Festive Cooking 2019

It’s that time of the year again. Sample a few out of the many books available in our libraries to help you celebrate a stress-free festive season with a minimum of fuss.


Christmas : The Complete Collection
“If you’ve always wanted all the recipes for Christmas that you’ll ever need, than this is the book for you! It’s a massive collection of best-ever festive recipes to help you celebrate the Christmas season.” (Catalogue)

Christmas Basics : Simple Easy to Follow Recipes for the Festive Season
“A lot of home cooks come up with wondrous feasts year after year at Christmas gatherings. This cookbook will teach you all the tricks for producing just about every recipe you’ve ever dreamed of that’s suitable for the holiday season. Included are tips, hints, accompaniments, time lines to follow with step by step photos to guide you through the many fabulous recipes.” (Catalogue)

The Christmas Book
“Discover a simpler, greener Christmas with hand-crafted gifts and cards, natural decorations and traditional recipes. Escape the modern-day commercial Christmas and enjoy a simpler, greener and craftier way of celebrating. Decorate the Christmas tree with homemade gingerbread men, craft a simple wreath from fallen leaves, make gift labels and cards from vintage fabrics, and fill hampers with locally sourced organic food. Sheherazade Goldsmith and a team of crafters give you over 80-90 wonderful ideas and projects for a more creative and sustainable Christmas.” (Catalogue)

The 12 Days of Christmas
“This beautifully designed book…. brings you the food of the Christmas and New Year season. There’s fabulous food for the big three days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, but there’s also food for the days in between. We all have leftovers on Boxing Day and here are recipes for using them in interesting and delicious ways. There’s picnic food, barbecues, beach, pool and boat food. There’s food to take to the cricket or for watching it on TV as well as travelling food for the big car trip up the coast. As a bonus there are a few pages of table and tree decorations.” (Catalogue)

Nigella Christmas : Food, Family, Friends, Festivities / Lawson, Nigella
“‘Nigella Christmas’ comprises reliable, practical, easy-to-follow recipes and reassuring advice about planning and cooking ahead, which will make this a great gift to yourself and for family and friends.” (Catalogue)

Primrose Bakery Christmas / Swift, Martha
“A lavish Christmas cookbook from the Primrose Bakery, full of scrumptious seasonal treats. Christmas time is all about tradition….The Primrose Bakery has been bringing an extra bit of twinkle to their Christmas baking for over a decade and in this book reveal their unique twists and exciting reinventions of traditional Christmas treats, as well as all-new recipes to breathe fresh life into your festive baking repertoire…. this book offers wonderfully festive recipes to make your Christmas baking a triumph.” (Catalogue)

Festive Table
“Christmas can be a stressful holiday, particularly for the host who feels the pressure to prepare and cook beautiful and delicious food. With these simple easy-to-follow recipes plus clever tricks and quality shortcuts, we show you how to create spectacular festive dishes with minimum fuss. There are also menu ideas, time plans and a countdown guide to help you get organised, making this book the perfect gift for those who love all the trimmings but not the time it takes to pull it off.” (Catalogue)

Delicious Gifts : Give, Love, Bake / Kirby, Rob
“Delicious Gifts celebrates the best, beautifully styled, handcrafted food gifts for all occasions, direct from Rob and Amber Kirby’s family kitchen. Eighty delightful recipes are accompanied by stunning photography from Jodi Hinds, along with inspiration, guidance and ideas for how best to wrap and package these thoughtful gifts. In chapters dedicated to specific themes – including cookies, deli treats, sweets, outdoors and holidays – whether you’re looking for a unique Christmas present, something romantic or a healthy treat for loved ones, Delicious Gifts has plenty of ideas to inspire you.” (Catalogue)

Happy Vegan Christmas / Jönsson, Karoline
“Plant-based recipes for festive Scandinavian feasts. Roasted nuts and vegetables, fragrant citrus and cloves, jewelled lingonberries and cardamom buns fresh from the oven. In Happy Vegan Christmas, Karoline Jonsson presents a merry smorgasbord of plant-based Christmas dishes guaranteed to enchant friends and family…. included are some crafty ideas to try out during the holiday…. as well as seasonal dishes from around the world, this is an indispensable treasure trove for the vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian foodie.” (Catalogue)

Maggie’s Christmas / Beer, Maggie
“Christmas is Maggie Beer’s favorite time of year, a time for everything she loves–for hugs from the grandchildren, for giving, and for creating special memories. But most of all, it is a time for family and friends to gather around a table groaning with delicious food. With her hallmark generosity and warmth, Maggie invites you to join her Christmas celebrations in South Australia’s beautiful Barossa Valley. From roasting the perfect turkey and transforming leftovers into fabulous meals, to turning ripe summer fruits into luscious desserts, and creating a glamorous formal dinner to welcome in the New Year in style, Maggie shares her most cherished recipes. With plenty of advice for stress-free entertaining, Maggie shows you how to celebrate this special time of year with panache and joy.” (Catalogue)

Christmas with Good housekeeping : Tried, Tested, Trusted.
“The ultimate Christmas cookery companion for every household from Britain’s most trusted kitchen. Christmas with Good Housekeeping provides every recipe you need for the most delicious festive season with family and friends. With over 140 recipes for jovial perfection, chapters offer mouth-watering ideas for canapes, starters, vegan & vegetarian options, baked goods, showstopper desserts, edible gifts, and not to forget Christmas lunch with all the trimmings! Accompanied with stunning photography, specially curated to answer key questions for readers surrounding Christmas cookery, Good Housekeeping reveals not only their tried and tested recipes, but also their tips for getting ahead, saving time, loving your leftovers, and making the most out of your festive gatherings.” (Catalogue)

