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.” (

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)

電子菜譜:廣式燒臘點心 – New Cooking eBooks in Cantonese


Overdrive cover 在家做燒味, 陳偉 (eBook)
“香港的燒味舉世馳名,許多香港人都愛吃這種食物,資深燒臘名師陳偉把繁複的專業技藝,簡化成在家也能做到的燒烤食物,書中有香料和一般常用味醬介紹,並附有許多個人製作心得,與讀者分享。全書介紹了50多款美味食物,還運用那些滷燻食物再配搭其他食材,變化成許多家常菜餚,天天有加餸。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 美味滋补煲汤, 刘振鹏 (eBook)
“冬春季,餐桌上有碗热气腾腾的鲜汤,常使人垂涎欲滴,既能取暖,又能开胃,夏秋季节,餐桌上有碗凉的差不多的清肺汤,既能排毒,又能养颜,想想就觉得胃口大开。《美味滋补煲汤》主要内容包括:煲汤全攻略、滋补蔬菜汤、滋补肉菜汤、滋补水产汤和滋补甜汤。内容丰富、信息量大、实用性强。助您喝出健康好身体。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 糖水, Unknown (eBook)
“香港潮流糖水和經典糖水共冶一爐,簡單易做,撘配新穎,顏色吸引,除了自家烹煮外,還可作糖水店的參考建議。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 蔡潔儀百味料理–香港糕點, 蔡潔儀 (eBook)
“蔡潔儀百味料理的叢書之一,挑選香港常見50款糕點甜品編集成書,尤其是節慶食品、坊間小吃等。每款食譜會突出烹調成品特色與技法,以及每菜一食材的介紹。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 天天吃海魚, 陳紀臨 (eBook)
“每菜一魚,標有其特徵、別名和烹調方法,還兼附魚相片,方便確認。作者是飲食世家出身,博學多聞,游走四方,全書挑選40多道魚菜,深入考究每種魚的資料,運用不同的烹調技巧,突顯菜式。篇末還附加海魚概說,增加閱讀興趣和常識。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 一盅兩件, 黃健欽 (eBook)
“資深點心師黃健欽擁有40多年入廚經驗,其點心作品創意不凡。點心離不開飲茶,本書既講點亦講茶。55款創新口味或造型的點心中,有「飲茶」必食的多款美點外,還以茶入饌,煎炒焗炸蒸煮等法炮製的美點,均有圖解詳細解說製作方法,是點心製作愛好者必備的參考書。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 食療食物大全, 鍾庸 (eBook)
“‧利用食物防治疾病,在中國已有數千年歷史。食物藥源,到處可見,不論瓜果蔬菜,還是糧食肉蛋,既可食用,又能入藥,具有安全可靠,簡單易行的特色。 ‧本書用數百張彩圖和簡明扼要的文字,深入淺出的紹了達三百種「食用的藥物」,取這些飲食物料作為輔助治療劑或食療品,都能收到恢復健康,促進病體痊癒的效果。 ‧本書原作者是譽滿港澳的已故著名中醫鍾庸先生,有豐富的臨床經驗。原書出版多年,現今再經本草學及食療專家關培生先生對全書作修訂,在考核名實,評述氣味功能,解說食療功效和闡釋實際應用方面都作了嚴謹的校勘,使全書更具科學性,並充份反映了目前食療研究的成果。 ‧本書附錄了常用食療方及百餘種常見食物的詳細營養成份分析表,具有相當高的參考價值。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 家有靚湯, 伊曼 (eBook)
“喝湯是飲食文化一種,香港湯種可說是五花八門,有養生湯、滾煮湯和西式湯羹等。這本書集合了四十多種湯,中西合璧,還附加了選煲心得,食譜還兼備了中、英、印尼文,適合不同讀者的需要,自用或送禮皆宜。書末還附設了常用湯料的認字咭以供外傭使用。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 真味香港菜, 陳紀臨 (eBook)
“作者夫婦是著名食家「特級校對」陳夢因先生的子媳,繼承其父對飲食的品鑒,強調廚藝,捨棄盲目追求名貴食物,堅持「做菜是要用心來做,不是用手來做」的理念。本書以實例發揚「特級校對」的飲食哲學,除了提供具體的份量和烹調的步驟方法,還講述做菜的道理,使讀者能利用今天的食材和廚房設備,容易地做出可口的家常菜。陳家廚房從來沒有秘密,有的是特級校對留下的做菜智慧和思考方法,悟道者受益不盡。 本書借著懷舊菜式喚起集體回憶,提倡「在家吃飯」,讓讀者們一起感受家庭溫馨。” (Overdrive description)


New Cooking books in August

This selection includes something for everyone.

