Depot has been one of Auckland's favourite restaurants since the day it opened, and now here is its stunning cookbook. Depot is not overly precious or pretentious - it reflects perfectly Al Brown's attitude towards food: in season, beautifully cooked, to be enjoyed with friends. This book is subtitled 'The biography of a restaurant', and in it Al Brown writes extensively about the philosophy of Depot, explaining why Depot has achieved iconic status among New Zealanders. Al wanted to recreate the feeling of being at a Kiwi bach (or crib, for South Islanders, or beach house for non-Kiwis). The New Zealand bach is typically a small homely place where people live the simple life and cook easy but delicious meals. There's a retro feel with mismatched old crockery and chairs and there's always a feeling of generosity, of sharing the fish you caught that day, of enjoying meal times with the whanau and neighbours. And so this is the feel and the design aesthetic that Al wanted to recreate with Depot, which he's done really successfully. But never forget that Al is a highly trained chef. So while the food looks simple, everything is top quality and the flavours are out of this world. His dishes favour the unusual - using cheap cuts of meat and fish but cooking them with skill and talent. In this book Al offers all the recipes that have been cooked at Depot so that you can make them at home. Once again, Al has created a cutting-edge book - it's handsome with a stunning design. It also contains coasters that you can pull out and use at home - a special gift for the buyer, just like the postcards in Stoked and the fortune fish in Go Fish. This isn't a book - it's an institution, and everyone will want to be a part of it.
Al Brown, bestselling cookbook writer, is the chef behind Depot , 2012 Metro Supreme Restaurant of the Year, as well as Metro's Best New Restaurant and Best Casual Bistro. In 2012 Al was awarded Audi Progressive Restaurateur of the Year. In 2013 he was named Cuisine magazine's Villa Maria Estate Restaurant Personality of the Year, and Depot gained a 'one hat' rating. He also runs Best Ugly Bagels in Auckland , and was co-founder of the acclaimed restaurant Logan Brown in Wellington, with Steve Logan. Al is the author of Stoked, Go Fish and Get Fresh. Go Fish won People's Choice and Best Illustrated Book in the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards (judge Neville Peat described it as a recipe book 'with edge and attitude'), won Best Single Subject at the highly regarded International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards in the USA, and won a 2011 Book Quill at the New Zealand Guild of Food Writer's Culinary Quill Awards. He also wrote Hunger for the Wild with Steve Logan. He is the star of TV series Dishing Up Australia, Get Fresh, Coasters and Hunger for the Wild. Al gained a Culinary Arts Degree at the United States' New England Culinary Institute, and then cooked in restaurants In North America and New Zealand. He has hosted master classes at Melbourne Food and Wine, at Savour and at Ruth Pretty's Springfield Cooking School. Since 2003 he has been a culinary ambassador for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. In 2012 Al was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services as a chef. See more at
Winner of PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Cookbook 2015
Short-listed for PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Cover 2015
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