Get cosy in the kitchen this winter - and help Kiwis in need

Food Writers NZ has released its first electronic cookbook, Cosy. Discover ideas for delicious, hearty fare, while also helping raise money for charity.

Cosy is designed to help Kiwi cooks navigate the winter months ahead by bringing inspiration, direction and joy to their kitchens with all profits going to Meat the Need, a national charity with a goal to supply much needed meat to City Missions and Food Banks throughout New Zealand.

The e-cook book is just $10 and contains a collection of 40 achievable, family style, winter recipe contributions as well as a series of thought provoking food stories from Food Writers New Zealand members.

Cosy offers up a selection of hearty dishes for all palates including Sarah Tuck’s Stormy Night Carrot, Cumin & Coriander Soup, Nadia Lim’s Turmeric & Ginger Chicken Soup,

Lauraine Jacobs’ Cheesy Cauliflower & Leek Bread Pudding, Lucy Corry’s Malaysian Braised Pork Belly, Annabel Langbein’s Chicken & Ginger Noodle Bowl, Julie Biuso’s Crispy Broccoli & Potato Stacks, Helen Jackson’s Chicken Adobo, Fiona Smith’s South American Lamb & Legume stew, Ginny Grant’s Braised Chickpeas with Haloumi + Mojo Verde and Kathy Paterson’s 2020 NZ version of The Woolton Pie, a pie widely served in Britain during WWII, and many more mouth-watering winter-inspired recipes.

A selection of family favourite desserts include Claire Aldous’ Frozen Berry & Apple Coconut Crumble, Fiona Hugues’ Chocolate Croissant Tray Baked Pudding + Salted Cocoa Cream, Robyn Martin’s Cake Tin Apple Pie, Jan Bilton’s Slow Cooker Baked Apples and others.

Project lead and Food Writers NZ member Kathy Paterson says the idea for the book came from a ‘taste’ for giving.

“During COVID-19 lockdown it became apparent that people were looking for recipes, so I rallied the troops. The call went out for recipe contributions and within the day we had enough recipes for an e-cookbook”, she says.

“With the increasing number of Kiwis in need of support and nourishment through City Missions and Food Banks, choosing new charity Meat the Need was a no-brainer,” Paterson says.

Wayne Langford, founder of Meat The Need says he is very grateful to Food Writers NZ for their support.

"For generations farming families have been gathering around the dinner table after a long day of work. Food is what brings us together, as farmers we want every family in New Zealand to have the opportunity for this nourishment and connection."

Food Writer’s NZ contributors to the book include Ainslie Ballinger, Angela Clifford, Annabel Langbein, Ashia Ismail-Singer, Brooke Lyons, Catherine Bell, Claire Aldous, Denise Irvine, Emma Galloway, Fiona Hugues, Fiona Smith, Fiona Windle, Gemma Carroll, Ginny Grant, Helen Jackson, Jan Bilton, Jane Rangiwahia, Jeni Pearce, Jo Bridgford, Julie Biuso, Julie Le Clerc, Kate Underwood, Kathy Paterson, Lauraine Jacobs, Lea Stening, Lucy Corry, Lynda Hallinan, Michelle Jones, Michelle Tsang, Nadia Lim, Nicola Galloway, Niki Bezzant, Olena Williams, Pip Duncan, Rebecca Stanley, Robyn Martin, Sarah Tuck, Shona Dey, Tony Smith, Tracey Sunderland, Vanessa Baxter and Vicki Ravlich-Horan.

Cosy is $10 per download and available for purchase from today (8th June) with all profits going to Meat the Need. For more information or to purchase a copy of the electronic cookbook, go to