Lauraine Jacobs

Food Writer and Author of Delicious Books

Upcoming events

25 November 2010


I will be at Dymocks on Ponsonby Rd, at 11am Thurs 25 November to sign books. Comfort - Food for Sharing or The NZ Vegetable Cookbook are ideal Christmas presents.

21 October 2010


  • Wed 3 November: Strawberry Festival in Queen Elizabeth Square, raising funds for Mercy Hospice. Come down to the Square and have strawberries and ice cream and get a copy of my famous Strawberry Spanish Cream recipe.

  • Tuesday 9 November: Nosh Cooking Class. Join Kathy Paterson and myself in a splendid cooking class with fabulous seasonal recipes from our book. 10am or 7pm Email to book. Session cost $50 includes book worth $49.99.

  • Tuesday 16 November: Lunch at Soul. Judith Tabron goes gaga about spring with an amazing floral display and intimate lunches on the deck. I am guest speaker on Tuesday, talking speak about Why French Women Don't Get Fat and other culinary secrets from my travels. Phone Olivia at Soul ph 09 356 7249 to book a place now!

  • Tuesday 16 November: Cook the Books, an evening with The NZ Vegetable cookbook and Comfort, Food for Sharing, for the Starship Hospital. I will speak about these books and also share the stories and tales behind them. 6pm. $10 redeemable on purchase of books. Call Cook the Books ph 09 360 6513 to reserve a place.

  • Saturday 21 November: Parnell Farmers Market, in the carpark of the old Blind Institute buildings. Come and chat, and buy signed copies of The NZ Vegetable Cookbook and Comfort, Food for Sharing, edited by me with recipes from the NZ Guild of Food Writers. 8am till noon.

  • Friday 19 November; Judging Finals of NZ Sausage competition

  • Sunday 28 November; 5pm to 8pm Starship event at Fables Rug Gallery to promote Comfort - Food for Sharing. Speakers Peta Mathias and myself. $100 includes a copy of the book. Tickets from

  • Tuesday 30 November : Chief Judge NZ Sugar Chelsea Bake Off final event Auckland Secondary Schools

20 July 2010


Ginny Grant, Kathy Paterson and Lauraine Jacobs have planned a fabulous series of events and appearances to celebrate the launch of their lovely new book, The New Zealand Vegetable Cookbook, published by Random House and on sale 6 August. Our schedule is listed here, and if you wish to join us at any of the events, please contact the venue directly. EAST COAST BOOK TOUR SPONSORED BY TURNERS AND GROWERS

• 6 August: Taste, 2 Neville St Warkworth. 11am to 1pm. A cooking demonstration, a chat with the authors and book signing Ph 09 425 0302

• 6 August: ‘Pop-up’ restaurant at Omaha Beach for 12 people. 7pm $110 includes copy of the book BYO. FULLY BOOKED

• 7 August: Matakana Farmers Market 8am till noon. Book signing

  • 7 August: ‘Pop-up’ restaurant at Omaha Beach for 12 people. 7pm $110 includes copy of the book BYO. FULLY BOOKED • 9 August: Arcadia Bookstore, 26 Osborne St, Newmarket 5pm Book signing and meet and talk with the authors. To book ph 09 522 5211

• 10 August: Soul Bar & Bistro, Viaduct Basin LUNCH LAUNCH EVENT. $75 includes 3 courses, bread and two glasses wine. To book ph 09 356 7249

• Thurs 12/Fri 13 August: Pop up restaurant secret location in Auckland. $110 BYO includes a copy of the book. email me for booking enquiries. FULLY BOOKED WITH WAITING LIST, SORRY!

• 18 August: Muirs Book Shop, Gisborne 5.30pm Book signing and event the bookstore café. For more info; ph 06 867 9741

• 19 August: Bellatino’s 9 Napier Road, Havelock North, 5pm – 6.30pm, Book signing and event $15 For more info; ph 06 875 8103;

• 20 August Hedley’s Book Store, Masterton 5pm to 7pm book signing and event. For more info; ph 06 378 2875;

• 21 August Book Feast, 173 Jackson St, Petone 11.30am to 1pm Book signing and meet the authors For more info; ph 04 576 0486

• 22 August Wellington City Market. Book signing and meet the authors with Book Feast. 9am to noon

• 24 August Mercato, 100 Fitzgerald Ave, 6pm to 7.30pm $20 includes wine and tastes from the book ph 03 377 6994

  • 25 August Dunedin, Marbecks Wall St Retail Centre 4.30pm to 6pm to book ph 03 470 1007

The New Zealand Cookbook Tour is proudly sponsored by Turners and Growers, champions of fresh vegetables.

11 July 2010


This year's show is going to be better than ever. I am picking we will see more sophistication than ever before in the new artisan products that will be exhibited.

Come and join me in the Celebrity Chef theatre as I cook a fabulously delicious three course meal that's easy to prepare and easy to eat. I am dedicated to using New Zealand's best artisan products and have included several from this year's show.


  • Thursday 29 July 2.30pm (Preview Day)

  • Saturday 31 July 11.30am

There will be amazing prizes including the very first copy of my new book 'The NZ Vegetable Cook Book' co-authored with Kathy Paterson and Ginny Grant.

Additional appearances are scheduled on the Electrolux stand at 11.30 am and 1pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Looking forward to seeing all my friends there!

4 June 2010


Thursday 17 June. 1pm at Farro Fresh, Auckland in the cosy cooking kitchen.

A great opportunity to catch up with old and new friends. I will cook a fabulously easy salmon tart and share some easy ideas for quick fresh desserts. No charge. Tell your friends.

28 April 2010


Join John Hawkesby and myself as we host the annual Auckland Hospice Auction brunch at the Hyatt Auckland. Fabulous food, stunning wines and so much fun! Everyone who has ever attended wants to return to this fabulous event.

Sunday 20 June 11am at the Hyatt Auckland

Limited tickets available:

14 April 2010


Make a date to meet me at the Food Show in Wellington.

3.30pm FRI 14 MAY in the Celebrity Chef Theatre (Preceded by special appearance at 2.30pm with mystery guests)

4.30pm SAT 15 MAY in the Celebrity Chef Theatre accompanied by Belinda Jackson who will make great wine matches for my food. You will even get to try the wines.

I will be assisted by foodie extraordinaire Kathy Paterson and will be cooking up a fabulously easy fabulously delicious three course meal!

13 April 2010


I am off tomorrow to the USA, to explore a little of the Pacific Coast, attend the IACP conference in Portland, eat a few interesting meals with friends in SF and further north and taste American wines. I will try and update my blog each day. Watch out for some great travel tips, and wines and restaurants to try.

9 April 2010


I love radio as it does not matter whether I am having a bad hair day or not.

Coming up:

NEWSTALK ZB; Sunday 11 April at 9.40am.

Talking about preserving with Wendyl Nissen (standing in for Kerre Woodham.)

NINE TO NOON NATIONAL PROGRAMME Monday 12 May at approx 11.25am

Sharing recipes and food secrets with Kathryn Ryan

5 March 2010


I will be chairing a wonderful panel at the AWRF this year:


17 WEDNESDAY MAY 12 – 3.30-5.00PM


A Treasury of New Zealand Baking brought together a wealth of our best food writers and chefs to share their favourite recipes from generations past for generations to come. This very special event features Lauraine Jacobs, Tui Flower, Julie Biuso and Julie Le Clerc in a celebration of baking with a traditional “High Tea”. Enjoy exceptional Dilmah Teas, a selection of sensational dainties, and the wisdom and tales of four of New Zealand’s most popular food writers on the traditions of baking.


Please note: This event is now SOLD OUT