Home, Garden & Cooking

In an era where cooking and nutrition advice is often just a Google search away, the future of the good old fashioned print cookbook might seem uncertain. Gone are the times of our parent’s era, when cooking instructions came in the form of New Zealand’s culinary staple Edmonds Cookery book, or – for the very… Read More

Alison Holst’s Weekday Meals in Minutes is exactly that: quick, easy and guaranteed to deliver a meal that will satisfy. It’s a clear-step-by-step collection of recipes that can be easily followed by just about anyone and boasts a range of flavours and tastes to suit any palate. From creamy chicken and spinach curry to bacon… Read More

Caralee Caldwell’s recipes are special. Not only because they are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free (and I’m allergic to dairy) but because every time I whip up one of her recipes everybody is utterly silent around the table as they chow down on some fabulously tasty home cooked kai. Sometimes it’s as simple as kumara… Read More

A cookbook that was made for New Zealanders.  Perfect.  I have to admit the reason it took me a while to get around to reviewing this cookbook because I was so busy trying out all the recipes. This particular cookbook also doubles as a health guide tracing its way from spice-based smoothies such as the… Read More

I adore Jamie Oliver. Even if he doesn’t always wash his veggies (or even his hands for that matter) his food is just so darn finger-licking good. If you’ve ever watched his TV shows, then you know that the charisma translates right onto the page - and if you’re preparing to cook for a horde… Read More

Clean Bakery is French-born Claudepierre’s first cookbook, born out of her popular blog, http://sweetashoney.co.nz. When she developed pre-diabetes when pregnant with her daughter, she had to find a new way of creating her favourite baking creations. Clean Bakery features 80 recipes 79 are dairy-free, 66 gluten-free, 49 paleo friendly, 50 vegan, 23 raw and 34… Read More

“I live on good soup, not on fine words.” It isn’t often that Moliere is quoted on soup but should ever an occasion arise for the French playwright’s words to be appropriate I think the collection presented by Simon and Alison Holst in 100 Soup Recipes is the perfect match. It’s still cold enough to… Read More

The Raw Kitchen is a beautiful book. Lustrous gold foiled, wrapped in a pale pink border. It promises nutritious, delicious, beginner worthy raw food. Yes, I thought, this sounds amazing. I open the book. Wow. It looks amazing. All these glossy pictures of amazing, glorious looking raw food, and creator Olivia Scott, glowing with health… Read More

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