Niki Bezzant has been writing about food for the past decade and was web editor for Cuisine, helping design the award-winning website. Niki’s the founding editor of Healthy Food Guide magazine, NZ’s top-selling food magazine. As well as contributing to radio and TV, Niki received the 2009 Supreme Editor of the Year award at the recent MPA Awards. And now, a fab new cookbook!

Simple, delicious food to cook and share. That is the philosophy of passionate cook and food lover Niki Bezzant and the inspiration for her beautiful book on how to wow your loved ones without having to treat them at a fancy restaurant.

Niki maintains cooking for friends and family should not be a chore but fun for everyone – including the cook. There is no need for the cook to miss out on the company and
conversation. Many components of these mouth-watering dishes can be prepared in advance, with an emphasis on simplicity while maintaining the flavour and freshness – minimum effort for maximum pleasure.

Every recipe in “Eating In” is illustrated with stunning colour photographs as well as accompanying shots showing preparation. Helpful tips and suggestions for variations are also provided. All sorts of occasions are covered, from a special supper for your favourite person, to ‘emergency entertaining’ for unexpected guests. There’s also advice on useful gear in the kitchen, and recipes for ‘bring a plate’ situations. 

Golden rules for successful entertaining: relax, keep it simple, be confident, less is more, get your guests involved; offer invaluable advice for the host. A further section is devoted to how to be a good guest: remember to say thank you, take something along despite the pleas to bring nothing.

“Eating In” lets Niki demonstrate how entertaining with great food is a pleasure, not a stress. 

But what’s on the menu? How about: Blue cheese & caramelised onion filo tarts, Chicken,
kumara & lemon bake, Crispy goats’ cheese, pear & walnut salad, Roasted capsicums with
mozzarella & tomatoes, Roast beetroot & pumpkin salad with honey dressing, Pesto lamb racks with Sandy’s special goats’ cheese mash, and Molten chocolate puddings.

Visit Niki’s website at www.eatingin.co.nz or http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/

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