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This is the seventh of Dean's books, launched on October 1, 2010.

The Cook & The Baker

The Cook & The Baker

Authors: Dean Brettschneider & Mark McDonough
Photography by Aaron McLean
RRP: NZ$45.00
Imprint: Random House New Zealand

From a dedicated cook and an international baker comes a stunning collection of recipes highlighting their shared passion.

Stylish, gutsy food from Global Baker Dean Brettschneider (judge of Nestlé New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker), and Mark McDonough of Newmarket's highly successful Zarbo Deli and Café. Together they have assembled this collection of delicious recipes for the home chef - breads, entrées, mains, desserts, cakes, cookies and pastries. Each recipe is crammed full of flavour and colour from fabulous fresh ingredients, herbs and spices.

Brettschneider and McDonough will feature in an upcoming television series to screen on New Zealand's Food TV from October 3, 2010, also titled The Cook & The Baker, which will take viewers behind the scenes of the making of the cookbook.

Dean and Mark share a vision and a passion not only for delicious food prepared from top-quality ingredients, and for New Zealand's place in the culinary world, but also for business and innovation - together they developed the concept of the Global Baker micro bakery, a first for New Zealand's café and deli industry, which opened inside Zarbo in July 2009.

In this new collaboration, they create dishes that are tasty, and flavoursome, enabling the reader to prepare food with punch, maximum flavour and eye-appeal without the need for blood, sweat and tears. The Cook & The Baker will inspire readers to get into the kitchen and start creating, with recipes such as: Mini Wholewheat Irish Soda Bread Sandwiches with Smoked Salmon, Onion Marmalade and Dill Mayonnaise; Italian Fish Stew; Beef Goulash; Plum and Fennel Tarte Tatin; Sticky Stem-Ginger Cake with Lemon Icing.
The Cook & The Baker is fresh looking and easy to use, featuring delectable recipes and beautiful photography - a perfect gift for any foodie.

Dean BrettschneiderDean Brettschneider is a professional baker and patissier. After completing his apprenticeship in New Zealand he worked in the US, Britain, Europe and the Middle East, gaining experience in all areas of the baking and patisserie world. Today, Dean is regarded as one of the best bakers on the planet. Following some years based in Shanghai, Dean is now working from Denmark and Britain, but still visits New Zealand regularly throughout each year and has bakery interests in Auckland and Shanghai. Dean's previous baking books have won World Food Media Awards and Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Dean also appears as judge of the successful television series Nestlé New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker and in many other television programmes that promote baking excellence.

Mark McDonoughMark McDonough owns Zarbo, one of the first big delicatessans in Auckland to offer a large range of local and imported food products and fresh café. meals. Zarbo won Café of the Year in Michael Guy's Café. magazine in 2008. Mark started in the hospitality industry as a university student, as a way of paying the bills, but then found it was more fun than studying. Although he has never trained formally as a chef, Mark has the main prerequisite: a deep-seated love of food and an understanding of flavour combinations. Mark lives in Auckland with his wife, Cushla, and their two children, Felix and Olive. Mark's previous books have all been top sellers and reprinted several times

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Preview: The Cook & The Baker

Random House New ZealandFor more information, please contact Hannah de Valda, on 021 265 66 55, or

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New World Baking: My Time in Shanghai

The Cook & The Baker

A Treasury of New Zealand Baking

The Menu

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Taste - baking with flavour

Baker —the best of international baking from Australia & New Zealand

The New Zealand Baker — secrets and recipes from the professionals

About the author:

Dean BrettschneiderDean Brettschneider is a professional baker and patissier with an international following. Known internationally as "the Global Baker", Dean is a professional bakery adviser, widely respected as a skilled and innovative craftsman. Working in Asia, the USA, Britain and Europe as well as in New Zealand, Dean has earned many accolades and awards in bakery competitions and exhibitions.
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About the publishers:

Random House New ZealandRandom House New Zealand is New Zealand's pre-eminent publishing company, with a reputation for excellence in all aspects of their business. Random has a strong commitment to publishing New Zealand books for the New Zealand market, and for the last five years has been voted New Zealand Publisher of the Year by booksellers.

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