Home & Garden Newsletter for April

This month’s book selection features fabulous recipes and cooking tips, knitting projects for yourself and your loved ones, and more. Find out how to prevent injury and live a healthier, longer life. Learn about managing your mind more effectively and how to renovate your life into a style you would love to have. A perfect range of topics to offer you lots of ideas and instant inspiration. Enjoy!

Library News


Wondering what to have for dinner tonight? Want to entertain in style over the weekend? Looking for weight loss recipes? Want to indulge in something sinful for dessert? All these questions (and many more) are answered in this month’s varied selection of recent picks.

Syndetics book coverCook Without A Book : Meatless Meals : Recipes and Techniques for Part-time and Full-time Vegetarians / Pam Anderson ; photographs by Quentin Bacon.
“Shares cooking practices for vegetarian and vegan meals based on the author’s recommendations for incorporating meat-free days into every week and offers tips for stocking a pantry and refrigerator to enable options.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEssential Desserts.
“Essential desserts is where you will find everything from the perfect fruit pie to deliciously rich cheesecakes, the classic souffle , comforting puddings and elegant chocolate creations. Packed with ingredient and utensil information, step-by-step photography and inspiring, yet easy-to-follow recipes, this book is the ultimate guide to all sweet endings.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Farmer’s Market Family Cookbook : Recipes from the Murdoch Books Test Kitchen / [project manager : Liz Malcolm].
“This book takes the ingredients that we bring home from the market and shows ways to use them…. A selection of recipes have been chosen as especially suitable for small children to make, or help to make. Also included are feature panels on growing your own produce, whether it be a simple herb pot on the windowsill or a backyard vegie patch. Buying wisely and cooking well are truly an investment for life.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHigh Protein, Low GI, Bold Flavor : Recipes to Boost Health and Promote Weight Loss / Fiona Carns ; [foreword by Jennie Brand-Miller].
“Here is boldly flavored, nutritious food at the leading edge of the dietary curve. Inspired by her long-standing interest in highly nutritious, waistline-friendly eating, caterer and cookbook author Fiona Carns developed the high-protein, low-GI eating regimen showcased here.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverEveryday Cookbook : food in a minute.
“Food in a Minute, the well known New Zealand TV cooking show brings us their most recent cookbook … with more than 100 recipes, the book is divided into the easy-to-read sections of brunch, lunch and soups; salads and vegetables; mains, slow cooking; and desserts and baking” – (adapted from Publisher’s summary)

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Winter is on the way and if you love knitting and you haven’t quite decided where to start, here is a selection of adorable knitting projects offering stylish patterns to inspire knitters of all levels. Find out how to use all types of yarn, from basic wools to silk or cashmere blends, to create the perfect project.
Happy knitting!

Syndetics book coverKnitting with the color guys : inspiration, ideas, and projects from the Kaffe Fassett Studio / Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably.
“Kaffe Fasset is one of today’s leading fiber artists and designers. He is internationally known for his dazzling needlepoint and knitted works, lines of upholstery fabrics and wallpapers and most recently his quilt and fabric designs. Kaffe resides in London, England.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book cover50 kit & crochet accessories.
“From the elegant to the funky, the hip to the casual, 50 Knit and Crochet Accessories has it all. Coordinate projects from top designers like Sue Bradley, Carol Meldrum, Katherine Hunt, Clare Garland, and more to create a complete look that is all your own! Whether your style is a glitzy golden shell bag and lace gloves, warm and trendy hound’s-tooth socks, or a toasty-warm Incan hat, you’ll find it here.” (adapted from Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverLabour of love : knitting patterns for treasured girls / Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard.
“This is a fantastic book, with sumptuous photography and adorable patterns that are easy to follow. There’s a good assortment of patterns which are divided into sections such as Sweaters cardigans, dressings and stops, skirts and snoods, as well as, charming accessories that can be adapted to fit your measurements. This book is recommend both as an aid to knitting and as a beautifully presented and well written publication.” – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk summary)

Syndetics book coverKnits for nerds : 30 projects : science fiction, comic books, fantasy / Joan of Dark, a.k.a. Toni Carr.
“The best of science fiction, manga, and animaguiri meets knit one, purl two as knit siren and part-time roller derby girl Joan of Dark offers up an out-of-this-world assortment of knitting nerdiness inside Knits for Nerds.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverCutest ever baby knits / Val Pierce.
“This irresistible collection offers over 20 adorable nursery patterns to knit, along with cute dresses, coats, hats and bootees. The cutest ever collection!” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

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Unlock the secrets to living a healthy life or improving specific health conditions with these new books. Included are how to prevent and reverse heart disease, benefits of a pre-agricultural Paleolithic diet, preventing knee injury and pain and cultivating Chinese herbal medicine and more.

