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The Kiwi Sizzler Smoking Book:
A How-To Guide to Smoking Food
By Chris Fortune

Release Date:  OCTOBER 2010 | RRP: $29.99 | Published By David Bateman

As the weather warms up and we start to head outside to eat, there is no better time to have a go at home smoking. The Kiwi Sizzler Smoking Book makes it easy to create delicious flavours and get excellent results.

From Marlborough based,  New Zealand chef, Chris Fortune, The Kiwi Sizzler Smoking Book, has all you need to know about smoking food.

For those with less experience, the book provides straightforward information on getting started, including handy suggestions on how to use your smoked product. For those who are old hands at smoking, the wide range of mouth-watering recipes encourages you to get even more adventurous with your smoker.

Included are sections on:
·   pre-smoking processes and smoking techniques
·   which materials — wood, spices or herbs — to choose for different flavours
·   information on different types of smokers and how to use them
·   how to store smoked food, a useful troubleshooting guide and much more.

Featuring a range of delectable recipes developed by Chris to help you get the most out of your smoker, including  fish, meat, vegetables and even sweet treats, there is something to appeal to everyone. Try his Hot-smoked Oysters with Tomato and Chilli Salsa or Hot-smoked Spicy Sausages. The Pork Ribs Hot-smoked over Oak are hard to beat, as are the Green Tea Smoked Duck or Chicken Breasts. The vegetable section has versatile Smoky Tomato Ketchup and there are also delicious recipes for smoking cheese, nuts, chocolate and much more. The Kiwi Sizzler Smoking Book is fresh-looking and easy to use, with approachable recipes that are achievable at home. From everyday meals to special occasions, there are recipes here for everyone.

Smoking has been used as a way to preserve food for hundreds of years, with the drying and smoking of fish and meats enabling different tastes to be shipped around the world, shaping the cuisines of today.  Smoked foods could last for months at sea while new frontiers and markets were explored.

These days smoking for preserving is no longer a way of life – but smoking  for flavour is! Anyone with a barbeque, gas element, hot box or set of old roasting tins can now enjoy the simplicity of smoking at home, and the taste and flavour that smoked foods bring to the table.

The Kiwi Sizzler Smoking Book is an essential guide for anyone who wants to discover the delicious flavours of smoked food and get the best out of their smoker.

Chris Fortune is well known as a chef and as a founding member of the Farmers’ Market movement, Slow Food Marlborough and the Marlborough Farmers’ Market. Since winning ‘Hell’s Kitchen NZ’ in 2003, he has been in demand as a speaker and presenter, running workshops, cooking classes, demonstrations and product launches throughout the country. He is also executive chef at the Heartland Hotel Blenheim  and the Marlborough Convention Centre. His passion for honest, home-grown or home-produced food is as evident in this book as it was in his last — Pick, Preserve, Serve.


To schedule an interview with Chris Fortune, request an extract or a review copy,
or for more information, please contact
Hannah de Valda, ph 021 265 66 55