New cooking books for August

This month’s recent picks’ focus is on healthy eating.

Syndetics book coverEat to Stay Young : ingredients & recipes to rejuvenate your body & mind / Gill Paul ; nutritionist: Karen Sullivan
“Growing older is natural, but eating the right foods can slow the process down and keep your body’s stores of age-fighting nutrients topped up. Featured in this book are the key foods that have been proven to increase the feeling of youthfulness in our minds and bodies – cranberries, aubergines, guava, tuna and cinnamon to name a few. A clever problem-solver helps you choose the ingredients that address your symptoms, whether thinning hair, dry skin, poor circulation, joint pain or forgetfulness. With over 60 easy-to-follow, quick-to-prepare, completely delicious recipes and weekly meal planners, Eat To Stay Young is the perfect way to turn back the clock and achieve optimum health.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuper Food for Superchildren / Professor Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot, Bridget Surtees.
“There is so much dietary advice out there, much of it conflicting, that it can be difficult for busy parents to make sense of it all. Medical doctor and sports scientist, Professor Tim Noakes, chef and long-distance swimmer, Jonno Proudfoot, and dietitian Bridget Surtees, a specialist in paediatric nutrition, cut through the clamour to provide clear, proven guidelines and simple, delicious recipes to feed your family well, inexpensively and without fuss.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNo Salt Cookbook / Emily George.
The No Salt Cookbook is full of delicious recipes that use herbs and spices to add texture without compromising on taste. If you are following a low-sodium diet for health reasons, or you simply want to cut down on your salt intake, you’ll find the recipes in The No Salt Cookbook easy to make, nutritious and delicious. Based on the known benefits of the Mediterranean style of cooking, you’ll love the traditional Italian dishes, Portuguese style chicken and delicious desserts.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGo With Your Gut : the insider’s guide to banish the bloat with 75 digestion-friendly recipes / Robyn Youkilis ; photography by Ellen Silverman.
“When nutritionist Robyn Youkilis began her health coaching practice, she quickly realized that the vast majority of complaints she heard from clients were about their digestion: if your digestive system isn’t functioning properly, you can gain weight and suffer from fatigue, insomnia, bloating, indigestion and IBS. This exciting new book helps you to change your relationship with food and your body by focusing on what your symptoms are telling you and building new habits into daily life at a manageable pace….Robyn shares more than 75 delicious yet simple recipes to help you on that path. Go With Your Gut will help you become your healthiest self.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverWholefood From the Ground Up / Jude Blereau.
“More than 120 delicious wholefood recipes and packed with advice on how to build your wholefood pantry from scratch, from Australia’s most authoritative, long-established wholefood advocate, Jude Blereau.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSouping / Alison Velázquez.
Souping is packed with over 100 delicious and incredibly healthy hot and cold soup recipes that can be eaten on the go, along with unique cleansing programs for losing weight, detoxifying the body, improving hair and skin, boosting immunity, increasing energy and improving overall health. Follow step-by-step instructions for making and storing each soup, plus each recipe includes full nutritional information and an explanation of the key health benefits. Souping is a new way to cleanse and detoxify your body… Souping is a more satisfying and healthier way to cleanse and detoxify the body, lose weight, boost energy and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Magic of Broths : 60 great recipes for healing broths and stocks, and how to make them / Nick Sandler ; photography by Ali Allen ; illustrations by Ruth Ferrier.
“Nick Sandler guides you through bone broths with creative recipes that are both good for you and deliciously tasty. Broth is split into 6 sections covering Beef, Pork, Chicken & Duck, Fish, Veggie Broths and Steamboats. Broths are great for everyday eating, both at home and on the move, and Nick makes these nutritionally beneficial recipes accessible for the home cook. Comfort recipes such as Pork Fritters in Broth or Chicken Minestrone will satisfy any appetite, while more exotic recipes such as Pho or Korean Red Pepper and Shredded Pork provide a more adventurous challenge.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Sirt Diet Cookbook : the new superfoods that will help you lose weight fast / Jacqueline Whitehart.
“The SIRT Diet shows how to incorporate tasty SIRT superfoods into your daily routine and how these foods can help burn fat, increase muscle definition and boost health. Best selling diet expert Jacqueline Whitehart presents a selection of SIRT food rich recipes, meal planners and useful shopping tips to help you transform your diet and find a quick and easy way to lose weight, replacing flab for muscle definition. Jacqueline provides an easy to follow four-week meal plan with over 100 feel-good, calorie-counted recipes packed with these superfoods, from grilled chicken with lemon and olives to pomegranate cheesecake. So what are you waiting for? Get ready for a whole new you.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlant Based Cookbook : good for your heart, your health, and your life / Trish Sebben-Krupka.
“With more than 200 marvelous recipes and beautiful color photography, this plant-based-only cookbook also provides nutritional information, tips on transitioning to a plant-based diet, and advice for the newbie on easy plant-based cooking techniques. Whether by choice or by a doctor’s orders, readers will get all of the information they need to make satisfying meals without meat and dairy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEating Clean : the 21-day plan to detox, fight inflammation, and reset your body / Amie Valpone , creator of thehealthyapple.com; foreword by Mark Hyman, M.D. ; photography by Lauren Volo.
“The essential guide to fight inflammation, heal your gut, and reset your body with detox and clean eating. After suffering for a decade from a range of ailments like Lyme Disease, Hypothyroidism, and Leaky Gut Syndrome, Amie Valpone, creator of TheHealthyApple.com, healed herself through clean eating and detoxing. In Eating Clean, Amie provides guidance on how to fight inflammation and reset your body, including a 21-Day Elimination Diet, instructions for food reintroduction, a 2-week meal plan, and an extensive pantry list.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Sport & Fitness in August

If you enjoyed the Olympics here is a selection of books to keep you going, including the heart-warming and inspiring stories of people who push themselves to their limits and never give up.

