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Summer with Simon Gault

In his latest cookbook, local chef Simon Gault shares his favourite summer recipes. The recipes range from super quick, easy dishes to those that need a little more attention. I guarantee, all of them are delicious!

“When I was asked to write this book, it got me thinking about summer in New Zealand, about the fun times with family and friends, camping, holidays at the good old Kiwi bach, picnics and days at the beach. Summer is, for me, and I’m sure for many others, the best time of the year,” he says.

Naturally, BBQ recipes feature strongly, with Simon adding that he enjoys nothing more than firing up the grill and creating casual feasts for friends and family.

Despite Simon’s impressive career as a chef and restaurateur, the recipes are accessible, with plenty of tips and handy hints included. His writing also creates an authentic connection. Simon candidly explains the previous six years, since releasing his last cookbook; including a health scare, the birth of his daughter, marriage breakdown and the opening of a new restaurant. Despite his new found sugar-free stance, Simon is aware that not everyone shares the same views. Simon advocates ‘everything in moderation’ as a sensible option for healthy eating.

There is so much to enjoy in this book, but the standout recipes so far are: Herb-crusted Lam Chops with Summer Salad, Caesar Gems, Kumara Bacon Fritters with Yoghurt Parsley Sauce, Summer Moroccan Chicken, Lemonade Fish Fingers with Herb Mayo, Tamarind Ginger Christmas Ham and for something sweet, the Coconut Pavlova.

The photography is very appealing, and the recipes are simple and achievable. I think we have summer sorted for entertaining, thanks to these mouth-watering recipes.

Summer has a quintessential Kiwi vibe and has motivated me to create innovative BBQ meals using seasonal produce. To inspire your own summer entertaining, here’s a taster with Simon’s Summer Breeze Salad with haloumi.

Reviewer: Andrea Molloy (and Karen McMillan)

Penguin, RRP $50


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