Better Than a Bought One : Clever Recipes and Ideas for Home-Grown Celebrations / Seagar, Jo
“In this fabulous book, Jo shows ordinary Kiwis how they can put on great celebration events with minimum effort and maximum effect. That’s what Jo does best. From a baby shower to a 21st, an office shout to a winter dinner party, from a high tea to a wedding, Jo gives great recipes and tips so you can celebrate in style, without breaking the bank. There’s even a chapter on holding a winter bonfire party for Matariki, and no celebrations book would be complete without Christmas – but this one is a Kiwi Christmas at the beach!” (Catalogue)

Butter Celebrates! : Delicious Recipes for Special Occasions / Daykin, Rosie
“What’s a celebration without something delicious that’s been baked with love? Rosie Daykin, author of Butter Baked Goods and owner of the Vancouver bakery of the same name, believes that celebrating is….a chance to spend time with your family and friends, to laugh really hard, to let things get a little chaotic, and to eat lots of delicious baked goods. Rosie’s straightforward recipes are easy to follow and will produce irresistible results.” (Catalogue)

Holiday Cakes and Cupcakes [electronic resource] / Deacon, Carol
“The magic of the holidays comes alive all year long with these delightful and delicious decorated cakes! Professional cake decorator Carol Deacon’s incredible cake designs run the gamut of seasonal holidays to provide that special touch that only a personally baked and decorated cake brings to the table. Deacon shows you how to create 21 fabulous cakes, including Christmas cakes, Halloween cakes, Valentine’s Day cakes, Easter cakes, and cakes to fit any other occasion. Deacon also shares sugarcraft tips and tricks along with her winning cake baking recipes so that your holiday cakes will taste as wonderful as they look. So make the most of your…. holiday by creating a cake that will impress and delight your family and friends.” (Catalogue)

New Sport & Fitness books

This month’s blog titles featured take a nostalgic look (almost philosophical approach) at what it means to be a sports person, how to eat for performance enhancement, endurance, and a gentler way to approach fitness through Yoga.

Relax into Yoga for Seniors : a six-week program for strength, balance, flexibility, and pain relief / Carson, Kimberly
Relax into Yoga for Seniors presents twelve principles of yoga practice for seniors, including those with limited mobility. This evidence-based workbook will guide you safely—step-by-step, and with posture illustrations—on a six-week program for improved balance, flexibility, and overall well-being.”(adapted from Catalogue)

Eat Like an Athlete : boost your energy and performance through nutrition / Austin, Simone
“In Eat Like an Athlete, sports dietitian Simone Austin shares practical tips and suggestions on how to boost your energy and performance through nutrition, derived from her years of experience advising elite athletes. Simone’s hands-on manual allows people of all ages, from weekend warriors to professional players, to give their bodies optimal nourishment for training, competition and recovery.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Endure : mind, body, and the curiously elastic limits of human performance / Hutchinson, Alex
“In Endure Alex Hutchinson, Ph.D., reveals why our individual limits may be determined as much by our head and heart, as by our muscles. An elite distance runner himself, Hutchinson takes us to the forefront of the new sports psychology – brain electrode jolts, computer-based training, subliminal messaging – and presents startling new discoveries enhancing the performance of athletes today, showing us how anyone can utilize these tactics to bolster their own performance – and get the most out of their bodies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Sport and the New Zealanders : a history / Ryan, Greg
“Sport has played a central part in the social and cultural history of New Zealand throughout its history. This book tells the story of sport in New Zealand for the first time, from the Maori world to today’s professional athletes. Through rugby and netball, bodybuilding and surf lifesaving, the book introduces readers to the history of the codes, the organisations and the players. Viewing New Zealand sport as activity and as imagination, Sport and the New Zealanders is a major history of a central strand of New Zealand life.” adapted from (Catalogue)

Epic : a 30-year search for the soul of sport / Barnes, Simon
“The greatest sporting moments of the last 30-plus years, as seen through the eyes of Simon Barnes, one of the very best sports writers. This is an autobiography from which the author, award-winning writer Simon Barnes, has been surgically removed. He has reported on six World Cups, seven Olympic Games, cricket on five continents and more than 20 Wimbledons, watching Diego Maradona, Usain Bolt, Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer at their peak. This is sport unplugged. Speaking for itself. Allowing the reader to understand sport with more clarity and depth than ever before.”(adapted from Catalogue)

Unleashing Greatness : in sport and life through the pathway of courage / Galbraith, David
“Everyone is capable of greatness sadly, not everybody finds it. Many peoples’ lives are ripped apart by self-doubt and destroyed by fear of failing. This results in never fully unleashing their true selves and always settling for second best in the job they apply for, the course of study they pursue, the person they ask out to coffee or to marry them! What makes it worse is that deep down they know they are capable of so much more and it tears them apart inside! If you are sick and tired of settling for second best or want to achieve the greatness you know is just there in front of you, then this book is for you!”–Back cover.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Wind at My Back : a cycling life / Maunder, Paul
“A beautifully written exploration of the links between cycling, creativity, and the landscape. In The Wind on Your Back, Maunder takes a journey from the most dense centres of population to the wild places; starting from cycling in a major city, then moving through suburbia, the edgelands at the periphery of the city, then into the managed and pastoral farmland, and beyond to the sublime mountains. Played out against the backdrop of the British countryside, and drawing of elements of psychogeography and human geography, Maunder seeks to understand the way the outside world interacts with the creative mind, and the way our surroundings help to shape who we are.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Rugby : the afterlife : former All Blacks tell their stories / Gray, Wynne
“Way back when there was a clear distinction between work and rugby, great names of the game spent their time working in an office or at a trade or out on the farm, all the while fitting in training and then playing at the weekends. How did a lifetime in rugby protect or prepare them for experiences after the game and how and why did they make the choices they did? Rugby — The Afterlife explores in great detail how a number of All Blacks coped with that transition and came out the other side.” (Catalogue)

