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Wed 12 Nov 2008, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: aucklandlibraries

Free event. A welcome glass of wine will be available from 5.30pm, compliments of Glengarry Wines.

Auckland City Libraries invite you to come along and hear author David Veart present his new book First catch your weka: a story of New Zealand cooking.

Analyzing more than 150 years of recipes and cookbooks, this book chronicles the culinary history of New Zealand, looking at curious dishes such as boiled calf's head and stewed liver with macaroni, to the more traditional favourites such as homemade jams and chutneys.

It explores what makes New Zealand cooking distinctive, and examines how the culture has changed, from the prevalence of whitebait and mussels in the 1920s, to the arrival of Asian influences in the 1950s, and finally to the modern emphasis on fresh ingredients and fusion cooking. By telling the history of what we ate - for example - in 1842 Charles Heaphy produced one of Pakeha New Zealand’s first recipes of Weka stuffed with sage and onion and cooked on a stick, it tells us a great deal about who we have been.

David is a Department of Conservation archaeologist who has written scripts and narrated interpretative films exploring the history of North Head and Motutapu Island in Auckland. A lover of cooking and recipes, he owns a very large collection of New Zealand cook books.

Books will be available for purchase and David will be available for Q&As and book signing after his talk.

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