I spent my days as a young girl in New Zealand eating and cooking from my mother’s organic garden, picking wild flowers, foraging for wild fruits, mushrooms, berries and other delightful and delicious seasonal things. I have always loved food but I have also always loved the rituals of gathering, collecting and preparing the food.
Born to parents who were both passionate about food and nutrition, my father a chef and my mother a knowledgeable home cook and a pioneer of organic horticulture. Her heritage seed collection is known the world over and she has pioneered sustainable agriculture, permaculture, beekeeping, soil health and growing nutrient dense food for over 40 years. Last year my mother, Kay Baxter, was awarded a new years eve honour by the Queen for her services to seed saving and sustainability.
Through this, my own studies and personal experiences I have developed a deep understanding of the connection between what we eat and glowing health, the science behind healing our bodies, and how to apply this wisdom in everyday life. Sharing this nurturing knowledge is one of my life’s passions.
As a child our family pantry was my mother’s garden, an open-air larder if you like, and as a result of this, my cooking style is very intuitive, seasonal and simple, with lots of fresh flowers and herbs thrown in for good measure.
My recipes are based on the basic idea that food must nourish and it must be delicious. We need both to heal and nourish ourselves. The food we grow, gather and cook is what sustains us, and those we love.
Food is medicine.
I am a champion of seasonal eating, good honest home cooking and traditional nutrient dense organic whole foods. Foods such as, healing probiotic rich fermented foods, restorative bone broth, healthy vitamin rich fats including saturated fats, natural sweeteners and animal foods with a rainbow of fruit and vegetables on which my meals are based.
For over 12 years, up to 2015, I lived in London working as a food writer, nourishing private chef, food stylist and doula. During this time I worked with people who have become advocates of healthy living including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Chris Martin, Mathew Bellamy, Sadie Frost, the late Alexander McQueen, David Schwimmer, India Waters, Sharleen Spiteri and Kate Moss. I now live surrounded by bush on the wild east coast of New Zealand, one minute walk from the beach. I spend my days being a solo mum to two, cooking, fermenting, writing, teaching, travelling, learning, foraging, gardening and sharing with you everything that I learn on my journey through life.
Lots of Love, Amber Rose xx