Author(s): Perrin Rowland
From oyster bars and ordinaries to hotel dining rooms, from DunedinÃ¢Â�Â�s Savoy to K RoadÃ¢Â�Â�s Hi Diddle Griddle, from haute cuisine to Pacific flavours, from hogget to hapuka Ã¢Â�Â� Dining Out introduces us to the history of the New Zealand restaurant from the 1860s to the present. Drawing on menus, memories, photographs and newspapers, Perrin Rowland tells the story of New ZealandÃ¢Â�Â�s first nineteenth-century restaurants; luxury in the golden age; licensing and the Depression years; World War II and the Americans; post-war dining and the six oÃ¢Â�Â�clock swill; the rise of ethnic restaurants; and our contemporary explosion of flavours. Throughout she asks important questions about the ways New Zealanders have eaten out. How did international trends Ã¢Â�Â� from hamburgers to nouvelle cuisine Ã¢Â�Â� shape the restaurant experience How have New Zealanders reconciled a culture of the ordinary bloke with the luxury of dining oute And was it really all bad coffee and soggy chips before 1980;<br><br>Extensively illustrated and engagingly written, Dining Out is a great, gastronomical tour through New Zealand history. Perrin Rowland shows that in amongst the silver service and salads of the New Zealand restaurant experience lies a great story about the way our peoples and cultures have changed over the last 150 years.
Perrin Rowland is uniquely placed to take on this history. An experience chef and food writer, she has cooked her way around the world form her native US, through Ireland and Italy to New Zealand. She gained her MA in History from The University of Auckland with a thesis on the history of New Zealand restaurants. She has written food related entries for Te Ara: The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand and has been a restaurant reviewer for Auckland's 95bfm.