Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein

The 2017 year is a landmark one for New Zealand’s leading cookbook writer and publisher Annabel Langbein.
At this year’s Food Shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch she will share delicious recipes from her new book Essential Annabel Langbein – a gorgeous compendium of more than 700 recipes that marks 20 years since she published The Best of Annabel Langbein: Great Food for Busy Lives, known as “the bible” in many New Zealand households.
The new book is Annabel’s biggest and most beautiful yet, bringing together many of her own personal favourites and most popular recipes, as well as plenty of brand new ideas to suit the way we eat today and hundreds of clever tips that will make you a better cook.
Wellington-born Annabel learned to cook from her home economist mother, then left home at 17 to live off the land, growing vegetables, cooking over an open fire, trapping possums and crayfish and jumping out of helicopters to recover live deer.
She studied horticulture at Lincoln University and travelled widely, attending courses at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and establishing her first business making croissants in South America.
A life-threatening experience in the 1980s, when she was thrown from a horse and given virtually no chance of walking again, reinforced for Annabel the importance of safeguarding her wellness and making the most of each day. She experienced a ‘eureka’ moment when she realised she could change people’s lives by sharing her knowledge of cooking and eating well, and confounded the doctors by making a complete recovery.

Annabel self-published her first book of recipes 1988, and has since built one of New Zealand’s most successful publishing houses. Her 25 cookbooks have won numerous international awards, been translated into multiple languages and sold more than two million copies.

She has starred in and co-produced three seasons of her international television series Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook, which has screened in 94 territories and is currently showing on Public Television in the USA.

Annabel’s philosophy that cooking and sharing simple, wholesome food is the simplest means to a good life has resonated around the world, putting her at the forefront of a global movement towards garden-to-table eating. She has made it her mission to empower and inspire us all to eat more fresh seasonal produce and fewer barcodes.

A foundation member of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand, Annabel lives on the shores of Lake Wanaka, where she grows most of her family’s fresh produce in extensive vegetable gardens and orchards.

For more about Annabel, including hundreds of delicious recipes, see

Recipes by Annabel Langbein

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