Annabelle White

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Annabelle White
Born Annabelle White
New Zealand
Residence Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealander
Education Master of Arts in History - Waikato University
Occupation Food writer, journalist
Employer New Zealand Women's Weekly
Known for TV presenting, cookery, writing
Home town Auckland, New Zealand

Annabelle White is a New Zealand food writer and author of eleven cookbooks. She was a long time food columnist for the Sunday Star-Times and also wrote the popular Food Detective column. She is the former food editor for NZ House & Garden and in October 2011 joined the New Zealand Women's Weekly as Food Editor. The author of eleven cookbooks Annabelle is also busy with cooking classes and the public speaking circuit.


Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand. When she was just 17 years old she spent a year in Dover, Delaware as an AFS scholar. She returned to New Zealand and went on to the University of Waikato, where she gained a Masters degree (with first class honours) in 1983 and received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.[1]

Annabelle's first cookbook Best Recipes was released in 1997 and had been reprinted multiple times. Many of her titles are now out of print but her sequel to Best Recipes entitled Simply The Best co-authored with Kathy Paterson in 1999 topped the New Zealand best-selling list and remained there for many weeks.

Annabelle began her TV work as the zany food reporter for TV3's Nightline in 1989 and then on a more regular basis for 5.30 With Jude and subsequently 5.00 With Jude in 1999-2001. She hosted her own prime time shows for World on a Plate featuring filming in New York City and Tonga in 2001. Her foray into Breakfast TV started with TV3 in 2008 and then moved to TVNZ in 2009. Her role with Breakfast has seen her filming food and travel pieces in China (Shanghai), the United States (Santa Monica) and Ireland. Annabelle's radio work began in 1990 and she has been on-air across New Zealand on a regular basis since then.


  • Best Recipes - Annabelle White (Channel Publishers, 1997)
  • Annabelle Cooks Penguin Books (ISBN 0140291415, 1999)
  • Simply The Best - Good Honest Cooking. Annabelle White, Kathy Paterson New Holland Publishers, (ISBN 1877246026, 1999)
  • Annabelle White's Best-Ever Cakes and Slices Penguin Books (ISBN 0140293825, 2000)
  • Annabelle White's Best-Ever Barbecue Recipes Penguin Books (ISBN 0140298738, 2000)
  • Seasons: A Year of Fabulous Food Penguin Books (ISBN 014301840X, 2002)
  • Annabelle Cooks Healthy Penguin Books (ISBN 014300882X, 2004)
  • Casual Cooking: Recipes for good times in the kitchen. Annabelle White, Penguin Books (ISBN 978-0-143-56677-9, 2012)


  1. ^ "University of Waikato honours food writer, critic". 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 

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