Latest Sports and Fitness books

This selection features books on weird sporting events, mountain climbing, camping, running, soccer scandals through to biographies of sporting personalities. The armchair athlete will find inspiring reading in these fascinating accounts.

Syndetics book coverThe World’s 100 Weirdest Sporting Events : from gravy wrestling in Lancashire to wife carrying in Finland / Geoff Tibballs.
“When we think of the world’s great sporting events, we tend to focus on spectacles such as the World Cup, the Olympics or the Monaco Grand Prix. Yet there is also an alternative world of competition where participants risk life, limb and often dignity for meagre rewards in truly weird sporting pursuits. Step forward the Indonesian sport of sepak bola api, a variation of football in which the barefoot players kick a ball that is on fire; yak racing from Mongolia; Oregon’s Pig-N-Ford Races where drivers speed around the track while carrying a live pig under one arm; and Australia’s variation of the Boat Race. This book lists geographically the world’s 100 weirdest sports events, giving full details of their rules and colourful history.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRed Card : how the U.S. blew the whistle on the world’s biggest sports scandal / Ken Bensinger.
“Presents an account of the FIFA corruption scandal that implicated nearly every aspect of international soccer, sharing insights into the roles of key personalities while tracing the efforts of law enforcement officials to expose the truth.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBruce Lee : a life / Matthew Polly.
“The first noteworthy treatment of its subject–and a definitive one at that…Fascinating narrative threads proliferate.” — (The New York Times Book Review).
“Forty-five years after Bruce Lee’s sudden death at age thirty-two, journalist and bestselling author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee’s life. This is an honest, revealing look at an impressive yet imperfect man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played onscreen.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTo the Mountains : a selection of New Zealand alpine writing / selected by Laurence Fearnley & Paul Hersey.
“This stylish hardback is an exciting compendium of adventure and nature writing, history, philosophy and literature, from the quirky to the sublime. Aimed at real mountaineers as well as the armchair variety.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat the Physio Saw/The Secret Footballer
“He’s back – and this time he’s got company. The Secret Footballer has teamed up with one of the most highly respected physios in the game to bring you the stories of a football season through the eyes of someone who has covered over 1000 games in his career and who knows the most intimate of details about every player he treats. Alongside this privileged glimpse into the physio’s world, The Secret Footballer will be telling his own tales of injury, pain and perseverance with his trademark insight and wit.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMurdoch : the All Black Who Never Returned / by Ron Palenski.
“The story of Keith Murdoch, who passed away earlier this year, is the great unsolved mystery of world rugby. The All Black who was sent home from the tour of the British Isles in 1972 and who exiled himself to the vastness of the Australian outback remains a banner headline in rugby memories. Murdoch only appeared publicly a few times in all those years since the tour, but never said much and nothing at all of the events of that night, or how he felt then and later. But now, the story can be told more fully than before through anecdotes and memories of teammates and colleagues and through the damning words of those who condemned him to his life on the run.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCamping with Kids : hundreds of fun things to do in the great outdoors / Simon McGrath.
“Seasoned camper Simon McGrath draws on a lifetime’s experience so your kids can enjoy every minute of their camping holiday. Start in your backyard and graduate to the wilderness. Go orienteering or hang out at a festival. Watch the sun rise or go on a night walk. Climb a mountain or spot a constellation. And cook up a storm – even in a storm. Camping With Kids has more than 300 cool ideas – from games for the car trip to recipes and adventure activities – to help you and your family get the most out of any camping experience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Competitive Runner’s Handbook : the bestselling guide to running 5Ks through marathons / Bob Glover and Shelley-lynn Florence Glover.
“For both runners entering that first neighborhood race and elite marathoners, trainers Bob and Shelly-lynn Florence Glover’s completely revised guide is the book on training to compete. The Competitive Runner’s Handbook offers all the latest information needed to design basic training programs; special workouts to increase strength, endurance, and power; schedules and worksheets to develop individual goals; and specifics on preparing for all kinds of races’with an emphasis on the 10K and the marathon. Informed by their over thirty years of coaching experience, the Glovers give winning tips on alternative training, footwear and diet, as well as sensible advice on balancing running with work and home life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Girl who Climbed Everest / Bonita Norris.
“What drives us to go to our limits and beyond? What does it take to make dreams come true over all else? And how can you turn fear into courage? From Everest to K2, The Girl Who Climbed Everest is the story of Bonita Norris’ journey undertaking the world’s toughest and most dangerous expeditions. Once an anxious teenager with an eating disorder it was the discovery of a passion for climbing that inspired Bonita to change her life. An indispensable and important book for anyone who has ever doubted their potential or put limits on themselves – whatever challenge you face or ambitions you want to achieve, The Girl Who Climbed Everest will inspire you to take action and live life more fearlessly.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe official history of the FIFA World Cup / FIFA World Football Museum.
The Official History of the FIFA World Cup is an authoritative and comprehensive review of the 20 FIFA World Cups to have taken place since the inaugural tournament in 1930. Packed with stunning photography, exclusive interviews of the biggest stars of each edition, unique official documents and statistics from the FIFA World Football Museum. This unique book features the biggest stars and many previously unknown ones too, all with a unique worldwide point of view.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNorth : Finding my way while running the Appalachian Trail / Scott Jurek with Jenny Jurek.
“From the author of the bestseller Eat and Run, a thrilling new memoir about his grueling, exhilarating, and immensely inspiring 46-day run to break the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. With his wife, Jenny, friends, and the kindness of strangers supporting him, Jurek ran, hiked, and stumbled his way north, one white blaze at a time. A stunning narrative of perseverance and personal transformation, North is a portrait of a man stripped bare on the most demanding and transcendent effort of his life. It will inspire runners and non-runners alike to keep striving for their personal best.” (Syndetics summary)

Going nuts for guts: New Cooking books!

The Nourishing Cook book cover

It seems the world is very conscious of health issues in an age where obesity, auto-immune diseases and other chronic conditions are prevalent. The vast number of conflicting information available makes it difficult for people to choose the healthy life-style they want. Not to worry – this selection of books will help you make well-informed choices; they all agree on gut health being a priority to regaining a healthier lifestyle, by choosing to eat for gut health.