Leap In : a woman, some waves and the will to swim / Heminsley, Alexandra
“At once inspiring, hilarious, and honest, Leap In chronicles Alexandra Heminsley’s endeavor to tackle a whole new element, and the ensuing challenges and joys of open water swimming. Alexandra Heminsley thought she could swim. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you’re in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Federer : Portrait of a tennis legend / Spragg, Iain
“This biography, filled with photographs from his sensational career, follows Roger Federer from his first steps in tennis in the junior tournaments right through to the main professional circuit. It is an illustrated biography of a man who has graced the world of tennis for more than two decades, playing with grace, panache, and magnificent sportsmanship. He who has transcended tennis to become one of the greatest sportsmen of the 21st century.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Long and Winding Aotearoa / Lockyer, G. A.
“Driving a car you’re always on the way to somewhere. On a bike, you’re already there in the landscape, in the moment. And sometimes there’s literally nowhere else you’d rather be. In George Lockyer’s new book, The Long and Winding Aotearoa, we find him riding his Triumph Bonneville around the country, from Kaitaia to Invercargill, and seeing his often humorous take on life from under a crash helmet. On the way round our magnificent country he stops to interview some fascinating characters, all with a story to tell. We meet not just motorcyclists, but a wide variety of kiwis, from craftsmen, artists and firefighters, to rugby coaches, quakers and architects.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Sports & Fitness picks for August 2019

This month selection brings quick and diverse workouts that can be done at home using your own body or a chair as well as a memoir, Epic which brings sport’s recent history by Simon Barnes, one of the very best sports writers.
7 Minutes to Fit : 50 anytime, anywhere interval workouts / Klika, Brett
“In 7 Minutes to Fit, the scientific study’s co-author presents 50 all-new high-intensity interval circuits that only require a chair and a timer. Award-winning personal trainer Brett Klika provides step-by-step explanations of basic exercise movements paired with illustrations so readers are ready to perform the workouts. With circuits devoted to full body, arms, legs, and core all wrapped up in a portable package, 7 Minutes to Fit is an at-home personal trainer perfect for busy parents, traveling professionals, or time-strapped students.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Little Book of Big Workouts / Kelly, Damien
“Every day, people waste their time and hard efforts by doing a random bunch of exercises that in isolations are okay but that just don’t work together to give maximum benefit. In The Little Book of Big Workouts, Damien gives you 31 bespoke workouts to maximise your fitness fast. His unique fitness programs are challenging but achievable for all levels of fitness.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Chair Yoga : sit, stretch, and strengthen your way to a happier, healthier you / McGee, Kristin
Chair Yoga is exactly what it sounds like: exercises you can do sitting down. With this accessible form of yoga, celebrity fitness instructor Kristin McGee takes you through one hundred yoga poses that are easy enough for all ages and levels and will help readers stay active, alert, and healthy.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Eat, Drink, Run / Gordon, Bryony
“Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional rollercoaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir Mad Girl, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others, might actually help her.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises / Campbell, Adam
“The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this book is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and long-time lifters alike.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover You Are Your Own Gym, Mark Lauren (ebook)
“From an elite Special Operations physical trainer, an ingeniously simple, rapid-results, do-anywhere program for getting into amazing shape for men and women of all athletic abilities! Armed with Mark Lauren’s motivation techniques, expert training, and nutrition advice, you’ll see rapid results by working out just thirty minutes a day, four times a week–whether in your living room, yard, garage, hotel room, or office.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Game, Set and Match, Mark Hodgkinson (ebook)
“A must-read for all tennis fans. The world’s greatest players share their top tips on how to improve your game and become a better player. Reading this book is to feel as though you are receiving personal tuition from the tennis elite, including those who have won Grand Slam titles and held the world number one ranking.Top tips from the pros include: ‘How to disguise your serve’ by Pete Sampras’Being a tennis parent’ by Lynette Federer’How to play a “tweener”‘ by Grigor Dimitrov” (adapted from Catalogue)

The Pilates Bible : the most comprehensive and accessible guide to pilates ever / Robinson, Lynne
“Drawing on the latest medical research, the authors have updated old favorites as well as introduced many new. All can be performed with little or no equipment and The Pilates Bible allows you to progress safely at your own pace. This is truly the one-stop guide for Pilates novices as well as those hoping to consolidate what they already know.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Epic : a 30-year search for the soul of sport / Barnes, Simon
“The greatest sporting moments of the last 30-plus years, as seen through the eyes of Simon Barnes, one of the very best sports writers. This is an autobiography from which the author has been surgically removed. He has reported on six World Cups, seven Olympic Games, cricket on five continents and more than 20 Wimbledons. Epic is a stunning mosaic of some of the greatest sporting moments in recent years, which build up to provide the reader with a better idea of what sport is for, what differentiates winners from losers, and reveals how sport teaches us how better to enjoy life.”(adapted from Catalogue)