Syndetics book coverHow to Watch the Olympics : score and laws, heroes and zeroes – an instant initiation into every sport / David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton with Paul Simpson ; diagrams by Belinda Evans.
“The Olympic Games can dazzle us with the sheer scale and variety of its sporting contests. Yet many of the games are unfamiliar to even the most avid sports fan. Which is where this witty, insightful book comes in. Once you’ve read the book you’ll know who invented the butterfly stroke, where water polo serves as the closest expression of warfare and how shuttlecocks travel faster than tennis balls. This edition has been freshly updated for the 2016 Games in Rio, including fresh material from London 2012 and chapters on the new Olympic sports of rugby sevens and golf.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Games : a global history of the Olympics / David Goldblatt.
“For millions of people around the world, the Summer and Winter Games are a joy and a treasure, but how did they develop into a global colossus? How have they been buffeted by–and, in turn, affected by world events? Why do we care about them so much? From the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896 to Rio in 2016, best-selling sportswriter David Goldblatt brilliantly traces their history through national triumphs and tragedies, individual victories and failures. .. Illuminated with dazzling vignettes from over a century of the Olympics, this stunningly researched and engagingly written history captures the excitement, drama, and kaleidoscopic experience of the Games.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThis Mum Runs / Jo Pavey with Sarah Edworthy.
“The inspirational story of Jo Pavey, who was forty years old when she won the 10,000m at the European Championships. It was the first gold medal of her career and, astonishingly, it came within months of having her second child. Heart-warming and uplifting, The running adventures of a Supermum follows Jo’s roundabout journey to the top and is packed full of hard-won advice whether you’re an amateur jogger looking to get fit, or a seasoned veteran hoping to knock a few seconds off your PB. It is the inspiring yet everyday story of a mum that runs and a runner that mums.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFind a Way: The Story of One Wild and Precious Life / Diana Nyad
“On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty-three hours….In Find a Way, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit…. Why, at sixty-four, was she able to achieve what she could not at thirty? How did her dramatic failures push her to success?…This is the gripping story of an athlete, of a hero, of a bold mind. This is a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging in our lives full throttle, and living each day with no regrets.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKicking Off : how women in sport are changing the game / Sarah Shephard.
“Women in sport are fighting for equality with more vigour than ever, but are they breaking down the barriers that stand in their way? Sarah Shephard looks behind the headlines to see whether progress is really being made and tells the stories that can no longer be ignored….This candid and revealing book asks the questions at the forefront of the debate about women in sport:· Why do the most successful female athletes earn less than their male counterparts?· Why do so few elite sportswomen have the profile their talent deserves?· Why are girls still growing up believing that sport is ‘for boys’? With contributions from women involved in sport at the highest level,…who reveal their personal experiences of being at the top of their game.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTwo Decades Naked / Leigh Hopkinson.
“When Leigh was a university student in Christchurch she worked at a succession of low-paying jobs that paid the rent and fit in around her degree. None of them fit so well, however, as stripping. While stripping was harder than Leigh thought it would be, she hadn’t counted on it being so exhilarating – or lucrative. So when she moved to Melbourne and needed to make a living, the lure of her old job was strong. The world of the strip club had become familiar, even reassuring, though some of the people she met during the course of her job didn’t exactly give her faith in the future of humanity. Over the course of Leigh’s career, she learnt a lot about other people and even more about herself, and the result is a story that delves into a world that not everyone visits but everyone finds fascinating.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Running : step-by-step instruction, individual running plans and expert advice, shown in over 550 fantastic photographs / Elizabeth Hufton.
“Running is one of the most popular activities worldwide, and is an enjoyable and accessible way to get fit. To help you get started, this book provides practical advice on progressive walk/run routines, a six-week plan of running for fitness, and exercises to build up strength. It covers races of different distances, and includes some of the world’s greatest races – from sprint and middle-distance racing to fast long-distance racing, marathons, off-road and ultrarunning, triathlons and adventure racing. Illustrated with over 550 photographs and illustrations, this expert book is essential reading for anyone who wants to run at any level.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGrand Adventures / Alastair Humphreys.
Grand Adventures will change you and how you see the world, and all you need is an open mind, bags of enthusiasm and boundless curiosity. So what’s a GRAND ADVENTURE? – it is the most life-changing, career-enhancing, personality-forging, fun adventure of your life. Following on from his popular Microadventures, in Grand Adventures Alastair Humphreys shines a spotlight on the real-life things that get in the way: stuff like time, money or your other commitments. If you want it enough, you can do it. Tiny steps to a grand adventure. Are you in?”” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChasing Water : elegy of an Olympian / Anthony Ervin & Constantine Markides.
“Planned for release just before the 2016 Olympics, Chasing Water tells the dramatic, surprising and sometimes provocative path that Anthony Ervin has taken to become one of the most captivating of Olympic heroes. At 19, Ervin won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, only to shock the world retiring soon after. After auctioning off his gold medal for charity, he set off on a part-spiritual quest, part self-destructive bender, then later resurfaced to continue his career by swimming faster than ever before, and faster than anyone else.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOne Breath / Adam Skolnick.
“Competitive free diving – the sport’s top athletes regularly swim hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them. Even among free divers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. When Nick arrived at Vertical Blue, the world’s premier free diving competition, in 2013 he was widely expected to continue his incredible success. Instead, that fateful competition turned out to be his last, and suddenly the very future of free diving was called into question. One Breath traces Nick’s painful, triumphant, and ultimately tragic tales, while also tacking present-day efforts of top divers to keep challenging records despite mounting risks.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverShowdowns : the top 20 rivalries in the past 20 years / Jeremy Roberts.
“It starts with an insult…then comes a push, a shove…a betrayal. Before you know it, the two wrestlers are at each other’s throats. It’s a rivalry, it’s personal…it’s a showdown. Roberts takes us on a veritable tour of recent wrestling history, from Hulk Hogan’s showdowns with Randy Savage to the gargantuan struggles between Undertaker and Batista. The high-flying action of the Hardy Boyz, the Dudleys, Edge & Christian — all are examined in what amounts to a brief for the wrestlers’ inclusion in the hall of fame. From the Monday Night Wars between nWo and D-Generation X to the real-life conflict that spawned Matt Hardy’s memorable bloodfest with Edge, Roberts takes you into the ring so vividly you’ll come away with bruises.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Naturally delicious – New Cooking books in July

This month’s selection highlights healthy eating as well as flavoursome food. The recipes also celebrate the joy of cooking and sharing food with friends and family.

