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Book shares good food DNA

LIZ WILLIS
Last updated 05:00 06/11/2012
Engine Room
NO SECRETS: Carl Koppenhagen and Natalia Schamroth of The Engine Room share all about their restaurant, including recipes.

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Two top chefs have no fear in sharing the secrets that make it hard to book a table at their award winning Northcote Pt restaurant.

For Natalia Schamroth and Carl Koppenhagen of The Engine Room that includes giving the recipes for diners' favourites on their menu.

Madly popular recipes like churros con chocolate and twice-baked goat's cheese souffle feature in their new cookbook, The Engine Room Eatery.

Life behind-the scenes in the kitchen and restaurant is also revealed in a large collection of black and white photos by Keiran Scott.

More than 37,000 shots were taken in the creation of the book.

There are full colour food shots of more than 100 recipes and foodie fans can grasp techniques through photos for things like gnocchi making and fish filleting.

Natalia and Carl say the book continues their belief in sharing and they encourage readers to make the recipes their own.

"We can't share too much," says Natalia.

Recipes are good home cooked meals, focused on flavour that the pair hope will help encourage people to grow and use their own organic vegetables.

The book shares their history as chefs and food lovers.

"It's very much our story, both visually and with the writing, and our history which a lot of people don't know."

Both attended Auckland's AUT cooking school and are influenced by growing up in European-based home kitchens and world travels.

Great food, they say, is in their DNA.

Natalia spent school holidays in Melbourne cooking and eating with her grandparents who were Polish Holocaust survivors.

While Carl's family ran delicatessen, including one on the North Shore, specialising in Dutch specialties of his father's homeland and mum's home baking.

They worked together in their early careers at popular Metropole in Parnell and the renowned Reuben cafe in Auckland Art Gallery.

For years Natalia was also a food writer for Cuisine magazine.

GIVEAWAY The North Shore Times has two copies of The Engine Room Eatery cookbook, printed by Random House and designed by Alt Group, to give away. Send your name and daytime phone number to north@snl.co.nz. Entries close at noon on November 12.

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