Food, glorious food – our picks of cooking books

An eclectic mix of health foods, comfort foods and fast foods


Modern Baking : cakes, cookies and everything in between / Hay, Donna
“Donna Hay, Australia’s bestselling, favourite and most trusted cook, brings you one of her most beautiful books yet: Modern Baking, with over 250 mouth-watering recipes for cakes, biscuits and all kinds of divinely delicious sweet treats. Inside are more than 250 recipes – my all-time favourite essentials, plus some super-smart shortcuts for when life gets crazy busy.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Lateral Cooking / Segnit, Niki
Lateral Cooking is, in a sense, the ‘method’ companion to its bestselling predecessor, The Flavour Thesaurus – and is just as useful, ingeniously organised and enjoyable to read. The recipes in each chapter are then arranged on a continuum, the transition from one recipe to another generally amounting to a tweak or two in the method or ingredients.” (adapted from Catalogue)

River Cottage : Veg Everyday! / Fearnley-Whittingstall, Hugh
“Why don’t we eat more veg? They’re healthy, cost-effective and, above all, delicious. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall believes that we should all be eating more of the good stuff, as he explains in this brilliant book. With over 200 recipes and vibrant photography from Simon Wheeler, River Cottage Veg Every Day is a timely eulogy to the glorious green stuff.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Eating Well Everyday / Gordon, Peter
“Using easily sourced ingredients and simple methods, the Godfather of fusion cooking Peter Gordon has created over 170 dishes that demonstrate his passion for innovative flavours and textures in an everyday setting.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Let Me Feed You, Rosie Daykin (ebook)
“Rosie’s cooking is as unfussy and straightforward as it is delicious and beautiful. Given how busy life can be, she doesn’t believe making a comforting home cooked meal should make it any more complicated; because complicated doesn’t always mean better. Let Me Feed You is a warm, humorous cookbook full of easy-to-follow recipes destined to become new favorites.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Healthy Kids Cookbook / Bloomfield, Jill
“More than 60 delicious and easy recipes for any child learning to cook! From homemade breakfast smoothies to rainbow salad, nutritious sweets and wholesome party food, Healthy Kids Cookbook has everything you need to cook yummy meals and snacks that are packed with nutrition. With step-by-step recipes, full-page colour photography, notes for the parents, and variations to suit different tastes and dietary requirements, this book is perfect for any household that has young chefs in training!” (Catalogue)

Alternative Vegan : healthy plant-based recipes that break the rules / Reginato, Marie
“Marie Reginato makes plant-based cooking more exciting with over 75 healthy recipes with the option of adding in seafood or eggs. With delicious recipes – a majority of which are dairy, egg and gluten free – and the wiggle room to stick to a healthy lifestyle long term, Alternative Vegan is the carefully-crafted, modern approach to ditching the “one size fits all” mentality.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Tacos and Margaritas / Burggraf, Steve
“This is a smart, fun collection of everyone’s favorite foods in a single book–who doesn’t love hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, and margaritas? With more than 100 recipes, from quick and easy to classic to more gourmet fare, including some more unusual ingredients, this book brings all of your fast-food favorites together in one place.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Teams, extremes and everything in between – sport and fitness books

From inspiring stories about extreme athletes, sporting champions, and blind sportsman, to more everyday exercises with jump rope, the wide ranging topics covered in this selection will inspire you to get ready for the more active summer months.

Eat Like an Athlete : boost your energy and performance through nutrition / Austin, Simone
“In Eat Like an Athlete, sports dietitian Simone Austin shares practical tips and suggestions on how to boost your energy and performance through nutrition, derived from her years of experience advising elite athletes. Simone’s hands-on manual allows people of all ages, from weekend warriors to professional players, to give their bodies optimal nourishment for training, competition and recovery.” (Catalogue)

Ballerina body : dancing and eating your way to a leaner, stronger, and more graceful you / Copeland, Misty
““The celebrated ballerina and role model, Misty Copeland, shares the secrets of how to reshape your body and achieve a lean, strong physique and glowing health. Misty Copeland believes “There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture.” In other words, the body of a ballerina.” (Catalogue)

Incredible Sporting Champions / Amson-Bradshaw, Georgia
“These women showed what it really means to “play like a girl.” Includes Marie Marvingt, Cathy Freeman, Sarah Storey, Serena Williams, Kaori Icho, Tatyana McFadden, Katie Ladecky, and other female sports legends. In Incredible Sporting Champions, you will meet just a few of the incredibly talented, dedicated and brave women who have refused to let people decide for them what they are capable of achieving.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Extreme athletes : true stories of amazing sporting adventurers / Guillain, Charlotte
“This title is part of the ‘Ultimate Adventurers’ series. This series tells real-life stories of courage, endurance and survival against the odds. There will be stories of success and disappointment, individual achievement and teamwork.” (Catalogue)

The Captain Class : the hidden force that creates the world’s greatest teams / Walker, Sam
“Walker starts with one of the most hotly debated questions in sports: What are the greatest teams ever–particularly those that sustained success over a long period of time. At that point, Walker became obsessed with another, more complicated question: What did these teams have in common? A genius coach? A transcendent superstar? A groundbreaking system? Or was it all a matter of chemistry?” (adapted from Catalogue)

