Sunday, October 30, 2016

Never put all your eggs in one bastard

Never Put All Your Eggs in One Bastard
Peta Mathias
Published by Penguin Random House, 1 November 2016; NZ RRP: $40.00

Never Put All Your Eggs in One Bastard is Peta’s hilarious, candid, bitter/sweet ‘memoir of sorts’; an ode to cuisine, travel, adventure. As Peta puts it, “This book is my attempt to explore these interwoven elements that, like a refrain in a song, have recurred throughout my life: food, travel and love. It’s not an Eat Pray Love thing – it’s more a pay-the-rent thing and have-adventures-while-you’re-doing-it thing.”
A natural-born risk taker, fiercely independent and shot through with wanderlust, Peta dreamed of a life less ordinary. Not for her, domestic bliss and the burden of a husband. With the world as her stage, Peta embraced new experiences, finding homes in Canada, London, France. She opened a restaurant in Paris and became fluent in French. She even got married. Once.
Returning to New Zealand, Peta started writing about her culinary adventures. She looked settled at last, buying a heritage home in Grey Lynn and beginning yet another career, this time in television, fronting Taste New Zealand. Not one to be tied down, though, Peta started leading gastronomic tours in Vietnam, the South of France, Morocco, Spain and India.

In her latest book, Peta recounts her most recent uprooting: selling her beloved cottage in Auckland so she can transform a dilapidated hovel into a stylish new abode and cooking school in Uzès, in the South of France. As she battles French bureaucracy and countless delays, Peta reflects on the patterns of her life, promises to grow old disgracefully and explains why you should never put all your eggs in one basket.
Never Put All Your Eggs in One Bastard shares Peta’s trademark love, passion and zest for life, not to mention some of her favourite recipes. Beguiling the reader with saucy tales, racy humour and languid laments about feminism, Catholicism, hippie culture, perfectionism, men and much, much more.

Peta Mathias will be touring New Zealand’s four main cities in November, with her fantabulous, new comedy show. Think rapier wit, singing, pithy readings from Never Put All Your Eggs in One Bastard and therapeutic fun as Peta reprises her perennial Agony Aunt guise. You’d be crazy to miss out!


Southward Theatre, Paraparaumu, Wellington – Friday 18 November, 7.30pm
SKYCITY Theatre, Auckland – Saturday 19 November, 7.30pm
King’s & Queen’s Performing Arts Centre, Dunedin – Friday 25 November, 7.30pm
Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch – Saturday 26 November, 7.30pm


More about Peta Mathias
Peta Mathias MNZM is a respected and prolific New Zealand chef, author and broadcaster. Having started her culinary love in Paris with her restaurant ‘Rose Blues’, she returned to New Zealand to teach, cook and write. Fete Accomplie, a book about her life in Paris with recipes, was the first of many subsequent award-winning gastronomic travel books written about North Africa, France, New Zealand, Ireland and Vietnam. Her book Can We Help it if We’re Fabulous was an instant bestseller and has also been published in the UK, USA, Canada and Germany. It was followed by a number of other books about women, men and transformation. Peta divides her time between New Zealand and Uzès.


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