Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Treasury of New Zealand Baking
Edited by Lauraine Jacobs
Random House - NZ$55
For generations, we have gathered around the family kitchen table to share the joys and heartache that life serves up. Many comforting cups of tea and muffins are sure to have been consumed as women around the country have shared all their anxieties and fears as they struggle to come to terms with the heartbreaking and devastating news of a breast cancer diagnosis which will affect 1 in 9 New Zealand women in their lifetime.

What better way to kick-off Breast Cancer Action Month, than the publication of this treasure trove of cakes, slices, loaves, scones, tarts and muffins from our best-loved foodwriters and chefs. Infused with love and a generosity of spirit, A Treasury of New Zealand Baking is destined to become a comforting kitchen companion to be treasured and passed down through the generations.
This is a cookbook truly to be treasured, to be put on the kitchen cookbook shelf alongside those other baking cookbook treasures by Alexa Johnson, Ladies:A Plate, and Second Helping.

A Treasury of New Zealand Baking is beautifully put together,it includes over 100 classic recipes for cakes, slices, loaves, scones, tarts, muffins and friandes from a star-studded list of food writers: Peta Mathias, Ray McVinnie, Tui Flower, Jo Seagar, Alison Holst, Julie le Clerc, Helen Jackson, Julie Buiso, Allyson Gofton, Catherine Bell, Kate Fraser, Kathy Paterson, Alexa Johnston, Annabelle White, Judith Cullen, Helen Browne, David Burton, Martin Bosley, Simon Wright, Natalia Schamroth and many, many more.
Their recipes include everything from glamour special-occasion cakes to every day fill-the-tins reliables.
Every recipe was tested and baked especially for this project by well-known international baker and author Dean Brettschneider who flew into Auckland for two days to bake and test wth assistance from staff and students of AUT's School of Hospitality & Tourism.

The recipes are stunningly complemented by superb photography by Aaron Maclean.
And the really good news is that all royalties go the Breast Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.

The book is edited by author, food judge, Cuisine food editor and New Zealand food ambassador extraordinaire, Lauraine Jacobs. Well done Lauraine.
By the way Lauraine is off to the Ubud Writers Festival in Bali in a few days and I hope to have reports on her experience at the Festival here on the blog.Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Vanda Symon said...

I have this book sitting in my kitchen, ready to be tried out - especially with it being school holidays and my 2 apprentice bakers keen to get floury.

It's a beautiful book, the sort you love to hold and look through and treasure.