Home & Garden Newsletter for January

Treat yourself and your family these summer holidays with this superb selection of books including health, advice and personal development, moth-watering recipes, craft and gardening ideas. Learn how to reduce stress, treat and prevent pain and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Find out how to feed and protect your garden during the hottest timwe of the year to prepare the soil for autaumn planting. Take time to enjoy human interaction and set your New Year’s resolutions. All the best for 2012!

Library News


Need gluten-free or vegan options for your guests? Would like something different for family meals? This selection of new cooking books is for you! We’ve thrown in a few Australian and New Zealand summer-focused cookbooks, plus some party cake books (really just because we love these, and they’re so fun to look at). Enjoy!!

Syndetics book coverGluten-free and Vegan Holidays / Jennifer Katzinger.
“Entertaining friends and family can be a challenge for those with diets that are vegan and gluten-free. Katzinger makes celebrating the holidays simple and stylish with 70 delicious, satisfying recipes that are sweet and savory, gluten-free, and vegan.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverSummer Food / Serge Dansereau.
“Summer is Australia’s favourite season, and in this collection of more than 100 easy and delicious recipes, Bathers Pavilion chef Serge Dansereau ensures your summer cooking will be a breeze. Beautifully photographed and designed, Summer Food contains a range of contemporary recipes that celebrate Australian summer produce at its peak. These simple recipes are packed full of the chef know-how that turns a good dish into a great one, and are guaranteed to make your long brunches, lazy lunches, picnics, barbecues and afternoon teas effortless and your summer parties and entertaining stylish. And because Christmas falls in our summer season, Serge has devised some wonderful Christmas menus and included all the Christmas baking classics – from fruit mince tarts to chilled eggnog, Christmas puddings to a delightful gingerbread houses, to ensure your seasonal entertaining is stress-free and successful. This lovely collection, of fresh, no-fuss recipes will be the perfect Christmas gift for summer-loving foodies.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverPS Desserts / Philippa Sibley ; foreword by Christine Manfield.
“PS Desserts is set to become the dessert lover’s bible. Philippa Sibley is one of Australia’s finest dessert and pastry chefs. Known as the ‘Queen of Desserts’, she has worked in some of the world’s finest restaurants, such as Le Cote Saint Jacques in France. With a comprehensive, step-by-step section explaining basic techniques such as making puff pastry, chocolate sponge, meringue, panna cotta and ice creams and sorbets, as well as a chocolate section on ganache and decorations.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverBarefoot Contessa Parties! / by Ina Garten.
“In ‘Parties!’ Ina Garten shares the secrets she has gleaned from her years as a caterer and a dedicated party giver. Ina’s parties are easy to prepare and fun for everyone, including the host. Packed with plans for pulling off parties like a pro, and stories and recipes from her own parties, this is a must-have guide to easy entertaining.” (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverNow is the Season / Laura Faire.
“This sophisticated cookbook reveals the key elements to good living and great honest food: seasonal cooking. Chef and gardener Laura Faire takes us back to our roots with her original recipes made from locally and seasonally sourced produce with temptations. This book of soul-warming and flavour-filled recipes made from natural wholefoods is charming, fully rounded and holistic – an inspiration for cooks and gardeners alike.” (Global Books)

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The crafty librarian recommends the following pretty new books!

Syndetics book coverHandcrafted wire findings : techniques and designs for custom jewelry components / Jane Dickerson, Denise Peck.
“Add personal style at minimal cost with custom-made findings. …Making custom findings enables jewelry makers to affordably create just the right component to complement their own jewelry designs. …With fundamental skills for beginners that progress to more sophisticated designs, this book covers techniques such as basic wirework, texturizing, silver fusing, adding patina, and traditional finishes. ….” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHoopla : the art of unexpected embroidery / Leanne Prain ; photography by Jeff Christenson.
“…Prain takes a traditional approach, beginning with a cursory look at the craft’s history and highlighting practicalities, such as tools and equipment, finishing techniques, and stitching resources. But it is between these lines that the author’s true innovation and fun starts: specifically, with interviews with 28 working embroiderers and the same number of unusual projects to complete. … Projects don’t disappoint, with directions as clear as the designs are funky: handkerchiefs emblazoned with microbes, a modern cuckoo clock stitched on Aida cloth, and knuckle-tattoo church gloves…., Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverKnitting pleats : stunning garments and accessories / Olga Pobedinskaya.
If you are looking for that next step in knitting and wanting to play with different textures then this book is a must. (Crafty Librarian)

Syndetics book coverCraft / Kirstie Allsopp ; [text editor, Jeannot Hutcheson].
Kirstie Allsopp Craft is an inspiring collection of projects that introduces you to traditional crafting skills in a fresh, modern way. From making your own family scrapbooks and appliqué cushions to jam-making and handmade bunting, Kirstie Allsopp Craft contains 50 practical projects to inspire you to have a go. (Amazon)

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Gardening DIY

We’ve been combing through the new books on gardening, gardens and enjoying them – here are our picks! Come in and check them out, or reserve them online in time for the Christmas break. Discover projects for your backyard, beautiful gardens, and tips for recycling and reusing materials creatively. Have a browse!

