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THE SEC­OND SELF-PUB­LISHED cook­book from the MasterChef New

Zealand- win­ning sis­ters from Maketu sees the duo – who don’t seem to need last names any more, a sure sign they’ve made it big – go global. (It’s Te Awa Bird, in­ci­dently.) Hun­gry comes off the back of their TV show Karena and Kasey’s

Kitchen Diplo­macy, and fea­tures recipes in­spired by the sis­ters’ adventures in 17 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Di­vided into Snacks, Some­thing Light, Din­ner and Some­thing Spe­cial, each chap­ter starts with a whakatauki (Māori proverb) that hints at what’s to come. There’s ev­ery­thing from bibim­bap to pho, chori­pan to saltim­bocca, plus recipes that high­light the sis­ters’ knack at com­bin­ing the best of Aotearoa with what they’ve learnt abroad. Im­pressed by the re­spect given to in­gre­di­ents by the chefs at Noma in Copen­hagen, the sis­ters celebrate the hum­ble spud mul­ti­ple ways in a recipe called rīwai (the te reo word for potato); while mut­ton­bird and tamar­illo com­bine in a dish in­spired by their time cook­ing at Le Petit Leon in south­ern France, the restau­rant of Kiwi chef Nick Honey­man. Each recipe has a story be­hind it, whether it’s the scal­lops with ver­mi­celli in­spired by a dish they ate at a float­ing restau­rant in China, or the white­bait frit­ters they made for whā­nau on the morn­ing of the Rugby World Cup fi­nal. ALICE NEVILLE

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