Syndetics book coverSmart Baby Cookbook : boost your baby’s immunity and brain development / Lauren Cheney.
“A blueprint for your child’s nutrition and brain health Doctor-approved and parent-tested, the Smart Baby Cookbook helps you give your young one a head-start for a healthy life, beginning with the best first foods, through to finger foods and family meals.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Happy Gut : feel-good recipes and remedies for better gut health / Reece Carter.
“The whole wellness world is going nuts for guts, and with good reason. The discovery that the gut and brain are not distinct and separate entities but closely connected is life-changing for everyone. Now, it is impossible to ignore the importance of gut health to chronic health complaints. In this vibrant book, naturopath, Garden Apothecary guru and Herb Nerd Reece Carter offers gentle traditional remedies born of the naturopathic tradition that you can make at home, as well as the most effective, easy and delicious ‘food as medicine’ recipes to help you feel better. Powered by the latest research into the gut-brain axis, The Happy Gut will show you the pathway to everyday good gut health.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPure & Simple : a natural food way of life / Pascale Naessens ; translator, Marguerite Storms.
“In Pure and Simple, Pascale Naessens shares her method for staying happy, healthy, and slim, with more than 60 recipes. She recommends a lifestyle that embraces only natural, unprocessed foods, but she is not advocating for a diet dominated by restrictions. Instead she celebrates delicious meals, pleasure, and health. Her approach has only one rule–no carbohydrates with protein. So, you can eat anything you want, but not together. You don’t need to count calories or restrict portion sizes. You will cook delicious food simply and easily. You can drink wine. You will be satisfied. And you will enjoy your food with relish.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Nourishing Cook / Leah Itsines.
“This isn’t an ordinary cookbook; it’s a creative guide that will inspire you to have a go and learn just how simple it is to cook delicious and nutritious meals that everyone will want to eat. Self-taught cook and food blogger Leah Itsines is happiest when she’s preparing delicious food for the people she loves. She’s on a mission to help others make healthy eating an easy lifestyle choice by promoting creativity and confidence in the kitchen. With over 100 colourful recipes that are close to Leah’s heart, The Nourishing Cook will inspire you to have a go and learn for yourself just how effortless it is to create nutritious meals that everyone will want to eat…. the key ingredient is balance – if you enjoy a varied diet that is flexible and full of wholefoods, you needn’t deprive yourself of anything!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMacros : a wellness and lifestyle guide to transform your body / by Sophie Guidolin.
“Sophie Guidolin has a very simple philosophy for nutrition: eat well, live well. Her latest book includes delicious recipes for clean eating as well as advice on macro nutritional counts, a 7-day meal plan and an exercise program. Sophie is an inspirational mother of four. Her authentic voice has resonated with her one million followers, with whom she shares her parenting, relationship, exercise and nutrition journeys.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Ultimate Gutfixx : how to be successful living a plant-based lifestyle / Scott Mathias.
“At last, a solution to gut issues, which becomes a lifestyle for the health of the human body and planet earth, all wrapped into one very interesting and informative read. Scott Mathias is a ‘self healed’, upwardly mobile 60+ year old vegan chef and ‘gut whisperer’. He is renowned for his inspirational best selling raw vegan recipe books. Now he has stepped off the pages and into his own lifestyle likening it to that led by the humble hippopotamus. Scott shares his wisdom around taking a 24 hour approach to his health and using the rhythm of the day – as the hippo does – and identifies food for elimination, food for ingestion, digestion and absorption and foods for the fasting hours.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Wicked Healthy Cookbook : free. from. animals. / Chad Charno, Derek Sarno, and David Joachim ; foreword by Woody Harrelson ; photographs by Eva Kosmas Flores.
“[This book] takes … plant-based cooking to a whole new level. The chefs have pioneered innovative cooking techniques such as pressing and searing mushrooms until they reach a rich and delicious meat-like consistency. Inside, you’ll find informative sidebars and must-have tips on everything from oil-free and gluten-free cooking to organizing an efficient kitchen”–Amazon.com.

Syndetics book coverThe Autoimmune Solution Cookbook : over 150 delicious recipes to prevent and reverse the full spectrum of inflammatory symptoms and diseases / Amy Myers, M.D.
“The companion cookbook to the revolutionary New York Times bestseller The Autoimmune Solution, filled with more than 150 nutritious, easy-to-prepare, every day recipes to heal symptoms of inflammation and autoimmune disorders, including Graves’ Disease, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Celiac disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and Multiple sclerosis. The Autoimmune Solution Cookbook delivers more than 150 grain-free recipes designed to prevent and reverse the full spectrum of autoimmune diseases, including allergies, obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, IBS, chronic headaches, fatigue, multiple sclerosis, colitis, Graves’ disease, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Food Medic : recipes + fitness for a healthier, happier you / Dr Hazel Wallace.
“Junior Doctor, personal trainer and Instagram hit Dr Hazel Wallace’s first book brings you over 70 nutritional recipes to look and feel amazing whilst debunking the diet myths.’I’m a girl who juggles two jobs, who loves to lift, who adores real food – and can’t resist chocolate. As a junior doctor and a personal trainer, I know that we all feel our best when we are free of illness, full of energy and at a healthy weight – and I know it can be done, even if you lead the busiest of lives! I want to show you that eating the most natural, unrefined and unprocessed wholefood ingredients can be enjoyable, uncomplicated and easy to incorporate into a busy lifestyle. I want this book to change your life.’Hazel x” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Autoimmune Protocol Made Simple Cookbook : start healing your body and reversing chronic illness today with 100 delicious recipes / Sophie Van Tiggelen.
“The Autoimmune Protocol Diet is gaining attention as the top health-supportive diet for the 50 million people suffering from autoimmune conditions; however living the AIP way can feel confusing and overwhelming. You may have no idea where to start and are overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of foods to avoid and strict guidelines to adhere to — the reality is that you can do the AIP diet easily (and deliciously!) This book makes AIP clear and understandable with short, succinct explanations of the different AIP approaches and 100 AIP-compliant recipes that are inventive and delicious — and don’t make you feel like you are eating on a restricted diet.” (Syndetics summary)

Epic adventures await: New sport and fitness books

Turning

From epic adventures, self-discovery, re-living childhood memories, to biographies of sporting legends, this selection highlights sports such as swimming, hunting, running, cycling, golf, rowing
and rugby.

