Teen a tasty treat

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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.

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