Syndetics book coverEffortless Bento : 300 Box Lunch Recipes / edited by Shufunotomo.
“Bento books have been some of the more accessible and popular genres coming out of Japan over the last few years, and Bento Bonanza is the bento encyclopaedia! Filled with hundreds of full-colour photos and numerous recipes this is the essential box lunch book. Edited by Shufu-no-Tomo, Japan’s most influential lifestyle and culture magazine. Their designs and recipes are creative, affordable and appealing to a global audience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHemsley Hemsley : Good + Simple / Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley.
“GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD, GOOD DIGESTION, GOOD HEALTH! Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s principles of healthy home cooking built around gut health, whole foods and affordable ingredients show how tasty and achievable eating well can be….Good + Simple includes plenty of practical tips and down-to-earth advice to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, plan for the coming week and cook for you and your family with ease.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuinntessential Baking / Frances Quinn.
“Frances Quinn wowed the judges with her imaginative showstoppers and extraordinary baking skill to win The Great British Bake Off in 2013. Here is Quinntessential Baking : a treasure trove of inspirational ideas to bring a spark of creativity and a teaspoon of wonder into your kitchen. Frances’ combination of ideas and ingredients will provide you with straightforward master recipes or ‘building blocks’, and she explains how to apply a little magic to turn them into beautiful bakes….Whether you’re a baking novice or an extraordinaire, you’ll find achievable bakes for all occasions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEast : Culinary Adventures in Southeast Asia / Leanne Kitchen & Antony Suvalko.
“Take a journey east and discover one of the world’s most diverse food regions. From smoky hawker stalls in Thailand and Malaysia and bustling markets in Vietnam and Indonesia, to tranquil landscapes in Laos and Cambodia, East will take you on a culinary tour to uncover Southeast Asia’s most celebrated dishes.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverSimple Green Smoothies : 100+ tasty recipes to lose weight, gain energy, and feel great in your body / Jen Hansard & Jadah Sellner.
“Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner are on a fresh path to health and happiness- deprivation not included. In their book, Simple Green Smoothies, these two friends invite you into a sane and tasty approach to health that will inspire and energize you on your own journey toward a happier life. Simple Green Smoothies includes a 10-day green smoothie kick-start to welcome you into the plant-powered lifestyle, with shopping lists included. Follow it up with 100+ delicious recipes that address everything from weight loss to glowing skin to kid-friendly options.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGin : the art and craft of the artisan revival in 300 distillations / Aaron Knoll.
Gin introduces the reader to the global artisan gin revolution, highlighting the spirit’s history and the ways that today’s craft drinks-makers have transformed the notion of what a gin can and should be. This is the first book to take a closer look at the emerging new categories of gin and to place it within context alongside the old guard. It includes profiles of key players in the distilling world and hundreds of ideas for how to drink gin, whether it is as a cocktail, in a classic gin & tonic or neat, or as an aperitif or liqueur.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFresh Made Simple : a naturally delicious way to eat : look, cook, savor / Lauren K. Stein ; illustrated by Katie Eberts.
“Each of the 75 recipes in Fresh Made Simple is a charming full-page illustration showing, rather than telling, how to make the dish described. Each meal or snack begins with one delicious ingredient, and the cook builds around that to make a simple yet elegant creation. From pineapple cilantro salsa and asparagus apple salad to a kale egg scramble, tortilla soup, and crostini, these simple recipes celebrate the unbeatable flavors of fresh ingredients.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLife in Balance : a fresher approach to eating / Donna Hay.
“Australia’s most trusted home cook is celebrating a fresher approach to eating. LIFE IN BALANCE is full of super-satisfying recipes – nourishing, virtuous and delicious….The only kind of diet that works, after all, is the balanced diet – the one you can sustain long term. And when your life is in balance, you feel great and it shows – from the inside out.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimply Spice : homemade Indian vegetarian food / Raji Sharma.
“Indian cuisine is an old favorite in many homes; whether sticking with the classics or experimenting with spices and flavors, Indian cuisine is something that is constantly evolving. Simply Spice is a refreshing and innovative approach to Indian cuisine. With recipes and dishes for every meal and occasion, this book is an amazing collection of delectable from around the globe.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuperlegumes : eat your way to great health / Chrissy Freer.
“With over 90 recipes and packed with information on nutrition and cooking tips, Superlegumes dispels the myth that beans, pulses and legumes make for stodgy food. Here are fresh, healthy, easy vegetarian, meat- and fish-based recipes, for every meal and every season.” (Syndetics summary)

New Sport & Fitness books in May

Reach beyond yourself. This selection covers a smorgasbord of interests; from sports involving working with animals, teamwork, and those that call upon personal interests.

Syndetics book coverThe Goshawk / T.H. White ; with a foreword by Helen Macdonald.
“First published in 1951, T.H. White’s memoir describes with searing honesty his attempt to train a wild goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird to master. With no previous experience and only a few hopelessly out-of-date books on falconry as a guide, he set about trying to bend the will of his young bird Gos to his own. Suffering setback after setback, the solitary and troubled White nonetheless found himself obsessively attached to the animal he hoped would one day set him free.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAfter the Final Whistle : the first Rugby World Cup and the First World War / Stephen Cooper ; foreword by Jason Leonard, OBE.
“As Britain’s Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer. They led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament: sevens teams at eight venues, playing 17 matches to declare a first “world champion.” There had never been an international team tournament like it. For the first time teams from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Britain, and France were assembled in one place. Rugby held the first ever “World Cup.” This is the story of rugby’s journey through World War I to its first World Cup, and how those values endure today.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover101 Great Football Players : the best players in the modern era / Colin Mitchell.
“101 Great Football Players profiles the best and brightest players in the beautiful game today. From veterans such as Lionel Messi and Frank Lampard, to promising up-and-comers like Jack Wilshere and Edinson Cavani, the chosen 101 have all made, or look set to make, an indelible impression on the game.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFight Like a Physicist : the incredible science behind martial arts / Jason Thalken, PHD.
Fight Like a Physicist provides an in-depth, sometimes whimsical look into the physics behind martial arts for sport and self-defense. Whether you are an experienced martial artist or a curious enthusiast, this book can give you an “unfair advantage” by unraveling the complex science of effective fighting techniques and examining the core principles that make them work.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMountain Biking : The Manual / [Chris Ball and Huw Williams].
“This is an essential reference book for anyone wanting to learn more and improve their skills in mountain biking. Each chapter features step-by-step guidance and is supported by unique insights from today’s best riders.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe World at My Feet / Tom Denniss.
“On 31 December 2011, Australian Tom Denniss took two years off from his successful business career to take on a remarkable challenge. He embarked upon a run around the world. A run that would take more than 20 months, and cover over 26,000 km, the equivalent of 622 marathons in an equivalent number of days. In The World at My Feet, he shares his fascinating and sometimes frightening experiences along the way, with insights and anecdotes from all over the world — all at a pace which allows you to really appreciate the experience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFast into the Night : a woman, her dogs, and their journey north on the Iditarod Trail / Debbie Clarke Moderow.
“A captivating memoir of one woman’s attempt to finish the Iditarod, led by her team of spunky huskies with whom she shares a fascinating and inextricable bond…. Fast into the Night is an exquisitely written memoir of a woman, her dogs, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt — and soldiers on.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInverting the Pyramid : the history of soccer tactics / Jonathan Wilson.
“In INVERTING THE PYRAMID, Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world’s game, tracing the global history of tactics, from modern pioneers right back to the beginning when chaos reigned. Along the way, he looks at the lives of great players and thinkers who shaped the sport and probes why the English, in particular, have ‘proved themselves unwilling to grapple with the abstract’.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover101 Magic Tricks : any time, any place / Bryan Miles.
“Learn 101 simple magic tricks to astonish and amaze!….amaze everyone you know with easy-to-master tricks and illusions…. Bryan Miles will guide you through astonishing feats such as: the foundations of magic including: The Hand, The Deck of Cards, Mechanic’s Grip and Biddle Grip, Classic Two-Handed Spread, Cutting the Cards and magic at school or college, birthday magic, restaurant magi, and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Little Bit of Dirt : 55+ science and art activities to reconnect children with nature / Asia Citro, MEd.
“Dandelion Bubbles, Rain Drums, Seed Bomb Lollipops and more! Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you’re investigating the health of your local stream, making beautiful acrylic sun prints with leaves and flowers, running an experiment with your backyard birds, or concocting nature potions, you’ll be fostering an important connection with nature. The engaging activities encourage the use of the senses and imagination and are perfect for all ages. Discover more about the natural world waiting just outside your door!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesperate Steps : life, death, and choices made in the mountains of the Northeast / Peter W. Kick.
“In the backcountry, a single piece of gear could mean the difference between a comfortable night under the stars and a harrowing tale to tell once you’re home. Or it could mean that you don’t make it home at all. In this all-new collection, author Peter W. Kick recounts twenty true tales of backcountry misadventure and misfortune, including incidents along the famed Appalachian Trail, and seeks the lessons learned in each. Readers who immerse themselves in these near misses, methodical searches, and the gut-wrenching clarity of hindsight will be better prepared for whatever the wilderness brings.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFirst Ladies of Running : 22 inspiring profiles of the rebels, rule breakers, and visionaries who changed the sport forever / Amby Burfoot.
First Ladies of Running tells the inspiring stories of these and other fiercely independent runners who refused to give up despite the cultural and sports barriers they faced. Legends such as Doris Brown, Francie Larrieu, Mary Decker, Jackie Hansen, Miki Gorman, and Grete Waitz are chronicled by Runner’s World editor Amby Burfoot. Burfoot even runs the 1994 Marine Corps Marathon with Oprah Winfrey, whose successful finish opened the floodgates for other women runners. First Ladies of Running is a beautiful and long-overdue tribute to the pioneers of women’s running and a gift of empowerment for female runners everywhere.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 Evening Adventures / Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella Meek.
“Here are simple and exciting ideas for spending time together out of doors, during the working week. The book is divided into two main sections with ideas for places to GO, and things to DO. A shorter final section offers ten healthy and filling dinner recipes that can be made or cooked outdoors.” (Syndetics summary)

