Ladies, A Plate: Traditional Home Baking

Author(s): Alexa Johnston


There is a good chance you can remember a time when the family cake tins were always full of biscuits, slices, fruit loaves and cakes baked by mothers, aunts and grandmothers. And, of course, home-made sponges, ginger loaves, lamingtons, custard squares were an integral part of all special occasions - whether it was a birthday, a christening, a wedding or a wake. In Ladies, A Plate, Alexa Johnston looks back to this gentler time and shares her favourite traditional New Zealand recipes. An avid collector of community cookbooks, Alexa also writes about the history of some New Zealand baking classics, showing how our favourite recipes evolved over time. Cream-filled sponges, ginger kisses, lamingtons, custard squares, chocolate éclairs, club sandwiches and sausage rolls were just some of the many specialties perfected by home bakers. This is a book for anyone who longs to re-create their favourite treats with over 80 easy-to-follow recipes - all of them tried, tested and true.


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Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture Category 2009

and PANZ Book Design Awards: Illustrated Book 2009

and PANZ Book Design Awards: Nielsen Award for Best Book 2009

Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2009

Alexa Johnston works as a freelance art curator and writer. Her definitive biography of the iconic New Zealand hero, Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life, was a finalist in the Montana Awards. An enthusiastic and accomplished baker from a young age, Alexa has an impressive collection of both cooking utensils and Kiwiana cookbooks.

General Fields

  • : 9780143008637
  • : Penguin Books
  • : Penguin Books
  • : July 2008
  • : January 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alexa Johnston
  • : Paperback
  • : 641.815
  • : 178
  • : Cakes, baking, icing & sugarcraft
  • : colour illustrations