Category: Recent picks

Health food fix – New Cooking books

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Festive feasts – New Cooking books in December

Preparing for the festive season? This selection of recent cookbooks should help.

Syndetics book coverCelebrating Christmas / editorial and food director, Pamela Clark.
Festive food & menu for a stress-free Christmas.

Syndetics book coverA Banquet on a Budget / Judy Ridgway.
“In A Banquet on a Budget Author Judy Ridgway draws on her professional and personal experience to show you how to cater for a wedding, or any big party with confidence and style.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverForest Feast : simple vegetarian recipes from my cabin in the woods / Erin Gleeson.
“Offering detailed guidance on hosting casual yet thoughtful get-togethers from start to finish, this book includes 100 brand new innovative recipes…This lavishly illustrated reference is for anyone who enjoys sharing good food with good friends simply and beautifully.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverElbows off the Table, Please : recipes to make any occasion special / Jo Seagar ; photography by Jae Frew.
“Delicious, effortless recipes, along with wise advice on how to be a generous host and gracious guest no matter what the occasion. In this must-have collection of recipes, Jo Seager shares her favourite dishes for simple gatherings, special celebrations and those times when a home-made offering saves the day.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverJamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook.
Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook is packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food and new ways to love those leftovers. It’s everything you need for the best Christmas ever. “This book is the greatest hits, all wrapped up in one Christmas parcel, and I hope you have fun looking through, picking your recipes, and building your own plan.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverHow to Celebrate Everything : recipes and rituals for birthdays, holidays, family dinners, and every day in between / Jenny Rosenstrach ; photography by Chelsea Cavanaugh ; food styling by Victoria Granof.
“Author and blogger Rosenstrach focuses her latest effort on what to eat during the celebrations and everyday routines that become treasured family memories…For the most part, the recipes are updates of home cooking classics, streamlined and easy to prepare for both small and large gatherings.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverKathryn at Home : a guide to simple entertaining / Kathryn M. Ireland with Ithaka Roddam.
“This book celebrates good friends and great food in the French countryside and southern California. In an elegant scrapbook style, she shares her advice on entertaining particularly outdoors.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverModern Potluck : beautiful food to share / Kristin Donnelly.
Modern Potluck has 100 photo-worthy make-ahead recipes that are perfect for a crowd. Tailored to today’s tastes, they navigate carnivore, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan preferences deliciously, while packing in exciting, bold flavors. Look no further for dishes that will be the talk of your next gathering.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe Great British Bake Off : children’s party cakes & bakes : 70 recipes for a perfect children’s party / Annie Rigg.
“Bake the cake of your child’s dreams with the help of The Great British Bake Off team! This guide to creating a showstopper birthday cake will make the annual birthday party stress-free, with plenty of ideas for creative and achievable small bakes too. Whether you are a novice cook or a skilled baker, take your pick from recipes for lions, castles, snow queens, rockets, and crowns.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOutdoors : simple delicious food for barbecues, spits, and open fires / Jeremy Schmid ; photography by Devin Hart.
“Everything tastes better when it is cooked outdoors. The enticing aroma of a cooking fire wafting flavours through fresh air is irresistible – it’s an ideal invitation to relax and unwind with friends or family and enjoy delicious food in attractive natural surroundings…. Full of deliciously mouth-watering recipes, without doubt, you’ll soon find Outdoors will become your favourite go-to cookbook. (Book Jacket)

The Dinner LadiesThe Dinner Ladies / Sophie Gilliatt, Katherine Westwood.
“The evening, when time and patience are at their shortest, can be the worst part of the day to throw a meal together. And then there are the unexpected mouths to feed: a friend with a new baby, an elderly family member, a couple of uninvited ravenous teenagers…Enter the Dinner Ladies, the fearsomely organised duo bringing delicious peace to busy households. They are the mistresses of stocked-up fridges and freezers thanks to a wide-ranging repertoire of nourishing, reliable make-ahead meals….Welcome the Dinner Ladies to your kitchen and reclaim your evenings.” (Book Jacket)

Simple Summer recipes – New Cooking books

Simple, easy to make, effortless, flavoursome, healthy recipes for everyday.

