Home and Garden Newsletter for June

Welcome to a good blend of new books with exquisite ideas and tips to warm up your winter days.
Check out some tempting recipes for cooking, baking and serving tasty and healthy meals offered by famous New Zealand chefs. Choose your favourite craft and garden projects from our latest craft and gardening books and draw inspiration for knitting, quilting or decorating your family home. Take a look at our newest health books featuring ways to improve cardiovascular diseases and low thyroid suffering and last, find out more about personal development. Have fun!

Library News


You might notice that there is a distinct emphasis on New Zealand cook books in this selection. All the recipes in these books look tempting enough that you’d want to try them again and again.

Syndetics book coverGrace & Flavour : Old New Zealand Recipes for Modern Cooks / Barbara Keen ; recipe photographs by Simon Young.
“A beautiful retro look cookbook, Grace and Flavour is a collection of classic recipes from an assortment of New Zealand cookbooks published between 1883 and 1940. Each recipe is presented in its original form, followed by a modern version which is easily accessible to today s cooks….The recipes are complemented with images of the dishes and styled with nostalgic table and kitchenware.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNadia’s Kitchen : Fresh, Tasty Recipes from Masterchef NZ Winner / Nadia Lim.
“Organised by seasons, this is a must-have collection of recipes that will become favourite staples in every household. Covering breakfasts, lunches, nibbles, starters, main meals and desserts there’s inspiration for everyone; and Nadia’s half Kiwi/half Malaysian heritage means that her food style is modern Kiwi with Asian and Mediterranean influences.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJax Cooks : Great Food for Family and Friends / Jax Hamilton ; photographs, David Baird.
“This cookbook, Jax’s first, is a real treat and a much-awaited debut. Jax Cooks is a fabulous collection of 90 recipes woven around Jax’s life and experiences; her story told in food. These recipes will appeal to those who already love her style and to those who want to try real, tasty, easy-to-prepare food. Jax’d up, of course!” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Read more


Take a look at this glorious range of fresh ideas and decorating schemes featured in this selection of craft books. Choose from modern and traditional quilt projects to timeless knitting patterns and draw inspiration from a do-it-yourself guide how to enrich the character of your home with individual panache. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverModern minimal : 20 bold & graphic quilts / Alissa Haight Carlton.
“This book is a beautiful collection of 20 modern quilt projects. Alissa’s designs emphasize the use of solid fabrics, negative space, asymmetry, and a simplicity that allows the quilts to make entirely on a home sewing machine. I can’t wait to make at least one of these quilts! This book beautifully showcases the modern quilt aesthetic. Her instructions are clear and concise, great for my beginner/high beginner skill level, and I love how she offers more than one way to quilt each blanket. The quilts vary in size, but I think for quilters with some experience it will be easy enough to make them larger or smaller if you want. Her color choices are beautiful, and the patterns would still look great with some prints swapped in, and still maintain the modern look. I have made “mosaic,” and it turned out great, looking more complicated than it was. I look forward to working though the rest of the quilts.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverStar struck quilts : dazzling diamonds & traditional blocks : 13 skill-building projects / Barbara H. Cline.
“This book includes complete instructions for 9 wall hangings, which can then be transformed into 27 bed-sized quilts. Barbara shares many valuable life lessons and shows you how to achieve the fine workmanship found in the quilts made in her Mennonite community.” – (adapted from Publisher’s summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilting step by step / Maggi Gordon.
“Patchwork and quilting is all the rage at the moment and, with Quilting Step by Step you’ll be making perfect patchwork in no time. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned stitcher already, find out how to create over 70 inspiring block designs from ‘Lady of the Lake’ to ‘Folded Stars’.” – (adapted from Publisher’s summary)

Read more

Gardening DIY

This month the major focus is on Gardening, although given the season the one book on low energy housing in this selection is very apt. To follow we have books about how to make your own worlds within worlds… the magic of terrariums, edible ornamentation, vertical gardening to bulb forcing and rustic garden projects.

Syndetics book coverTiny world terrariums : a step-by-step guide to easily contained life / Michelle Inciarrano & Katy Maslow ; photographs by Robert Wright.
“Terrariums are a vibrant, unique way to inject a little greenery into any home. In Tiny World Terrariums , authors Katy and Michelle of Brooklyn’s celebrated Twig Terrariums offer step-by-step instructions for building your own, from selecting glass containers to layering soil and filtration to adding moss, succulents, and other plants. To give each terrarium a whimsical, personal touch, Katy and Michelle demonstrate how to use tiny figurines and toys to create to-scale scenes, such as a couple at their wedding, a CSI crime scene, and Central Park in springtime. Photos of gorgeous finished terrariums and detailed instructions will empower anyone–whether green-thumbed or not–to create their own Lilliputian worlds.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe ornamental edible garden / Diana Anthony ; photographs by Gil Hanly.
“Combine creativity, aesthetics and practicality in your very own garden with an inspired mix of fruit, vegetable, herbs and flowers. This beautifully illustrated book gives practical information on everything you need to know to design and plant an ornamental edible garden, including advice on laying pathways and edgings, building raised beds, erecting plant supports, hedging and enclosures, how to espalier, as well as plans for traditional ground layouts for any garden size or shape.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRustic garden projects : 28 decorative accents you can build / by Dawn King.
“Rustic structures and accents made from green, “bark-on” woods, is the hottest trend in garden and yard d’cor and this new book has the projects everyone wants! Rustic Garden Projects offers readers a tremendous opportunity to save money while learning a new hobby.The heart of the book is 28 plans and step-by-step directions for a wide range of projects, from decorative hangings to rugged garden furniture. The projects are remarkably easy to build, and most can be completed in a single weekend.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Read more


