Tuesday, 20 September - After thirty years, Cazador, Auckland’s iconic Auckland game and wild food specialist restaurant, is sharing its recipes for the first time in a limited-edition cookbook titled Cazador - game, offal & the rest, on sale from 10 October.
Featuring classic Cazador dishes selected by second-generation family owners Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt, this limited edition cookbook includes recipes for game birds, venison, boar, rabbit, hare, charcuterie, vegetables and desserts, as well as a guide to home butchery, underpinned by the sustainable cookery ethos that sets Cazador apart.
Co-owner and Chef Dariush Lolaiy says “We're out on a limb at Cazador - just outside of the city, just beyond the average palate.”
“This book reflects our individualism and our independence. It's doesn't fit a brief, it's our own expression and there are just 1000 copies for sale. It's recipes, it's a cookbook and it’s a memento of a special time and place.”
In keeping with the spirit of the fiercely independent restaurant, Cazador - game, offal & the rest is a gorgeous, self-published book, featuring elegant photography by Pippa Drummond, beautifully designed by Tim Donaldson and Amanda Gaskin. It's FCP 150gsm paper, has exposed binding and is a limited edition of 1000 copies, each hand numbered and signed by the authors.
“With considered photography and nostalgic design, we've made a book befitting the thirty-year legacy of our restaurant,” Co-owner and Restaurant Manager Rebecca Smidt says.
“The recipes are achievable, for those willing to spare the time, but this book is more than a how-to. Painterly images might inspire that long overdue dinner party, and the linen cover and weighty pages are palpable expressions of our passion for this restaurant. Pour a glass of wine, leaf through dusty hued pages and absorb the history of one of New Zealand's last remaining culinary stalwarts.”
Cazador - game, offal & the rest is an object in and of itself, and is likely not what's expected from Cazador - the meaty, huntery place. It's classic, sensitive, informative and beautiful to hold and look at.
Cazador, game, offal & the rest
By Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt
Photographs by Pippa Drummond http://pippadrummond.com/
Styled by Lauren Porteous
Designed by Tim Donaldson and Amanda Gaskin
Edited by Kimberley Davis
Cazador - game, offal & the rest is available from 10 October at like minded, independent retailers, at Cazador and online at cazador.co.nz, retailing at $68.