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Ladies, a Plate: Traditional Home Baking by Alexa Johnston
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"Yummy, no more needs to be said!"
5 stars"
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This will have you drooling over each wonderful page of Ladies, a plate as It oozes with warm homebaked goodness with recipes from our mothers and our mothers mothers treasured community cookbooks from Invercargill to Auckland. From Afgans to Trifle, This is a must have book for any daughter, wife, mother, lover who has a remote interest in baking scrummy, yummies like custard squares. Especially wonderful in this time of economic hardship…it shows the economising thrift of those who have come before us. The recipes that were linked to the Great Depression like the friendly road buns, is a testimony for what great things can be done with flour, milk, eggs and butter! A true culinary time machine! Yummy.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The recipes in this book are delicious! Remind me of the baking my Grandmother did.

I just found Alexa's website and it is jammed with more delicious recipes, and it's updated every month

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"better than the first"
2 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is another great edition to your recipe collection, with lots of old goodies, and some fun stuff to make with the kids........ if they don't eat all the mix before it makes it to the oven!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Many of us can still recall a time when family cake tins contained a delicious variety of home-made biscuits, slices, fruit loaves and cakes baked each week by mothers, aunts and grandmothers. The contents of the tins brightened children's lunches, revived them after school, and refreshed  friends and visitors at morning and afternoon teatime. Women also baked for suppers and teas at community events in response to the message 'Ladies, a plate' often printed on invitations.

Cream-filled sponges, ginger kisses, lamingtons, custard squares, chocolate éclairs, club sandwiches and sausage rolls were just some of the many specialties perfected by home bakers. In Ladies, A Plate, Alexa Johnston looks back to this gentler time and shares her favourite traditional New Zealand recipes.

An avid collector of community cookbooks, Alexa also writes about the history of some New Zealand baking classics, showing how our favourite recipes evolved over time. This gorgeous book contains over ninety recipes and will be treasured by every kitchen enthusiast, whether in your twenties or your nineties.


2009 Winner Montana Book Awards - Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture

Author Biography

Alexa Johnston works as a freelance art curator and writer. Her definitive biography of the iconic New Zealand hero, Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life, was a finalist in the Montana Awards. An enthusiastic and accomplished baker from a young age, Alexa has an impressive collection of both cooking utensils and Kiwiana cookbooks.

Release date NZ
August 29th, 2008
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Penguin Books (NZ)
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Top 5000
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