Teen a tasty treat
Cookbook author Claire Gourley proved a popular guest speaker at a recent Inner Wheel Club of Matamata meeting.
Just turned 17, Claire told members of her book’s genesis, born out of a simple desire to be equipped knowledge and skills-wise when it came to cooking for herself and flatmates when she eventually left home for university.
Claire, supported and encouraged by mum Glenda, initially established a website www.itsmyturntocooktonight.com which contained some of her favourite tasty, nutritious and above all easy to prepare recipes, as well as plenty of ‘ how to’ hints and videos.
Mother and daughter make a great team – Glenda has spent her career in food and nutrition education and currently does the marketing for Potatoes NZ. Penguin Group, interested in producing a hard-copy version, subsequently approached Claire with Who’s Cooking Tonight the result.
‘‘The call came right out of the blue,’’ said Claire, adding that she little realised how much work would be involved.
Te Puna-based Claire told the group how her book’s 2010 publication had led to so many opportunities for her.
These included being selected as one of 200 young people worldwide to attend a young leaders’ United Nations
in conference York.
She has also judged for the NZ Beef and Lamb Burger Competition and for the Maggi Intermediate School Kitchen Showdown.
Claire has appeared on several TV shows – currently on TV2’ s Small Blacks on Sundays – and will be in commercials leading
New up to the Rugby World Cup showing All Black Richard Kahui how to cook. Who’s Cooking Tonight has been shortlisted in the nonfiction category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and is the first cook book to do so.
Claire is also the youngest author to have this distinction.
Who’s cooking tonight?: Teen author Claire Gourley shows Matamata Inner Wheel president Carol Metcalfe her book Who’s Cooking Tonight.