Mea'ai Samoa Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia
The cuisine, traditions and environment of Samoa presented in recipes, photographs and stories by award-winning chef Robert Oliver. In his first book, Me'a Kai, Robert examined Polynesian cuisine from around the Pacific. That book won Best Book in the 2011 Gourmand Cookbook Awards. Now he concentrates on Samoa, where he spent several years while growing up. This book shows the traditional cuisine of Samoa and looks at the provenance of the ingredients through organic farmers and their land. Stories, portraits and the fabulous scenery combine to make another vibrant and colourful book filled with delicious food and show off the heritage of a beautiful island nation.
Whenever I go to a particularly moving art exhibition, movie or theatre play, read gracefully crafted writing, or hear exceptionally beautiful music, I feel changed - like my soul has been opened and exposed to a new emotion, a new sensation, a revelation. That is how I felt today after we went through the pages of your book. I was seeing Samoa through your eyes, and I was seeing beauty, grace and love. I was seeing my grandmothers, grandfathers, my parents, brothers, sisters and our children; I was seeing me. Thank you, thank you, thank you Robert for sharing how you see us - Faumuina Feloulini Tafuna'i, Women in Business Development Inc.
Robert Oliver is a New Zealand-born chef who has spent much of his highly successful careeer working in leading overseas restaurants. Raised in Fiji and Samoa, he is deeply commmitted to sustainable food production and tourism in the South Pacific and wants to elevate the appreciation of the Pacific's local cuisines and produce. He worked on this vibrant book with New Zealand academic Dr Tracy Berno and photographer Shiri Ram, the same winning team that produced the 2011 Gourmand award-winning book Me'a Kai.