Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Annabel Langbein’s new book ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein brings together everything she’s learned during a career of cooking and eating adventures – in one timeless compendium.
Her biggest and most beautiful book ever, it features her most popular recipes from the past
20 years, alongside her own personal favourites and dozens of brand new recipes inspired by the food she’s cooking and eating right now.

ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein is not just a recipe book – it's a lifetime of cooking inspiration, showcasing more than 650 recipes, plus hundreds of variations and clever cooking tips designed
to make you a more resourceful cook. “My aim is to inspire people to try something new, then empower them to make it their own, changing ingredients to suit the season or their personal tastes, or applying 'springboard' techniques to different cuisines or flavour families. This makes
it so easy to get creative in the kitchen and have fun around the table.”

Every recipe has been retested and tweaked for today's tastes – maybe with fewer refined ingredients or a gluten-free option, or maybe with on-trend flavours such as sriracha, chipotle or aquafaba. “It's amazing how our cooking has changed over the years. With a global pantry of flavours at our fingertips it's now so easy to make interesting dishes from all around the world.”

ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein contains something for everyone, with recipes to suit all lifestyles, appetites and dietary needs, and separate indexes to help you identify the many gluten-free,
dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan recipes. “For the most part I've selected quick and easy snacks
and meals that suit today's busy lives, with chapters including pasta and risotto, noodles and rice, grains and pulses, and pies and pizzas, but there's special-occasion wow factor in there too.” 

It celebrates 20 years since Annabel published her bestselling book The Best of Annabel Langbein: Great Food for Busy Lives, which has been reprinted countless times, sold hundreds of thousands of copies and is known as 'the bible' in many New Zealand kitchens. “I've lost count of the
hundreds of people who have told me it's the most-used cookbook on their shelves,” says Annabel.
The Best of Annabel Langbein: Great Food for Busy Lives has been a mainstay on your kitchen bench for the past 20 years, this new book will be your trusted kitchen companion for the next 20. And if you're more of an armchair cook, its out-sized format, lush photography and stylish design make it a covetable coffee table book too.” 

Focussing on savoury recipes, ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein is volume one of a duo that will include an equally spectacular book of sweet treats. 

ESSENTIAL Annabel Langbein (Annabel Langbein Media, RRP $65)  

About Annabel Langbein

Over more than 25 years, Annabel has written and published 25 cookbooks and starred in and
co-produced three seasons of her award-winning TV series
Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook.
It’s Annabel’s mission to get people into the kitchen to create simple, healthy meals to share with family and friends. Her lighthearted, down-to-earth approach, no-fail recipes and clever kitchen
tips have earned her a passionate international following.

Annabel’s books have won numerous international awards, been translated into multiple languages and sold more than two million copies throughout Europe, North America and Australasia.

Her TV series has screened in more than 90 countries around the world and is currently screening
in the United States on the PBS network (the US equivalent of the BBC and home to quality programming such as
Downton Abbey). In February 2016 she won the People’s Choice Award for Best Home Chef in a TV Series at the US-based Taste Awards.  
A foundation member of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand, Annabel is uniquely qualified as a flag-bearer for the international sustainability movement, having spent her early life living off the land, cooking over an open fire, trapping possums in the Ureweras and jumping out
of helicopters to recover live deer. You can read more of Annabel’s story at

Annabel grows much of her family’s fresh produce in extensive organic gardens on the shores of scenic Lake Wanaka, where Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook is filmed.

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