THE GREAT NEW ZEALAND COOKBOOK
by Murray Thom and Tim Harper, PQ Blackwell.
I chose this because I’m absolutely obsessed with food. Sitting in the sun with a glass of something cold and poring through a cookbook is my idea of heaven. Sometimes I won’t even cook anything from a book for months after I’ve read it. But I dream about flavours and fantasise about ingredients, and every once in a while the stars will align and I’ll give a new recipe a go. I love this one because it includes lots of my culinary (and broadcasting) heroes, like Peta Mathias, Al Brown and Fleur Sullivan. Plus there are hunters, growers and magical characters from around Aotearoa. There are recipes for everything from Spaghetti Pies to Manuka Smoked Venison with Blackberries & Horopito. It hasn’t just inspired my cooking; it has also encouraged me to add to my little library of New Zealand recipe books.