Take some of New Zealand’s top rugby talent both present and past, throw in some food, add a worthy cause and you get an amazing treasure trove of hearty, tasty recipes.

If there’s one thing that rugby players all love, besides the game that is, it’s food. So what better way to raise some money for the New Zealand Rugby Foundation and celebrate its 25th Anniversary than to pull together the favourite recipes of some of the country’s best loved players.

NZ Rugby Kitchen contains a wide range of dishes from the likes of All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, as well as Piri Weepu, Dan Carter, Jerome Kaino, Conrad Smith – the list goes on – plus past greats such as Colin Meads, Waka Nathan and Buck Shelford.

Fancy a quick weeknight meal? Why not try Keven Mealamu’s Teriyaki Beef, or Waka Nathan’s Fish Supreme. Want a dinner to impress? How about Victor Vito’s Beef Wellington or Melodie Robinson’s Pork Belly with Baby Beetroot and Lentils.

Oh, and just because most of the recipes have been provided by blokes doesn’t mean there aren’t any sweet treats. There’s always Sir Graham Henry’s Apple Sponge to end a meal, or Jerome Kaino’s Banana Cake for a lovely afternoon tea.

As well as fabulous recipes the NZ Rugby Kitchen also gives some insights into how well these guys can keep their cool even when they’re not on the field with candid shots of them relaxing, cooking and enjoying a bit of down time.

By taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this project all of the players who have contributed have shown how important a charity the New Zealand Rugby Foundation is to them. The foundation is vital in supporting catastrophically injured rugby players financially and emotionally through fund-raising and other activites; and proactively works with the New Zealand Rugby Union to communicate the message of safety first.

All royalties from this book will go to the New Zealand Rugby Foundation. For more information on the foundation please visit www.rugbyfoundation.com.

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