Thursday, March 24, 2011

Top 5 New Zealand cookbooks

List by Barbara

Please note: This top 5 list has been transferred across from our Manukau Libraries website.

"The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books — how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook."
- Andy Rooney

Writes Barbara: The books below are for people like me who avoid the kitchen like the plague if they can possibly help it. Just quietly, I know exactly how Barbara feels :-/



A cook's tour of New Zealand / Peta Mathias ; photography Laurence Belcher
Enjoy a culinary tour of New Zealand and indulge in the very best seasonal produce with popular foodie and bon vivant, Peta Mathias. An astonishing variety of good things grown and produced locally are featured in this A-Z of favourite producers and suppliers. Peta Mathias's extensive knowledge of food and ingredients stamps A Cook's Tour with the authority of an expert who has travelled all around New Zealand, savouring the distinctive tastes and flavours of local produce. Peta even shares her favourite recipes. From olive oils to chicory-fed lamb; boutique ice-creams to cheeses and exotic fruit and vegetables, this is a book for all food lovers.

Eat fresh : cooking through the seasons / Annabel Langbein ; photography, Aaron McLean
Inspirational recipes for making the most of seasonal fruits and vegetables, especially those produced in the home garden.

You shouldn't have gone to so much trouble, darling / Jo Seager
Now updated and revised the recipes are still fashionable and delicious and are designed to be easy to cook, inexpensive and sure to impress the guests. Jo's philosophy of Maximum effect for minimum effort still reigns supreme. This includes every recipe you need for successful entertaining.

Allyson Gofton's after work cookbook / Allyson Gofton
Allyson Gofton's 'After Work Cookbook' is for busy people who enjoy creating delicious meals, but don't have hours to spend in the kitchen. Full of versatile ideas to minimise last-minute cooking panic, the After Work Cookbook will make every night's meal a pleasure. A compilation of Allyson's celebrated recipes from the Next magazine, plus new recipes and photographs. An introductory chapter lists essential items to keep in your cupboard, fridge and freezer to ensure you always have a nutritious meal at hand even after the most hectic day at work. This is followed by chapters on beef and lamb, chicken, fish, pork, almost vegetarian and dessert. Each of the 90 recipes is easy-to-follow, quick to prepare and full of flavour while still being healthy.
Allyson Gofton's after work cookbook is for busy people who enjoy creating delicious meals, but don't have hours to spend in the kitchen. Full of versatile ideas to minimise last-minute cooking panic, the after work cookbook will make every night's meal a pleasure.

Dollars and sense cookbook / Alison Holst
This collection of recipes presents budget-minded families and individuals with good value ideas on how to stretch their food budget. From budgeting advice to good nutrition, the book offers over 350 recipes that aim to demonstrate how easy it is to make delicious meals every day.

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