New recipe book supports health outreach


A new recipe book will be used in the Adventist church’s health outreach in New Zealand and beyond, according to health leaders. The launch of the recipe book was a highlight of the annual health retreat held by the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference (NZPUC) at Tui Ridge Park.

Simple, Tasty, Good
has been developed as a joint project between Adventist Health in the NZPUC and Signs Publishing Company. The recipes were developed and selected using dietary principles from the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) programs, using plant-based ingredients with simple processes to assist participants in making significant lifestyle changes.

With the success of CHIP programs in New Zealand, we discovered we needed a resource like this that used ingredients available in our local supermarkets

“With the success of CHIP programs in New Zealand, we discovered we needed a resource like this that used ingredients available in our local supermarkets,” explains Pastor Paul Rankin, director of Adventist Health for the NZPUC. “But we also wanted to ensure the recipes are simple to make and, above all, taste great.”

“Paul and his team had done a lot of developmental work when they approached us with a raw manuscript and a collection of attractive photos of their recipes to ask about Signs printing the book for them,” adds Signs book editor, Nathan Brown, who presented the first copies of Simple, Tasty, Good to NZPUC health leaders at the health retreat. “But we saw the potential to develop this into a bigger project and have been working with them for most of the past year to make this happen.”

According to Pastor Rankin, the NZPUC health team has been working on the project for about two years. His daughter, Rebekah, collected and collated the recipes from leaders of CHIP programs around the country. Then a group of cooks, food stylists and the photographers Gary and Dyanne Dixon spent two weeks late last year creating the high quality photos of almost 100 recipes.

“We have received very positive feedback on the book all the way through its development and production process,” says Mr Brown, “While this recipe book will be used first in CHIP programs, it is also a resource for a variety of the church’s health programs and plans are also being made to share the health focus of this book in other ways.”

The web ministries team of Adventist Media Network are developing an application for iPhones and iPads, using the content of Simple, Tasty, Good, to connect with a different group of readers.

“We hope this book will inspire people to try plant-based recipes and then give a foundation for making this a regular part of their diet,” says Pastor Rankin.

Simple, Tasty, Good is now available from Adventist Book Centres.