Get 'Cosy' in the kitchen this winter!

Baked veg and meatballs crop

Food Writers New Zealand has released its first electronic cookbook, Cosy, which promises to deliver new ideas for delicious, hearty fare, while also raising money for charity.

Cosy is designed to help Kiwi cooks navigate the winter months ahead by bringing inspiration, direction and joy to their kitchens with all profits going to Meat the Need, a national charity with a goal to supply much needed meat to City Missions and Food Banks throughout New Zealand. The e-cook book is just $10 and contains a collection of 40 achievable, family-style, winter recipe contributions as well as a series of thought-provoking food stories from Food Writers New Zealand members.

Project lead and Food Writers NZ member Kathy Paterson says the idea for the book came from a ‘taste’ for giving. “During COVID-19 lockdown it became apparent that people were looking for recipes, so I rallied the troops. The call went out for recipe contributions and within the day we had enough recipes for an e-cookbook”, she says. “With the increasing number of Kiwis in need of support and nourishment through City Missions and Food Banks, choosing the charity, Meat the Need, was a no-brainer,” Paterson says.

Wayne Langford, founder of Meat the Need says he is very grateful to Food Writers NZ for their support. "For generations farming families have been gathering around the dinner table after a long day of work. Food is what brings us together, as farmers we want every family in New Zealand to have the opportunity for this nourishment and connection."

Food Writer’s NZ contributors to the book include Ainslie Ballinger, Angela Clifford, Annabel Langbein, Ashia Ismail-Singer, Brooke Lyons, Catherine Bell, Claire Aldous, Denise Irvine, Emma Galloway, Fiona Hugues, Fiona Smith, Fiona Windle, Gemma Carroll, Ginny Grant, Helen Jackson, Jan Bilton, Jane Rangiwahia, Jeni Pearce, Jo Bridgford, Julie Biuso, Julie Le Clerc, Kate Underwood, Kathy Paterson, Lauraine Jacobs, Lea Stening, Lucy Corry, Lynda Hallinan, Michelle Jones, Michelle Tsang, Nadia Lim, Nicola Galloway, Niki Bezzant, Olena Williams, Pip Duncan, Rebecca Stanley, Robyn Martin, Sarah Tuck, Shona Dey, Tony Smith, Tracey Sunderland, Vanessa Baxter and Vicki Ravlich-Horan.

Cosy is $10 per download and available for purchase with all profits going to Meat the Need. For more information or to purchase a copy of the electronic cookbook, go to

Recipe image is’s Pip Duncan contribution to Cosy. Click here for the recipe.

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