101 Best Jump Rope Workouts / Lee, Buddy
“Get moving with 100 high intensity jump rope workouts for all fitness levels. A jump rope is the most effective fitness equipment you can own. Great for cardio, endurance and HIIT training a jump rope is versatile, portable, and efficient. Buddy Lee, recognized internationally as the world’s expert at jump rope fitness, provides 100 challenging, dynamic and varied workouts in this unique collection. Simple and effective, these jump rope workouts can be done anywhere and anytime.” (Catalogue)

No Barriers : a blind man’s journey to kayak the Grand Canyon / Weihenmayer, Erik
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.” (Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Running Rewired, Jay Dicharry (ebook)
In Running Rewired, America’s leading endurance sports physical therapist and coach shares a program for runners to become stronger, faster, and more durable. Jay Dicharry distills cutting-edge biomechanical research into 15 workouts any runner can slot into their training program to begin seeing real results in about 6 weeks. Running Rewired will show you how to shed old injuries, mobility problems, weaknesses and imbalances and rewire your body-brain movement patterns.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Power through winter with these recent fitness books

Most of the books on offer this month are available as eBooks. Download them on your device and enjoy the helpful advice in the titles (like “Food for Fitness”, “The 4 Hour Body”, and “The Pop-Up Gym”), on ways to get fit and have the body you always wanted (The Body You Want in the Time You Have).

Overdrive cover Twelve Week Fitness and Nutrition Programme for Women, Gavin Morey (ebook)
“Based on a real-life challenge, these books demonstrate how you can achieve your dream body in just 12 weeks! Covering fitness, health and nutrition, the book contains workouts with different exercises to choose from, explaining their purpose and technique. With the basics of training explained, the book also contains info on what health and fitness tests are used and the training routine followed.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Twelve Week Fitness and Nutrition Programme for Men, Gavin Morey (ebook)
“Based on a real-life challenge, this book demonstrate how you can achieve your dream body in just 12 weeks! Want to eat more healthily? The book contains a guide to having a daily balanced diet with easy-to-follow recipes, detailed weekly shopping lists, along with a daily food diary for the reader to keep a log of their own nutritional intake.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Anita Bean’s Sports Nutrition for Women, Anita Bean (ebook)
“Women who exercise regularly have specific nutritional needs. Carefully researched and fully up to date, and written by an experienced sports nutritionist, Anita Bean’s book is written in a clear and accessible way to appeal directly to active women.
This book covers topics such as exercise and the menstrual cycle, bone health, disordered eating, weight loss and iron deficiency anaemia. A recipe section gives women lots of ideas for healthy and easy-to-cook meals.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Pop-up Gym, Jon Denoris (ebook)
“Fitness trainer to a host of busy people including actors, TV presenters and politicians, Jon Denoris has created a series of exercises and routines, most of which can be carried out almost anywhere: in the home, at work or outdoors. Hardly any of them require any equipment. Dumbbells and a medicine ball will come in useful for a few of the exercises, and also a stability ball, but that is all. Suitable for readers who don’t have time to go to a gym, don’t want to spend a lot of money on equipment and have limited time.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Walking for Fitness, Pleasure and Health, Helen Vause (ebook)
“Walking is one of the most popular fitness and recreational activities for people of all ages, and medical experts have endorsed it as a way of improving health and well-being and prolonging life. Useful information on everything from motivation, weight loss and nutrition to pedometers, coping with injuries and training for events is given in a simple and non-technical way.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Ageless Body, Peta Bee (ebook)
From Gwen Stefani to Naomi Watts, a new breed of 40 and 50 plus women are redefining not just what an ageless body looks like, but whats entailed in achieving it. A dramatic shift in body expectations in the last few years means that, despite being plagued by a slowing metabolism and a naturally-occurring loss of muscle mass, pre- and post-menopausal women can realistically aim for the healthy, well-functioning body they crave as well as a physique that looks good with a flat stomach and sculpted arms.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Men’s Health the Body You Want in the Time You Have, Myatt Murphy (ebook)
“The former fitness editor of Men’s Health magazine presents the ultimate no-excuses workout book for time-pressed men and women at every fitness level.
For most people, the hardest hurdle to overcome in following a fitness regimen is simply finding the time to do it. But as this book shows, it is possible to burn fat, build muscle, and stay fit – no matter how much (or little) time one has!” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The 4-Hour Body, Timothy Ferriss (ebook)
“Whatever your physical goal, The 4-Hour Body eclipses every other health manual by sharing the best kept secrets in the latest science and research to provide new strategies for redesigning the human body. International bestselling author, Timothy Ferriss, helps you reach your true genetic potential in 3-6 months with a commitment of less than four hours per week. You can pick and choose from a menu of options, from simple to extreme, for dramatic body changes.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Food for Fitness, Anita Bean (ebook)
“A sports nutrition guide and recipe book rolled into one, Food for Fitness dispels popular myths and gives you the tools you need to reach your maximum performance. Food for Fitness is the ultimate resource for anyone who is serious about sport or fitness. Now in its fourth edition, this bestselling book has been updated to include the very latest nutrition research for exercise and performance, and is packed with easy, delicious and nutritious recipes and snacks and helpful new menu plans.” (Overdrive description)

Saving our health one meal at a time

This month’s selection of cook books feature nutritional advice on brain health, how to balance your micro-biome for gut health, and how to replace ‘dieting and deprivation with nutrition and nourishment’. Also featured are books on the secrets of saving money in the kitchen by eating real food (even on a budget), plus frugal eating by using all the scraps to make really great delicious recipes. And best of all learn about vegan gardening and growing techniques for self-suffiency and a smaller carbon foot print. And much more.


