Judith Tabron's Soul Bar and Bistro is a cornerstone for Auckland's dining and drinking, a real meeting point on the waterfront. This book is based on Soul and its recipes, with additional comments from Judith about the food, the venue and tales of the Auckland restaurant scene. The recipes for the project are being created by Judith herself, by Peter Thornley, her restaurant chef (recently ex-Icon at Te Papa), plus sample recipes by some of the guest chefs Judith has featured at Soul on a regular basis. These include: Bill Marquetry from Melbourne, Charlie Trotter from Chicago, Greg Malouf also from Melbourne, Gee Ling who has an Asian cooking show on TV 2 and is the maitre d' at Soul, and Philip Johnson of Ecco in Brisbane. Each guest chef has provided recipes for a set-piece menu of starter, main and dessert. Two or more mixed drink recipes will separate each section. There are approx 75-80 recipes in total and all will be photographed.
Judith Tabron has a glittering career in the restaurant industry, both as a chef and as a restaurateur. Soul has been her baby since the outset, and she has built it into one of the most highly regarded hospitality businesses in the country. Never one to rest on her laurels, she is constantly seeking to introduce changes that keep Soul ahead of the pack. She lives in Auckland.