The New Zealand Vegetarian Society welcomed Simon and Alison Holst last night as guests of honour at the society’s annual Christmas function in Auckland, to tie-in with newly published book, The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection.
Passionate veggies clutched dog-eared Alison Holst books, well-loved and used, eager for the food doyenne to sign their cookery manuals. This included Alison’s earlierl books written with son, Simon, the Very Easy Vegetarian Cookbook and Meals without Meat, the latter being one of the first New Zealand focused titles aimed at catering for vegetarians, which has sold in excess of 250,000 copies.Alison and Simon gave a simple summer recipe demo from their new book, Cheese Burritos, with a few simple additions to jazz up the menu. Simon and Alison informally recounted cooking tips and stories of catering for vegetarian family and friends over the years – including Simon having to make his own flour tortillas 25 years ago for a Mexican themed night – as these now staple items weren’t sold in the supermarkets back then.
Questions were answered and the Holsts’s contribution to vegetarian cooking was acknowledged by the Society and members there who were able to meet and mingle with the mother/son duo, who continue to produce accessible cookbooks for our New Zealand market.
The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection is published by New Holland and retails at $55.00
For more information on The New Zealand Vegetarian Society, see: www.vegetarian.org.nz