Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, April 20, 2012
published by Lasting Images
Rotorua photographer Gerhard Egger enjoys capturing
the visual nuances of his home region as only someone who’s lived there
appreciates: the autumn reflections in the lake of St Faiths Church at
Ohinemutu; the white peak of Mt Ngauruhoe spiking from orange tussock; a farmer
feeding an orphaned lamb; the school calf day; weekend sports. But his large
collection of photographs of the Central
North Island has remained largely out of view to people locally – he sells most of his images overseas. Then
the idea came to combine photography with his other great passion and past
profession, food. Gerhard decided that keeping it ‘local’ provided an
opportunity to celebrate and showcase not only his images, but the talents and
personalities of the region. He enlisted the help of his partner Henri
(Henrietta), set about collecting, cooking and photographing many of the recipes, and Volcanic Kitchens is the result. And what a wonderful result it is.
coffee-table book with 158 recipes and over 170 photographic images of the
Volcanic Plateau, including
landscape, food, culture and people.
Kitchens is a book that represents a broad New Zealand
community and the mix of different cultures in a positive way, with food being
the common theme. Its appeal is not
confined to the people who live on the Volcanic Plateau – visitors and
New Zealanders wherever they live
will also enjoy the diversity of recipes and stunning scenic and cultural images, interspersed with appetising
images of the food
The book includes recipes from well known local
personalities such as ex-All Black Buck Shelford, singer
Tim Beveridge, author Tessa Duder, chef Charles Royal, and BMX world champion
Sarah Walker. There are also recipes contributed by less celebrated people –
Joy Barrowman, who has made the Christmas cake for Friends of Hospice for the
past 14 years, (pic right - recipe below);Iri Te Kowhai, who
regularly caters for hundreds of people
on the local marae, and many others
including some of Gerhard and Henri’s favourites.
Kitchens is available from selected bookshops in
Rotorua and Taupo, in Auckland: from Milly’s Speciality Kitchen Shop in
Ponsonby and Cook the Books in Grey Lynn. Check for an updated list of
stockists on our website. It can also be purchased through the website www.volcanickitchens.co.nz.
Recommended retail price is $45.00.
Joy’s Honey Fruit Cake
Joy has been making this
Christmas Cake, to be raffled by Friends of
Hospice Rotorua, for the last 14 years.
She acquired the recipe over 40
years ago when she was invited to lead a cake decorating course in
New Plymouth. The recipe comes
from a farmer’s wife who was on the course. It keeps for ages (if you can keep
those fingers out of the tin!).
1250g mixed fruit
1 cup honey
2 tbsp golden
1 cup boiling milk
1 tsp baking soda
Soak the fruit in a
glass of sherry the night before. Dissolve next three ingredients together and
add to the fruit. Add the flour and then the baking soda dissolved in milk. Put
into a 23cm lined tin. Use the spatula and water to smooth the top and to get
it nice and shiny. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, andturn back to 130˚C
the cake is in the
oven. Bake for 3 hours. Allow to cool in oven overnight.
If you choose not to soak the
fruit in sherry, an alternative is to add
2 teaspoons of essence to the
mix, this can be vanilla, rum or
A feature of the book is the wonderful photography, both of places and food, by Gerhard Egger - a couple of examples appear below.