Root & Leaf : big, bold vegetarian food / Harris, Rich
“In this exciting book vegetables take centre stage as Rich Harris explores the many ways of using them, including pickling, smoking and fermenting, alongside the more traditional roasting and braising. Rich’s use of vegetables focuses on flavour, bringing out the natural tastes of vegetables and playing with complementary textures and qualities… Rich’s recipes show you how to celebrate vegetables in their delicious and varied glory.” (Catalogue)

Fear-Free Food : how to ditch dieting and fall back in love with food / Hobbs, Nicola Jane
“Imagine having a peaceful relationship with food. One which leaves you feeling healthy, happy and full of life. No anxiety or guilt. No calorie counting or cutting out food groups. In Fear-Free Food, nutritionist and Intuitive Eating Counsellor Nicola Jane Hobbs shows you how to break free from the toxic messages of diet culture, make peace with food and discover how to truly nourish yourself.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Cooking with Scraps : turn your peels, cores, rinds, and stems into delicious meals / Hard, Lindsay-Jean
“Stop throwing away your food scraps and start enjoying them on your table’ A collection of 80 surprising, creative, delicious recipes for anyone who wants to cook smart, sustainable, and impressive meals out of unused bits of produce, cheese rinds, stale bread, and other oft-discarded foods.” (Catalogue)

The Vegan Cook & Gardener : growing, storing and cooking delicious healthy food all year round / Warren, Piers
“This book shows what fruit and vegetables you can grow at home, how to store any excess to keep you going all year round, and how to prepare your produce with a selection of satisfying and delicious recipes. Discover the fun and huge sense of satisfaction that comes from cooking something you have produced yourself. Learn about vegan gardening, self-sufficiency, year round growing techniques and seasonal recipes, fruits and vegetables, herbs, salads and sprouts, challenging crops, plus lots of vegan resources.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Great Taste : cooking (and eating) from morning to midnight / Kosann, Danielle
“Founders of popular website ‘The New Potato’ mixes food with lifestyle in this trendy, healthy cookbook: funny anecdotes, celebrity run-ins, and a healthy serving of fashion. Sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann have always loved cooking and eating out. Now, their debut cookbook brings together antics and anecdotes with 85 original recipes that anyone can make, as long as they’re hungry and have a kitchen.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Chinese Soul Food : a friendly guide for homemade dumplings, stir-fries, soups, and more / Chou, Hsiao-Ching
Chinese Soul Food draws cooks into the kitchen with recipes that include sizzling potstickers, stir-fries that are unbelievably easy to make, saucy braises, and soups that bring comfort with a sip. These are dishes that feed the belly and speak the universal language of “mmm!” You will find helpful tips and techniques, such as caring for and using a wok and how to cook rice properly, as well as a basic Chinese pantry list that also includes acceptable substitutions.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Better Brain Food : eat to cheat dementia and cognitive decline / Hobbins, Ngaire
“International expert on nutrition for older people, dietician Ngaire Hobbins presents a compelling argument that the food you eat can make a big difference to your quality of life as you age. Combined with delicious recipes from Michelle Crawford that offer optimal nutrition for brain health, Better Brain Food is the lifestyle guide you need as you or those you love grow older.” (Catalogue)

Catherine Saxelby’s Complete Food and Nutrition Companion : the ultimate A-Z guide. / Saxelby, Catherine
“Despite the huge gains in nutritional knowledge, healthy eating has not become easier. In our time-poor society, fewer people regularly cook and eat at home, and many rely on take-away and fast foods. In effect, we are suffering from malnutrition in the midst of plenty, along with many modern lifestyle diseases: obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. With more than 500 entries covering whole foods, processed foods, additives, nutrients, supplements and more, this is the ultimate family reference for good health and nutrition.” (adapted from Catalogue)

A Kitchen Fairytale : healing with food, delicious recipes for everyone / Van der Byl-Knoefel, Iida
“Written by ‘expert patient’ Iida, who has used the principles of plant-based wholefoods with no added sweeteners, fats or oils to regain her own health. This cookbook explicitly follows the approach of the Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis and also provides help with other autoimmune conditions. It shows how anyone eating according to those principles can do so simply, sustainably and enjoyably–and inclusively so that family and friends can eat the same way whether they have health issues or not.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Stuck for dinner ideas? Why not try one of these cookbooks!

In recent years, people have been seeking more wholesome and natural diets to combat ill health; but with all the information available out there, finding the right path to health can be confusing and frustrating. No one enjoys restrictive meal plans, bland recipes, or eating the same thing every day.

Instead of worrying about what to eat and how it’s going to affect our bodies, 31 day Food Revolution offers readers an action plan to eating food that is healthy, humane, sustainable, and delicious. In other titles in this selection you can experience the wonderful flavours of Palestine, enjoy delicious German cuisine, find out the amazing stories of six famous women in What She Ate, or you can create exciting, satisfying meals in Fit Men Cook. You can also find tips on how to run a profitable enterprise and much more.