Syndetics book coverTurning : a swimming memoir / Jessica J. Lee.
“At the age of twenty-eight, Jessica Lee, who grew up in Canada and lived in London, finds herself in Berlin. Alone. Lonely, with lowered spirits thanks to some family history and a broken heart, she is there, ostensibly, to write a thesis. And though that is what she does daily, what increasingly occupies her is swimming. So she makes a decision that she believes will win her back her confidence and independence: she will swim fifty-two of the lakes around Berlin, no matter what the weather or season. This book is for everyone who loves swimming, who wishes they could push themselves beyond caution, who understands the deep pleasure of using their body’s strength, who knows what it is to allow oneself to abandon all thought and float home to the surface.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDark Forest, Deep Sea : reflections of a hunter / Richard Hall.
“In the wild there is an element that cannot be seen, tasted, heard or smelt – it can only be felt, and it is a feeling of enchantment. After his first hunting experience in New Zealand as a young man, Richard Hall has been drawn back again and again, wanting to relive the feeling only this country’s wilderness can give him. Dark Forest, Deep Sea goes beyond recollections of one man’s hunting trips. It delves into the emotions and sensations at the heart of the experience, and the reason for doing it. This is the human story of hunting.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBattling the Oceans in a Rowboat : crossing the Atlantic and North Pacific on oars and grit / Mick Dawson.
“The heart-pounding story of rowing expert Mick Dawson’s most challenging feats on the open water, culminating in his greatest achievement: crossing the North Pacific Ocean in a small rowboat. Storms, fatigue, equipment failure, intense hunger, and lack of water are just a few of the challenges that ocean rower Mick Dawson, endured whilst attempting to complete one of the World’s “Last Great Firsts.” In this nail-biting, man-against-nature true story, Dawson, former Royal Marine Commando, Guinness world record ocean rower and high seas adventurer, takes on the Atlantic and ultimately the North Pacific Oceans.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIn the Line of Fire : the inside story from the Lions head coach / Warren Gatland with Gerry Thornley.
“Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions Tour Diary is the ultimate chronicle of this summer’s remarkable and historic Lions tour to New Zealand. The book is the Head Coach’s wonderfully candid and vibrant record of the turbulent peaks and troughs, the triumphs and despairs, of one of sport’s toughest challenges. It gives rugby fans an unparalleled front-row seat with the squad, recounting intriguing details on everything from pre-tour planning and strategy, to on-tour experiences, analysis and decision-making. It all adds up to a thrillingly definitive exposition and post-mortem of a mind-blowing six weeks in the cauldron which forged the mighty All Blacks.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverRun for Your Life : mindful running for a happy life / William Pullen.
“We all know how a long walk, a slow jog or a brisk run can free our minds to wander, and give us a powerful uplifting feeling. Some call it the ‘runner’s high’, others put it down to endorphins. But what if we could channel that energy and use it to make positive change in our lives? William Pullen is a psychotherapist who helps people to work through their issues using his revolutionary method, Dynamic Running Therapy. His is a radical new approach to mindfulness. Whether you are looking for strategies to cope with anxiety, change or decision-making, or simply want to focus your mind while pounding the streets, Run for Your Life offers a series of simple mental routines that unleash the meditative, restorative powers of exercise.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGames from Childhood : a nostalgic compendium of games we used to play / compiled and edited by Karen Dolby.
“A wonderfully nostalgic collection of the games we played in our childhood, when all you needed was a pen, paper, and your imagination. All the classics are here, from filling in the grids of battleships and hangman, to tic-tac-toe, categories, crossed words, fortune teller, and more, all presented in a gorgeous vintage style. The perfect antidote to our modern, digital world, you’ll enjoy re-living your childhood as you test your logic and reasoning and have fun playing these wonderful games.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVentoux : sacrifice and suffering on the giant of Provence / Jeremy Whittle.
“Mont Ventoux, the “Giant of Provence,” is a legendary and extreme mountain climb. The formidable ascent of Ventoux’s south side encapsulates both the unforgiving brutality and epic beauty of this intense sport, but also brings to the forefront cycling’s on-going battle with scandal. Revealing the little-known history of racing on Ventoux, author Jeremy Whittle interviews such memorable cyclists as Chris Froome, Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, Lance Armstrong, Bernard Hinault, Dave Brailsford, Tyler Hamilton, and many others, exploring both the fear and respect of those who dare to conquer cycling’s most notorious ascent.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA History of Cycling in 100 Objects / Suze Clemitson.
“Absorbing and quirky look at the history of cycling and the development of bike-related design through 100 pivotal objects. Charting the journey from the Laufmaschine to the Brompton, through the early prototypes and the two-wheeled toys of the aristocracy, to the speed machines we know today. Filled with fascinating photographs and illustrations, immerse yourself in the history of cycling, from the boneshaker via the bicycle powered washing machine, to cuddly lions and ball bearings.” (adapted from back cover)

Syndetics book coverLosing It : a lifetime in pursuit of sporting excellence / Simon Barnes.
“Simon Barnes has taken part in seven summer Olympic Games, five World Cups and ten Ashes series. Well, not exactly taken part, but certainly he was there and writing hard. And always, behind every victory and every defeat he ever recorded, there was the reference of his own sporting career, in which the bitter beauties of failure were occasionally varied with the intoxication of success. His sporting failure has been a joyous and profoundly informative part of his life, and here he tells the story of it.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverNo is a Four-Letter Word : How I failed spelling but succeeded in life / Chris Jericho.
“Three-time New York Times bestselling author and six-time WWE champion Chris Jericho shares 20 of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life you want, jam-packed with fantastic stories and the classic off-the-wall, laugh-out-loud Jericho references he’s famous for, with a foreword by Paul Stanley. After reading No Is a Four-Letter Word, you’ll discover that you might have what it takes to succeed as well… you just need to get out there and do it. That’s what Jericho would do.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTiger Woods / Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.
“Based on years of reporting and interviews with more than 250 people from every corner of Tiger Woods’s life–a sweeping, revelatory, and defining biography of an American icon.” (Book jacket)

Flavours of the world: New cooking books

Take a culinary journey and taste the flavours of the world! This collection of cook books invites you to cook dishes from France, Turkey, Melbourne, the Middle East and more.

