Excited to announce that Volcanic Kitchens, A further collection of recipes, stories and photographs is a finalist in the 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, having won the New Zealand category for ‘Easy Recipes’.

The next step is the international competition of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, with books from other countries in the same category. The results will be announced at the Paris Cookbook Fair in the Louvre Tuileries Gardens, on Saturday June 5, 2021.

Volcanic Kitchens is available for purchase at all good bookshops nationwide and online. A book that will bring joy to everyone lucky enough to receive a copy under the Christmas tree. Celebrating Rotorua; the community spirit, history, Maori culture, the landscape and environment. This wonderful book is packed with over 165 family favourite recipes, stories from our area and Gerhard’s photographs. 

This time the Rotorua Community Hospice will be the major beneficiary. This means that every purchase made directly from the Hospice sales team or one of the many local business selling on their behalf,will directly support Rotorua Hospice care. They are aiming to raise over $20,000 which can provide over 100 patients with a trained Health Care Assistant. If you would like to support Hospice by purchasing books, please click here.

Volcanic Kitchens, Come and join us, was published in 2011. A quality photographic recipe book of Rotorua and the wider Volcanic Plateau. Celebrating - through Gerhard Egger's photographs, and recipes from the local community - an area of New Zealand that is very special.            This first edition was sold as a fundraiser for the Te Whakapono Health Trust, and a Rotary Breakfast in Schools programme, raising close to $20,000.00 for the community. Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner for 2012/2013; ‘Best Photography Cookbook’ for New Zealand and shortlisted for the ‘Best Charity and Fundraising in Australia/Pacific’.

About the Authors                                                          Gerhard and Henrietta Egger have lived in Rotorua since 1993. Over the years, they have had a variety of careers, including (but not exclusively) hospitality and farming. Since 2003, Gerhard has been a professional photographer specialising in food photography and styling—and together they have published three previous books.

Awards                                                                      Volcanic Kitchens, come and join us, published in 2011. Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner, ‘Best Photography Cookbook for New Zealand’ and finalist in the ‘Fundraiser Division for New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific’.                                                                  A Cut Above, cooking with AngusPure, published in 2014. A comprehensive book of beef recipes. Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner, ‘World’s Best Meat Cookbook’. Silver medal winner at the Independent Publisher Book Awards of America.                                                          Source New Zealand, It’s all about our food, our people, our land. Celebrating New Zealand’s food producers, Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner, ‘World’s Best Photographer/Publisher’.