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New cookbook aids mental health

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Anna Kelly McLeod.
  • New cookbook called The Kitchen of Somewhere, written and photographed by Anna Kelly McLeod, premiers for friends and whanau in New Zealand only, this month.
  • Dedicated to the outdoor table and origins in Whitford, The Kitchen of Somewhere offers inspiration to fuel adventure, discover ingredients that connect you to country and encourage eating outdoors with style.
  • The book offers more than 70 recipes and over 240 photographs of stunning food and epic landscapes.
  • The author travelled more than 64,000km to craft a cookbook inspired by a deeply personal story of a great love and heart-breaking loss.
  • $5 donation from every book ($2 donation from e-books) purchased in New Zealand will go to the Mental Health Foundation, working towards reducing stigma and raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing
  • East Auckland-born author travels more than 64,000km to serve readers a new cookbook with a cause – $5 from every book purchased goes to the Mental Health Foundation.

A new, beautifully-designed cookbook The Kitchen of Somewhere launches first for friends and whānau in New Zealand this month, offering readers a deeply personal, distinctively Kiwi story of love, country and adventure, all fuelled by the freshest flavour.

Author, marketing director and former professional wilderness guide Anna Kelly McLeod from Whitford retraces the footsteps of her mother in the 1970s, by travelling, writing, and photographing a journey of more than 64,000km.

Starting in New Zealand, the journey traverses a decade through Australia, the Pacific Islands, then California and a life on the road across the United States, to eventually find its way to somewhere.

The Kitchen of Somewhere is dedicated to the outdoor table and delicious food that fuels adventure. But the best way to describe the food is that nature is always invited to the table,” says McLeod.

The recipes are partnered with more than 240 fresh food and epic landscape photographs, this hardcover cookbook would elegantly sit on either the kitchen bench, or the coffee table.

“I follow a very personal story of love and food,” says McLeod.

“With strong ties to the beautiful hills, coast and Pohutukawa wrapped coves of east Auckland, this is a story that hopes to both remember the past, inspire the future and help the present.

“We have worked to create a beautiful book that inspires great food adventures and helps by giving meaningfully back to the community through the fundraising for mental health and wellbeing, from every book sold.”

McLeod has worked for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Boston Consulting Group, the Michelin Guide, multiple Michelin-starred chefs, as well as roles internationally with many of the world’s biggest brands in food, hospitality, art, fashion, sport and travel, including Walt Disney Home Entertainment, Dr Martens Footwear.

She is also a qualified professional outdoor guide, leading, coaching and cooking for hundreds of people in some of the world’s wildest places.

McLeod has travelled through more than 30 countries, including trekking to Everest Base Camp in the Himalaya, climbing in the French and Italian Alps, exploring Cambodia’s sacred site of Angkor Wat, and traveling overland from Nairobi, Kenya to Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania and then summiting the mountain of the same name.

She graduated in art history from University of Otago, New Zealand, received a master’s degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia and graduated in business management Columbia Business School, New York. She is currently 7 months pregnant with her first child.

Shaun Robinson, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, says, “At the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, we are committed to creating positive mental health outcomes for all New Zealanders by providing access to free and essential information and resources, and aiding those navigating mental health services, supporting whānau or managing their own mental health.

“With every purchase of the new cookbook The Kitchen of Somewhere, readers can be confident they are helping to create a brighter future for all New Zealanders and we are sincerely grateful.”

With 404 pages and a collection of 70 recipes, including classic family recipes that are almost 100-years-old as well as new recipes that add a twist on tradition. This collection includes:

  • Hokey pokey and lavender mist ice cream
  • Ginger and pepperberry crunch
  • Avocado toast with desert lime dust
  • Sandstone Hills spiced popcorn
  • Grapefruit glazed roast chicken
  • Honey Hill roast potatoes
  • Banana leaf BBQ fish.

The Kitchen of Somewhere is available in hardcover (RRP $49.99) and e-book (RRP $27). For more information and to where to buy The Kitchen of Somewhere, by Anna Kelly McLeod in New Zealand, visit

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