ANNABEL & DAUGH­TER’S COOK­BOOK

Giveaway Recipes Can­vas

Weekend Herald - - Front Page - Cherie Howie

A bro­ken back is partly to thank for cook­book queen Annabel Lang­bein’s lat­est of­fer­ing — a col­lab­o­ra­tion with daugh­ter Rose.

A free range life: To­gether will soon ar­rive on book stands around the coun­try and shows off the com­bined tal­ents of Lang­bein and her 24-year-old daugh­ter.

Rose, who works in mar­ket­ing and events in New York, wasn’t avail­able to be in­ter­viewed but Lang­bein told the Week­end Her­ald the book was her “very clever” daugh­ter’s idea and was built on the pair’s good re­la­tion­ship in the kitchen.

“We’ve been cook­ing to­gether for a while. She’s a great lit­tle cook.”

The seed was sown last year when the fam­ily were hol­i­day­ing in Greece and she re­alised what a confident, cre­ative cook Rose had be­come dur­ing her years of study­ing and flat­ting.

“Rose has been a cash-strapped stu­dent for the past seven years. Like me, she has a deep love of cook­ing but, like many of her mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion, her ap­proach is vested in the well­be­ing of our planet and tem­pered by a com­mit­ment to eth­i­cal food pro­duc­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and health.”

A dra­matic in­ci­dent in Jan­uary gave the pair even more time to work to­gether on the recipes.

Rose broke her back wa­ter­ski­ing in Wanaka. Her spinal cord was not af­fected, but pain meant she had to lie flat on her back for long pe­ri­ods.

“I’d sit in bed with her and I de­cided to show her how to write a recipe. She started writ­ing and I was her lit­tle slave test­ing them for her. It was a re­ally bad start to the year, but out of it came this beau­ti­ful thing.”

Rose had told her work­ing on the book with her mum was the best thing she had ever done, the gar­den-to-ta­ble guru said.

The recipes were mostly veg­e­tar­ian as Rose doesn’t eat meat but in­cluded some of Lang­bein’s favourite meat dishes.

Her daugh­ter made her thoughts clear when she didn’t agree with her mum on what should and shouldn’t be in­cluded.

“She said [at one point] ‘Mum, we can’t have any more bak­ing. There’s enough bak­ing stuff, stop’. Her gen­er­a­tion — they are re­ally clear about what they want and don’t want.”

Modern veg­e­tar­ian recipes are ac­com­pa­nied by those for burg­ers, ideas for cook­ing with sus­tain­able fish species, meals for one, fruit­based desserts, pic­nic bak­ing, on­trend recipes for fer­mented and pick­led foods, and more, Lang­bein said. A four-week meal plan­ner was also in­cluded.

De­spite the gen­er­a­tional dif­fer­ences, they had ended up “in the same place” with their cook­ing val­ues, Lang­bein said.

“How can we tread more lightly [on the planet], how can we eat more healthily, and how can we do it in­ex­pen­sively.”

A Free Range Life: To­gether.

Celebrity cook Annabel Lang­bein (left) and her daugh­ter Rose Lang­bein have co-au­thored

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