Overdrive cover More from Magnolia, Allysa Torey (ebook)
“Ever since the Magnolia Bakery opened its doors in 1996, people have been lining up day and night to satisfy their sugar cravings with cupcakes, layer cakes, pudding and ice cream. In the well-loved Magnolia style, Allysa brings you new twists on old favourites, such as Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting and Peaches and Cream Pie. These are desserts that Allysa makes hr family and friends at home – unfussy, straightforward and simply delicious.” (Overdrive description)

Nourishing Newborn Mothers : Ayurvedic recipes to heal your mind, body and soul after childbirth / Jones, Julia
“As a Newborn Mother your heart is wide open, you are sensitive, you are brand new. You are being invited to re-invent yourself because when a baby is born, so is a mother. This cookbook is a tool that will help you avoid feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. These Ayurvedic recipes will help heal your mind, body and soul after childbirth.” (Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings, Anja Dunk (ebook)
“A celebration of modern German home cooking from Anja Dunk’s young family kitchen. Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings is a long-awaited revival of this underserved national cuisine, proving that there is more to German food than Bratwurst and Black Forest gateau. Anja Dunk’s German food is gently spiced, smoky and deeply savoury. From recipes such as whole-wheat buttermilk waffles to caraway roast pork, her way of cooking is vibrant, honest, quick and deeply intertwined with the seasons and the weather.” (Overdrive description)

Baladi Palestine : a celebration of food from land and sea / Kalla, Joudie
“Following on from her bestselling Palestine on a Plate, Joudie Kalla introduces readers to even more of the Middle East’s best kept secret – Palestinian cuisine. ‘Baladi’ means ‘my home, land and country’ in Farsi and Joudie once again pays homage to her homeland of Palestine by showcasing the wide-ranging, vibrant and truly delicious dishes of this country.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover The 31-Day Food Revolution, Ocean Robbins (ebook)
“In this book, Ocean Robbins, CEO of the Food Revolution Network, reveals the dark secrets the food industry doesn’t want you to know that are making you and the people you love sick. He then shows you how, in just 31 days, you can use the healing power of foods to heal your gut, lose excess weight, dramatically lower your risk for diseases including cancer, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes – and contribute to a healthier planet.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover What She Ate, Laura Shapiro (ebook)
“Dorothy Wordsworth believed that feeding her poet brother, William, gooseberry tarts was her part to play in a literary movement. Eleanor Roosevelt dished up Eggs Mexican – a concoction of rice, fried eggs, and bananas – in the White House. Eva Braun treated herself to Champagne and cake in the bunker before killing herself, alongside Adolf Hitler. In the irresistible What She Ate, Laura Shapiro examines the plates, recipe books and shopping trolleys of six extraordinary women, casting a new light on each of their lives – revealing love and rage, desire and denial, need and pleasure.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Feel-Good Cookbook, Ainsley Harriott (ebook)
“Following the success of his most recent Friends and Family Cookbook, Ainsley is turning his culinary attention to feel-good cookery food that makes you feel great. Capturing Ainsley’s enthusiasm for making cooking fun, The Feel-Good Cookbook brings us food that is good for the body and the soul: healthy, tasty and easy to prepare. 150 brand-new recipes make up a bible of deliciously simple recipes, essential for time-pressed cooks wanting fresh, flavoursome and nutritious food.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Fit Men Cook : 100+ meal prep recipes for men and women – always healthy, never boring / Curry, Kevin
“In Fit Men Cook, Kevin Curry, fitness expert and social media sensation with millions of followers and hundreds of thousands of downloads on his app, shares everything you need to live a healthy life each day- from food shopping lists to common dieting pitfalls to his ten commandments of meal prep. Readers will also be inspired by Kevin’s personal story of overcoming depression and weight gain to start a successful business and fitness movement.” (adpated from Catalogue)

The latest books for sports training and recovery

Some of the books featured here contain personalized nutrition advice for all stages of sports training and recovery, some contain meal plans, and others feature yoga exercises to build a rock-solid fitness foundation for building lean muscle where you need it most, strengthen bone, and boost power and endurance. No matter what your sport is–running, cycling, field sports, triathlons–these books will empower you with the nutrition and fitness knowledge you need to be in the healthiest, fittest, strongest shape of your life.

Fascial Fitness Through Yoga : with a comprehensive catalogue of exercises and the fascia salutation / Brinkmann, Katharina
Fascia Fitness Through Yoga is an innovative combination of two major fitness trends – yoga and fascia training. If you want to live a healthy, mobile and pain-free life, it is essential that you take good care of your fascia, otherwise it will become matted and stick together as you age as a result of repetitive one-sided stressors, making us immobile and stiff. Yoga is an ideal form of fascia training, and renowned author and sports therapist Katharina Brinkmann has provided a dynamic, invigorating approach to it.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Pretty Intense : the 90-day mind, body and food plan that will absolutely change your life! / Patrick, Danica
“America’s NASCAR standout offers a 90-day program to sculpt your body, calm your mind, and achieve your greatest goals. Everything Danica Patrick does is Pretty Intense. A top athlete in her field, not to mention a fan favorite and the first woman to rule in her male-dominated sport, Danica approaches every aspect of life with the utmost intensity. Now, she shows you how you can apply her daily principles and transform your life for the better–and have fun while doing it.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The Yogafit Athlete : up your game with sport-specific poses to build strength, flexibility, and balance / Shaw, Beth
“Bring the strength and breathing power of yoga to the sports you love–and seriously up your game! Yoga routines designed specifically for swimming, running, cycling, golf, tennis, baseball, football, volleyball, basketball, skiing, snowboarding, weight lifting, kickboxing, boxing, CrossFit, and more! “Your body can either help you achieve your goals or get in the way of you living your best life. By practicing yoga and meditation, you can make your body work with you, not against you.”–Beth Shaw. By adding a quick yoga routine to any workout, you will increase your overall strength and health, and achieve your personal best.” Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

