Monday, August 18, 2014

FAST - Good Home Cooking with Michael Van De Elzen - Man on a mission publishes great new cookbook

New Zealand’s ‘aproned healthy food crusader’ is back with Fast, his fourth cookbook that’s jam-packed with delicious, quick-to- prepare dishes to share with friends and family.
And before you even open it you can tell that this book is a goodie! Stunning cover and wonderful, mouth-watering full colour photography throughout.
This inspirational book is a must-have. It’s full of new flavours, and the food is fresh, delicious, healthy, fun and affordable, and you can get them on the plate fast!

Since becoming a father Michael Van de Elzen became much more aware of what food was being consumed by New Zealanders and for the past five years he’s made it his mission to get Kiwis eating wholesome, fresh, healthy and tasty food. 

‘The more I look at the average diet, the more I realise how much, as a nation, we choose the easier option of purchasing highly processed foods,’ says  Mike. ‘Being out and about around New Zealand, speaking and cooking at schools and community events, I see that junk food is no longer a treat but rather a regular part of school lunches, dinners and even breakfasts.

Beautifully photographed (no exaggeration) by Babiche Martens, the book was shot in Mike’s Mt Albert home and it’s full of lovely snaps of Mike’s gorgeous family. Mike’s daughters Hazel and Ivy were also around for recipe testing so you can be confident they are child-friendly. As Mike explains, ‘I love cooking food for kids and putting a twist on all of the old favourites. My girls are as blunt as the harshest food critic about everything I cook. I get a real kick out of producing these quick dishes from scratch and watching the girls enjoy the homemade version. Making cooking fun and interactive for kids, and having all of the family involved is how home cooking should be.’

Covering everything from Italian and Indian meals to roasts, brunches, tempting cocktails and meals influenced by Mike’s Dutch heritage; there are also recipes for homemade ice blocks, mix and match salads, juices and a whole section on kid’s meals. There are also plenty of great tips and tricks and a list of Mike’s pantry favourites and where you can source them.
The book is designed as combinations of whole meals — often with a main and side dishes and a dessert, plus drinks— but you are encouraged to create your own combinations. ‘You can make all of them or just pick and mix,’ suggests Mike.

About the author:
Award winning restaurateur Michael Van de Elzen is one of New Zealand’s most loved and known celebrity chefs. After a period working as a chef in the United Kingdom, New Zealand-born Van de Elzen returned to New Zealand in the late 1990s, and in 2003 opened the award-winning restaurant Molten, in Auckland’s Mount Eden, with his wife Belinda. Molten has won both the Metro and the Cuisine Restaurant of the Year awards.

He subsequently sold the restaurant, and in addition to writing cookbooks and starring in TVNZ’s highly rating television shows The Food Truck and Family Recipes, Mike worked on several culinary projects both in New Zealand and Australia.

His first book, The Molten Cookbook, won Gourmand’s 2011 Best First Cookbook award, and was described by The Press’s award-winning food writer Kate Fraser as ‘a chef’s cookbook’.

Mike lives in Auckland his wife Belinda and their two young daughters, Hazel and Ivy.

Random House NZ
August 2014

RRP $49.99

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