In boisterous, entertaining prose author Dave Cull traces how 'Wellington's back garden' was re-established as the country's premier grape-producing region. He roams vineyards, tucks in at tables and pokes around the wine-presses of the Martinborough Terrace and environs. He introduces the characters making some of this country's finest vintages, extracting from them their particular fascinations and the nuances of their vineyards' climates, soil types and the science and philosophies behind the wines.
Published in 2003, this book is a snapshot of Martinborough and the characters that started it all.
The hilarious tale of how two American city boys learn to become olive farmers on a lifestyle block in New Zealand.
'CJ, we know nothing about olive trees,' I explained. I spoke slowly and clearly. 'We no nothing about agriculture at all. We've never even had a garden before. We can barely even cook for ourselves. We've survived for years on takeaway meals and pre-packaged dinners.'
In this endearing, hilarious, wry and warm-hearted book, Jared Gulian describes the first four years of their new life in the country, its disasters and small triumphs, its surprises and pleasures. But most of all he describes the warmth of the local community that welcomed him, saved him from certain peril, taught him how to cook, how to care for animals, and how to understand and love the land.
Its specially commissioned line drawings by artist Greg Keith from Wolfies set this book apart as a little treasure. Published by Random House Books NZ.
Mr Phelps and his trusty dog Ned drive their big white truck from Martinborough to the fishing village of Ngawi to collect freshly caught fish. Multi-coloured bulldozers, huge commercial fishing boats, crates of fresh fish and a rugged coastline are all part of a days work. Their trip takes them up through the Wairarapa valley to deliver the fish to the processing factory, and then back home for a well-earned treat for dinner.
A memoir of restaurateur and chef Jo Crabb, the story of her enviable life between Martinborough and southern France, and recipes from her cooking school Careme.
Jo Crabb and her partner, artist Stephen Allwood, spend most of the year in Martinborough, Jo running her cooking classes from Palliser Estate vineyard and Stephen painting. Jo and Stephen moved to Martinborough in 1995, right at the beginning of the wine and food culture boom. They ran the famous Café Medici in Martinborough for 11 years before setting up Careme in 2009, and it's fast becoming an institution amongst the Wellington dinner party set. Jo runs beginner cooking courses from ‘easy' right up to ‘master', mostly focusing on her love for French cooking techniques.
This is the story of Jo's life in food, filled with recipes, and the story of finally realising her greatest aspiration by buying a house in la France profonde - deepest France.
The book is beautifully illustrated with Stephen's drawings.
Published by Random House.
The Canoes of Kupe is a must-have, comprehensive historical record of the Martinborough district its personalities from the beginnings of settlement by Maori through to the 21st century.
The Martinborough district, at the southern end of New Zealand's North Island, has had a colourful history, some similar to other parts of the country and some distinctively different. From the large sheep runs of the 19th century to today's boutique wineries, it is a story enhanced by Roberta McIntyre's comprehensive research in private and public archives and her oral history interviews. The author also skilfully places the district's history within the context of national and international events that had repercussions for life in the town and through its hinterland.
Republished in 2012 by Fraser Books.
A great part of the Tora Coastal Walks success is the yummy homemade food that walkers have enjoyed over the years - delicious salads and vegetables, lovely mains and desserts, as well as biscuits, slices and cakes to eat on the go.
Not surprisingly, many walkers as for the recipes. So at last, Jenny Bargh and Kiri Elworthy have brought their culinary skills into creating this cookbook. Big enough for a variety of recipes, small enough to tuck into a little space and take home.
No pioneer New Zealand family has lived and farmed their land longer than the Matthews of 'Waiorongomai'. Their story, shaped by the land itself, is an important part of the history of Aotearoa. The Matthews of Waiorongomai begins with the arrival of Charles and Elizabeth Matthews in 1842. They settled first in Wellington but, drawn by the pull of the land, moved to Wairarapa and purchased the first acres their descendants still farm today. Seven generation have lived on 'Waiorongomai'. It is the story of a family devoted to its farming, the development of one of the country's leading Romney sheep studs and the passing on of a love of the land from one generation to the next. It is also dedicated to all the men and families who have worked on 'Waiorongomai' over the last 150 years.
Photography by Pete Nikolaison, a photographer who knows the Wairarapa Valley, its coastline and its ranges as well as he knows the back of his own Olympus. Often shooting from the air, as he does on many of these pages, he has spent a working lifetime capturing the moods, from tempest to tranquility, of this place apart. His deep familiarity is counter-pointed by novelist Michael Wall's commentary. A recent settler her, Wall brings a wry outsider's eye to rest on both the delights and the oddities of the Wairarapa, past and present. Together they take readers on a rollicking journey around New Zealand's last great unbeaten track.
Published by Hedleys Bookstore Masterton.
Anyone who visits wineries can't help but notice the omnipresent dog as much a part of the scenery as the winemaker and cellar hand. Wine Dogs New Zealand features over 100 wineries and over 150 stunning photos of their loyal pooches.
Along the way, the mutts and purebreds are interspersed with short essays by Bob Campbell, Sam Neill, John Saker and many more.
Find out which dog can lip-read, who has a wet grass phobia and discover who quietly leaves the tasting room after dropping gas bombs!
Wine Dogs New Zealand is a photographic journal of stunning pictures and great stories created all for the love of dogs and wine.
Published by Giant Dog Publishing.
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