She is best known as the author of 25 bestselling cookbooks, including the new easy, the new classics, fresh and light, fast, fresh, simple, off the shelf, modern classics (books 1 and 2), the instant cook, and instant entertaining. Selling over 4.5 million copies worldwide, her books are known for their simple recipes and beautiful photography. She was named one of the 'Magnificent Seven' cookbook authors by the judges of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in January 2007. Her most recent book, The New Classics, was released in November 2013.
Hay also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Donna Hay Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine launched in 2001. She has also acted as Food Editor for Marie Claire magazine since 2006, as well as six months as Food Editor at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
She also has her own homewares range, launched in partnership with Royal Doulton in June, 2011.
In March 2011, Hay's first television series, Fast, Fresh, Simple, launched on The LifeStyle Channel. Fast, Fresh, Simple is a 13-part series that features many of the recipes from her book of the same name. She has also appeared many times as a guest judge on MasterChef Australia, which airs on Network Ten. May 2016 her new tv series called "Donna Hay - Basics to Brilliance" started to air on Lifestyle Food Foxtel.
Don Burke parsnip controversy
In 2009, Hay was the subject of harsh criticism from Australian gardening expert Don Burke, who used his radio program on Sydney radio station 2UE to describe Hay as "wretched" for publishing two pages of parsnip recipes in The Sunday Telegraph, something Burke claimed led to him being outraged, upset and angry.
Burke said he respected pigs, but wouldn't even serve his pet pig parsnips.
Hay accused Burke of being out of touch and sent him a box of parsnips with recipes, challenging him to confront his prejudices against parsnips. Hay also said she was surprised at Burke's criticisms, and said that if he went into a modern restaurant he would find parsnips in common use.
Burke said he rated Hay as a top chef but he condemned all people who like parsnips, describing the serving of parsnips as an affront to human dignity.
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