Author(s): Henrietta Egger; Gerhard Egger
This latest publication curated by photographer Gerhard Egger and his wife Henri, celebrates a New Zealand multi-cultural community – in this instance Rotorua; the community spirit, history, Maori culture, the ethnic communities, the landscape and the environment. “We believe food plays an essential role in our community; it brings us together, shapes our memories and empowers us. Food so often creates the link which binds communities together, and sharing your meal or oﬀering food to others is seen as a welcoming and comforting gesture.”
Volcanic Kitchens is far more than just a recipe book, you will be welcomed onto two local marae’s, Apumoana and Owhata and entranced by the love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai as told by kaumātua Paraone Pirika a local descendent, learn of the love local Ngati Rangitihi descendent Ken Raureti has for his revered Mt Tarawera. The many family favourite recipes are all contributed by people who have had a connection with Rotorua and there is something for everyone; from recipes suitable for a student flat to more complicated recipes like Gerhard’s own Matariki slow-roast lamb. The cultural connection that food has within our community is also recognised with the contributions from Indian, Chinese and Palestinian, as well as some Maori favourites such as Brisket and puha and Fry bread.
The book is illustrated throughout with Gerhard’s images of the Rotorua area and local events.
Kelli Brett, Editor, Cuisine Magazine
“Connecting our community through food has never been more important and with our renewed hunger for ‘homemade’ Volcanic Kitchens arrives with recipes straight from the heart, just when we need them most. With this book, Gerhard and Henrietta Egger continue to weave the tapestry of a multi-cultural group who love to cook, and most importantly, understand the sheer joy of sharing food with those we love.”
Jo Seagar MNZM
New Zealand writer, TV personality and celebrity cook
Patron and Ambassador of Hospice New Zealand
A book of beautiful photography and fabulous recipes, from the locals who really know the foodie specialties of this unique part of New Zealand, are reason enough to purchase a copy of the new revised edition of Volcanic Kitchens ......Everybody involved has generously shared their skills and expertise for the benefit of the local community—including our Rotorua Community Hospice—and that alone makes it very dear to my heart.