Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Two most attractive new titles for NZ trampers & outdoor types
New Zealand Backcountry Cooking
Drawing on years of experience tramping and cooking in the
outdoors, Paul and Rebecca Garland have created a comprehensive backcountry
cooking guide that is quite unlike anything else published in New Zealand.
Written especially for trampers and other outdoor
adventurers, New Zealand Backcountry Cooking provides a huge
range of delicious and lightweight food options that can be created with simple
cooking techniques. The book covers all possible outdoor experiences, from
multi-day trips where lightweight ingredients and cooking speed are essential,
family adventures where tasty food can be a crucial element in making the
experience enjoyable for children, through to weekend and camp cooking where
weight is not a consideration, and more gourmet options are possible.
In addition to these many recipes, the authors provide lots
of invaluable practical advice around preparation at home, cooking basics,
equipment and menu planning. Additionally, the dry weight of every meal is also
If you are just starting out as a tramper and need to understand
the fundamentals, or if you are an experienced outdoor adventurer who would
enjoy some inspiration for your backcountry cooking, then this book will prove
to be a perfect companion.
About the authors:
Paul has been tramping for 50 years, and has had a long
interest in eating well in the outdoors. He has had professional training as a
chef in both commercial kitchens and the New Zealand army, and worked for 25
years in endangered species conservation. In 2012 he completed the Te Araroa
Trail after 152 days walking the length of New Zealand. He lives outside of
Paul’s daughter, Rebecca, has been camping and tramping all
her life, firstly with her parents and then kayaking and biking with friends
and now with her own family. She is a passionate home cook and has spent many
hours with her father planning and refining good food to eat in the outdoors.
Rebecca is a surgeon and lives in Wellington with her husband and two children.
Tramping in New Zealand
In print for nearly 10 years, Tramping in New Zealand
has become a best-selling tramping guide to 40 of the most popular tramps in
New Zealand. In order to keep the title current and accurate, Tramping in
New Zealand has been fully revised and updated.
Each tramp is illustrated with at least one accurate
panoramic Geographx map, and is supported by relevant, up-to-date route
information, as well as photographs from Shaun Barnett, one of New Zealand’s
most respected tramping authors.
The tramps covered include New Zealand’s best known Great
Walks, such as the Milford Track, the Routeburn and the Tongariro Crossing, and
many others from both islands, such as the Queen Charlotte Track, the Rees-Dart
near Queenstown, and the Pinnacles Hut on the Coromandel. If you were to have
one guide book on New Zealand tramping, this is the one to have.
About the author:
BARNETT began tramping in the Kaweka and
Ruahine ranges as a boy and has tramped throughout New Zealand, including a
piecemeal traverse of the Southern Alps, and also in Tasmania, Alaska, Canada
and South America. He holds a degree in ecology from Massey University and a
Diploma in Parks & Recreation from Lincoln University. After working for
Department of Conservation, he turned to full-time writing and photography, and
co-authored the award-winning Classic Tramping in New Zealand (1999).
Several other best-selling tramping guides followed. More recently, Shaun
co-authored Booksellers’ Choice Award winner Shelter from the Storm: The
story of New Zealand’s backcountry huts (2012) and Tramping: A New
Zealand history (2014).
who is the editor of Federated Mountain Clubs’ Bulletin and roving editor
of Wilderness magazine, lives with his wife and three children on
Wellington’s south coast. Both titles published by Potton & Burton and both with rrp .$39.99