It's always a delight to discover a new cafe with delicious food, and it is even more of a treat to discover that the cafe has been generous enough to share the recipes with its customers in the form of a recipe book. Here's a selection of recent cookbooks to whet your appetite.
Ripe Recipes from Ripe Delicatessan, Richmond, Auckland. The recipes are arranged by months, so you can benefit from whichever fruit & vegetables are in season. Delights include : Rhubarb Butterscotch Layer Cake, Raw Energy salad, Baked Green Olive Chicken, Spiced Eggplant & Peanut salad.
Revive Cafe - City Central, Auckland. I haven't seen the cookbook yet, but the cafe is fabulous!
Floriditas Cafe - Cuba Street, Wellington. Another cafe with a strong commitment to seasonal flavours.
Tin Goose Cafe - 3 cafes across Central Otago. Each cafe is a little different from the others, but the food is consistently good. Check out the ginger & pear gems.
Dunsandel Store - Canterbury. I first discovered this place when I was on the hunt for Camla Farm apple juice, which is made just down the road. I'm so pleased that I made the trip.
Riverstone Kitchen - Oamaru. Named 2011 NZ Restaurant of the Year in the Cuisine awards. Outstanding food & wine. Delicious food, and manageable for the home cook.
Little & Friday - two locations, Takapuna & Newmarket, Auckland. I still haven't made it to either cafe, despite several recommendations. I figure that the cookbook might be the closest I get for a while.