s first MasterChef winner and having survived the perils of the jungle, Julie has achieved High D’s in the prerequisites for breakfast radio…but she is so much more than that, a mother, a wife, most importantly Julie loves, lives and breathes everything Central Coast. It is a pleasure to welcome her to our team.”

September 10, 2020

Grandma’s shortbread

Makes Prep time | 10 minutes Cooking time | 8 - 10 minutes Grandma’s shortbread |  (more…)
August 13, 2020

Pumpkin bake with labne

Serves 2 Prep time | 15 minutes Cooking time | 45 minutes Pumpkin bake with labne |  (more…)
July 23, 2020

Coconut Impossible Pie

Serves 6-8 Prep time | 10 minutes Cooking time | 40 minutes Coconut impossible pie | This dessert is so simple to make.  The end result has a bit of a crust…
July 16, 2020


Serves 4 Prep time & Cooking time | 20 minutes Frittata | I love that this dish can be varied depending on what’s in the fridge, or in season. It’s…
July 9, 2020

Chicken and Cheese Strudel

Serves 6 Prep time | 15 minutes Cooking time | 40 minutes Chicken and Cheese Strudel | My chicken and cheese strudel makes for a beautiful centrepiece for your next family dinner and…
July 3, 2020

Fried Rice

Serves 4-6 Prep time | 20 minutes Cooking time | 25 minutes Serves 4 as a main, 6 as an accompaniment Fried rice | Nothing beats a good fried rice, and…