Author(s): Lucas Putnam & Marianne Elliot
Acclaimed Miramar restaurant La Boca Loca has published a delicious new cookbook. Owners Lucas Putnam and Marianne Elliot have put together a collection of the most popular dishes from their menu over the past four years, along with some less well-known favourites of their own. You'll find inside: more than 130 gorgeous full colour photos by Nicola Edmonds, a detailed pantry guide - everything you need and where to find it, an introduction to the basic techniques of Mexican cooking, more than 70 recipes including their most popular cocktails and much more
Born in New York, Lucas moved to California as a child and grew up eating Mexican food. Previously an editor at Pixar, in 2001 Lucas moved to Wellington to work at Weta Digital on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But he never lost his love for Mexican food, and eventually he realised the way to bring the flavours of his childhood to his adopted home was to open a Mexican restaurant in Miramar. Lucas has long been an advocate for changing the world by changing what we eat, and he's committed to sourcing the freshest and best organic, ethically and sustainably produced ingredients. Lucas opened La Boca Loca with his Kiwi partner Marianne. Marianne is also a human rights lawyer who until 2007 worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan, and she has written about her work in Afghanistan in her memoir, Zen Under Fire (Penguin, 2012). She is currently National Director of ActionStation, the mission of which is to help more New Zealanders get engaged in leading progressive social and political change. She shares Lucas's passion for fish tacos & tequila, and for helping people develop a more sustainable and nourishing relationship with food.