Syndetics book coverThe Kiwi backyard handbook / Justin Newcombe.
“More than any other people in the world, Kiwis live their lives in the backyard. Whether it’s a quarter acre or a tiny patch of lawn, or if you aspire to a burgeoning veggie garden and a few chooks or to relaxing by a palm-edged pool, a good spot for your barbecue is always a must. The Kiwi Backyard Handbook is an essential if you’re planning a garden makeover. It contains 25 easy but impressive projects with step-by-step photographs to stir up your creativity, along with a wealth of good advice to get you started. Justin Newcombe is a professional landscape gardener and a DIY guru, and will show you how to turn your backyard into your dream oasis.” (fishpond.co.nz)

Syndetics book coverGertrude Jekyll and the country house garden / Judith B. Tankard.
“This is a grand project, mining the archives of Country Life to select a 150 images that exemplify the work of England’s extraordinarily gifted and influential designer, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1942). Tankard is a seasoned landscape historian who taught at Harvard for 20 years and has written extensively in her field. The text thoroughly supports the visual presentation, offering readers in-depth understanding of Jekyll’s projects, innovations, and approach.”Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)”

Syndetics book coverGrowing year round : vegetables, fruit, herbs / Dennis Greville.
“Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned gardener, growing year round will encourage and inspire you, with practical advice that will help you achieve optimum results in your garden, whatever its size, climatic conditions and soil type. Dennis provides readily accessible information and tips on how to do things better. These easy to follow ideas will enable you to take charge of your garden and its productivity. This volume contains a lifetime of practical, hands-on experience in the garden and provides up-to-date advice on how to get the best results; every time.” (fishpond.co.nz)

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In our latest selection of new health books: discover how you can positively impact the way you age; read about Sir Edmund Hillary’s legacy of hospitals in Nepal; learn how you can overcome shoulder pain with New Zealand’s pioneering Robin McKenzie; and read memoirs on healing from anxiety and panic attacks, a life spent nursing, as well as overcoming breast cancer. Plus, get fit while having fun, develop mindfulness strategies to reduce stress in the workplace, and read an updated history of health reform in New Zealand. Enjoy – and we wish you a healthful New Year!

Syndetics book coverThe aging myth : unlocking the mysteries of looking and feeling young / Joseph Chang.
“Do you wonder why some people look and feel younger than their actual age while others appear older than they really are? Do you believe that the way you age is genetically predetermined? Do you believe your aging destiny is inherited on the day you are conceived? Do you feel helpless about aging, as if there is nothing you can do about it? You do not have to buy into the myths about aging. This book will empower you with good news as Dr. Joseph Chang reveals that the destiny of your genes is not fixed – you can positively impact the way you age from this day forward. ” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverTreat your own shoulder / Robin McKenzie with Grant Watson and Robert Lindsay.
“This easy-to-read patient handbook provides the reader with an active self-treatment plan to effectively treat and prevent the return of shoulder pain and other related pain. Wellington-born Robin McKenzie is a world renowned spinal expert and is recognized internationally as an authority on the diagnosis and treatment of lower back pain and neck pain.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverGentle yoga : osteoporosis / Laurie Sanford ; featuring contributions by Laurie Sanford.
“Although bone density naturally begins to decrease at the age of 35, it is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle – and yoga can become an integral part of improving your overall health and well-being. Gentle Yoga for Osteoporosis shows you how to integrate yoga into your exercise routine to promote bone health. Because yoga is low-impact and is easily modified to your own needs and abilities, you can safely and effectively reap the benefits of exercise by stimulating bone growth and strengthening muscles. Whether you are looking to prevent the onset of osteoporosis or have been diagnosed with the disease and aim to reduce your symptoms, Gentle Yoga for Osteoporosis is your complete guide to relieving pain and stress through yoga.” (Global Books in Print)

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Personal Development

December/January is traditionally the time for New Year’s resolutions, and here are a few books to help you better understand some of the factors that can undermine – or help you succeed – with these. Find out why successful and capable people often still suffer from imposter syndrome, understand the magic behind those moments when everything just seems to ‘click’, discover what it is about human nature that makes us prone to wilful blindness, and find out how the believing brain works. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverThe secret thoughts of successful women : why capable people suffer from the impostor syndrome and how to thrive in spite of it / Valerie Young.
“An internationally known speaker, Valerie Young has devoted her career to understanding women’s most deeply held beliefs about themselves and their success. In her decades of in-the-trenches research, she has uncovered the often surprising reasons why so many accomplished women experience this crushing self-doubt. In The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, Young gives these women the solution they have been seeking. Combining insightful analysis with effective advice and anecdotes, she explains what the impostor syndrome is, why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognize the way it manifests in your life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClick : the magic of instant connections – and how they can transform our work and relationships / Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman.
“In a book that combines psychology and sociology with an insightful understanding of human interactions, Ori and Rom Brafman have written a compelling narrative that helps us to understand the magic behind those moments when we form an incredible connection with other people, or which cause us to become fully engaged in whatever we are doing. In a page-turning narrative in the fashion of their previous book, Sway, the co-authors explore those peak moments in our lives when people or hobbies or activities fully engage our attention – when they ‘click’ with us. Drawing from recent research in psychology and sociology, and told through the same kinds of engaging stories that made Sway a New York Times bestseller, Click takes us on a roller coaster journey of discovery into those moments in our lives when we are ‘in the zone’ – when the rest of the world drops away and everything seems to fall into place.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverHow to win friends and influence people in the digital age / Dale Carnegie & Associates ; with Brent Cole.
“Since its initial publication, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold a total of 15 million copies. The book continues to sell briskly today, but Carnegie never anticipated the ways in which the digital age would provide new tools and challenges for winning friends and influencing people. The advent of social networking sites, the dominance of email, and the ways in which the Internet has supplanted face-to-face interactions have made Carnegie’s precepts all the more immediate and vital. Brent Cole, working in tandem with Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc., has re-imagined the original book for the digital age, updating and reframing Carnegie’s insights about communication, self expression, and leadership.” (Global Books in Print)

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