No Meat Athlete : run on plants and discover your fittest, fastest, happiest self / Frazier, Matt
No Meat Athlete is a unique guidebook, healthy-living cookbook, and nutrition primer for the beginner, every day, and serious athlete who wants to live a meatless lifestyle. The manual provides training plans for common race distances and shows runners how to create healthy habits, improve performance, and avoid injuries.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Thrive Fitness [electronic resource] / Brazier, Brendan
“Brendan Brazier is a professional Ironman triathlete, a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, and the bestselling author of The Thrive Diet. Now, in an easy-to-apply system for everyone, he shares his ground-breaking approach to fitness and how you can gain maximum results in minimal time.”(Adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover 101 Get-Lean Workouts and Strategies, Muscle & Fitness (ebook)
“Packed with cutting-edge training programs that are backed by scientific research and proven by professional trainers and athletes, this workbook provides the very best fat-burning workouts. Containing numerous fitness regimens, this book provides the step-by-step instructions necessary to effectively shed fat and to get into optimal shape.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Roar : how to match your food and fitness to your female physiology for optimum performance, great health, and a strong, lean body for life / Sims, Stacy T
“Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one. ROAR is a comprehensive, physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women. This book teaches you everything you need to know to adapt your nutrition, hydration, and training to your unique physiology so you can work with, rather than against, your female physiology.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The World’s Fittest Book : how to train for anything and everything, anywhere and everywhere / Edgley, Ross
“Ross Edgley has spent the last ten years on a global fitness pilgrimage, unlocking the secrets of some of the greatest minds and bodies in sporting history. Packed with workouts he’s tried and tested in pursuit of multiple world records, this is more than a book – it’s the greatest training tool ever written!” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Green, Supercharge, Vegetarian, Vegan and so much more! – New Cooking Books

This recent picks collection includes lots of lovely cook books – all available from the Branch Libraries and from our ebooks online.

Overdrive cover Supercharge Your Life, Lee Holmes (ebook)
“A guide to making your supercharged kitchen the heart of your home, with over 160 nutritious recipes and information and inspiration to help you consume and live with purpose. If you’ve spent years navigating one restrictive diet after another, it’s time to shed the fear of eating the ‘wrong’ thing and fall in love with food again. At the heart of it all, there is food – a force for joy and connection in every aspect of life.”(adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Green Roasting Tin, Rukmini Iyer (ebook)
Seventy-five one-tin recipes: half vegan, half vegetarian, all delicious. With all seventy-five recipes in this book, you simply pop your ingredients in a tin and let the oven do the work. From flexitarians to families, this book is for anyone who wants to eat easy veg-based meals that fit around their busy lives.(Overdrive description)

Midnight Chicken : (& other recipes worth living for) / Risbridger, Ella
There are lots of ways to start a story, but this one begins with a chicken. There was a time when, for Ella Risbridger, the world had become overwhelming. One night she found herself lying on her kitchen floor, wondering if she would ever get up – and it was the thought of a chicken, of roasting it, and of eating it, that got her to her feet and made her want to be alive. Midnight Chicken is a cookbook to make you fall in love with the world again.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Jackfruit & Blue Ginger : Asian favourites, made vegan / Gill, Sasha
“THE MODERN ASIAN VEGAN RECIPE BOOK 90 plant-based, veganised versions of traditional Asian recipes inspired by the cuisine of India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and China.” (Catalogue))

Easy Leaf Tea : tea house recipes to make at home / D’Offay, Timothy
“Unravel the history, sample the flavours and experience the amazing versatility of the world’s favourite brew and all its health-giving properties. However you take your tea: over ice in a tall glass, whipped up with soy, nut or dairy milk in a mug, or from the finest china cup, this book will ensure you get the most enjoyment from your brew.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Superfoods 24/7 : delicious recipes for superfoods at every meal / Nadel, Jessica
“Nutritional information, clever techniques and over 100 recipes for building different superfoods into your diet until you find yourself getting your superfood boost at every meal of the day. The hook of sneaking the best nutrients into every meal of the day (including sweet treats and snacks) is one that makes this book something different from the other superfoods books on the market. Filled with nutritional information and clever techniques for naturally and organically building different superfoods into your diet until you find yourself getting your superfood boost at every meal of the day.” (Catalogue)

Bento Power : brilliantly balanced lunchbox recipes / Popowa, Sara Kiyo
“Many people bring their lunch to work to save money, time and to help control what they are eating but sometimes it’s hard to think of interesting, nutritious things to make. Sara has come to the rescue with her vibrant, fun and inspirational approach to lunch boxes. She concentrates on having 5 clear elements: complex carbs, protein, fruit and veg, and sprinkles as well as the 5 colours used in authentic Japanese cooking: red, white, black, yellow and green. With just a few essential ingredients, you add your extras to create highly nutritious, vegetarian, colourful boxes of joy.” (Catalogue)

Sugar-free Home Preserving : jams, conserves, fruit butters and curds / Pearson, Valerie
“Sugar-free Home Preserving is centred around the idea of reducing the amount of sugar in our diets. The more we study food science, the more we realise that sugar is not so good for us and that we must limit our sugar intake. However, that does not mean that we cannot enjoy the same delicious foods that we have become accustomed to. In fact, we can make those same foods without sugar by using natural alternative sweeteners or foregoing sweeteners altogether.” (Catalogue)