THE FEAR­LESS KITCHEN

Cuisine - - HIDDEN GEM -

VANESSA BAX­TER, BATE­MAN PUB­LISH­ING, P/B, $40

THE FEAR­LESS KITCHEN is all about en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to cook to­gether. Auck­land-based food writer Vanessa Bax­ter doesn’t be­lieve in “kid food” – she wants to ex­pand chil­dren’s hori­zons and push the bound­aries through get­ting them in­volved in the cook­ing process. There’s a handy in­tro­duc­tion that breaks down what the wee folk can do by age, from tod­dlers (pour­ing, shak­ing, stir­ring etc) to teens (teach them how to sauté, sweat and mar­i­nate, she reck­ons), and each recipe fea­tures a ‘Helpers can...’ box, with spe­cific tasks de­tailed. This is fam­ily food but it’s far from bland. Bax­ter has trav­elled ex­ten­sively, par­tic­u­larly in Asia, and global in­flu­ences are ev­ery­where – think Ba­li­nese banana pan­cakes, In­done­sian soto ayam and Mex­i­can seafood stew.

Okja the af­fa­ble su­per pig hap­pens to be a more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly source of al­ter­na­tive an­i­mal pro­tein, cre­ated by a Mon­santo-es­que mega com­pany called Mi­rando.

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