We’ve collected together some of the latest additions to the health collection. They cover a range of topics, including: guidance on recovering from injury or illness; ways to improve cardiovascular health; a guide to living well with chronic pain; tips for a healthy gut; and some thoughts on the effects of a sugar rich diet. Plus, read about post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes, hypermobility syndrome, thyroid functionality, autism and the state of the primary health care sector in America.

Syndetics book coverYou can heal yourself : a guide to physical and emotional recovery after injury or illness / Julie K. Silver.
“When people are seriously ill or injured, they receive immediate and often life-sustaining treatment. Then at some point they are usually left to their own devices to “finish” healing. At the time that patients are discharged from treatment or their doctors tell them, “I don’t have anything else I can offer you,” they are often shifted into a zone where they are better than at their sickest point, but not as healthy as they once were. This zone, between illness and good health, is where rehabilitation specialists focus. Dr. Silver calls this area of medicine, where physiatrists work, The Healing Zone… (Publisher)

Syndetics book coverSurviving the shadows : a journey of hope into post-traumatic stress / Bob Delaney with Dave Scheiber.
“Retired NBA referee Delaney, who speaks with and counsels members of law enforcement, the military, and others who have dealt with psychological trauma, developed post-traumatic stress disorder when he was a New Jersey state trooper in the 1970s after a three-year investigation of the Genovese and Bruno crime families. He shares his own experiences dealing with the condition and collects first-person stories from members of the military, law enforcement, emergency services, and civilians who have dealt with PTSD and how they have coped. He integrates the advice of doctors and counselors who explain the physiological and psychological responses that occur, and recommends a method of peer-to-peer therapy.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOut of practice : fighting for primary care medicine in America / Frederick M. Barken.
“Barken draws from research and his experience as a primary care physician to illustrate how the practice of primary care is failing due to the trends of efficiency, profit, and productivity, which contributed to his retiring from the profession. He discusses doctors’ habits of overprescribing, expensive referrals to multiple specialists, and the lack of accessibility to care, and the need for compassionate, high-quality care. He identifies problems in geriatric care, the standardization of medicine, medical training, malpractice and defensive medicine, compensation, and the need for house calls.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Read more

Personal Development

Begin with your thoughts and seize the day – whether you’re better than normal or exceptional, it’s never to late to be great!

Syndetics book coverIt’s your thoughts that count : how to use your thoughts to transform your life / by Wendy Betteridge.
“”Your thoughts that count” is a voyage through Wendy’s many training experiences. It brings together the best of what she’s learned as she has taught and trained others. Her book provides great skills for leaders and managers, confidence and certainty for sportsmen and women, comfort and solutions for those who are depressed or whose self esteem is low, techniques for children and young adults who are studying, and great communication skills for everyone. It provides the tools for seeking out personal values, for avoiding procrastination, for setting goals and committing to make them a reality.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverBetter than normal : how what makes you different can make you exceptional / Dale Archer.
“What if the inattentiveness that makes school or work a challenge holds the secret to your future as an entrepreneur? What if the anxiety you often feel can actually help energize you? Renowned psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer believes that labels for behavior like “ADHD,” “bipolar,” and “OCD” are normal human qualities–and contends that we all experience these and other psychological traits to some extent, yet fail to leverage the significant advantages they can offer. Here, Dr. Archer offers a framework for redefining what constitutes mental health. Drawing on his twenty years of clinical experience, he describes eight traits of human behavior. Each of these occurs along a continuum rather than as a simple on-off switch (where “off ” means we’re fine, and “on” means we’ve got a problem). These are the aspects of our personality that we worry about the most, but these are also the very things that make us distinctive and different.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCouples : how we make love last / Kate Figes.
“These days, many of us enjoy unrivalled freedom and equality when it comes to choosing and building a relationship. Yet new myths about how to live and love compromise that happiness.Kate Figes argues that, whether married or cohabiting, gay or straight, remarried or a couple living apart, the quality of our intimate relationship is fundamental to our long-term health and happiness, because our need for commitment and love hasn’t changed.This is not a handbook. There are no easy ‘Mars and Venus’ universal recipes for success, because relationships are far too complicated, individual and important for easy answers. But learning how others sustain lifelong love, and what really goes on in other people’s lives can help us to understand our own partnerships and take responsibility for making them work. Couples is an incisive and important look at how we can learn to make love endure.” (Global Books in Print)

Read more