Apr 19, 2018

Inside the bizarre, tuna patty-filled launch of Mark Latham’s new cookbook

Alan Jones and Mark Latham launched their new book yesterday at an Indian restaurant to the confusion of diners, everyone else.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Mark Latham

Alan Jones might be the laziest cookbook author in Australia. Launching his book Conversations in the Kitchen, "co-authored" with Mark Latham, he admitted that out of the 80 recipes featured, he contributed just one -- his mother's sultana scones (although he claimed he submitted 132 recipes for consideration). However, they do seem like special scones. A sample were displayed on a grandmotherly table complete with lace tablecloth and dainty tea set at yesterday's launch at Manjit's Indian restaurant on Sydney's King St Wharf.

The restaurant wasn't closed for the launch. Next to rows of what looked like wedding reception chairs, regular diners watched on as the men were interviewed for TV (Sunrise and Sky News crews were both present). Jones and Latham were then filmed in the busy kitchen, while staff tried to work around them preparing dishes for customers.

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11 thoughts on “Inside the bizarre, tuna patty-filled launch of Mark Latham’s new cookbook

  1. zut alors

    Is a book launch deemed a success if not even Dean & Tracey make the effort to attend?

  2. Ben.

    What even is Mark Latham?

    1. AR

      Or the even tougher question, why is he?

  3. paddy

    Not quite sure this was actually worth your time Emily.

  4. brian crooks

    this isn`t a cook in,its a love in, an old political tart Latham and the queen of the shock jocks Jones canoodling on camera like a pair of old honeymooners, both that far right that Genghis Khan would`nt talk to them, both desperate for political notice and relevance and with an ever shrinking listener base of old rednecks and madly sucking up to the evil godfather Rupert, its more like a Shakespearean tragedy than real life,.

  5. Evil Garry

    Cook books have a habit of ending up in the remaindering bins, but I’m picking that this one will get there quicker than most. Does anyone actually WANT to cook shepherds pie these days?

    1. Bethany Challen

      I had cottage pie for lunch! And dinner last night… oh and the night before…! It goes a long way! Anyway what is wrong with rissoles! I’m sure Bill and Chloe do eat rissoles instead of gorging on foie gras everynight! Its just food people! 😉

  6. john OCallaghan

    Mark and Alan in the kitchen sharing recipes and compliments on what they like about the other.ahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
    please”””’ please make it stop make it go away…………………….. Oh for Christ sake dont put me through this i beg you!

  7. Trelevn

    When John Howard lost his seat, it was the Australian public serving the media notice, “We no longer wish to see, or hear, this charlatan in public.
    With Mark Latham the message is, “We never wanted to see, or hear”.

  8. Paul Guy

    Why does Crikey or any news service give this fool airtime?

  9. MAC TEZ

    AJ’s 131 other recipes all contained his new favourite ingredient/super food … Milo Y’s Special Sauce for Men.
    Most of ML’s recipes rely heavily on liberal sprinklings of Finely Ground Feminist.
    Any meal served up by ML & AJ is likely to be as tasteless as this comment.

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