Syndetics book coverScrumptious / Chelsea Winter ; photography by Tam West.
“Chelsea Winter has become a saviour in the kitchen. Discover why with this utterly scrumptious collection of recipes.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverFlavour : Eat What You Love / Ruby Tandoh.
Ruby brings “the focus back to taste – not presentation or prestige, health or fashion – so that you can cook well, and eat what you want.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverFresh India : 130 quick, easy and delicious vegetarian recipes for every day / Meera Sodha ; photography by David Loftus.
“Following on from her best selling Made in India, Meera Sodha reveals a whole new side of Indian food that is fresh, delicious and quick to make at home.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe London Cookbook : recipes from the restaurants, cafes, and hole-in-the-wall gems of a modern city / Aleksandra Crapanzano ; photography by Sang An.
“Collects more than one hundred eclectic recipes from some of London’s best restaurants, dessert shops, coffee houses, cocktail lounges, and hole-in-the-wall gems–all adapted for the home kitchen.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Power of Flour : the deliciously versatile world of flour in baking and cooking fluten-free / Rowie Dillon.
“From coconut flour to buckwheat, teff to tapioca, The Power of Flour is full of delicious, east-to-follow recipes using a range of gluten-free flour, seeds and grains.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverMy Green Kitchen : nourishing food for New Zealanders / Neena Truscott & Belinda MacDonald.
My Green Kitchen will empower you to take your family’s wellness to new levels by integrating the healing power of foods with delicious family recipes.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverRun Fast, Eat Slow : nourishing recipes for athletes / Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky ; photography by Alan Weiner.
“From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. This cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting does more harm than good…. Run Fast Eat Slow has all the bases covered.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFlavours of Victoria : 125 restaurants, wineries & producers with their signature recipes / edited by Penny Cordner ; photography, Katie Wilton, Kevin Li, Bianca White.
Flavours of Victoria takes Smudge Publishing’s coverage of the state one step further, uncovering the best restaurants, cafes, producers and hotels across both the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, as well as High Country, the Goldfields and the Macedon Ranges…you’ll find within its pages information on more than 120 of the states best culinary destinations, signature recipes and insights on where to stay. It also features full-colour illustration and fantastic photography, capturing the true essence of the state.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Essential Edible Pharmacy : heal yourself from the inside out / Sophie Manolas.
“Sophie Manolas is a straight-talking, down-to-earth clinical nutritionist who is passionate about showing people how they can eat their way to being the greatest, healthiest version of themselves. In The Essential Edible Pharmacy she takes over 60 of the most commonly available nutrient-dense foods…. and with great warmth, enthusiasm and knowledge explains exactly why each of these foods is so good for you.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Healthy Model Cookbook / Sarah Todd ; photography by John Laurie.
“High-end fashion model and 2014 MasterChef Australia contestant Sarah Todd shares more than 100 simple, fast, fresh recipes for healthy food that’s satisfying and full of flavour. By combining smart shopping with loads of herbs and aromatic spices, Sarah celebrates the joy of cooking and eating the healthy food that keeps her looking her model best.” (Syndetics summary)

Global dishes – New Cooking books in September

With delectable recipes and dishes for every meal and occasion, this is a collection of cookbooks from around the globe.