Syndetics book coverMy mother’s kitchen : New Zealand’s best chefs, bakers and foodies share their mothers’ special recipes.
“In this book an extremely impressive line-up of over 70 New Zealand chefs, cooks, bakers, writers and foodies share the stories and recipes from their own mother’s kitchen, the food that they remember and which triggers all the best memories of early family life. The contributors include international chef Peter Gordon; Ben Bayly of The Grove; Peta Mathias; Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen; Karena and Kasey Bird and many more. This is a very special New Zealand cookbook to enjoy and share.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIstanbul & Beyond : exploring the diverse cuisines of Turkey / Robyn Eckhardt ; photographs by David Hagerman.
“Standing at the crossroads between the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Asia, Turkey boasts astonishingly rich and diverse culinary traditions. Journalist Robyn Eckhardt and her husband, photographer David Hagerman, have spent almost twenty years discovering the country’s very best dishes. Now they take readers on an unforgettable epicurean adventure, beginning in Istanbul, home to one of the world’s great fusion cuisines.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverOur Syria : recipes from home / Itab Azzam and Dina Mousawi ; photography by Liz and Max Haarala Hamilton.
“Syria is where food, memory, and resilience collide: recreate the flavors of this beautiful country in Our Syria, for delicious meals anywhere in the world. Friends and passionate cooks Itab and Dina met Syrian women in the Middle East and Europe to collect together the very best recipes from one of the world’s greatest food cultures. They spent months cooking with them, learning their recipes and listening to stories of home. Our Syria is a delicious celebration of the unique taste, culture, and food of Syria-and a celebration of everything that food and memory can mean to an individual, to a family, and to a nation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJoel Serra’s Modern Spanish Kitchen / by Joel Serra Bevin.
‘Food is not what you cook, but what you make others taste.’ Joel Serra Bevin was born in New Zealand and grew up in Tasmania. Inspired by his Catalan great-grandfather, Papa Serra, Joel moved to Barcelona where he has immersed himself in his much-loved Spanish food and cooking. These eighty recipes offer both a beginner’s guide to eating and drinking like a local in Barcelona and Spain, with fresh takes on Spanish favorites such as Fideua with Squid Ink, Allioli, Pulpo Gallego and Leche Merengada, as well as plenty of inspiration for those looking to experiment.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Palestinian Table / Reem Kassis.
“150 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes inspired by three generations of family tradition. While interest in Middle Eastern cuisines has blossomed, the nuances and subtleties of Palestinian food are still relatively unexplored. In The Palestinian Table, Reem Kassis weaves a tapestry of personal anecdotes, local traditions, and historical context, sharing with home cooks her collection of nearly 150 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that range from simple breakfasts and quick-to-prepare salads to celebratory dishes fit for a feast–giving rare insight into the heart of the Palestinian family kitchen.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverThe Adriatic Kitchen : recipes inspired by the abundance of seasonal ingredients flourishing on the Croatian island of Korčula / Barbara Unković.
“Barbara Unkovic has always been drawn to the land of her father, the sun-soaked Croatian island of Korcula in the Adriatic Sea. She spent several years living there, in the seaside village of Racisce. Now, inspired by the island’s culinary traditions and its abundance of fresh, seasonal ingredients, Barbara has produced The Adriatic Kitchen , a delightful, rustic cookbook full of gorgeous recipes and evocative memories.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI Heart Rome : recipes & stories from the Eternal City / Maria Pasquale ; photography by Andrea Federici and Giorgia Nofrini.
“Rome is an open-air museum; it’s a modern-day marvel of a city that has seen centuries of emperors, popes, movements, triumphs, and tragedies. Through quirky local stories and glorious pictures, I Heart Rome takes you on an inspiring journey through the Rome that tourists rarely get to see. From carbonara recipes to artichoke-frying techniques, just about everything food-related is up for–and causes much–debate in Rome. You too will heart Rome after delving into this book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFlavours of Melbourne : over 90 restaurants, bars & hotels with their signature recipes.
Flavours of Melbourne uncovers favourite restaurants and bars in the rooftops and laneways of the city. Inside, you’ll find beautiful photography showcasing each restaurant and bar plus signature recipes from head chefs using the fantastic produce that surrounds Melbourne. Discover the hottest restaurants, cafes and bars in the cosmopolitan capital of the country with Flavours of Melbourne. With fantastic photography, signature recipes and insightful editorial, it’s an insider’s look into the very best Melbourne has to offer.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHong Kong food city / Tony Tan.
“To eat in Hong Kong is endlessly fascinating and exciting. A mere dot on the map of China, and home to seven million migrants, Hong Kong boasts a food scene that is breathtakingly rich and varied. Tony Tan explores this vibrant city through 80 exquisite dishes, from the cutting-edge contemporary to the traditional, from both the high and low of Hong Kong cuisine – with recipes from the city’s iconic hotels, its hawker stalls, and even a legendary dumpling house on the outskirts of Kowloon. Tony weaves his recipes with stories that trace Hong Kong’s Chinese roots, explore its deep colonial connections and tantalise us with glimpses of today’s ultra-modern city and most delicious eating spots.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTuscany : simple meals & fabulous feasts from Italy / Katie & Giancarlo Caldesi ; photography by Helen Cathcart.
“At the heart of every Tuscan there is a pride for their region and an incredible sense of responsibility and love for their surroundings. In Tuscany, Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi take readers on a culinary journey through a Tuscan day. The pace of both life and cooking in Tuscany is slow and calm. Breakfasts are considered, lunch often eaten at home with family, and weekend dinners a feast. In Tuscany, there is a dolci (dessert) for every month of the year, and Katie and Giancarlo do not disappoint. Tuscany takes you on a culinary journey across this diverse landscape, exploring the traditions and cooking techniques that make this food so extraordinary.” (Sydetics summary)

New Sport & fitness books in July

Go the distance with these books if you want to go further than you’ve ever gone before. You can read about the life of an ultra distance runner, slow down with the man who walked across America or push your mental limits as you hear the story of a chess world champion. Alternatively you can go off the beaten track with pub games or even hot air ballooning in Graham Lanceley’s exploration of unique sports and pastimes.

Syndetics book coverWalking to Listen : 4,000 miles across America, one story at a time / Andrew Forsthoefel.
“A memoir of one young man’s coming of age on a cross-country trek, told through the stories of the people of all ages, races, and inclinations he meets along the highways of America.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverBaseball : steps to success / Kenny Thomas, DJ King.
“Become a fundamentally sound player in every aspect of the game with ‘Baseball: Steps to Success’. For years, the Steps to Success series has helped people around the world master the fundamentals of sport. Its unique progressive instructional approach to every skill makes learning the game of baseball easier and more enjoyable than ever before.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTrail Blazer : My Life as an Ultra-distance Trail Runner / Ryan Sandes with Steve Smith.
“What does it take to run a six-day race through the world’s harshest deserts? Or 100 miles in a single day at altitudes that would leave you breathless just walking? More than that, though: what is it like to win these races? South Africa’s ultra-trail-running superstar Ryan Sandes has done just that.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverAlternative Sports and Pastimes : an A-Z / Graham Lanceley.
“This book takes us through a selection of fifty alternative sports and pastimes. Some of these are activities that readers won’t have heard of, such as ‘tchoukball’. This modern sport, invented in the 1970s, based on teamwork and with the intention of avoiding collisions or injuries, takes its name from the sound of the ball rebounding from a frame. Graham also covers more well-known sports and pastimes, such as gliding and hot air ballooning. Traditional English pub games are also represented, such as bagatelle, shove ha’penny and skittles, as well as traditional outdoor activities such as falconry and morris dancing.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNo Barriers : A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon / Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy.
No Barriers is about my journey since coming down from Mt. Everest in 2001, and the path to where I am today. It is the story of my own life, the personal and professional struggles in the pursuit of growth, learning, and family, as well as a dream to kayak one of the world’s great rivers as a blind athlete. It is also about the many people I’ve encountered along the way who possess what I call a “No Barriers” mindset, who live a No Barriers life. This book is about making the hard choices to fuel that flickering light, so that we can ignite with purpose and become our very best selves.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverUnbound : A Story of Snow and Self-discovery / Steph Jagger.
“A young woman follows winter across five continents on a physical and spiritual journey that tests her body and soul, in this transformative memoir, full of heart and courage, that speaks to the adventurousness in all of us…. She quit her job, took a second mortgage on her house, sold everything except her ski equipment and her laptop, and bought a bundle of plane tickets. For the next year, she followed winter across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand–and up and down the mountains of nine countries–on a mission to ski four million vertical feet in a year.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverTimman’s Titans : My World Chess Champions / Jan Timman.
” Jan Timman, a world chess champion combines his passion for the game with his love of writing. In this fascinating book, Jan Timman portrays ten World Chess Champions that played an important role in his life and career. Champions that not only inspired him, but also champions he did battle with.” (Book cover)

Cooking around the world: New cookbooks

This selection of cookbooks from around the world will not only inspire you to try new foods and recipes, it will show you how foods can actively foster a healthier body, encouraging a balanced digestive system and healthy gut; will also teach you how to make cheese, sourdough, real coffee, jam, fermenting and choosing wines, while providing healthy meals and delighting your taste buds.

