There would be very few kitchens in the country which doesn’t have at least one of Alison Holst’s recipe books.
She is now a Dame in well deserved recognition to her services to the food industry and charity.
Her honour citation describes her as ”one of New Zealand’s best-known food experts”.
She is also being honoured for her charity work, having raised more than $4 million for schools, churches, Plunket groups, kindergartens and playcentres, mostly through cooking demonstrations which have drawn crowds of up to 700 people.
Since she published her first cookery book in 1966, more than four million copies of her books have been sold.
She has continued to encourage young parents to cook ”healthy and reasonably-priced family meals” and still advocates for ”strong family values through a shared appreciation of food”, the citation says.
”She has been a positive role model to New Zealand families for more than 40 years,” it says.
If there are few kitchens in New Zealand without an Alison Holst recipe book I doubt there’s any farms without a Gallagher fence. The company’s principal, Bill Gallagher, receives a knighthood for services to business.
Others in the New Years Honours List are high country advocate, business woman and philanthropist Christine Fernyhough for services to the community and former Director General of Agriculture Murray Sherwin who both get a CNZM.
Michael Hill receives a knighthood for services to business and the arts.
Dr Keith Maslen, who tutored me at Otago, receives an ONZM for services to literature and bibliography.
One of the more controversial recipeints is Garth George who has been awarded a MNZM for services to journalism.