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New Zealand Recipes

Traditionally, New Zealand cuisine combined the traditional cuisine of the indigenous Maori people, and, British recipes, introduced by settlers from the United Kingdom (although of course modified to use locally available ingredients). Although these two traditions remain the mainstays of New Zealand cuisine today, as travel has become more available in recent years, more cosmopolitan influences are starting to appear in New Zealand cuisine - these include influences from Europe and Asia, such as French, Italan and Chinese inspired recipes.

Some popular dishes in New Zealand include:
  • Colonial goose - A leg of lamb, specially prepared to resemble goose (which was much desired but unavailable in early colonial New Zealand). The bone is carefully removed and replaced with dried apricots and honey. The meat is then marinated in red wine, and finally roasted.

  • Fish and chips - Deep-fried fish in batter or breadcrumbs, and fried potatoes.

  • Meat pies

  • Roast lamb
Some popular desserts in New Zealand include:
  • ANZAC biscuits - Both New Zealand and Australia claim to have invented this dish for ANZAC troops sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in World War I. ANZAC biscuits are biscuits made from rolled oats, coconut and syrup, a recipe specifically chosen because it would preserve well during the long sea voyage to Europe

  • Hokey pokey ice cream - Vanilla ice cream containing small lumps of toffee.

  • Lamingtons - Cubes of sponge cake, covered with chocolate icing and dessicated coconut. The cubes are cut in half, and a layer of strawberry jelly (jam) or cream is spread between the two halves.


  • Pavlova - As with ANZAC biscuits, original authorship of this dessert is a point of friendly dispute with Australia. Pavlova is a maringue with a crispy exterior, but a fluffy, light, interior.
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Eat Up New Zealand: Recipes and Stories

By Al Brown

Allen & Unwin
Hardcover (424 pages)

Eat Up New Zealand: Recipes and Stories
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Combined with stunning food photography and beautiful on-location shots from around the country, this is the perfect gift for every lover of New Zealand. Eat Up New Zealand honors the past with updated Kiwi classics like roast lamb, pies, flounder, corned beef, pikelets, cheese scones, feijoa and tamarillo desserts, preserves, and much more. Al's approach is to start with great seasonal produce, cook it simply and add a flavor punch, texture and garnish to take it to another level. It's clever, simple, and yet refined food that is inherently Kiwi. Al believes there's no need for gimmicks as long as you respect the huge flavor that naturally occurs in produce. These are accessible, generous recipes that everyone will love, for both everyday cooking and for entertaining. Includes dual measures.

New Zealand the Beautiful Cookbook

By Tui Flower

Shortland Publications
Paperback (208 pages)

New Zealand the Beautiful Cookbook
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Cookbook filled with recipes unique to New Zealand.

A Lighthouse Keeper's Cookbook: Stories and recipes from New Zealand lighthouses

By Paul N Trevethick

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (154 pages)

A Lighthouse Keeper s Cookbook: Stories and recipes from New Zealand lighthouses
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NEW TITLE INFORMATION A Lighthouse Keeper’s Cookbook Stories and Recipes from New Zealand Lighthouses by Paul Trevethick 8”x10”, soft cover, full colour, 154pp, 55,000 words, 52 photos (of station life), 67 recipes. ISBN-10: 1545046395 ISBN-13: 978-1545046395 ©Paul Trevethick 2017 Available from, UK and Europe Amazon. PAULUS PUBLISHING 8 Banks Lane, Waikino, RD2 Waihi, 3682, New Zealand. Ph 0064-021-028-10045 Email Paul was a relieving lighthouse keeper in the 1980s. He went to stations all over New Zealand taking over from the permanent keepers when they took annual or sick leave. In this book he describes the job, workings of the light, shipwrecks, search and rescue, weather, communications, anecdotes. For each of the 10 lighthouses in the book, from the Hauraki Gulf to Fiordland, he tells of the local food available and his own recipes for cooking that food. The book also covers a brief history of lighthouses worldwide and in New Zealand, automation and demanning, Maori history and legend, and an epilogue about returning to Puysegur Point, Fiordland, in 2015 with Neil Oliver for the Coast NZ television series. Being qualified as a chef (10 years at Fisherman’s Table, Paekakariki) and as a meteorologist (Flight Briefing Officer, Paraparaumu Airport), he writes with knowledge. Excerpt from the Puysegur Point chapter. “It isn't the gusts which make you fall over in a strong wind. It's the lulls. Walking about in hurricane-force winds is like being on a tightrope. Just as you sort out the correct body angle to lean into the wind, it drops 30 knots and you end up on the deck. Puysegur Point is wild. Wild weather, wild seas, wild bush, wild animals and wild men. Located on the south-western tip of the South Island, in Fiordland National Park, it has been a lighthouse station since 1879. Keepers loved and hated Puysegur Point. Most times when I was there the wind was at least gale force (on average over 34 knots). On days when it was relatively calm sandflies would swarm. It was essential to wear a hat to stop the things from crawling through your hair to your scalp. The scenery, though, was spectacular. At sea, long lines of 20-foot swells crashed up against reefs and very rugged coastline. Inland there was original native bush. In summer the flowering rata provided a magnificent splash of red against the many shades of green. Gold to pan, crayfish and whitebait to catch and deer to shoot made the weather somewhat bearable. I loved the place.”