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand Wine : the land, the vines, the people / Warren Moran ; with cartography by Igor Drecki.
“Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir and Spy Valley Riesling. Montana Sauvignon Blanc and Cloudy Bay Chardonnay. Though the New Zealand wine industry really began only fifty years ago, vines and winemakers have now spread across the land from Central Otago to Kumeu, Waipara to Wairarapa, to produce notable wines for New Zealanders and the world. In this book, Warren Moran provides an unrivalled introduction to New Zealand wine: the climate, soils, and geography our winemakers work with; the grape varieties they have tried to tame; and the extraordinary personalities, families and companies who have made the wine and the industry.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Cultured Club : fabulously funky fermentation recipes / Dearbhla Reynolds.
“Adding a daily dose of fermented foods to your diet can have an extraordinary effect on your health. It has been shown to promote digestive ease for people suffering with inflammatory disorders, help manage sugar and carb cravings, decrease incidence of allergies and sensitivities and generally boost the immune system and contribute to an overall sense of well-being. Motivated by an unquestionable belief that food is medicine and that what we eat can promote great healing or cause great harm, in The Cultured Club fermentation advocate Dearbhla Reynolds shows how to turn simple ingredients into superfoods using one of the world’s oldest methods of food preservation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHome Cheese Making : recipes for 75 homemade cheeses / Ricki Carroll ; [foreword by Laura Werlin].
“In this home cheese making primer, Ricki Carrol presents basic techniques that will have you whipping up delicious cheeses of every variety in no time. Step-by-step instructions for farmhouse cheddar, gouda, mascarpone, and more are accompanied by inspiring profiles of home cheese makers. With additional tips on storing, serving, and enjoying your homemade cheeses, ‘Home Cheese Making’ provides everything you need to know to make your favorite cheeses right in your own kitchen.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNot Just Jam : the Fat Pig Farm book of preserves, pickles & sauces / Matthew Evans with Michelle Crawford.
Not Just Jam is gourmet farmer Matthew Evans’s ode to the surplus of the seasons — a collection of more than 90 modern recipes for old-fashioned preserving methods. Not just for those with their own orchard, but also for those passionate about flavour. Anyone can make pear and cardamom jam to brighten morning toast or beetroot relish to use all year. Lunches made with apple cider mustard are always the better for the addition. A bowl of ice cream is transformed with a drizzle of homemade gooseberry and sour cherry syrup… It’s all about harnessing the harvest, making real food from scratch and feeling great about what you feed your family and friends.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to Make Sourdough : 45 recipes for great-tasting sourdough breads that are good you you, too / Emmanuel Hadjiandreou ; photography by Steve Painter.
“The definitive book showcasing the variety of sourdough breads and pastries, from the author of the award-winning ‘How to Make Bread’. You’ll be amazed not only by the flavour and variety of wonderful Sourdough recipes on offer in this book, but by their simplicity. There is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to making the dough, kneading the dough, and shaping, preparing and baking a basic sourdough loaf. From there, you’ll discover exciting breads made with some of the hugely popular ancient grains, including kamut, spelt, einkorn and enner.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDIY Fermentation : over 100 step-by-step home fermentation recipes / Katherine Green.
“With DIY Fermentation, making delicious probiotic foods in your own kitchen has never been easier. Enjoy all the health benefits and delicious flavors of naturally fermented vegetables, fruits, dairy, beverages, breads, condiments, and much more with this invaluable guide to unleash your inner DIYer and master your fermentation skills.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMilk, Made : a book about cheese : how to choose it, serve it and eat it / Nick Haddow ; photography by Alan Benson.
“Here is an elegant and comprehensive tour of the art of cheese-making and eating – from selecting cultures, through the practises of production that cross continents to the best recipes to enjoy the final product. Beautifully photographed and styled, Milk. Made. also includes profiles and interviews with some of the most inspiring and internationally recognized cheese connoisseurs from around the world. This the ultimate guide to cheese-making and the best cheeses of the world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverReal Fresh Coffee : how to source, roast, grind and brew your own perfect cup / Jeremy Torz & Steven Macatonia.
“When you look at your breakfast cup of coffee and breathe in its gorgeous aromas, you’re at the final stage of an incredibly complicated process. A ‘simple’ agricultural product that has found its way through many hands and many thousands of miles before becoming the drink you enjoy so much. This is the ultimate guide to the perfect cup – whether you are an everyday enthusiast, a bean obsessive or a budding barista.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRemixology : Classic Cocktails, reconsidered and reinvented / Michael Turback & Julia Hastings-Black.
“Experience the rebirth of cocktails and enjoy your favorite classics as you’ve never tasted them before! ReMixology is a celebration of time-honored cocktails, the fascinating evolution of their formulas, and the inspiration they provide today’s craft bartenders. This book serves as a re-introduction to ten iconic potions, from the Manhattan to the Whiskey Sour, to the Old Fashioned to the Bloody Mary and more, and explores their progression and development in cocktail culture, and showcases a range of innovative and original, yet accessible interpretations that open the door to new possibilities in drinking and entertaining.” (Syndetics summary)

Food science – New Cooking books in July

You don’t need to be Stephen Hawking to be informed about the latest science when it comes to food. Check out Gastrophysics below, or one of the other books that talk about cutting edge research in what tastes good and is good for you. If the lab isn’t your jam (even the Burger Lab) then the other new arrivals still have you covered. From the urban metropolises of Japan to the Oregon farm, these other books cover the whole spectrum of natural and nutritious home-grown veggies to furious fast food.