Syndetics book coverMalaysia : recipes from a family kitchen / Ping Coombes.
“Drawing inspiration from her mother and from the late-night stalls and street markets in her hometown of Ipoh, Ping has put together over 100 delicious recipes that serve as a perfect introduction to the tastes and textures of Malaysian cooking. Chilli crab and caramel pork, spicy laksas and rendangs, satays and tangy sambals: these classic dishes are intensely satisfying to make, share and devour! Welcome to Ping’s family table – and as Ping’s mother would say, ‘sek fan la!’: come and eat!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpain : the Cookbook / Simone and Inés Ortega.
“The world’s best selling Spanish cookbook and the indispensable bible of traditional and authentic Spanish home cooking.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverFrance : the cookbook / Ginette Mathiot.
“With more than 1,400 recipes, Mathiot guides the reader through all the classic recipes and techniques of French cooking… with a clear and authoritative voice. The recipes, which have been fully updated by Clothilde Dusoulie, author of the popular Chocolate & Zucchini blog, prove that authentic French food doesn’t have to be complicated, heavy or too rich.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMammissima : family cooking from a modern Italian mamma / Elisabetta Minervini.
“Vivacious and modern mother of two Elisabetta Minervini has brought the vitality of Apulian cooking to her home in London, and in Mammissima she shares the traditional recipes that her children have come to adore. These include orecchiette (“little-ear” pasta), focaccia, pasta al forno (oven-baked pasta), Salento rustic pie, and the ultimate pizza that will get everyone involved. This kind of cooking suits a hectic lifestyle and can be prepared quickly and easily using inexpensive ingredients. With enchanting food photography, illustrations, and plenty of personality, this glorious book will allow you to add Italian panache and bring la dolce vita to your own everyday cooking.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverL.A. Son : My Life, My City, My Food / Roy Choi ; with Tien Nguyen and Natasha Phan ; photographs by Bobby Fisher.
“A gritty, charming, and flavourful love letter to Los Angeles, L.A. Son is the story of Choi’s love of food and his evolution as a chef. Choi returns to his childhood afternoons at his parents’ Korean restaurant, his nights in L.A.’s illegal gambling halls and his pizza-fueled studying at the Culinary Institute of America before making his way into some of the best restaurants in America. Fully illustrated with full-color photography throughout, it includes 60 inspired recipes for everything from kalbi and kimchi to chorizo and carne asada.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFlavours of Urban Melbourne : 120 favourite restaurants, bars & cafes with their signature recipes / edited by Penny Cordner.
Flavours of Urban Melbourne takes you on an adventure through the diverse range of restaurants, cafes and bars that call this city home.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverDanish Cooking and Baking Traditions / Arthur L. Meyer ; illustrations by John A. Wilson.
“Meyer introduces readers to the best offerings of the Danish table – from soups, main courses, vegetables, and sauces to breads and sweets – in 170 recipes with step-by-step instructions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFalafel for Breakfast : modern Middle Eastern recipes for any time of the day from Kepos Street Kitchen / Michael Rantissi & Kristy Frawley.
“Israeli-born chef Michael Rantissi has converted the brunching crowds from customary bacon and eggs to his sharing plates laden with falafel, labneh, spicy dukkah and pita bread warm from the oven.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverVietnamese Street Food / Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl ; photography by Michael Fountoulakis.
“With food photography of every dish and complemented by evocative location photography, this book provides an unforgettable insight into Vietnamese street food and culture that will inspire both the home chef and the armchair traveller.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEast London Food / written and compiled by Rosie Birkett ; photography by Helen Cathcart.
“East London has become the most exciting place to eat in the UK. Home to a vibrant and diverse community, it has attracted a wave of fresh gastronomic talent, including top chefs, young producers and bold entrepreneurs. This book follows forty people at the heart of a culinary phenomenon – from Michelin-starred chefs and specialist butchers to wild foragers and urban beekeepers. With in-depth interviews and lavish photography, East London Food guides you on where to go, what to eat and how to cook it at home.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreek : Heart-warming Traditional Recipes / [food director, Pamela Clark.]
“From the delicious dips and little morsels they call Mezze and eat with a glass of ouzo before dinner to the super-sweet honey-drenched baklava they eat with their coffee after dinner, Greek food is a culinary delight. Seafood is plentiful in Greece and there are recipes included here for prawns, sardines, squid and octopus. Peasant dishes such as moussaka, slow-roasted lamb, and dishes made from rabbit and goat are an important feature of the cuisine too. And there are celebration dishes – especially for Easter. And along with the beautifully photographed recipes, there are several beautifully photographed landscapes of Greece.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimply Spice : homemade Indian vegetarian food / Raji Sharma.
Simply Spice is a refreshing and innovative approach to Indian cuisine. The book includes introductions on the type of spices you can integrate into your cooking, and the benefits of using spices in your cooking….Simply Spice offers the readers an expansive collection of Indian recipes bound to impress friends and family – a beautifully presented cookbook, perfect for every foodie’s collection.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEast : culinary adventures in Southeast Asia / Leanne Kitchen & Antony Suvalko.
East celebrates the ingredients and flavors of South East Asia, taking you on a unique journey from the comfort of your own kitchen. Inspired by the authors’ personal travels and the culinary highlights they discovered in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia and Burma, East is a colorful exploration of the food and culture of these diverse areas. Captured with stunning photography from locations throughout South East Asia as well as beautiful food photography to accompany the 100 recipes, East reveals a glimpse of the bold tastes, big colors and full flavors of this exotic region.” (Syndetics summary)

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)

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 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 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)

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)

New Cooking books in November

This collection of cookbooks will inspire you to create wholesome, healthy meals easily and without stress.