Syndetics book coverSolo : Inspirational Cooking for One / Linda Tubby ; photography by Ali Allen.
“Linda’s imaginative and inspiring recipes are divided into 5 chapters, Almost Instant, A Little Ahead, Give It Time, Make It An Event and Those Little Extras, making it simple to find the perfect meal for any occasion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSecrets From My Indian Family Kitchen : contains 120 recipes / Anjali Pathak.
“Inventive, engaging and soulful. Anjali’s adoration of Indian cuisine and proud love for her Indian heritage combined with her cooking, writing and teaching skills, has made this book quite special. Anjali draws upon her family secrets in a beautiful collection of authentic Indian dishes and modern creations that are perfect for all cooks. Delve into heartfelt stories that bring Indian food to life, learn top tips for foolproof results, master classics and learn how a touch of spice can add a contemporary twist.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat Can I Cook Tonight? / editiorial & food director, Pamela Clark.
“Meals for weeknights are challenging as time is short and everyone is busy, but there still needs to be a healthy, tasty meal ready for the family. Home cooks will be inspired with these quick and easy family-friendly meals – perfect for busy weeknights…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCourtyard Kitchen : recipes and growing tips for herbs and potted fruits / Natalie Boog.
“Courtyard Kitchen is prefaced with simple tips and hints on selecting the best herbs for your space and setting up and maintaining them; it includes essential information on seasons, cropping times and basic plant care. Following this are more than 80 simple fresh food recipes with clever flavour-matching ideas based around a specific herb or potted fruit theme-basil, mint, coriander, lemon, parsley, strawberry, thyme, rosemary, chilli. There are risottos, roasts, pizzas, salsas, salads, soups, recipes for pasta, polenta, couscous; there are sorbets, cakes, biscuits and treats – delicious, easy recipes that celebrate the sheer pleasure of home cooking with herbs you’ve grown yourself.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Dumpling Sisters Cookbook : over 100 favourite recipes from a Chinese family kitchen / Amy and Julie Zhang.
“Dedicated to and destined to be adored by every Chinese food lover, this book is full of Chinese-food favourites, impressive sharing dishes and even sweet treats that have been little acknowledged in a western understanding of Chinese food – until now. This is Chinese home cooking at its best.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverV is for Vegan / Kerstin Rodgers aka MsMarmiteLover ; photography by Jan Baldwin.
“A bright and creative vegan cookbook that will change your perception of veganism forever. This is the perfect book for vegans, the vegan-curious and those just looking to cut down on their meat intake.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCurious Barista’s Guide to Coffee / Tristan Stephenson ; with photography by Addie Chinn.
“The definitive guide to the extraordinary world of coffee from growing and roasting to brewing and serving the perfect cup. The ultimate guide to the history, science and community behind coffee…..Coffee offers 25 recipes for coffee-based drinks and baked treats to serve them with. From iced to Irish, espresso martinis to coffee beer, this is an essential anthology for the coffee enthusiast.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMagic Soup : food for health and happiness / Nicole Pisani and Kate Adams.
“There is something about soup that has both the ability to revitalise and to soothe. They are packed with nutrition and offer variety, deliciousness and comfort as well as being a fantastic aid for weight-loss. Soup’s versatility and health benefits are captured in MAGIC SOUP.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGo Clean & Lean with Carie.
“Simplicity around eating clean and wholesome foods that are naturally wheat and gluten free with minimal to no added sugars! This is a resource tool and recipe book rolled into one. It offers a down to earth and easy to understand approach to eating healthy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet : more than 200 healthy homemade snacks you and your kids will love / Laura Fuentes, founder of
If you’re a parent or a caregiver, you know that kids are hungry all the time. And while you want to give them the best, snack time can be a true test. How do you avoid the convenient-but-unhealthy storebought treats and instead provide something that not only tastes good, but is good for them them too? With The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet, you’ll find more than 200+ great ideas for solving the snack conundrum.” (Syndtics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Beetlebung Farm Cookbook : a year of cooking on Martha’s Vineyard / Chris Fischer with Catherine Young ; photographs by Gabriela Herman ; design & letterpress by Emma Young.
“Chris Fischer is a chef, farmer, and writer whose roots on the island run twelve generations deep. His cooking combines practical, rural ingenuity with skill acquired in the world’s leading kitchens. Beetlebung Farm, his grandparents’ five-acre parcel in the town of Chilmark, is both Fischer’s inspiration and the source for the fine raw materials he showcases…..In this beautifully illustrated homage to the family and community that raised him, Fischer weaves seasonal menus through stories of growing up on the island……The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook is a clear and essential record of contemporary New England cuisine.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHog : proper pork recipes from the snout to the squeak / Richard H. Turner.
Hog is a celebration of all things pig from the king of meat himself, Richard H. Turner – from breeds and rearing, to butchering and preparing, with techniques, features and more than 150 recipes for nose to tail eating. The comprehensive range of dishes includes hams, bacon, sausages, charcuterie, pates, confits, roasts, grills, hotpots, ragouts, pies, casseroles, scratchings, crackling, trotters and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Geeky Chef Cookbook : unofficial recipes from Doctor Who, Game of thrones, Harry Potter, and more : real-life recipes for your favorite fantasy foods / Cassandra Reeder, the Geeky Chef.
“Geek out with recipes inspired by books, movies, television, and video games! You’ve conquered comic con. You binge watch Star Wars regularly. Now, it’s time to get your geek on in the kitchen! Cassandra Reeder loves to cook, and she’s a bona-fide mega-geek. Comic-lover, avid gamer, and sci-fi and fantasy lover, she started The Geeky Chef in 2008. She creates real-life recipes for all the delicious foods you’ve seen in your favorite sci-fi and fantasy movies, TV shows, and video games.”(Syndetics summary)