Syndetics book coverBadditives! : The 13 Most Harmful Food Additives in Your Diet — and how to avoid them / Linda Bonvie and Bill Bonvie ; foreword by James S. Turner.
“Ever wondered how colored cereals get those vibrant hues? Are artificial sweeteners a healthy substitute for sugar? Badditives! cuts through the fog of information overload with current, updated research, identifying thirteen of the most worrisome ingredients you might be eating and drinking every day.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverGastrophysics : The New Science of Eating / Charles Spence ; foreword by Heston Blumenthal.
“Why do we consume 35% more food when eating with one other person, and 75% more when dining with three? How do we explain the fact that people who like strong coffee drink more of it under bright lighting? And why does green ketchup just not work? The answer is gastrophysics, the new area of sensory science pioneered by Oxford professor Charles Spence. Now he’s stepping out of his lab to lift the lid on the entire eating experience — how the taste, the aroma, and our overall enjoyment of food are influenced by all of our senses, as well as by our mood and expectations. Crammed with discoveries about our everyday sensory lives, Gastrophysics is a book guaranteed to make you look at your plate in a whole new way.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThug Kitchen : eat like you give a f*ck : the official cookbook.
“‘Thug Kitchen’ started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food blog of 2013–with half a million Facebook fans and counting–Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food. This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverScraps, Wilt + Weeds : Turning Wasted Food into Plenty / Mads Refslund & Tama Matsouka Wong.
Inventive and delicious food, made from what most people throw away, SCRAPS, WILT & WEEDS features 100 recipes by Mads Refslund, one of the initial partners at Noma, the world-renowned Danish restaurant, using local ingredients in a sustainable, no-waste fashion. Using scraps from vegetables, fruits and animal proteins–food that would normally go to waste–Refslund creates beautiful and accessible recipes for the home cook without sacrificing anything to flavor.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDishing up the Dirt : simple recipes for cooking through the seasons / Andrea Bemis.
“Andrea Bemis, the creator of the popular farm-to-table blog Dishing Up the Dirt builds on her success with this beautiful, simple, seasonally driven cookbook, featuring more than 100 inventive and delicious whole-foods recipes and dozens of color photographs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuper Grains : cooking techniques and recipes using grains from amaranth to quinoa / Joanna Farrow.
Super Grains is a stylish guide to the nutritional benefits of different grains, with culinary advice, recipe ideas, complementary flavour combinations and inventive ways to cook with these often overlooked ingredients. Eat healthily by eating well. ‘Super’ grains are loosely defined as being less refined and therefore more pure than those treated with pesticides, fertilisers, irrigation and other forms of modern farming. They include quinoa, millet, buckwheat, spelt, wild rice and many other nutritious staples. Experiment with healthy risottos, muffins and burgers made from grains. Feast on a guilt-free split pea stew, richly flavored with Ethiopian spices.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJunk Food Japan : addictive food from Kurobuta / Scott Hallsworth ; photography from David Loftus.
“Packing a heavy punch and offering a fresh new look at Japanese food, Junk Food Japan showcases Kurobuta’s ‘insanely delicious delicacies’ (Jay Rayner, Observer). It is food that is both incredibly inventive yet comfortingly familiar. Signature dishes featured in this exciting new cookbook include Barbecued Pork Belly, Tea Smoked Lamb and Kombu Roasted Chilean Sea Bass. It is food full of flavour and guaranteed to wow friends, family and hungry gatecrashers.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmazing Edible Seeds : health-boosting and delicious recipes using nature’s nutritional powerhouse / Vicki Edgson and Heather Thomas ; photography by Yuki Sugiura.
“Trained nutritionist Vicki Edgson and experienced food writer Heather Thomas set out the origins, nutritional make-up and health benefits of 20 seed varieties before exploring their diverse and delicious culinary uses. With more than 50 recipes that demonstrate the amazing versatility of these small, nutrient-packed ingredients, Amazing Edible Seeds offers numerous ways to enjoy seeds, from sprinkling them over salads or your breakfast bowl, to the more unexpected and adventurous applications to stews, risottos and desserts.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA New Way to Dinner : a playbook of recipes and strategies for the week ahead / Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs ; photography by James Ransom.
“A smart, inspiring cookbook showing how to plan, shop, and cook for dinners (and lunches and desserts) all through the week. The secret? Cooking ahead. Starting with flexible base dishes made on the weekend, Amanda and Merrill mix, match, and riff to create new dinners, lunches, and even desserts throughout the week. Blistered tomatoes are first served as a side, then become sauce for spaghetti with corn. They also share clever tips and tricks for more confident cooking, showing how elements can work across menus and seasons to fit your mood or market, and how to be scrappy with whatever’s left in the fridge.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBurger Lab / Daniel Wilson.
Burger Lab examines the elements that make up the ultimate burger: the perfect squishy bun; a pickle that has just the right amount of tang and crunch; the exact quantity of mayo and ketchup to deliver maximum flavor without over-powering the burger; and the ultimate pattie that’s meaty, juicy and umami-intense. It is a science to get all the elements perfect, but in this unique cookbook Daniel Wilson shows us how to get the chemistry exactly right.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Health food fix – New Cooking books

Making and enjoying healthy meals doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming, boring or expensive. Make life easy with this collection of healthy recipes cookbooks.

Syndetics book coverGood to Glow : feel good food / Tali Shine, Steph Adams.
“This book is your guide to the world’s hippest and most delicious, healthy and organic cafes! It features unique and exclusive recipes and signature dishes from destination spots handpicked by the author, Tali Shine. You will find mouth-watering recipes for juices and smoothies, brunches, dinners, as well as sweets and treats. Good to Glow is your go-to travel and health guide that will get you on the road to a glowing lifestyle. With numerous useful health advice and tips from the real experts and a glossary for global locations in one separate chapter.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuperfoods Super Fast / by Michael van Straten & Barbara Griggs.
“This book is for anyone who wants fuel their body with superfoods and needs to do it super fast! It’s packed with 100 amazingly nutritious recipes to make in 210 minutes or less… Julie Montatagu’s vegetarian recipes are fast, simple and specially designed for busy people who love to eat deliciously healthy food.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverOh She Glows Every Day : quick and simply satisfying plant-based recipes / Angela Liddon.
“Angela Liddon’s eagerly awaited follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook, featuring more than one hundred quick-and-easy whole-foods, plant-based recipes to keep you glowing every day of the year.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe Gut Makeover Recipe Book / Jeannette Hyde, nutritional therapist BSc.
“Transform your body, mind and health with the Gut Makeover now. The Gut Makeover Recipe Book makes this lifestyle easier than ever. There’s no calorie counting, you won’t go hungry and you’ll find out how to fit the Gut Makeover around family life. Packed with easy, delicious and nourishing recipes, all of which have been carefully crafted by nutritional therapist Jeannette Hyde. The Gut Makeover Recipe Book also explains the revolutionary new science that reveals that the state of our gut is central to our weight and health. This is more than another fad diet. This is a lifestyle you’ll want to adopt for life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpice Health Heroes / Natasha MacAller ; photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
“The alchemy of roasting and blending the perfect spice mix is a careful balance of sweet, sour, bitter and spicy that can elevate a dish to something truly special. But beyond their remarkable taste, many spices have huge benefits to health and nutrition that are only now beginning to be recognized in the Western world. This beautiful cook book includes a detailed study of the history, myths and traditional uses of spices. Spice Health Heroes takes you on a journey through the spice cabinet and will inspire you to add a fragrant spice to every meal.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHealing Bone Broth Recipes : incredibly flavorful dishes that nourish your body the old-fashioned way / Sharon Brown, with Reb Brown.
“Transform your health with simple Paleo and gluten-free recipes utilizing the concentrated nutrients of bone broth, a buzzword ingredient for healthy food celebrated by Paleo dieters. Healing Bone Broth Recipes teaches readers how to incorporate bone broth into their diets with 100 family-friendly and delicious Paleo and gluten-free recipes….the simple recipes in Healing Bone Broth Recipes are sure to bring everyone together over a delicious, healthy meal.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Wholefood Pantry : change the way you cook with 175 healthy toolbox recipes / Amber Rose.
“Rid your cupboards of ready-made ‘staples’ and change the way you cook with this essential collection of healthy recipes for stocks, sauces, spice mixes, butters, oils, ferments, cultures, chutneys and more.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverSuper Foods & Power Juices / editorial & food director, Pamela Clark.
“Full of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, super foods help provide you with energy and nutrients to live your life to the full.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book cover100 Days of Real Food : fast & fabulous : the easy and delicious way to cut out processed food / Lisa Leake.
“In her first cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food, Lisa Leake revealed how simple it is to think out of the box in the kitchen by replacing unhealthy prepackaged and processed foods with “real food”. Now, Lisa is back with 100 quick-and-easy recipes and simple cheat sheets that will work with every family’s busy lifestyle. Along with these family-friendly recipes, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous incorporates ideas for adult, big-kid, and little-kid packed lunches and new seasonal meal plans and shopping lists.” (Syndetics summary)

