From Peter Bourke’s opening message at the Fiji Lauch Event, February 2015
“At one level, this book is a free flowing, easy read, full of anecdotes, quips and stories with plenty of pictures and no pretensions of literary prowess. However, I would draw your attention to something at another level. This book is a unique vehicle in which the author has placed her heart on her sleeve as she shares with humour and imagination, her recipes, her life experiences, and her love for Fiji, for all to share.
This is more than just a recipe book. It is a book filled with many stories of Lynette’s life in the Fiji Islands. These are stories that should be shared with visitors to our shores and with Fijians alike. These stories, also known as “Lynette’s Memories”, are a rich addition to the historical narrative of life in Fiji in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.
And coming back to the recipe side of the book ~ there are some absolutely fascinating recipes that you will find nowhere else such as the BALOLO FRITTERS, DAIRO VAKASOSO AND NUMBER NINE TEA.
The book also has a chapter on Fijian herbal remedies. This is a topic close to my heart. The knowledge of Fijian herbal medicines is being rapidly lost by each consecutive generation. But here in “Fiji Recipes & Memories”, Lynette passes on the knowledge she acquired of Fijian medicinal herbs, living in the remote parts of Fiji.”
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