Friday, March 23, 2018

Annabel Langbein is back with all the sweet recipes you’ll ever need

In a superb new book, bestselling New Zealand cookbook author Annabel Langbein shares her best-ever versions of just about every sweet recipe you could dream of.
Featuring everything from nostalgic baking classics to modern vegan desserts, plus tried-and-true tips for perfect results every time and ’springboard’ recipes that allow you to add your own creativity, this comprehensive compendium is the only book you’ll ever need to bring a little sweetness to your life. 
Building on the success of Annabel’s bestselling book of savoury recipes, ESSENTIAL Volume One: Best-Ever Meals for Busy Lives, this second volume in the duo showcases hundreds of her favourite and most popular recipes for all things sweet, as well as dozens of fresh new ideas.
“In this book I have sought to bring you the best of everything I know and love from the sweet kitchen,” says Annabel. “I don’t have time for fancy techniques, hard-to-find ingredients or long-winded procedures. On these pages you’ll find classic recipes made simpler, indulgent recipes tweaked to be lighter and healthier, and loads of exciting brand-new recipes, plus an encyclopaedia of tips and tricks that I’ve gathered over the years.”
ESSENTIAL Volume Two: Sweet Treats for Every Occasion contains something for everyone, with recipes to suit all lifestyles, appetites and dietary needs, and separate indexes to help you identify the many refined sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan recipes.
The ESSENTIAL duo marks 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. “If The Best of Annabel Langbein: Great Food for Busy Lives has been a mainstay on your kitchen bench for the past 20 years, these two new books will be your trusted companions for the next 20,” says Annabel.
ESSENTIAL Volume Two: Sweet Treats for Every Occasion, by Annabel Langbein
(Annabel Langbein Media, RRP $65) is available from mid-March at Paper Plus, Whitcoulls, The Warehouse and all good bookstores nationwide and makes a timeless Mother’s Day, wedding, anniversary or birthday gift or treat for yourself or someone leaving home. It can also be ordered from for local or overseas delivery. Buy now and enter to win a  trip for two to Provence with L’Occitane!
 About Annabel Langbein
Annabel has written and published 26 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 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 millions of 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 and in 2017 she was granted an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce from Lincoln University.  
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.
A foundation member of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand, she is uniquely qualified as a flag-bearer for the international sustainability movement, having spent her early years living off the land, cooking over an open fire, trapping possums in the Ureweras and jumping out of helicopters to recover live deer.
A 2017 trip to Antarctica to learn about the work of environmental scientists there cemented her resolve to use less, waste less and tread more lightly on the earth.
You can read more of Annabel’s story at