MATAKANA is a small village with a twice-weekly farmers’ market an hour’s drive north of Auckland. It is one of my favourite places. We are fortunate enough to own a cottage about 10 minutes beyond Matakana and most Saturdays will find us prowling around the market buying organic eggs, capsicums, blueberries, and all sorts of other fresh seasonal produce.
The market is surrounded by a new, small, architecturally-pleasing retail centre including a number of real gems, The Village Bookshop, The Village Butcher and Piece Gallery among my favourites.Then of course there is the boutique cinema and of course the area around Matakana includes a number of excellent wineries, fine beaches and reserves.
That is Matakana the place, now we have MATAKANA, the book, and it is a real gem, a must for the car glove box for everyone who lives in and around Matakana and for all those visiting the area as thousands do every weekend through the summer.
Lauraine Jacobs – Random House - $36.99
The farmers’ market is held on Wednesday evenings, mainly for the benefit of people who live in the district and then again on Saturday mornings when weekenders and folk from Auckland and further afield arrive in great numbers.
The book then visits the wineries and vineyards of the area, makes suggestions for exploring the district with information about the numerous and diverse attractions, where to eat, where to stay, and winds up its 224 glorious pages with maps and a list of names and addresses of the growers and producers.
I’m off to buy another copy so that we will have one at home in the city and one at the cottage up north. I will have to wait though until next Friday, 5 December, the book’s official publication date.
About the author
Lauraine Jacobs is one of New Zealand’s most highly respected food writers; she is a longstanding food editor at the superb Cuisine magazine, has established international connections with leading culinary professionals and acts as an important food and wine ambassador for New Zealand. Her most recent book prior to MATAKANA is the very successful THE CONFIDENT COOK, also published by Random House.