DNZM CBE QSM
|Known for||Food writer
Dame Alison Margaret Holst DNZM CBE QSM (née Payne, born 1938), is a best-selling New Zealand food writer and television chef. Her first television programme premiered in 1965. The following year she published her first cookbook. Since then (as of 2010) her cookbooks have collectively sold more than four and a half million copies of 100 titles, and she has appeared on numerous other television and radio shows as well as writing newspaper columns and magazine articles.
She describes the style of food in most of her books as 'everyday food' and the recipes are generally written for home cooks and intended to be easy and reasonably cheap to make, as well as nutritious. Since 1994 she has marketed a brand of bulk wholefoods under the name 'Alison's Choice' through the Foodstuffs supermarket company.
Holst graduated from the University of Otago, then a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, with a Bachelor of Home Science and subsequently spent a year at Teachers' College. She then began lecturing in the Foods Department at the School of Home Science before starting her television career. In the 1983 Queen's Birthday Honours she received the Queen's Service Medal for services to the community and in the 1987 New Year Honours she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to home science. In 1997 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Otago.
Since 1990 she has co-written several cookbooks with her son Simon Holst.
- Interview with Jim Mora on Afternoons with Jim Mora show, Radio New Zealand National, on 2012-07-06
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 49376, 10 June 1983. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Her excellency Alison Holst", The Republican Blog, 25 November 2010, retrieved 2011-10-01
- Dickison, Michael (31 December 2010). "NZ's honourable master chef". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- Biography page at Alison Holst mail order .
- Alison Holst profile at the University of Otago website
- Works by or about Alison Holst in libraries (WorldCat catalog)