 

Total fitness – New Sport & Fitness books

Here is an eclectic mix of titles for the sports enthusiasts. The collection includes books on running, yoga, cycling. curling, rowing, swimming, and more.

Syndetics book coverSports Geek : A Visual Tour of Sporting Myths, Debate and Data / Rob Minto.
“Sport revolves around two things: narrative and numbers. You need the narrative, otherwise why would anyone care about sport? But sport also needs numbers. Without them, we have no idea who has won. Sports Geek is a visual and numerical tour through sporting debates and ideas. Teams in all sports use data to create extraordinary analysis of how their players perform, to assess tactics and to get an edge over arch rivals; but fans are rarely presented with challenging and informative data that would help them to further understand sport. You’ll never see sport the same way again.” (Syndetics summary)

Behind the Silver Fern / Tony Johnson, Lynn McConnell.Image from Amazon.com
“Go behind the scenes with the world’s most successful sports team. This is a complete history of rugby’s most famous yet enigmatic team, the New Zealand All Blacks, told by the men who have had the honour of wearing the iconic black jersey. From the legendary 1905 ‘Originals’ all the way through to Richie McCaw’s record-breaking back-to-back World Cup champions of 2015, this is a history of the All Blacks like you have never experienced it before. Absorbing and illuminating, this is the ultimate history of New Zealand rugby – told, definitively, by the men who have been there and done it.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverDeclared / Brendon McCullum ; with Greg McGee.
“Brendon McCullum is known as an explosive wicketkeeper, then batsman, who went on to captain the New Zealand cricket team to glory. The holder of many records, ‘Baz’ is known for speaking his mind. He talks about growing up loving sport more than anything, getting better and better at cricket, and his uncertain transition to international cricketer. In this explosive autobiography he opens up on the many controversies he has been involved in, including the Chris Cairns affair and the leadership change from Ross Taylor. He exposes behind-the scenes machinations as well as the private moments of exultation, tumult and despair. One of New Zealand’s and the worlds most admired cricketers, he is credited with changing the face of the game internationally.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWonderland : how play made the modern world / Steven Johnson.
“This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. You’ll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBolshoi Confidential : secrets of the Russian ballet from the rule of the tsars to today / Simon Morrison.
“On a freezing night in January 2013, an assailant hurled acid in the face of the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Filin. The crime, organized by a lead soloist, dragged one of Russia’s most illustrious institutions into scandal. As renowned musicologist Simon Morrison shows in his tour-de-force account, the attack, and its torrid aftermath, underscored the importance of the Bolshoi to the art of ballet, to Russia, and to the world… The Theatre has been bombed, rigged with explosives and reinforced with cement. Its dancers have suffered unimaginable physical torment to climb the ranks. But, as Morrison reveals, the Bolshoi has transcended its own fraught history, surviving 250 years of artistic and political upheaval to define not only Russian culture but also ballet itself.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuild Your Running Body : a total-body fitness plan for all distance runners, from milers to ultra-marathoners : run farther, faster, and injury-free / Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz, and Melissa Breyer ; photographs by Diana Hernandez.
“Whether you’re a miler or an ultra-marathoner, if you want a fit, fast, and injury-resistant running body, there’s a better way to train than relentlessly pursuing mileage. This easy-to-use workout manual draws on the latest research in running physiology to target all the components that go into every stride–including muscles, connective tissue, cardiovascular fitness, energy production, the nervous system, hormones, and the brain. With the breakthrough whole-body training program in Build Your Running Body, runners will improve their times, run longer and more comfortably, and reduce injury.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeth Shaw’s Yogafit.
“Whether you are searching for a new physical challenge or a way to incorporate yoga into your exercise routine, Beth Shaw’s YogaFit will help you reach your physical potential. Expanded and updated, this highly acclaimed program combines challenging conditioning work with strength- and flexibility-building yoga to create a total-body workout.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverTotal Road Cycling.
Total Road Cycling starts by looking at choosing the right kit from buying a bike to deciding on the right clothes and accessories. It then looks at how best to train for the rigours of the open road by getting your bike-specific fitness up to scratch. But riding a bike is much more than just pedalling hard, so next come the essential skills necessary for efficient speed, including climbing, cornering, and descending. Road riding also has its own tactics and this volume shows you the strategies that will keep you at the front of the pack. You won’t get far if you don’t eat the right food, so next comes a section on fuelling for rides. Illustrated throughout with annotated photographs and step-by-step artworks and images, this is the only book any road rider will ever need.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCurling : steps to success / Sean M.R. Turriff.
“Internationally renowned coach Sean Turriff brings his extensive experience and expertise to Curling: Steps to Success, providing players and coaches with a practical, step-by-step format that develops and improves curlers’ fundamental skill level and decision making. Supplemented by more than 90 photos and illustrations, the book covers essential curling skills such as throws, brushing, delivery, basic shots, and ice reading. Included are detailed explanations of the roles and responsibilities of each team member as well as practical check points for gauging players’ mastery of skills. Whether you are just beginning or have experience on the sheet, the book will have you targeting the rock accurately and consistently in no time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFuel of Champions : food, fitness and mind-set secrets revealed / Brian Roselt & Tiffany Roselt.
“If you want to be the best, you must learn from the best – international authors Brian and Tiffany Roselt have interviewed some of the world’s greatest role models and champions. This book breaks down these champions’ success secrets, giving you a blueprint that allows your mind to be filled with a wealth of powerful ideas and strategies that can immediately fuel your way to the top.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTraining for the Complete Rower : a guide to improving performance / Paul Thompson and Alex Wolf.
“This book aims to provide and challenge coaches and rowers with best practice, advice, principles, and training programs to improve their rowing experience and performance. Regardless of whether you are looking to improve on-water performance, set an indoor rowing personal best, or enhance the quality of your training, you will find something of value within these pages. Topics covered include training and technique; ergometer training; specific rowing conditioning; strength training; monitoring and assessing land training; mobility and flexibility; weightlifting technique; trunk training; nutrition; and mental skills.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeap In : a woman, some waves and the will to swim / Alexandra Heminsley.
“Alexandra Heminsley thought she could swim. She really did. It may have been because she could run. But, as she learned one day while flailing around in the sea, she really couldn’t. Believing that a life lived fully isn’t one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won, but one with the most experiences, experienced the most fully, she decided to conquer her fear of the water. From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming from Kefalonia to Ithaca, in becoming a swimmer, Alexandra learns to appreciate her body and still her mind. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you’re in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.” (Syndetics summary)