Syndetics book coverPrevent and reverse heart disease : the revolutionary, scientifically proven, nutrition-based cure / Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.
“In Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former surgeon, researcher, and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, challenges conventional cardiology by posing a compelling, revolutionary idea-that we can, in fact, abolish the heart-disease epidemic by changing our diets. Drawing from his twenty-year nutritional study-the most comprehensive study of its kind-Dr. Esselstyn convincingly argues that plant-based, oil-free nutrition can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects.” – (adapted from Book jacket summary)

Syndetics book coverPrimal body, primal mind : beyond the paleo diet for total health and a longer life / Nora T. Gedgaudas.
“Examining the healthy lives of our pre-agricultural Paleolithic ancestors and the marked decline in stature, bone density, and dental health as well as the increase in birth defects, malnutrition, and disease following the implementation of the agricultural lifestyle, Nora Gedgaudas shows how our modern grain- and carbohydrate-heavy low-fat diets are a far cry from the high-fat, moderate-protein hunter-gatherer diets we are genetically programmed for, leading not only to lifelong weight gain but also to cravings, mood disorders, cognitive problems, and diseases of civilization such as cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), heart disease, and mental illness…” – (adapted from Book jacket summary)

Syndetics book coverFramework for the knees : a 6-step plan for preventing injury and ending pain / Nicholas A. DiNubile ; with Bruce Scali.
“Beginning with an in-depth look at the causes of common knee injuries, Dr. DiNubile provides diagnostic tools for assessing pain. His plan for treating the injury, rehabilitating the area, eating to aid healing, and protecting the knee allow you to continue enjoying your favorite activities. Knee pain and injury dont have to mean the end of an active lifestyle. All it takes is a balanced, customized program designed to address patient-specific needs. FrameWork for the Knees provides anyone suffering from these issues with the tools to be active for life.” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverGreat discoveries in medicine / edited by William and Helen Bynum.
“In this inspiring compendium, distinguished experts from around the world explain medicine’s turning points and conceptual changes, and answer a series of key questions: How did the Plague influence the course of human history? What should complementary medicine’s role be? How did an audacious self-experiment lead to a cure for stomach ulcers and a Nobel Prize? The book is magnificently illustrated with a unique array of pictures, from beautiful Renaissance anatomical drawings to the very latest computer- generated images of viruses and photographs that reveal the hidden world within our bodies.” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Chinese medicinal herb farm : a cultivator’s guide to small-scale organic herb production / Peg Schafer ; foreword by Steven Foster ; medicinal use descriptions by Sean Fannin.
“…Through 79 detailed herb profiles – all tested and trialed on Schafer’s certified organic farm-Schafer offers easy-to-follow information, suitable for both growers and practitioners, for growing efficacious wild-simulated herbs. Also included is important information on species conservation, crop integration, and how to avoid the introduction of invasive species. Sidebars on traditional medicinal uses for each herb and delicious recipes are also featured throughout…” – (adapted from Book jacket summary)

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Personal Development

Whether you want to redesign part or all of your life, have something you want to quit, a relationship to decide about, or want to learn about managing your mind more effectively, read on…

Syndetics book coverThe chimp paradox / Steve Peters.
“Do you sabotage your own happiness and success? Are you struggling to make sense of yourself? Do your emotions sometimes dictate your life? ‘The Chimp Paradox’ is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Dr Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can recognise how your mind is working, understand and manage your emotions and thoughts, and manage yourself and become the person you would like to be. Each chapter explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand, along with exercises to help you see immediate improvements in your daily living and, over time, develop emotional skills and practical habits that will help you to become the person that you want to be, and live the life that you want to live.” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverStay or leave : six steps to resolving your relationship indecision / Beverley Stone.
“You’re stuck in an unhappy relationship. You’re not sure you want to stay, but you can’t make up your mind to go. You’re stagnating… but feel powerless to do anything about it. Successful relationship psychologist Beverley Stone will get your life back on track. She uncovers the root of your confusion and helps you make the big decision: to stay and make a go of it in a radically improved relationship… or leave, confident and happy. Step by step, she helps you make your decision and put your choice into action, helping you to discover why your previous attempts have failed and covering all the possible options for your relationship – mending it, maintaining it … and, in the last resort, leaving it.” – (from the Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThat’s disgusting : unraveling the mysteries of repulsion / Rachel Herz.
“Disgust originated to prevent us from eating poisonous food, but this simple safety mechanism has since evolved into a uniquely human emotion that dictates how we treat others, shapes our cultural norms, and even has implications for our mental and physical health. ‘That’s Disgusting’ illuminates the science behind disgust, tackling such colourful topics as cannibalism, humour, and pornography to address larger questions: Why do sources of disgust vary among people and societies? Where does disgust come from in our brain and what deeper fears does it reflect? How does disgust influence our individual personalities, our daily lives, and our values? It turns out that disgust underlies more than we realize, from political ideologies to the lure of horror movies. Drawing on surprising research in psychology and evolutionary biology, ‘That’s Disgusting’ shows us that disgust mirrors human nature and, as a result, is as complex and varied as we are.” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverThe great life redesign : change how you work, live how you dream and make it happen today / Caroline Cameron.
“Are you always in a hurry, with too much to do and too little time? Do you ever feel that ‘back-to-work-tomorrow’ gnawing dread on Sunday nights? Are you trapped on a treadmill to nowhere and dreaming about how life could be, if only…? If any, or all, of these questions strike a chord with you, don’t despair – there is a way out. ‘The Great Life Redesign is an inspirational guide that will help you reshape the life you have into one you’ll love. Whether you need to redesign certain parts of your life that could be better, or undertake a major life renovation, Caroline Cameron shows you how. Featuring practical, easy-to-apply techniques, exercises, tools and tips, plus more than 30 inspirational case studies, you’ll soon be on your way to a great life.” – (from the Book cover)

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