Wild Blackberries: Recipes & Memories from a New Zealand Table

By Rosie Belton

Allen & Unwin
Paperback (280 pages)

Wild Blackberries: Recipes & Memories from a New Zealand Table
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A delightful cookbook-cum-memoir that explores, decade by decade and era by era, what New Zealanders eat and how that food defined a country

"The preparation of food, the smells and tastes and textures, have accompanied me throughout the journeys of my life. In fact, looking back the food memories have become the marker posts—defining boundaries in the years, demarcating the challenges and the changes. In times of joy, food has enhanced the celebration; in times of sadness, it has colored and comforted. And in times of anxiety and emptiness its preparation has given rhythm and meaning to the day, and its offering to others continues to bring a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. When all else fails—cook!" In Wild Blackberries Rosie Belton has written not only her own story but also a social history of food in New Zealand. Decade by decade, era by era, she looks at what they ate, and how that food defined them. Includes metric measures.

Nadia Lim's Fresh Start Cookbook

By Nadia Lim

Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
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Nadia Lim's Fresh Start Cookbook is a no-fuss approach to losing weight, getting fit, and feeling your best. With more than 100 nutrition-packed, calorie-controlled, deliciously satisfying breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and treats, Nadia will help you lose weight and keep it off. These everyday, easy recipes, combined with her simple exercise tips, create a flexible 12-week program for anyone wanting to shape up and live a healthier life. Enjoy favorite dishes like steak and mushroom pie, pizza margarita, and lemon coconut slice with a lighter, healthier twist. Recipes cover busy family weeknights through to entertaining, and can be adapted to the seasons and your tastes. With Nadia's all-inclusive eating and exercise plan you are set to become the healthiest, happiest, and most energetic you have ever been. This is more than just a cookbook—it's a recipe for life!

The Great New Zealand Cookbook

By Jan Bilton


The Great New Zealand Cookbook
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The Great New Zealand Cookbook [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 1984] Jan Bilton

Akaroa Cooking School

By Ant Bentley

Released: 2016-02-02
Paperback (240 pages)

Akaroa Cooking School
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Beautiful food from a beautiful place - recipes and food philosophy from a little outpost of France in stunning New Zealand location. Ant and Lou Bentley gave up the corporate rat race in London to realise their dream of running a cooking school in beautiful Akaroa in NZ's South Island. Here they share their story, their recipes and their food philosphy, with ravishing photography to match their ravishing location. French settlers arrived in New Zealand in 1840, and eventually established a settlement in Akaroa on Banks Peninsula that remains a small slice of France to this day, reflected in many local placenames and an enduring culinary tradition that the authors are proudly continuing. The Bentleys have besed the book on their highly successful cooking school which focuses on 18 styles of cuisine using local and seasonal produce. The recipes are a combination of classical, international and fusion cuisines, beautifully illustrated and road-tested by theschool's many satisfied customers.

The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures

By Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein Media
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The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures
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In the US edition of this beautiful book, Kiwi celebrity cook Annabel Langbein serves up all the recipes from her TV series now screening on PBS channels across America. Inside you'll find her speedy mixer mayo, the ultimate pulled pork, super-simple sorbets, her famous gluten-free chocolate cake - and much more. Tailored especially for American homecooks, the more than 200 recipes feature Imperial measurements and ingredients accessible in the US. Every recipe is accompanied by a mouthwatering photo, interspersed with inspiring images of Annabel's hunting and gathering adventures and New Zealand's breathtaking natural landscapes. The award-winning book also features menus from the TV series, plus Annabel's musings on living well in today's fast-paced world. It's interactive with her website, with scannable codes linking to videos of her demonstrating recipes or sharing tips for simplifying techniques. A publishing phenomenon in her native New Zealand, Annabel has written 22 cookbooks, which have won many international awards and sold over two million copies worldwide. She has earned a passionate following for her no-fail recipes, which transform seasonal produce into meals with the wow factor. Take time out from your busy schedule to savor life's simple pleasures. For more visit "I love everything about this new book from NZ's biggest selling cookery writer by a country mile (The Best of Annabel Langbein - aka to me and many others as 'The Bible' - has also sold more than 150,000 copies in NZ alone). The design, the photography, the recipes, the friendly text... no doubt it is another winner, especially with the TV series of the same name about to kick off." - Graham Beattie, Beattie's Book Blog

The Essential Digby Law - Over 700 Great New Zealand Recipes

By Jill Brewis

Hodder Moa Beckett Publishers Ltd.
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Digby Law was a gourmet chef, food writer and broadcaster whose cookery books helped change the way New Zealanders approach food and eating. This special illustrated collection, created by Digby's long-time friend Jill Brewis, reflects Digby's passion for fresh food, his skill in the kitchen, and his simple approach. With over 700 recipes, it contains the essentials (and much more!) from his now classic cookery books.


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