Seasonal foods – New Cooking picks in July

This month’s selection of cookbooks feature seasonal foods with emphasis on local produce and growing your own food. Other books include ‘how to’ books like Dudefood, The First Foods Book and Cooking for Geeks.

Syndetics book coverDudeFood. Volume # 1 / [by Daniel Churchill].
“Are you a guy who has wanted to cook but doesn’t know where to start? The Dude Food book is here to educate, motivate and inspire men of all ages. With its colloquial dude language and easy to read recipes, dudes no longer have an excuse to avoid the kitchen bench. Dude Food incorporates the many scenarios guys find themselves in each day – what to have around the gym, how to impress a girl, what to feed your mates. This book will turn a standard TV dinner guy into an appealing kitchen master.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe First Foods Book : 130 yummy recipes from weaning to the big table.
“Covering every step of the weaning journey, from six months to a year, The First Foods Book includes more than 130 recipes – from single-veg purees to exciting combinations and full meals. Every one has been rigorously tested to ensure it meets with Ella’s Kitchen nutritional standards. There is also lots of practical advice to give every parent confidence at this key stage of their baby’s development…making weaning easy and stress-free – introducing solids becomes as much of an adventure for parents as it is for the little one whose taste exploration has only just begun.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCooking for Geeks : Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food / Jeff Potter.
“More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks inspires you to be inventive in the kitchen and piques your curiosity about food. Presents recipes ranging in difficulty with the science and technology-minded cook in mind, providing the science behind cooking, the physiology of taste, and the techniques of molecular gastronomy.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverKew on a Plate with Raymond Blanc : recipes, horticulture and heritage / text by Sheila Keating.
“The best dish on Raymond’s menu, according to Raymond, is the ‘one that’s in season’. In this unique collaboration, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Raymond Blanc OBE have come together to explore the provenance of our heritage fruit and vegetables and grow them once again in Kew’s historic gardens.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe One-Pot Gourmet Gardener : delicious container recipes to grow together and cook together / Cinead McTernan ; photography by Jason Ingram.
“How clever would it be to grow all the ingredients for an entire tasty dish in one garden pot? Well now you can, with The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener , which takes 25 contemporary and classic recipes and shows how to grow their ingredients in one chic container. Grow each recipe in one pot and serve them in another! The container recipes are arranged by eating event from picnics to snacks to main courses and puddings, with drinks and dressings to accompany.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrom Earth to Plate : cooking with root vegetables / Denise McGuigan.
From Earth to Plate guides you through the simple process of utilising fresh, amazing and exotic natural produce whether from your own garden, the local supermarket or fresh produce markets into some of the most amazing, wholesome, pleasurable and definitely scrumptious healthy dishes. You’ll relish the fabulous illustrations throughout featuring the wide array of how the humble vegetable can and will incorporate (or become the main fare) with some of the most enjoyable meals you’ll ever have the pleasure savouring. So whether you’re an experienced or a novice cook looking for a simple salad or side dish, a vibrant main course, or creamy mashed potatoes, you are certain to find it in this essential cookbook.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMaggie Beer’s Winter Harvest : recipes / Maggie Beer ; with photography by Mark Chew.
