Chicken was the most popular meat eaten by New Zealanders in the early 2000s. However, it was a specialty meat until the 1960s, when production of mass barn-raised broiler chickens for domestic consumption dramatically increased. Before this, it was reserved for special occasions of the type illustrated on the cover of this 1920s cookbook. The small roast chicken cuts a rather lonesome figure among the sweet puddings and baked goods.
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Reference: E. Futter, Home cookery for New Zealand. Auckland: Whitcombe and Tombs, 1926 (B-K 942-COVER)
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