“New Zealanders throw away 157,389 tonnes of food a year. That is equivalent to 271 jumbo jets of food that has to go somewhere to rot, instead of being eaten.”- lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz
Sarah Burtscher, who divides her time between Mt Gerald Station on the shores of Lake Tekapo and Christchurch, has published a cookbook to combat this waste. Her new cookbook, Waste Not Want Not, is based on the 10 top foods thrown out in New Zealand which are bread, leftovers, oranges and mandarins, apples, bananas, potatoes, poultry, rice, lettuce and beef. With 1.7 billion dollars of food wasted a year, this book gives the general household 80 fridge-cleaning recipes and 40-plus tips and tricks for minimising food waste and maximising flavour. The recipes feature ingredients that can be found in most home fridges, pantries and fruit bowls.
To add to the local flavour of this book, Jet Campbell, also from Mt Gerald Station, is responsible for the outstanding photography and design of the book.
A "Taste Without Waste" celebration for the launch of this beautiful and laudable book will be held at Jack Rabbit Cafe in Lake Tekapo on Thursday 20th May, hosted by Sarah Burtscher and Wilma from Petronella’s Bookstore. At this event Sarah will speak about the genesis of her book and there will be nibbles from her cookbook to inspire and encourage us all to stop the food waste.
Tickets are $25 and available from Petronella's