New Sport & Fitness books in March

This selection includes books on indoor and outdoor sports, including running, rugby, tap dancing, mountain climbing, party games and more.

Syndetics book coverMy Story / Dan Carter with Duncan Greive.
A personal account of a New Zealand sporting icon who became a world superstar – the greatest fly-half in international rugby.
“In this memoir he opens up for the first time about his stellar 12-year career, looking back on the highs, and, with an equal measure of honesty, the lows of his career.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat the Eye Hears : a history of tap dancing / Brian Seibert.
“The first authoritative history of tap dancing, one of the great art forms–along with jazz and musical comedy–created in America….It’s a hybrid of traditional African dances brought over by slaves and jig, clog, and other folk-dance forms from the British Isles. Brian Seibert’s magisterial history illuminates tap’s complex origins and its theatricalization in blackface minstrelsy.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverTramping in New Zealand : 40 great tramping trips / Shaun Barnett ; maps by Geographx.
“In print for nearly 10 years, Tramping in New Zealand has become a best-selling tramping guide to 40 of the most popular tramps in New Zealand. In order to keep the title current and accurate, Tramping in New Zealand has been fully revised and updated. Each tramp is illustrated with at least one accurate panoramic Geographx map, and is supported by relevant, up-to-date route information, as well as photographs…If you were to have one guide book on New Zealand tramping, this is the one to have.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRunner : a short story about a long run / Lizzy Hawker.
“Lizzy Hawker is one of the greatest ultra-distance runners Britain has ever produced. She is the first woman to finish on the overall podium of the Spartathlon, one of the world toughest footraces, and has won the legendary The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc five times in its ten year history, the only person, man or woman, to achieve this. Runner is the story of her journey and will get inside the head of the physical, mental and emotional challenges that runners go through at the edge of human endurance…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBackstage : Cirque du Soleil / photographs by Véronique Vial ; [English translation by Christopher Caines ; French translation by Florence Leroy ; preface by Guy Laliberté].
“As Cirque du Soleil celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, it opens the doors to a world usually reserved for the initiated. Backstage Cirque du Soleil is the fruit of a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and the photographer Veronique Vial, who through her unique lens has examined the world behind the curtains for more than twenty years. With touching humanity, Vial’s photographs invite the reader into an intimate universe distilled to its most essential element: Behind each character there is an artist.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRun, ride, sink or swim : a year in the exhilarating and addictive world of women’s triathlon / Lucy Fry.
“Here’s how Lucy Fry felt about the component parts of triathlon: swimming – fairly terrifying, especially in open water. Cycling – brilliant when done on a stationery bike, indoors. Running – sometimes fantastic, sometimes hideous.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGoing Up is Easy : the first woman to ascend Everest without oxygen / Lydia Bradey, with Laurence Fearnley.
“In 1988, Lydia Bradey became the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen. She made the ascent alone and to date she is the only New Zealander to have made an oxygen-free ascent. Her climb was a truly remarkable achievement but also a controversial one. In the spirit of John Krakauer’s Into Thin Air or Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void, Going Up is Easy celebrates a life lived on the edge.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverLore of Running / Timothy D. Noakes.
“Noakes describes the physiology and biochemistry of running, and offers practical training advice for both the beginner and marathon runner. Previously published by Oxford University Press Southern Africa in 2001, the fourth edition recognizes the dominant role played by the brain in determining physical activity performance.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage Party Games / Marion Paull.
“A fascinating exploration of old-fashioned children’s games and toys, including parlor games, board games, ball games, and more.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverInside the Cup : secrets behind our All Black campaigns / Phil Gifford.
Inside the Cup is the definitive story of the triumphs, oddities, heartbreaks, dramas and disasters of every All Black campaign at the Rugby World Cup.” (Publisher information)

New Cooking books in February

If you think nutritional meals mean boring and tasteless, this selection will give you food for thought.