Syndetics book coverThe Edible Atlas : around the world in thirty-nine cuisines / Mina Holland.
“‘A fascinating project, telling some fantastic stories about a broad range of cuisines. Mina’s style is engaging and illuminating and the food cries to be cooked.’ – Yotam Ottolenghi” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSalads in a Jar / Courtney Roulston.
“In our busy lives, we are always looking for nutritious, delicious, satisfying meals that are fast and simple to prepare. Salads in a Jar will show you how you can take it to another level, layering jars with salads to create lunches or breakfasts on the go….the salads are portable, the packaging is environmentally friendly and the recipes are delicious. Because the salads can last for several days in the fridge, you can always have yummy breakfasts and lunches ready to go.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrom Venice to Istanbul / Rick Stein.
“From the mythical heart of Greece to the fruits of the Black Sea coast; from Croatian and Albanian flavors to the spices and aromas of Turkey and beyond–the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean is a vibrant melting pot brimming with character. This book includes more than 100 spectacular recipes discovered by Rick during his travels. this collection of inspiring recipes evokes the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean at home.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJanella’s Super Natural Foods / Janella Purcell.
“With more than 150 fantastic recipes for healthy and delicious meals, desserts, snacks, drinks, and dressings,…Janella’s philosophy of using “food as medicine” is simple and easy to follow. Many of the recipes have been influenced by Janella’s travels to Italy, Japan, India, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Clearly marked with relevant codes–gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, raw, soy free, nut free, or grain free–each recipe also contains a few alternative ingredient suggestions to please all of the friends and family seated around your table. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Salad Bowl : vibrant & healthy recipes for light meals, lunches, simple sides & dressings / Nicola Graimes ; photography by Matt Russell.
“Fresh, healthy, wholesome, and delicious–there can be so much more to salads than just a few leaves on a plate. These tasty recipes will inspire you to nourish your body from the inside out with every delicious forkful. This delightful book showcases beautifully balanced salads, with chapters covering Meat and Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Dairy, Grains, Beans and Pulses, and Simply Fruits and Vegetables…. With more and more people aspiring to eat healthier diets, and with such a large variety of fresh and interesting ingredients now readily available, there has never been a better time to experiment and discover some new favorites.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBrew it Yourself / Nick Moyle & Richard Hood.
“Combining two of their passions–alcohol and gardening–authors Richard Hood and Nick Moyle take special care to explain the importance of the ingredients in each of their recipes–whether grown in the garden, foraged in the wild or bought from their local supermarket. With drinks ranging from a classic elderflower sparkle to homemade absinthe, Richard and Nick bring the art of brewing back to earth. Brew it Yourself also debunks myths, celebrates experimentation and takes the fear out of the science of fermentation. It proves that creating your own tasty alcoholic drinks doesn’t need to be complicated, doesn’t need to be costly and, most importantly, can be a whole lot of fun.” –Amazon.

Syndetics book coverClean Green Eats : 100+ clean-eating recipes to improve your whole life / Candice Kumai.
In Clean Green Eats, chef, health journalist, and healthy-living expert Candice Kumai offers more than 100 recipes that make clean eating easy, inspiring, and delicious. Her food philosophy is simple: Eat more plants, fewer animals, less dairy, low-sugar, low-gluten, and zero processed food. Candice shows you how to create meals you can feel great about eating and sharing with your family and friends.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBake and Destroy : good food for bad vegans / Natalie Slater ; foreword by CM Punk.
“Natalie Slater has been described as “Martha Stewart meets Iron Maiden,” taking vegan cooking to places it has never been before. Influenced by slasher films, pro-wrestling, punk rock and heavy metal, her quirky-yet-delicious comfort foods are a refreshing take on vegan eating with award-winning flavors. Along the way, her off-color humor, irreverent rants and density of pop-culture references will make you laugh out loud…Bake and Destroy was named one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year by VegNews.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCitrus : Sweet & Savory Sun-Kissed Recipes / Valerie Aikman-Smith & Victoria Pearson.
“A visually stunning collection of 75 inventive, fool-proof recipes that highlight the use of citrus. This sunny, citrus-infused collection showcases lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and limes as well as out-of-the-ordinary kumquats, pomelos, Buddha’s hand, and yuzu in everything from breakfast to dinner, drinks to dessert…The photography captures the essence of citrus on the plate…the zesty, tangy flavors of Citrus will brighten up both your kitchen and your cooking.” (Syndetics summary)


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