For the Love of a Place: The Stories and Cuisine of Otahuna

For the Love of a Place: The Stories and Cuisine of Otahuna

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Title: For the Love of a Place: The Stories and Cuisine of Otahuna
Author(s): CANNON, Hall
REFO, Miles
Category: New Zealand
New / Used: New
Book Type: Large hardcover
Published: 2015
Published By: Random House
Pages: 288
Size (mm): 230 w x 285 h x 30 d


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A celebration of a place and a way of living - the generosity and style of a grand country estate established in the 19th century, now flourishing in the 21st century. Otahuna was built by Sir Heaton Rhodes in 1895 as a wedding present for his wife, using New Zealand timbers exquisitely carved and crafted by artisans. A beautiful private park was developed, with rare plant varieties and formal landscaping, as well as kitchen gardens and fields of daffodils. In 2006, Hall Cannon and Miles Refo bought Otahuna and set about breathing new life into it. After an extensive refurbishment, they opened it as a private luxury lodge, bringing a spirit of hospitality and bonhomie back to one of the country's grandest country houses - and its garden. Food comes largely from the kitchen gardens and from the food bowl that is Canterbury, the wine is sourced from boutique vineyards all around New Zealand, and a spirit of welcome comes from these two Americans, who have so enthusiastically adopted New Zealand as their home.

Rich in personality and anecdote, For the Love of a Place is a beautiful book, celebrating the history of a house as well as the people who made it, and then charting its rebirth as one of the country's most welcoming luxury lodges and sharing many fine recipes from its acclaimed kitchen.

About the author

Hall Cannon and Miles Refo were both born in the United States but fell in love with New Zealand while on holiday in 2004. They relocated to Christchurch from New York City in 2006 to purchase Otahuna, and embarked on a multi-year journey of renovations - both planned and unplanned. They have overseen the adaptation of the estate to a commercially successful business and the coninuous redevelopment of its historic gardens. Simon Farrell-Green is a well-known author, food critic and writer. His 'Eat Here Now' online restaurant guide offers local recommendations on what and where to eat. He writes for a number of leading magazines including Metro, KiaOra and Cuisine.

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