Recipes for success from best selling, multi 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

Hello Agaricus Bisporus

There's not 'mushroom' for argument when is comes to the popularity of this fungi.  Read more

Hunter's MiruMiru™ A Winner

Two of my favourite bubbles keep on winning. Awards and Accolades MiruMiru™ Reserve 2016 GOLD – Champagne Sparkling Wine World Championships, October 2021 GOLD – The Marlborough WineRead more

SEAFOOD SAVVY

I’m looking forward to dangling a fishing line over the back of a boat this summer. It's years since I’ve enjoyed fish straight from the sea. My only fresh ‘catch’ in recent times has been aRead more

FRUITY FLARE

Peaches and their copycat cousin, nectarines, are two of the tastiest delights of summer. Juice running down your chin is joy – but not, of course when it hits your T-shirt!   Prunus persica —Read more

CELEBRATION NIBBLES

We may ring in the New Year like it’s going out of fashion — but it isn’t and it won’t.  Celebrations to mark the beginning of the New Year began several millennia ago. The first were recorRead more

EASY ANSWERS

Those festive leftovers are easy, economical mealmakers after day or so of hectic entertaining and eating. There’s nothing easier than to pull the ham from the fridge and serve it sliced with a salRead more

ASIDE FROM MAINS

Magnificent main course meat dishes might be the centrepiece of your festive table but side dishes also need to live up to expectation.  Sides and accompaniments should complement and showcase theRead more

Merry Meat Mains

Many people celebrate Christmas by serving meats that are ancestral. The fact that Kiwis of British origin still serve hot roasted meats and veg on a humid summer day is testament to that.   Read more

YULE BE SWEET

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Miles Kington, British journalist. Fabulous, flavoursome, healthy, versatile — summer stone fruits andRead more

TASTEFUL GIFTS

For me, giving gifts to friends reinforces our connection and their unique relationship to me. And Christmas is the perfect opportunity to cement this bond. It’s a way of expressing appreciation, aRead more

CHEERS TO HAPPY HOUR

Having drinks and nibbles with friends after work came into its own during the Prohibition years in America (1920-1933) when the production, transportation and sale of liquor was banned. People wouldRead more

JINGE BELL BAKES

It's time to fire up your festive baking skills. A rich fruit cake will keep for years and like wine, it often improves with age. Prepare traditional cakes at least one month before cutting. DuringRead 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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