Books on bikes and boats – New sports & fitness books

This month’s selection includes books on cycling, boat racing, running, cricket soccer and fishing. Perhaps you’ll find inspiration for a hobby to take up in the new year!

Syndetics book coverUrban Cycling : from the BMX to the fixie / Laurent Belando.
“City cycling is on the up all over the world, and this stylish book is the perfect celebration of its growing popularity. With beautiful photography and street-style profiles of cyclists of all walks of life, Urban Cycling is a fascinating study of the cyclists that roam our city streets – from BMX gangs to cycle couriers and everything in between.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWinning Isn’t Luck : how to succeed in racing dinghies and yachts / Fred Imhoff ; translated by Chris Schram.
“Whether racing dinghies or yachts, every sailor wants to drive through the fleet and cross the line first. In this ground-breaking book, international racer Fred Imhoff shows how to do just that. By means of on-the-water action shots and detailed commentary about a sailor’s tactics, sail trim, helming, crew positioning and psychological attitude, Fred shares the secrets of competitive racing success….this book is full of never-before-discussed gold dust that will be absolutely indispensable to all racers, whatever their age or level.” (Sydetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRunning Man : A Memoir / Charlie Engle.
“After a decade-long addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, Charlie Engle hit bottom with a near-fatal six-day binge that ended in a hail of bullets. As Engle got sober, he turned to running, which became his lifeline, his pastime, and his salvation. He began with marathons, and when marathons weren’t far enough, he began to take on ultra-marathons, races that went for 35, 50, and sometimes hundreds of miles, traveling to some of the most unforgiving places on earth to race…. In Running Man, Charlie Engle tells the gripping, surprising, funny, emotional, and inspiring story of his life, detailing his setbacks and struggles–from coping with addiction to serving time in prison–and how he blazed a path to freedom by putting one foot in front of the other.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverToday We Die A Little : the rise and fall of Emil Zátopek, Olympic legend / Richard Askwith.
“No runner has generated myth like Emil Zátopek, the Czechoslovakian soldier who revolutionised distance running after World War II. Zátopek won five Olympic medals, set 18 world records, and went undefeated over 10,000 metres for six years. His triumphs put his country on the map, yet when Soviet tanks moved in to crush Czechoslovakia’s new freedoms in 1968, Zátopek paid a heavy price for his brave stance as a champion of ‘socialism with a human face’. Expelled from the Army, he was condemned to years of degrading manual labour, far from his home and his adored wife. Rehabilitated two decades later, he was a shadow of the man he had been – and the world had all but forgotten him… Today We Die A Little strips away the myths to tell the complex and deeply moving story of the most inspiring Olympic hero of them all.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDeclared / Brendon McCullum ; with Greg McGee.
“Brendon McCullum is known as an explosive wicketkeeper, then batsman, who went on to captain the New Zealand cricket team to glory. The holder of many records, ‘Baz’ is known for speaking his mind. He talks about growing up loving sport more than anything, getting better and better at cricket and his uncertain transition to international cricketer. In this explosive autobiography he opens up on the many controversies he has been involved in, including the Chris Cairns affair and the leadership change from Ross Taylor. One of New Zealand’s and the worlds most admired cricketers, he is credited with changing the face of the game internationally.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverForward : A Memoir / Abby Wambach.
“Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer (male or female) in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. With stunning candor, Abby shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRunning Your First Ultra : customizable training plans for your first 50k to 100-mile race / Krissy Moehl ; photography by Fredrik Marmsater.
“Using the tactics that have made her one of the top female ultra-marathon runners – with more than 100 races and 46 female wins – author Krissy Moehl will help new ultra-marathon runners get across the finish line of their first 50-kilometer, 50-mile or 100-mile race. This detailed, yet flexible training plan offers everything a runner needs to successfully complete their first ultra. When Moehl isn’t racing, she serves as a coach for people who want to run ultra-marathons. Her positive, encouraging attitude, deep knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport will make sure that readers train right and have fun doing it.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFishing Impossible : Three Fishing Fanatics, Ten Epic Adventures / with Blowfish, Charlie and Jay ; and David Bartley.
“Based on the massive new ITV/BBC Earth TV show that follows three buddies as they go extreme fishing around the world, Top Gear-style.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe World of Cycling According to G / Geraint Thomas ; written with Tom Fordyce.
“Sit back or saddle up as double Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion Geraint Thomas gives you a warts and all insight into the life of a pro cyclist. Along the way he reveals cycling’s clandestine codes and secret stories, tales from the peloton, the key characters like Wiggins, Hoy and Cav, the pivotal races and essential etiquette. Geraint Thomas is treasured for treating his sport just as the rest of us see it: not a job but an escape and an adventure. Geraint reminds us that getting on the bike still puts a smile on your face and fire in the legs like nothing else. Funny, informative, diverting and droll, this is a joyful celebration of the world of cycling.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy Story / Michael Clarke.
“He was the greatest batsman of his generation and, as captain, possessed the sharpest tactical mind in the game. Bursting onto the scene in 2004 with a Test century on debut, Michael Clarke was Australian cricket’s golden boy. And the batting prodigy they nicknamed ‘Pup’ certainly fulfilled his destiny in a stellar 11-year international career of 115 Tests, 8643 runs and 28 centuries. For a decade his personal life, career fortunes and controversies – real or imagined – were splashed across front pages and scrutinised. Was he simply a hard-working, western suburbs kid living every Aussie boy’s dream? Or a 21st century cricketer mired in all the trappings of celebrity? In the echo chamber of social media, the truth about Michael Clarke was warped, then lost. My Story is the real Michael Clarke, standing up and speaking out for the first time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)