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Culinary design and display, Peta Mathias

Kitchens: The New Zealand Kitchen in the 20th Century
Helen Leach
Otago University Press, $50.00,
ISBN 9781877578373

Professor Helen Leach, the author of Kitchens: The New Zealand Kitchen in the 20th Century, is simply a national treasure, along with her sisters Mary Browne and Nancy Tichborne – talk about a heavenly power trio. If we didn’t have Leach’s scholarly, meticulously researched, riveting books on culinary history, we would have had to invent her. Shame about the uninspiring cover, though – maybe it’s an Otago University Press thing: mustn’t be too bright or shiny.

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Good meaty stuff, Dale Williams

From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen: New Zealand Culinary Traditions and Cookbooks Helen Leach (ed) Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 978877372759   Graham Kerr famously said that New Zealand had no culinary tradition, but, as a chef, he probably judged us

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