Syndetics book coverThe Food Lover’s Cleanse : 140 delicious, nourishing recipes that will tempt you back into healthful eating / Sara Dickerman ; nutritional advisor, Marissa Lippert, MA, RD ; foreword by Adam Rapoport ; photographs by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott.
“Savor the seasons! The Food Lover’s Cleanse will help you reboot your eating habits with wholesome food that family and friends will enjoy, too. These 140 recipes show you how to coax maximum flavor from fresh produce, fiber-rich grains, and healthy proteins….You won’t even miss pasta.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSupercharged Food : Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian / Lee Holmes.
“This book will inspire you to create meals that are thoroughly delicious and loaded with health-promoting properties to supercharge your health. Wellness warrior Lee Holmes presents over 100 exciting vegetable dishes that your meat-loving family members will also enjoy. Each recipe features options for veganizing your meal, and is accompanied by an icon indicating whether it is wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, or vegan.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe healthy Mind Cookbook : big-flavor recipes to enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity / Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson ; photography by Maren Caruso.
“Between digital overload, sleep deprivation, and the stress of modern life, most people’s brains are constantly in flight-or-fight mode, with levels of cortisol and other hormones and neurotransmitters out of whack … [In her book], Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on brain functioning to identify how the foods we consume can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function–all of which dictate memory, mood, and motion.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverDrink Your Way to Gut Health : 140 delicious probiotic smoothies & other drinks that cleanse and heal / Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD.
“In Drink Your Way to Gut Health, Molly Morgan, a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, brings credentials and extensive knowledge to the topic with 140 healing drink recipes based on kefir, yogurt, kombucha, almond milk, and ginger beer. The beverages, organized by chapters like Energizing, Nutrient-Rich, and Detoxifying, not only work against a variety of ailments like type 2 diabetes, allergies, and obesity, but are delicious too.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Paleo Chef : quick, flavorful paleo meals for eating well / Pete Evans ; photography by Mark Roper.
“In The Paleo Chef, Pete Evans, one of Australia’s leading chefs and food personalities, shows readers how to prepare gorgeous food that is satisfying, flavor-forward, and good for you….The Paleo Chef is his breakout book, a visually rich collection of more than 100 of his most inspired, no-sacrifice recipes for every meal of the day.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover5:2 Good Food Kitchen : more healthy and delicious recipes for everyone, every day / Kate Harrison.
“Bestselling 5:2 author Kate Harrison shares more of her favourite easy, healthy recipes with inspiring tips, life-changing stories from 5:2 dieters, and down-to-earth advice on achieving a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Like Kate’s previous books, every ingredient is calorie counted and the focus is on fresh, full-flavoured meals that can be easily adapted to suit anyone – with variations for fast and no-fast days. THE 5:2 GOOD FOOD KITCHEN offers fresh, balanced meals that put healthy food at the heart of your life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEat Clean, Live Well / Terry Walters ; photography by Julie Bidwell.
“Go on a culinary journey with Terry Walters–a leader of the clean-food movement. In this seasonal cookbook and lifestyle guide, Walters inspires us with more of her award-winning recipes. Rediscover the unique tastes of spring, summer, fall and winter, and gain insight into everything from preserving the harvest to natural cleansing and tonics for immune support.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe China Study Cookbook : over 120 whole-food, plant-based recipes / LeAnne Campbell, PhD ; foreword by T. Colin Campbell, coauthor of The China study ; photos by Steven Campbell Disla.
“This cookbook written by the daughter of China Study author T. Colin Campbell features delicious, easily prepared plant-based recipes with no added fat and minimal sugar and salt that promote optimal health.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon : simple and inspired whole foods recipes to savor and share / Sara Forte ; photography by Hugh Forte.
“Sara Forte has a knack for dreaming up nutritious and vibrant dishes. With The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl & Spoon there is no shortage of brilliant compositions. Simple, enticing, beautifully photographed, this is nourishing food you’ll be happy to enjoy.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverPure Food : eat clean with seasonal, plant-based recipes / Veronica Bosgraaf.
“A busy mother of three who was frustrated with trying to find healthy, organic snacks for her kids, Veronica Bosgraaf decided to make one herself, the Pure Bar. Now nationally available and widely beloved, the bar kick started a nutrition overhaul in Veronica’s home. Clean foods and a new, simple way of cooking and eating replaced anything overly processed and loaded with sugar. With tips for “cleaning” your kitchen and lifestyle -from drying your own herbs to getting rid of chemical cleaners – Pure Food shows the simple steps you can take to make your cooking and living more healthful.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverSuperfoods : the flexible approach to eating more superfoods / Julie Montagu ; photography by Yuki Sugiura.
“We rarely wake up feeling energised or refreshed, so we pop some vitamins, slug a coffee and get going. Julie Montagu has the answer. She is The Flexi Foodie and her book of 90 delicious recipes and friendly facts will show you how to introduce plant-based superfoods into your daily diet. Through meat-free, dairy-free and sugar-free recipes made with unrefined, wholesome ingredients, you can raise your energy levels, lose weight, lower your cholesterol, keep blood sugar levels under control, and look and feel more youthful than you have in years.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpelt : cakes, cookies, breads & meals from the good grain / Roger Saul.
“A cookery book devoted to spelt, the grain-of-the-moment, written by an expert in this wholesome, delicious and versatile food.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaw : recipes for radiant living / Bernadette Bohan.
“‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’ Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. When Bernadette Bohan was diagnosed with cancer for a second time, she took Hippocrates’ advice on board. She embraced a plant-based, living food diet and soon noticed real results: her health improved greatly, her skin glowed, her energy exploded and her waist shrank. Bernadette has since become an advocate for this way of life, helping thousands of people get back to better health. Now, for the first time, she shares her secrets in her much-anticipated cookbook.” (Syndetics summary)

New Sport & Fitness books

Sporting enthusiasts and armchair sports people alike will find something to inspire them in this month’s picks.

