Dirt is an beautifully crafted cookbook that digs into the relationship between food and words. Twelve earthy recipes from chef Gemma Walsh are accompanied by a collection of stories, poems and conversations from some of New Zealand’s contemporary writers. Contributors include Courtney Sina Meredith, Lana Lopesi, Rosabel Tan, Dominic Huey, Vanessa Crofskey, Natasha Matila-Smith, Owen Connors, Liam Jacobson, Amy Weng, Reem Musa, Gabi Lardies and Sam Walsh. The collection is the result of a series of brunches, lunches and dinners held at Walsh’s Grey Lynn villa over the winter of 2018. On each occasion, a writer was invited to join the hosts for a meal-a plant-based recipe artfully concocted by Walsh. The writer was then asked to respond to the experience with a piece of writing. The resulting texts unearth a range of narratives on memory, culture and place.