17 of the Best New Zealand Family Cookbooks
Are your evenings filled with your kids after school activities, sports practices and helping out with the kids homework? Looking for more inspiration for midweek dinner ideas? Here are 17 of the BEST New Zealand family cookbooks and our favourite recipes that the Auckland for Kids team turns to when we want quick, easy and healthy meal to cook for the family.
1. Supergood by Chelsea Winter
Supergood is Chelsea Winter’s newest plant based cookbook. Supergood has a great range of recipes that are free from meat, dairy, eggs. Also included are pointers to make each meal gluten free if you wish too. Lots of easy-to-follow, delicious recipes here. Most of these require a little more time in the kitchen and you may require a few new pantry ingredients.
Our favourite recipes from Supergood are Macho Nachos, Mac & Cheese, Samosa Stuffed Potatoes, Soft Taco Fiesta, The Beast Mode Lasagne, Pah Thai and Noodly Peanut Slaw.
2. Edmonds Cookery Book by Goodman Fielder
Edmonds Cookery Book is New Zealand’s iconic, classic kiwi cookbook. This little gem is a wonderful book for everyday recipes and cooking hints. Handy for the likes of quiches, pies, batters, scones, omelets, sauces, preserving tips and tricks and much more.
3. At My Table by Chelsea Winter
At My Table has a fantastic selection of Chelsea’s all-time favourite dishes. There’s a recipe for every occasion. Favourite recipes include the famous Creamy Chicken & Vegetable Pie and Easy Butter Chicken.
4. Nadia's Kitchen
Nadia’s Kitchen is organised by season, this is a must-have collection of recipes that will become favourite staples in every household. Nadia’s training as a dietitian and nutritionist is evident throughout the book with the recipes being well thought out and balanced.
5. Everyday Delicious by Chelsea Winter
Everyday Delicious focuses more on ‘week-night’ style meals that are quick and easy to whip up. It’s a lively and fast-paced book, pitched nicely for young families who are pushed for time. Our kids really love the The Best Spaghetti and Meatballs from this book.
6. Two Raw Sisters by Rosa Flanagan and Margo Flanagan
Two Raw Sisters – Rosa and Margo want to show you that plant-based food can be beautiful, creative, economical, healthy and above all, delicious. Easy-to-follow recipes will inspire you to freshen up your food choices and give your health a boost.
7. Smart Food for Busy People, Stylish Food for New Zealanders by Annable Langbein
Smart Food for Busy People cookbook is an oldie but a goodie. Annable Langein’s delightful New Zealand cookbook has simple to make, stylish recipes, using healthy easy to find ingredients. Perfect for a busy family.
Favourite recipes that are on high rotation in our house include: Lamb Chwarma Pockets; Warm Chicken Salad with Chilli Peanut Sauce; Thai Chicken Curry and Filo vegetable Samosa parcels; Pasta with Pumpkin, Roasted Walnuts and Pesto; Paella, Chicken and Noodles with Chilli Peanut Sauce; Chicken and Spinach Curry; Thai Chicken Curry and Filo vegetable Samosa parcels and Thai Fish Curry.
8. Homemade Happiness by Chelsea Winter
Homemade Happiness is all about taking the time to make and share honest-to-goodness food. There’s no fancy, hard-to-find ingredients or complicated cooking techniques. Our kids love the Swedish Meatballs from this book.
9. Revive Cafe Cookbook
The Revive Cafe Cookbooks are a favourite with our team member who has a family of four with two vegetarians and two non-vegetarians. The vegetarian plant based meals are simple to prepare, health, filling and declicious. The majority of dishes are also dairy and gluten free. Revive has two vegetarian cafes in Auckland City Centre and was founded by Jeremy Dixon. They have been serving vegetarian food for years before being vegan became trendy, so they really know their vegetarian food. There are seven cookbooks available and each book has a range of salads, hotpots, hot meals, sweets and flavour boosters with full colour photos for each recipe.
10. The Great New Zealand Cookbook
The Great New Zealand Cookbook Eighty of New Zealand’s finest cooks, chefs and bakers let us into their homes and their hearts as they share their favourite recipes they make for people they love. Each recipe is accompanied by stunning original photographs shot entirely on location that truly capture the essence and nature of this beautiful country of ours.
11. Raw + Free by Sophie Steevens
Raw + Free has easy, family-friendly wholefood recipes for all meals plus great information to help you get started, with material such as kitchen essentials, ingredient staples and lots of easy-to-follow tips for a wholesome, plant-based lifestyle.
12. Vegful by Nadia Lim
Vegful This book has been created for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike. Whatever way we choose to eat, there is no doubt that eating more vegetables would do all of us good. One with over 100 deliciously satisfying recipes to celebrate beautiful, colourful, bountiful vegetables.
13. The Kiwi Sizzler Portable BBQ Book
The Kiwi Sizzler Portable BBQ Book has a great selection of BBQ recipes and advice around how to get the best out of your BBQ for summer.
14. Ripe Recipes: A Fresh Batch
Ripe is one of our favourite delis and cafes in Grey Lynn for a healthly bite to eat. Their recipe book Ripe Recipes: A Fresh Batch shows you how to make the basics like Basil Pesto for everyday cooking through to Sticky Spare Ribs and Saucy Chocolate Pudding.
15. Essential by Annabel Langbein
Essential Another batch of recipes perfect for the Kiwi lifestyle. There is something for everyone in here – food that makes a day go better, warms the heart and nourishes friends and family – and you know that it’s failsafe, easy to do, no fuss, and utterly mouthwatering.
16. Peter Gordon - A World in My Kitchen
We have a soft spot for Peter Gordon as when we lived on Marylebone High Street in London during our OE (before we had kids) we could go out to eat at his restaurant Providores and Tapa Room which was a few doors away and get a taste of kiwi food that would remind us of home. Some of the simple recipes in A World in My Kitchen are our favourites such as the Barbecued Sweetcorn with Coriander Butter; Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Olives and Garlic Confit; and Warm Green Bean, Egg and Potato Salad with Parmesan Dressing when putting a family meal together.
17. Treats from Little & Friday
Treats from Little & Friday This delightful cookbook contains popular recipes for tarts, biscuits, savouries and cakes. Adapted for the home cook, these recipes and helpful hints allow even the novice baker to master the delights of delicious cafe treats.
Little & Friday has popular cafes in Auckland, where you can try their treats if you don’t want to bake yourself.
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