Syndetics book coverThe Surf Girl Guide to Surf Fitness : an inspirational guide to fitness & well-being for girls who surf / editor, Louise Searle.
“Wish you could catch more waves when you go surfing? Wish you could surf for 90 minutes or more each session? Wish you could improve the power of your manoeuvres and really throw some spray? The Surf Girl Guide To Surf Fitness is a new book aimed at girl surfers of all ages and abilities, from beginner to pro. Illustrated with step-by-step exercises and packed with tips and advice, the book offers a complete training program which will increase your fitness, power and endurance for surfing” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOut of the Rough / Steve Williams with Michael Donaldson.
“One of the most successful caddies of the modern era, having amassed 150 wins, Kiwi Steve Williams has worked with some of the golfing world’s best, including 13 years on the bag of Tiger Woods. Together, Woods and Williams won more than 80 tournaments – with 13 major championships among them.
In this candid reflection on his years caddying for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Terry Gale, Ian Baker-Finch and Adam Scott, Williams shares the highs and lows of their careers, explains the critical role of a caddy and offers a rare insider’s view of the professional golfing world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe World’s Toughest Races : from the most extreme to the downright weird / Ali Clarke.
“What do canal jumping, swimming among sharks and running 251 kiometres in the Sahara Desert have in common? They’re some of the wackiest, toughest and most extreme manpower races and challenges ever dreamt up. This fact-packed miscellany is bursting with all the details, statistics and anecdotes of the world’s most unusual competitions and intense endurance contests. Whether you’re an armchair thrill seeker or determined to push your limit, this book will entertain and inspire.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Illustrated Handbook of Kayaking, Canoeing & Sailing : includes invaluable advice, guidelines and information covering every aspect of each sport, with over 1500 images including step-by-step instructional sequences / Bill Mattos and Jeremy Evans.
“Kayaking, canoeing and sailing are exhilarating, demanding and hugely enjoyable outdoor pursuits. This practical guide offers a comprehensive introduction to all three sports, for those at all levels of experience and ability. All aspects of each sport are covered, from basic information on equipment and where best to sail or paddle, to expert tuition on the core skills and techniques you will need – such as launching, rigging, tacking, paddling, capsizing and rescue. Packed with expert advice, professional hints and tips and illustrated with more than 1500 photographs and diagrams, this book contains everything you need to know about these thrilling aquatic sports.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Beginner’s Guide to Adventure Sport in New Zealand / Steve Gurney.
“A highly illustrated book for beginners in the rapidly growing world of adventure sport… Instructional and highly illustrated, this is a beginner’s book of adventure sport for all ages. It features pursuits to make the most out of New Zealand’s great outdoors and get you all set up for a lifetime of adventure. …this book has important information on the right gear you’ll need for the right pursuit and the essentials of survival in unpredictable environments”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverSkate the World : photographing one world of skateboarding / Jonathan Mehring ; foreword by Tony Hawk.
“Hit the streets with 200 exhilarating photographs of the world’s greatest professional skateboarders in action. In this dynamic collection, award-winning photographer Jonathan Mehring takes us from New York to Hong Kong to Istanbul and beyond as he sets out to capture the heart and soul of skate culture on six continents.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTo Hell on a Bike : riding Paris-Roubaix : the toughest race in cycling / Iain MacGregor.
“Paris-Roubaix is the best race in the world and knocks spots off the Tour de France.’ Sir Bradley Wiggins. Paris-Roubaix. The Hell of the North. The ultimate monument in cycling’s Classics. More than 150 miles across dusty or muddy roads, much of it puncture-inducing and bone-breaking cobblestones. Even professional riders blanche at the very mention of it. With insights from legends of the sport, trainers, mechanics and fellow writers, as well as those who have maintained the traditions of Paris-Roubaix since its inception over a century ago, it is the ultimate story of the ultimate cycling challenge.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWarriors on Horseback : the inside story of the professional jockey / John Carter.
“A remarkable and riveting insight into the lives of jockeys. This book celebrates these warriors on horseback, both the old and the new, highlighting the headline performers for jump racing and flat racing in the last five centuries as well as taking the reader on a behind-the-scenes look at the lifestyle of professional jockeys in the 21st century.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStrictly ballroom : tales from the dancefloor / Diana Melly.
“Two years ago, at the age of 72, Diana Melly took up ballroom dancing. She was suffering from bereavement, having recently lost her husband George to dementia, and was told that dancing might help. It has done much more than that, opening up a whole new chapter in her life. Ballroom dancing turns out to be incredibly good for you — a complex activity which not only flexes unexpected muscles but rewires the brain, increasing serotonin levels and reducing stress. A recent study in America found that the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. In this delightful and gently humorous book, Diana Melly takes us on an eye-opening tour of dance halls up and down the country, introducing us to everything from tango to swing.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBecoming a Mountain : Himalayan journeys in search of the sacred and the sublime / Stephen Alter.
“Stephen Alter was raised by American missionary parents in the hill station of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he and his wife, Ameeta, now live. Their idyllic existence was brutally interrupted when four armed intruders invaded their house and viciously attacked them, leaving them for dead. This book is his account of a series of treks he took in the high Himalayas following his convalescence-to Bandar Punch (the monkey’s tail), Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, and Mt. Kailash in Tibet….Undertaken out of sorrow, the treks become a moving soul journey, a way to rediscover mountains in his inner landscape.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Minecraft Guide for Parents : down-to-earth advice for parents of children playing Minecraft / Cori Dusmann.
“This book helps you understand exactly what Minecraft® is, why kids love it, and why it may offer much more than what you’ve come to expect from a game. A Parent’s Guidebook to Minecraft® is written for parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone else who has kids swept up in the Minecraft® phenomenon. This handbook explains how to install, set up, and play the game, so that even adults with minimum computer literacy can step in and help their children-and play alongside them…With a simple, friendly, and open style, A Parent’s Guidebook to Minecraft® offers practical help and new ways to connect with children who play this exciting and creative game.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Cooking books

These recent selections feature a large variety of beverages — whisky, wine, beer, champagne and more. We also have books on making delicious sauces for your meals.

Syndetics book coverThe Humble Tumbler Presents Tipsy : the drinker’s guide to wine, beer, whisky, gin, sake and more / by Clare Burder.
“Have you ever been judged for drinking chardonnay with your roast lamb? Or caught out for not knowing that gin is a type of flavoured vodka? Have you ever been publicly beer shamed? We’re a picky bunch when it comes to booze these days, but in this world of boutique gin bars and microbreweries, forty-page wine lists and specially designed glassware, the sheer range of options can be overwhelming. But don’t worry – Tipsy is here to help.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverModern Sauces : more than 150 recipes for every cook, every day / Martha Holmberg ; photographs by Ellen Silverman.
“This is the book for cooks who want to take their cooking to a whole new level. Martha Holmberg was trained at La Varenne and is an award-winning food writer. Her look at this sometimes-intimidating genre-expressed in clear, short bites of information and through dozens of process photographs delivers the skill of great sauce-making to every kind of cook, from beginners to those more accomplished who wish to expand their repertoire. Modern Sauces is both an inspiration and a timeless reference on kitchen technique.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Champagne Guide 2016-2017 : the definitive guide to champagne / Tyson Stelzer.
The Champagne Guide celebrates the craft of Champagne creation and the people behind making the wine in your glass smell, taste, and bubble like no other. More than 400 Champagnes of the latest, freshest vintages have been tasted, reviewed and rated, and are assessed independently with honest, eloquent descriptions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMastering Sauces : the home cook’s guide to new techniques for fresh flavors / Susan Volland ; photography by Angie Norwood Browne.
“Susan’s contribution to The Cooking Lab is invaluable, Now she’s written a comprehensive guide to learning the fundamentals of sauce-making, taking home cooks on a tour of versatile techniques and international flavors.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverSpirit of Place : whisky distilleries of Scotland / Charles MacLean ; photographs by Lara Platman and Allan MacDonald.
“A wide-ranging and evocative portrait of Scotland’s distilleries, with text by renowned whisky expert Charles MacLean. Treating Scotland as eight distinct regions, this fascinating book describes the ‘cultural terroir’ of the country’s fifty greatest distilleries; the ingredients, practices and traditions that result in such an exquisite range of whiskies. Specially commisioned photographs capture the texture of the surrounding landscapes and communities through the changing seasons, as well as portraits of those craftsmen who work there, and the fabric of the buildings themselves.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Bone Broth Secret : a culinary adventure in health, beauty, longevity / Louise Hay and Heather Dane.
“When a forgotten, time-honored traditional food is rediscovered for its health and beauty benefits, we all pay attention. In this one-of-a-kind culinary adventure, internationally renowned self-help pioneer Louise Hay and “21st-century medicine woman” Heather Dane join together to explore a fresh and fun take on the art of cooking with bone broth, as well as the science behind its impressive curative applications.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Thrifty Forager / Alys Fowler ; photography by Simon Wheeler.
“Alys Fowler takes a fresh look at foraging, encouraging you to look closer to home, from the weeds in your garden to the trees in your street, rather than the fields and hedgerows of the countryside. Alys showcases her favourite edibles with a plant directory packed with useful information.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWine Folly : the essential guide to wine / Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack.
“A hip, new guide to wine for the new generation of wine drinkers, from the sommelier creators of the award-winning site Wine Folly. Wine Folly is for anyone who loves great wine; pros and novices alike. With its candid and practical approach, it is the indispensable wine bible for the twenty-first century.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverHome-Brewed Gluten-free Beer : more than 75 craft beer recipes / Sara McGrath ; with a foreword by Joshua M. Bernstein.
“Gluten-free beer used to be something of a rarity, with a lack of styles and choice. Even for the do-it-yourselfer, there’s never been a book for the gluten-free home-brewer, until now. In Home-Brewed Gluten Free Beer, author Sara McGrath makes home-brewing wheat-free beers a snap. You’ll discover how to brew beer using ingredients like sorghum, rice, corn, saps and honey, brown sugar and molasses, without sacrificing flavor or your gluten-free lifestyle.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverBrodo : a bone broth cookbook / Marco Canora with Tammy Walker.
“Since chef Marco Canora opened Brodo, a takeout window at his East Village restaurant Hearth, he has been unable to keep up with the demand for his amazingly restorative and delicious bone broths. A cookbook and guidebook, this small format book will offer a cleanse regimen utilizing these healthier meal replacements, recipes, and how they can be used in a variety of healthy dishes and drinks.” (Provided by publisher)

