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.