Maggie’s Winter Harvest brings together all of Maggie Beer’s signature recipes from her winter chapter of Maggie’s Harvest, including detailed descriptions of seasonal ingredients and inspiring accounts of memorable meals with family and friends….This book from one of Australia’s best-loved cooks is essential for anyone with an appreciation of the pleasures of sourcing, cooking and sharing seasonal food.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSummer Berries & Autumn Fruits : 120 sensational sweet & savoury recipes / Annie Rigg ; photography by Tara Fisher.
“In this inspiring collection of seasonal recipes, Annie Rigg offers 120 original, exciting and tempting ways to enjoy the orchard’s bounty.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNut Butters : 30 nut butter recipes and creative ways to use them / Mary Loudermilk.
“Sure, they’re great on toast, but there’s no limit to what nut butters can do! Not only will this book give you the basics for several easy-to-make varieties, but it also introduces fresh and unusual flavor combinations–like chocolate bourbon hazelnut, bacon pistachio, and spicy macadamia. Each butter comes with delicious recipes, from chicken and shrimp to cookies, pancakes, and truffles. Nut Butters will spark your imagination and inspire you to create your own variations!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Table in the Orchard : my delicious life / Michelle Crawford.
“I dreamed of a rambling old farmhouse where I could grow my own food, learn how to bake cakes and make jam. I wanted to wear gumboots. Every day.” Organizing cocktail parties at the Sydney Opera House sounds perfectly glamorous, and for a while it was for Michelle Crawford. But once she became a mother, the yearning to find her own little slice of heaven in the country could no longer be ignored….A Table in the Orchard is breathtaking proof of how seductive a taste of slow living in one of the most beautiful valleys in Tasmania might be. Like Michelle, you might be tempted to make your own crumpets or run away to the Apple Isle.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGet the Glow : 100 delicious and easy recipes that will nourish you from the inside out / Madeleine Shaw.
“In GET THE GLOW nutritional health coach to the stars Madeleine Shaw shows you that eating well can easily become a way of life, resulting in the hottest, healthiest and happiest you… Madeleine’s philosophy is simple: ditch the junk and eat foods that heal your gut so you can shine from head to toe and really get the glow.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEat Local for Less : the ultimate guide to opting out of our broken industrial food system / Julie Castillo.
“Featuring down-to-earth advice on finding, buying, growing, and preparing great food from local sources, this important resource shows readers how to bring what’s on their plates in line with what’s in their hearts. For anyone concerned about animal welfare, economic fair play, family cohesion, community wellbeing, or the impact of human activity on the environment, the book is a compendium of practical know-how, showcasing another whole food system that has been quietly producing delicious foods in ways that don’t wreck any ecosystems but actually improve some of them.” (Syndetics summary)

An international flavour in this month’s new cookbooks

This month’s selection takes a tour through a world of glorious cuisines. Although this selection of cookbooks features international and exotic cuisines, the everyday cook should not be deterred from trying these recipes as nearly all the ingredients are available in local supermarkets.