New Sport & Fitness books in December

New Sport & Fitness books cover a range of topics, including equestrian, mountaineering and dance, plus much more.

Syndetics book coverBridled Passion : a tribute to our Kiwi equestrians / Margot Butcher.
Bridled Passion is a beautiful compendium dedicated to celebrating the 30-year success story of New Zealand’s best equestrian sportspeople and their fine-tuned steeds in one of the few sports worldwide in which men and women compete as equals. From 1960 Olympics pioneer Andrew White through to the magic medal-winning moments of Sir Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, Sally Clark, Blyth Tait, Tinks Pottinger, Vaughn Jefferis and their contemporaries, from our leading show jumpers to emerging stars, this book celebrates New Zealand’s high-performance equestrian story.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Naked Mountaineer : misadventures of an Alpine traveler / Steve Sieberson ; foreword by Lou Whittaker.
The Naked Mountaineer recounts a series of solo journeys to some of the world’s most exotic peaks in places such as Switzerland, Japan, and Borneo. Although Steve Sieberson did reach many summits, in most cases his travels were more memorable for what he encountered along the way than for the actual climbing. On the Matterhorn he met an English alpinist who revelled in naked selfies, he stumbled into a cockfight in a Balinese village, and on a volcano in Italy he was mistaken for a famous singer by an insistent fan. The Naked Mountaineer offers mountain-themed travel stories with a wide-eyed view of the world, while presenting irreverent commentary on climbers and their peculiar sport.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHell and High Water : one man’s attempt to swim the length of Britain / Sean Conway.
“In June 2013 Sean Conway set out from Land’s End in his bid to be the first person to swim the length of Britain. It was a challenge so extreme that not only had it never been attempted before, but most of the sponsors Sean approached turned him down as they were worried that he would die trying. The physical challenge was gruelling, but came with unexpected rewards. Sean swam with dolphins and seals and among stunning night-time phosphorescence. He had a unique view of the British coast, discovering tiny hidden coves and exploring shipwrecks. This is a remarkable and funny story about how anything is possible if you truly put your mind to it.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBoy on Ice : the life and death of Derek Boogaard / John Branch.
“Widely regarded as the toughest man in the NHL, Boogaard was a gentle man off the ice but a merciless fighter on it. Branch recounts Boogaard’s unlikely journey from lumbering kid playing pond-hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan to his days and nights as a star enforcer with the Minnesota Wild and the storied New York Rangers. But, as Branch reveals, behind the scenes Boogaard’s injuries and concussions were mounting and his mental state was deteriorating, culminating in his early death from an overdose of alcohol and painkillers. This is a book that raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports and the damage that reaches far beyond the game.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOut of the Rough / Steve Williams with Michael Donaldson.
“One of the most successful caddies of the modern era, having amassed 150 wins, Kiwi Steve Williams has worked with some of the golfing world’s best, including 13 years on the bag of Tiger Woods. Together, Woods and Williams won more than 80 tournaments – with 13 major championships among them. In this candid reflection on his years caddying for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Terry Gale, Ian Baker-Finch and Adam Scott, Williams shares the highs and lows of their careers, explains the critical role of a caddy and offers a rare insider’s view of the professional golfing world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to Fly Fish : from newcomer to improver / John Symonds.
“In this clear and attractive book are all the essential skills you need to be a competent all-round fly fisher. With John Symonds you will learn how to fish for trout and salmon in still waters from both bank and boat; in rivers; dry fly and wet fly. You will know how to tie reliable and easy knots, to construct the right leaders, learn where the fish are most likely to lie, how to cast to them and which flies to use. How to Fly Fish will bring you up-to-date with all the latest on leader construction and knots, boat control with the paradrogue, traditional nymphing methods to the popular tenkara style. Packed with useful tips and clear diagrams.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Complete Practical Guide to Poker and Poker Playing / Trevor Sippets.
“Poker is a game of skill, bluff, deception and sometimes a little luck. This book details the house rules, sequence of play, betting terms, structure and showdown, as well as card reading, body language and the art of bluffing. For more advanced players, the betting structures are outlined, as are the subtle differences between cash games versus tournaments. This comprehensive, practical book is suitable for beginners and advanced players alike, and will teach all the tips, tricks and tactics that make poker one of the world’s most thrilling games.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMen in Green / Michael Bamberger.
“Was golf better (to use one of Tiger’s favorite phrases) back in the day? In [this book], Michael Bamberger, who fell for the game as a teenager in its wild Sansabelt-and-persimmon 1970s heyday, goes on a quest to try to find out. The result is a candid, nostalgic, intimate portrait of golf’s greatest generation–then and now.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlock City / Robert Louis Stevenson ; illustrated by Daniel Kirk.
“What are you able to build with your blocks? Renowned illustrator Daniel Kirk has joined his “blocks” — in this case, bright colors, bold shapes, and retro style — with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic poem to construct a nostalgic yet exuberant celebration of fun and imagination. It is a joyous look at playtime that will encourage toddlers to build dreams all their own!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFinding Ultra : rejecting middle age, becoming one of the world’s fittest men, and discovering myself / Rich Roll.
“On the eve of his 40th birthday, Rich Roll was in bad shape. His days were filled with work, stress, and junk food, and his nights were spent on the couch, remote in hand. At 50 pounds overweight, a walk up the stairs left him winded. He decided it was time to make a change. After undergoing a diet detox, adopting a vegan lifestyle, and pushing his fitness regimen to undreamed-of heights, he was profiled by Men’s Fitness as one of the world’s 25 fittest men. This is the story of that remarkable transformation, a complete physical and spiritual rejuvenation that proves that anyone can “find ultra” if they know how.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStreet Dance : The Best Moves / D. J. Hooch.
“Street Dance: the Best Moves is the perfect introduction to major street dance styles with easy-to-follow step-by-step photography. As well as learning the various types of street dance, including B-boy, Popping, Locking, Hip Hop and House – and the basic moves of each of these – you’ll get tips on the best tracks to dance to, what clothes to wear to look the part, and be given expert advice from top dancers across the globe. . Throughout the book there are also embedded videos, showing the step-by-steps put into practice so you can check you’re doing it right!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlindsided / Michael Lynagh with Mark Eglinton.
“On an April day like any other in 2012 Michael Lynagh – retired rugby great – set for a successful career in commercial property and rugby analysis was suddenly forced to re evaluate everything. While with friends in Brisbane having a relaxed beer or two, a seemingly fit and healthy Lynagh suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He was just forty-eight years old and a father of three young boys. For three days, as his brain swelled to the point of catastrophe, his life hung in the balance. What followed is an inspiring story of recovery, rehabilitation and remembering. Blindsided is a life-affirming memoir about luck, family, mates and rugby; and a timely reminder of how you play the game of life, as much as rugby, matters.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Festive baking – Cooking picks in December

