Book shares stories of quality food and life

Henrietta and Gerhard Egger, authors of the new food and produce book, Source New Zealand.
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Henrietta and Gerhard Egger, authors of the new food and produce book, Source New Zealand.

Henrietta and Gerhard Egger have turned their fascination with Aotearoa's scenery and resources into a new book.

Their Source New Zealand, with more than 30 personal stories and lots of photos, takes readers on an adventuresome food trip around the country.

On the Rotorua couple's journey of 15 months, they stopped into Clevedon Coast Oysters in South-East Auckland.

Callum McCallum with his two sons Fraser and Nelson outside Clevedon Coast Oysters. Their story is told in Source New ...
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Callum McCallum with his two sons Fraser and Nelson outside Clevedon Coast Oysters. Their story is told in Source New Zealand.

"The McCallum family and staff from Clevedon Coast Oysters have had their share of natural disasters this year with the flooding and mud left in the wake of the cyclones that hit in April," Henrietta says.

"It's therefore great to see the story behind this family.

"We're passionate about New Zealand, our natural scenery and lifestyle, the quality of the products produced and the enthusiasm of the people involved."

During their journey that began in January 2016, Gerhard often slept in the back of the car or in camp-ground cabins, and Henrietta joined him on some North Island visits.

The couple believes consumers of today are keen to know where their food comes from, with the relationship between food producers and consumers becoming more distant because of urbanisation.

Bridging the gap is an important part of what they hope to achieve though the book, Gerhard says.

"Readers will be proud of their country and what we do produce. People will become more aware of the environmental challenges that we all face."

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Henrietta says the book will resonate with people who are interested in good quality food.

"There is culture, some New Zealand history, great photography and content that you can just pick up and read, without having to read through cover to cover."

The couple has previously published two books before capturing the country's tasty treats, A Cut Above and Volcanic Kitchens.

More information about Source New Zealand is at source.org.nz, and it's available at bookstores across the country.

WIN A COPY

The Eastern Courier has two copies of Source New Zealand for two fortunate readers to win.

To enter the draw, send an email to ec@snl.co.nz with Source New Zealand in the subject line and your name, address and contact phone number, by 5pm on Sunday, August 20.

 - Stuff

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