I managed to hop along to the Christchurch launch night of The New Zealand Vegetable Cookbook at Mercato. It was lovely to be able to flick through the book, chat to the authors (over the best wine I’ve ever tasted – and I’m not a wine person), and check out what the deli had in stock. I must get my hands on some smoked paprika – I never knew how completely different it was to the regular stuff! Also, a hat tip to Black Estate vineyard, who supplied the booze for the evening – 2009 Riesling. Woooow. I’m just on my way now to try and get my hands on some. Back to the food- from the delectable nibbles from the book that I sampled, and from the glimpses I’ve been managing to get (at the end of long days of essay writing…GARGH), I really am in love already. The recipes are so alluring but so do-able, with ingredients that are easy to find. As was pointed out to everyone, the book is also bound so it stays open nicely on a flat surface once you pat it down a bit. Practical in every way :) The best place I’ve found that sells it online is Mighty Ape, and shipping is only $4ish so it’s really very reasonable, especially since it’s very much an “every day” sort of book.
In other cookbook news I also swiped up a copy of the Gourmet Traveller’s (Aus) Italian Cookbook, the collector’s edition. If you want to feed your cookbook lust but have a tight budget, this is damn cheap at only $12, and has very few ads among the 342 recipes. It’s much more of a wistful cookbook for the average student, considering the amount of prosciutto and proper Italian cheese called for, but there are a few really budget friendly gems in there, two of which I have already sampled and loved. It’s available at most independent bookstores and probably at Borders too.