Cooking Up a Book

They say the best way to eat an elephant is one mouthful at a time. When we embarked on the challenge of creating our latest cookbook it felt like an elephant size task – thankfully the mouthfuls were a lot tastier. The chatter from Nourish fans about a possible cookbook was growing louder, so last […]

White bean, asparagus & artichoke salad

Recipe extracted from The Homemade Table: Seasonal Recipes, Preserves and Sourdough by Nicola Galloway   This is a spring riff on the ubiquitous bean salad that I make throughout the warmer months. In summer, use red onions and grilled red capsicum instead of asparagus and artichokes. Serves 4 as a side 400g can cannellini beans […]

Modern-Day Classics by Bevan Smith

Words by Vicki Ravlich-Horan I must confess, I am a big fan of Bevan Smith. I love Riverstone Kitchen – the ethos and the food. I have all of Bevan’s previous cookbooks, so when asked if I wanted a copy of his latest, Modern-Day Classics, I was quick to say yes. I know, it’s a […]

Flavourbomb Miso Soup

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan Flavourbomb by Belinda MacDonald landed on my desk at an opportune time. Back at work after a festive season of overindulging I was, like many, contemplating those new year resolutions. You might recognise Belinda, she won My Kitchen Rules in 2017 and pops up regularly on the food scene from bone broth […]

The Joy Of Watering By Hand

It is a gardener’s lot to spend half the year fretting about too much rain and the other half fretting about the lack of it. Hand-watering can’t be hurried. There’s nothing to be done but to stand still, to feel the water fall through your fingers, to hear the splats and splashing sounds it makes […]

Homecooked by Lucy Corry

Words by Vicki Ravlich-Horan “Beautiful, honest and useful” is how Lucy Corry’s cookbook Homecooked is described. This is an interesting description as cookbooks are often one or two of these things but seldom all three. And trust me, a lot of cookbooks cross my desk. Many capture me for an hour or two as I […]

Wholesome Black Bean Nachos with Cashew Cheese

Healthy Kelsi: Simple, vibrant plant-based food by Kelsi Boocock, photography and recipes by Kelsi Boocock, published by Bateman Books, RRP$39.99, Release Date 13 September, to purchase check your local bookstore for possible click and collect options (outside of Auckland) and also Fishpond and Mighty Ape for online and contactless delivery.


Recipe: extracted from OTTOLENGHI FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage (Ebury Press, $60) Photography: JONATHAN LOVEKIN The third installment in Yotam’s bestselling and multi-award-winning Plenty series, Ottolenghi Flavour celebrates the limitless potential of vegetables and reveals how to transform them into magical dishes. Flavour-forward, vegetable-based recipes are at the heart of Yotam Ottolenghi’s food. […]

Wild Kinship

Words: Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Image: Erin Cave “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens have the power to change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead This is a quote Monique Hemmingson used to set the scene for her book Wild Kinship. “Margaret Mead wrote this […]

Bosh! Healthy Vegan

Described as the vegan Jamie Olivers, Henry Firth and Ian Theasby are a phenomenon. Bosh, Healthy Vegan, is their third book in just three years. Quite a feat for a pair who five years ago were carnivores. The school friends entered their thirties feeling unhealthy, unfit and unhappy so made a switch to a plant-based […]