The three friends chatting around a table in the staff room who thought of the idea were
Mag Freeman, Janny Jonkers and Judy Haswell. It was 1994 or 1995.
We were all librarians.
Janny left to return to the Netherlands with her husband to live and work. Mag and Judy retired. It was Janny and Judy who selected the poems with the kind permission of Stephen Innes, the manager of the New Zealand and Pacific section of the University of Auckland General Library. Stephen became the manager of Special Collections for the library and continued his help and support. We owe a big thank-you to all the librarians there.
Justin Mervyn Biddle of <estudio.co.nz> is the graphic designer who rescued the manuscript from Microsoft Word (admirable though that program be) and patiently worked through all the formatting issues for InDesign.
November 2010. Sunday evening at Mecca in the Esplanade Hotel in Devonport, Auckland. Time to go home.
Who did it
Page 65, Poems from the Pantry; photo courtesy of
If ‘the hand that does the cooking has a finger in the pie’, tribute must be given to the Edmonds’ couple that published their first cookery book in 1908 and whose perseverance and optimism provided the necessary motivation for Judy during the slow years of preparing this anthology for publication. They proved to be good-natured and steadfast companions.
Thomas (1859–1932) and Jane (1860–1938) came to New Zealand in 1879. They opened a grocery shop along Ferry Road in Christchurch and for some years Jane ran the shop while Thomas perfected his mixture of baking powder. Along with free samples, in 1907 Thomas distributed a free giveaway cookery book of some 20 pages as a marketing ploy. In 1908 he published a 50-page recipe book with the title 'Sure to Rise' Cookery Book. The second edition, published in 1910, had a print run of 150,000.
The famous and radiant ‘Sure to Rise’ sun-ray motif reflected the Edmonds' interest in the therapeutic qualities of the sun.
Edmonds advert circa 1907 <natlib.govt.nz/records/23154327>
Cover of the 1909 reprint of the first edition of the ‘Sure to rise’ Cookery Book (1908). Courtesy of
Well-used tins from Edmonds' range on the cottage shelves in the Taranaki Pioneer Village in Stratford.