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.
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.
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