Fairly and squarely aimed at anyone who might need a bit of help in the kitchen when faced with the prospect of cooking freshly caught fish and seafood, Hook It and Cook It is a new edition of Noel Holmes' popular 1960s classic first published as Just Cooking, Thanks. This collection of Holmes' columns is as fresh today as the fish he would catch, clean cook and subsequently write about in his hugely popular column Auckland Star column of the 1950s and '60s, 'Just Looking, Thanks'. Holmes wrote with great dollops of humour and common sense so that, in his own words, 'any tyro who cannot deal with a bucket of scallops or a live crayfish after reading this book just has not been paying attention'. Now, over 40 years later, his wonderfully informal collection of recipes is still as useful as it ever was. Not least because as well as learning how to make a sauce or poach a fillet or figure out what to do with paua and other shellfish, you'll also be enormously entertained by Holmes' easy writing style, described by Warwick Roger as 'the best columnist this country has had'.
Noel Homes was one of the most high-profile journalists of his time. As well as his regular columns in the Star, he was also a well-respected sportswriter and his book, Trek Out Of Trouble, his account of South Africa and the 1960 All Black tour of that land, has been described by Warwick Roger as 'the best sports book ever published'.