Author(s): Judith Cullen
Judith Cullen goes to market! From Nelson and Blenheim, from the Hawkes Bay to Central Otago, from Parnell to Wellington, Judith Cullen has visited the most popular 'new-old' alternatives to the supermarket. Drawing from her travels, Judith has created an abundant and vibrant cookbook that embodies everything the outdoor markets have on offer. With her 'shop locally, cook seasonally' mantra, Judith Cullen trawls through colourful, eclectic, high quality markets, meeting the producers face to face and tracking down the finest fresh produce. In Dinner in a Basket she takes us on a foodie's journey, introducing each region's finest produce and providing a tantalizing array of delicious recipes. As with her first highly successful cookbook, Judith encourages food-lovers and family chefs to build their menus around what is readily available at each turn of the season. This cookbook covers six food-producing regions with an introduction to each and its markets, along with luscious and inspiring recipes that focus on the 'in-season' local produce as well as the cheeses, olive oils and other locally produced culinary delights.The recipes vary from Tunisian fish tajine, to spring roasted yams with feta and bacon, from zucchini soup with Soba noodle salad, to chocolate fig and walnut cake. Judith's recipes incorporate flavours from around the world but the emphasis is always on the freshness, the taste and the essence of the ingredients. Sumptuously illustrated throughout with photographs from award-winning photographer Bill Nichol. First published November 2007.
Introduction by Judith Cullen Buying and eating the freshest seasonal produce makes enormous practical sense: it's time saving, supports local growers, it's a way to find the healthiest food - but it's also great fun. Shopping at markets is now fast becoming a preferred method of food shopping all over New Zealand.