Otto Groen in the kitchen of the Gourmet restaurant.
Otto Groen in the kitchen of the Gourmet restaurant, Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection, 1269-E139-24.

Food for thought

FreeAccessibleCentral Auckland

Saturday 26 September-Sunday 11 October
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm


Level 2, Central City Library

44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland Central

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Can you imagine boiling carrots for two hours? Well that’s what an 1865 cookbook recommends! Did you know that margarine was illegal in New Zealand until 1974 -and could only be purchased with a doctor's prescription?

With many of us thinking deeply about what we eat, Food for Thought recognises the role food plays in family, belonging and culture.

Come join us for stories of Auckland life from kitchen table to restaurant banquet. Looking at what we eat, where, why and how.

This exhibition features Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, with cookbooks from the 18th century, Mrs Beaton and Edmonds. Eating out, cafés, takeaways and food trucks - our changing eating habits and cultural influences are displayed in photographs and posters.

Presented by: Auckland Libraries

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