Although she has never considered herself more than a home cook, Dame Alison Holst was has a huge influence on New Zealand cooking with few kitchens that do not have at least one of her 99 published cookbooks.
After Graham Kerr's Galloping Gourmet programme, apparently New Zealand
housewives wanted a cooking role model they could relate to. Alison didn't even own a TV set when she was asked to audition for a trial programme in the early 1960s.. Her meatloaf for eight must have pleased the producers - from that time her career has gone from strength to strength.
"A Home-grown Cook : The Dame Alison Holst Story" with Barbara Larson, 2011