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  • Published: 30 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869621759
  • Imprint: RHNZ Godwit
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $65.00
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Me'a Kai

The Food And Flavours Of The South Pacific


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A South Pacific resort holiday in your home kitchen!

The cuisines of the South Pacific island nations are noted for their sensational use of coconut cream, fresh fruit and the most delicate fish. Away from the big resort hotels, skilled local cooks make the most delicious meals, whose range would surprise most tourists. Two years ago, New Zealand-born chef Robert Oliver, who has had a stellar career in the United States restaurant industry, went back to Fiji, where he grew up, to rediscover the art of Pacific cooking. He travelled to Tonga, Niue, Tahiti, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands to track down the most skilled local cooks. Adapting their recipes for modern kitchens, this outstanding, landmark book brings together a treasury of South Pacific cooking, arranged country by country, with 90-plus recipes and photos that capture the essence of the Pacific. And there's much more than just recipes. Along the way Robert pauses to tell fascinating stories from his encounters with both local cooks and food producers. Flipping through its pages is like going on holiday!

  • Pub date: 30 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869621759
  • Imprint: RHNZ Godwit
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $65.00
Categories:

About the Author

Robert Oliver

Robert Oliver is a New Zealand-born chef who has spent much of his highly successful career working in leading overseas restaurants. Raised in Fiji and Samoa, he is deeply committed to sustainable food production and tourism in the South Pacific and wants to elevate the appreciation of the Pacific’s local cuisines and produce. He has worked as a chef in Fiji, New York City, Miami, Sydney, Las Vegas, the US Virgin Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and more. Robert has developed farm-to-table resorts in the Caribbean, and food programmes feeding homeless people and African immigrants with AIDS in New York City.
Robert’s award-winning book Me’a Kai: The food and flavours of the South Pacific, was named the Gourmand Best Cook Book of the World 2010, Gourmand’s top prize. His second book, Mea'ai Samoa won the Best TV Chef Cookbook in the World in 2013. Both books were made into the TV series Real Pasifik. For two seasons he was a judge on the popular cooking show My Kitchen Rules.

Robert is a chef ambassador to Le Cordon Bleu, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, the UN Good Will Ambassador to the Pacific and was named a KEA World Class New Zealander in 2017.

See more at www.robertoliveronline.com.


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