The party season is coming up – included here are ideas to inspire you. Let your cake be the centrepiece at the next party or dress it up as a gift for family and friends.

Syndetics book coverPractically Raw Desserts : flexible recipes for all-natural sweets and treats / Amber Shea Crawley.
“Chef Amber Shea’s innovative “flexible” approach to raw vegan desserts that allows some cooking. Practically Raw Desserts is a trove of scrumptious raw cakes, cookies, brownies, pies, puddings, candies, pastries, and frozen treats. All of chef Amber Shea Crawley’s sweet creations allow substitution and adaptation for a non-raw kitchen. The recipes are free of dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, soy, corn, refined grains, refined sugars, yeast, starch, and other nutrient-poor ingredients. Many recipes are also free of grains, oils, nuts, and added sugars…. If you’re looking for delicious and vibrant dessert recipes with maximum flavor and nutrition, then you’ll love Practically Raw Desserts .” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMagic Cakes : three cakes in one : one mixture, one bake, three delicious layers / Christelle Huet-Gomez ; photography by Valéry Guédes.
“Prepare yourself for an explosion of textures and flavors in a cake like you’ve never tasted before: a dense, moist cake base; a delicate cream filling; and a light and fluffy sponge to top it off. The magic in these cakes is in the separation of the egg whites and the low cooking temperature. During cooking, the cake mixture divides itself into three delicious layers, each with a distinct texture and taste–magic! Magic Cakes shares over thirty sensational recipes, from classic cakes to cheesecakes, brownies, tarts, quiches, and much more…Discover the magic for yourself!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlanet Cake : love and friendship : celebration cakes for special occasions / Paris Cutler ; photography by Chris Chen.
“Cake decoration for occasions that mark the milestones of love and celebrate friendship.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNaked cakes : simply beautiful handmade creations / Lyndel Miller ; photography by Mindi Cooke.
“Recipes and inspiration for making, decorating and displaying naked cakes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNaturally Sassy / Saskia Gregson-Williams.
“Saskia’s delicious, easy-to-make recipes will prove to sugar addicts, hardened carnivores and dairy lovers that plant-based eating is delicious, fun and satisfying–as well as really good for you. Recipes are either quick and simple or can be made ahead, ingredients are affordable and easy to find, and you don’t need lots of expensive equipment to make this food. As a ballet dancer, this diet gives Saskia all the energy and nutrition she needs to train, recover and perform–but you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from this book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDeco Roll Cakes : let’s make decorated Swiss rolls! / Junko.
“Light, delicious and filled with fresh cream and cut fruit, Swiss rolls are a welcome treat for any occasion. Now, Japan’s favourite baking blogger Junko has taken the classic rolls one step further and made them utterly irresistible by adding decorative patterns. Learn how to make pretty patterns, such as strawberries, hearts and flowers, or designer motifs such as animal and argyle prints, on melt-in-the-mouth vanilla, chocolate, coffee or green tea-flavoured cake rolls. Master the basics, then go on to personalise these versatile cakes with a message or create your own patterns to celebrate special occasions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFood52 Baking : 60 sensational treats you can pull off in a snap / editors of Food52 ; photography by James Ransom.
“A stunning collection of hassle-free recipes for baking cakes, cookies, tarts, puddings, muffins, bread, and more, from the editors behind the leading food website Food52. Whether it’s the chocolate cake at every childhood birthday, blondies waiting for you after school, or hot dinner rolls smeared with butter at Thanksgiving dinner, homemade baked goods hold a place in many of our best memories.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSweet Envy : deceptively easy desserts, designed to steal the show / Seton Rossini.
“Want your friends and family to gasp in awe when you bring dessert to the table? Here’s a secret: You can make wow-worthy cakes, cookies, candies, and more, in your own kitchen, faster and more easily than you’d ever guess. Seton Rossini provides step-by-step instructions and photographs to help you make 75 crowd-pleasing confections that are breathtakingly beautiful, and, most importantly, surprisingly simple.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuinntessential Baking / Frances Quinn.
“Frances Quinn wowed the judges with her imaginative showstoppers and extraordinary baking skill to win The Great British Bake Off in 2013. Here is Quinntessential Baking : a treasure trove of inspirational ideas to bring a spark of creativity and a teaspoon of wonder into your kitchen. Frances’ combination of ideas and ingredients will provide you with straightforward master recipes or ‘building blocks’, and she explains how to apply a little magic to turn them into beautiful bakes. Whether you’re a baking novice or an extraordinaire, you’ll find achievable bakes for all occasions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHome Baked / Yvette Van Boven.
“Food stylist and cook Yvette van Boven has offered delicious seasonal recipes in Home Made , Home Made Summer , and Home Made Winter that highlight the fresh produce available throughout the year. In her much-anticipated follow-up, Home Baked, she celebrates the art of baking. Complete with her signature illustrations and scenic photographs of Ireland and Paris, Home Baked is a beautiful collection of van Boven’s favorite baked goods–warm bread from the oven, sweet banana bread, a gooey cinnamon and caramel pull-apart loaf, rich chocolate cake, shortbread cookies, and more. Her inviting voice, easy-to-follow recipes, and beautiful photographs make Home Baked a staple for every kitchen and lovely enough to show off in other rooms as well.” (Syndetics summary)