Recipes for success from best selling, award-winning cookbook author and syndicated newspaper columnist,

Jan Bilton

Let me share with you the pleasures and experience gained through a lifetime of working in the world of food. Author of 27 cookbooks, including the best-selling New Zealand Kiwifruit Cookbook (140,000 copies sold internationally) and Marlborough on the Menu (winner of Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards 2010 for Best Food/Wine Guide); food and lifestyle magazine editor (Living Today, The Foodtown Magazine); syndicated columnist, travel writer, restaurant owner — and home cook.

My Mantra is: Real Food for Real People. Please join me for a taste.

Recipes, Wines and Restaurants

FAB FESTIVE DESSERTS

Christmas — a time to indulge in delicious desserts. But it's important to balance rich temptations with generous servings of fresh summer fruits. A (glass) bowl of mixed berries such asRead more

SUPER SIZZLERS

Ask most people ‘who invented the barbecue?’ and the majority would say the Americans. However, cooking over coals has existed since the beginning of time — primitive peoples found relightingRead more

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

Warmer weather is here and that means al fresco meals are on the menu. It’s magic to escape to the countryside, beach or lake during the weekend with delicious dishes tucked in the chilly bin. I alRead more

PARTY PLEASERS

It’s party season — time for some festive frolics with friends and family and providing those essential finger foods does not have to be stressful or time consuming. Just plan ahead and rememberRead more

SNACKING ON RICE

Rice has long been the staple diet of over half the world’s population and there are over 100 varieties. It was thought that rice was native to either China or India, dating back to 2800 BC. HoweveRead more

BAKES YULE LOVE

The festive fruitcake as we know it today dates back to the Middle Ages. In the 13th century, dried fruits were transported to Britain from the eastern Mediterranean. As a result, breads became lightRead more

VEGAN VIM

Friday 1 November is World Vegan Day. Many interesting events are planned throughout New Zealand including special restaurant menus and potluck meals. There are two types of vegans — dietary andRead more

CHOICE CHEESES

Our cheese choices are becoming more sophisticated and eclectic. Gone are the days when mass-produced ‘bricks’ dominated. According to supermarket research and the New Zealand SpecialistRead more

CELEBRATE SPRING

I have been waiting expectantly for the season’s first strawberries. Now they’re here and although I’m delighted I can now savour a favourite fruit, I find the first berries are often a littleRead more

KIDS’ COOKING CAPERS

Foodies are spoilt for choice with the current abundance of TV cooking shows which also have the added bonus of enticing kids into the kitchen. And not just the older ones. I know a three-year-old giRead more

SUPER SPUDS

Surprisingly, China and India — major rice eating countries — produce almost one third of the world’s potatoes. Up until the 1990s, potatoes were considered to be a cook’s ‘best friend’Read more

MAKE IT MEATBALLS

My mother served her favourite meatballs on nearly every festive occasion — birthdays, weddings, anniversary parties — but most often as mini nibbles with pre-dinner drinks. World-famous amongstRead more

RECIPE COLLECTION

Enjoy the online recipe library. Recipes and photos by food writer Jan Bilton.

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LATEST COOKBOOKS

Celebrate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. From the team that brought you Marlborough on the Menu, Winner 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Award for Best Food/Wine Guide. Read More

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