The Edmonds Cookery Book has been a New Zealand institution for four generations. My mother, my grandmother and my great grandmother before me all used this recipe book that has remained in New Zealand kitchens as a timeless classic and surely one of the most successful branding exercises in NZ history! (Edmonds, for those who are non-NewZealanders is a baking brand, originally comprising baking powder only but now a large number of baking products.) Gone are the days when a couple announcing their engagement received their free copy, but we still buy this cookbook in droves making it the best selling book ever published in New Zealand.
My nephew is staying with us this week and is enjoying my home cooking. His mom, my sister, is an amazing cook and was influential in teaching me how to cook especially using herbs and spices. However, she is a working woman with a very active son who has something on his schedule every night of the week, so she gets home from work and has to rush off to one practice or another and doesn't have much time to spend preparing a home cooked dinner on most evening. I don't get to play mom too often and I have time during the day to prepare a meal, so I have really enjoyed making dinners for him the past few days. We've had turkey, pork chops, and enchiladas, so far, and I plan to make roasted chicken and manicotti before he goes home.