Oil Spill

I’m reading Dolce E Salata, a food-centric memoir by chef and food writer Marlena de Blasi, about her and her husband’s move from Venice to the simple life in Tuscany. So far, so cliched, you’ll think from my description. It’s actually very good – mainly for the insights it gives into how people in that […]

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Stoked: Cooking with Fire

Al Brown’s second titleĀ  is all about the glory of cooking outdoors – preferably over wood or charcoal, though most of the recipes can be attempted indoors, too – albeit detracting somewhat from the romance. I like the chunky and practical design – the recipe names are all bold caps, the ingredients easy readable down […]

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Dine with the Stein

Metro presents dinner with Rick Stein on October 20 at Cibo in Parnell. There’s a Malaysian theme – Rick is appearing in partnership with Metro magazine, as well as Martrade and the Malaysia Kitchen programme, who have been responsible for some pretty cool promotion of Malaysian food in Auckland over the past six months or […]

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Read it and Eat

Spooning with Rosie: Food, Friendship & Kitchen Loving, Rosie Lovell, Fourth Estate, London, 2009 I’ve had this heavy paperback sitting on my shelf for a long time without ever having done much more than quickly flick through. I’ve still yet to cook from it, but after a more concentrated effort at flicking, have marked a […]

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Read it and Eat

The New Zealand Cook’s Bible: Classic Recipes & Step-by-Step Techniques, by Lesley Christensen-Yule & Hamish McRae This comprehensive overview of how to work a kitchen is a must-have on your bookshelf, and will, I promise you, become one of your most-used and trusted companions. It has a reassuring text-book tone which makes you feel you’re […]

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Read it and Eat

I’m not huge on cooking from recipes – or at least, following recipes to the tee. Not intentionally, mind, it’s just that I’m a bit impatient like that. Even with baking – I’m guilty of measuring haphazardly. Yes, they say when baking you should never do such a thing, but I do it all the […]

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