Blue­berry book gets Amer­i­can at­ten­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - FESTIVAL OF THE ELEMENTS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

ATi­tahi Bay woman’s blue­berry- themed cook­book is get­ting in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion as she pre­pares to re­lease a sec­ond edi­tion.

Gle­nis Thomas said blue­berry farms in the United States had con­tacted her about the lat­est edi­tion of her book, Make Ev­ery Day Blue­li­cious.

The sec­ond edi­tion will be pub­lished in met­ric and im­pe­rial mea­sure­ments.

‘‘I want to make the sec­ond edi­tion a book that can be used any­where,’’ she said.

She said she planned to re­lease it in the United States later this year.

Mrs Thomas said her love of blue­ber­ries be­gan af­ter vis­it­ing Sandy Cooper’s Blue­bank Blue­berry and Emu Farm in Akatarawa.

‘‘I thought, ‘Now this is a fab­u­lous lit­tle berry. I’ve got to find a way to show peo­ple the amaz­ing things you can make with blue­ber­ries.’’’

Mrs Thomas re­ally got se­ri­ous about blue­ber­ries when she started writ­ing the cook­book four years ago.

At the time she was run­ning a Faberge dec­o­ra­tive eggs busi­ness, but had to stop af­ter get­ting sick with chronic fa­tigue and de­pres­sion.

‘‘I won­dered what I could do when I wasn’t well and able to do that. ‘‘I’m not one to sit still.’’ It took her 20 months to put the book to­gether be­cause she re­searched ev­ery type of blue­berry bush in the world be­fore writ­ing it.

She said the book fea­tured 130 recipes from around the world. Thirty are her own cre­ations.

Mrs Thomas said one of the ben­e­fits of bak­ing with blue­ber­ries was that they pro­vided an­tiox­i­dants and health ben­e­fits. ‘‘They are just so good for you.’’ She said with the blue­berry sea­son upon us, it was the per­fect time for peo­ple to go pick their own berries for bak­ing.

Make Ev­ery Day Blue­li­cious,

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