Author(s): Christine Dann
Food@Home is a journey through the new 'food ways' that are evolving in New Zealand. Author/gardener/cook Christine Dann looks at the ways in which food production, distribution, preparation and service are being brought back home to produce superior food with minimal environmental impact. Christine's journey starts with the rediscovery of home food gardening traditions of both Maori and Pakeha, and ends at the dining table where a delicious healthy feast is being served. Her route takes her to community gardens, farmers' markets, artisan food producers, the Slow Food Movement, organic orchards, school gardens, backyard edible empires, the Spud in a Bucket programme, foraging, freeganism and fine ecological dining. And along the way she shows how everyone can get a piece of this delicious action.
Christine Dann has been growing and preparing food at home for over 40 years. She is the author of Cottage Gardening in New Zealand and A Cottage Garden Cook Book, and teaches informal gardening classes and workshops. She shares gardening and cooking information on her blog, The Eco Gardener. Christine began gardening and cooking as a child in her first home at the foot of the Port Hills in Christchurch, and later created organic food gardens in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Diamond Harbour, before settling in a one-hectare garden and restored native forest in Port Levy, Banks Peninsula. Christine has a PhD in environmental policy and when not gardening and cooking she researches and writes about food and agricultural systems, with a particular interest in fair, sustainable and healthy food production and consumption.