Syndetics book coverThe New Persian Kitchen / Louisa Shafia ; photography by Sara Remington.
“In The New Persian Kitchen , acclaimed chef Louisa Shafia explores her Iranian heritage by reimagining classic Persian recipes from a fresh, vegetable-focused perspective. These vibrant recipes demystify Persian ingredients like rose petals, dried limes, tamarind, and sumac, while offering surprising preparations for familiar foods such as beets, carrots, mint, and yogurt for the busy, health-conscious cook…. A luscious, contemporary take on a time-honored cuisine, The New Persian Kitchen makes the exotic and beautiful tradition of seasonal Persian cooking both accessible and inspiring.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Food of Taiwan : recipes from the beautiful island / Cathy Erway ; photography by Pete Lee.
“Acclaimed author Cathy Erway offers an insider’s look at Taiwanese cooking–from home-style dishes to authentic street food. While certain dishes from Taiwan are immensely popular, like steamed buns and bubble tea, the cuisine still remains relatively unknown in America. In The Food of Taiwan , Taiwanese-American Cathy Erway, the acclaimed blogger and author of The Art of Eating In , gives readers an insider’s look at Taiwanese cooking with almost 100 recipes for both home-style dishes and street food…. Tantalizing food photographs intersperse with beautiful shots of Taiwan’s coasts, mountains, and farms and gritty photos of bustling city scenes, making this book just as enticing to flip through as it is to cook from.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRecipes from My French Kitchen / Allyson Gofton.
“Allyson Gofton offers a glimpse into French village life as she spends a year with her family in a remote farmhouse in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Peppered with recipes and stories from this little-known area of France, Recipes from My French Kitchen shares more than 50 seasonal dishes adapted for New Zealand home cooks, as well as stories of the people, places and culinary traditions Allyson encountered during her remarkable adventure.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Kimchi Cookbook : 60 traditional and modern ways to make and eat kimchi / Lauryn Chun with Olga Massov ; photography by Sara Remington.
“Based on Korea’s legendary condiment, Mother-in-Law’s kimchi is taking America by storm with its vibrant, versatile balance of flavor and just the right amount of spice. Making kimchi is the next frontier for anyone who enjoys DIY food projects, and homemade kimchi is a must-have for connoisseurs of the beloved Korean pickle. Following traditional kimchi-making seasons and focusing on produce at its peak, this bold, colorful cookbook walks you step by step through how to make both robust and lighter kimchi…..With sixty recipes and beautiful photographs that will have you hooked on kimchi’s unique crunch and heat, The Kimchi Cookbook takes the champagne of pickles to new heights.”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverPuglia / narrative text by Tara Stevens ; photographs by Matt Russell ; illustrations by Beppe Giacobbe ; translated by Mary Consonni.
A culinary journey through the Italian regions of Puglia and Basilicata, featuring more than 50 simple and authentic recipes from the Silver Spoon kitchen.

Syndetics book coverAnatolia : Adventures in Turkish Cooking / Somer Sivrioğlu & David Dale.
Anatolia is a richly illustrated, entertaining and informative exploration of the regional cooking culture of Turkey. Turkish-born chef Somer Sivrioglu and co-author David Dale re-imagine the traditions of Turkish cooking, presenting recipes ranging from the grand banquets of the Ottoman empire to the spicy snacks of Istanbul’s street stalls. In doing so they explain their take on the classics and reveal the surrounding rituals, myths, jokes and folk wisdom of both the old and new Turkey. More than 150 dishes are featured, and images of the recipes are complemented by specially commissioned photographs shot on location in Turkey. Feature spreads on local Turkish chefs and producers and their specialities add a fascinating layer of interest and flavour.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe River Cottage Australia Cookbook / Paul West ; foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ; photography by Mark Chew ; illustrations by Kate Chadwick.
“Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has sowed the seed for a brand new River Cottage – in Australia Somewhere between Melbourne and Sydney, and nestled between the pristine Sapphire Coast and the imposing Mount Gulaga, lies the beautiful old dairy farm which is now the home of River Cottage Australia, and ‘new Hugh’ Paul West…. Featuring recipes from the first three series of River Cottage Australia, this is the cookbook that will reveal the delicious dishes which Paul has been creating on the farm… With a preface by Hugh (and a sprinkling of his recipes throughout), plus atmospheric, beautiful photography by Mark Chew, this is one of the best cookery books of the year.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverMomofuku Milk Bar / Christina Tosi, with Courtney McBroom ; photographs by Gabriele Stabile and Mark Ibold.
“Just as Momofuku was much more than a cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar, too, will have a compelling narrative story, also written with Peter Meehan, that shares the unlikely beginnings of this quirky bakery’s success. A runaway success in fall 2009, Momofuku suffered from just one criticism among reviewers: where were Christina Tosi’s fantastic desserts? The compost cookie, a chunky chocolate-chip cookie studded with crunchy salty pretzels and coffee grounds; the crack pie, a sugary-buttery confection as craveable as the name implies; the cereal milk ice cream, made from everyone’s favorite part of a nutritious breakfast–the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cereal; the easy layer cakes that forgo fancy frosting in favor of unfinished edges that hint at the yumminess inside. Momofuku Milk Bar will have all the recipes for their most addictive desserts, along with ones for savory baked goods that take a page from Dave’s Asian-flavored cuisine, such as Kimchi Croissant with Blue Cheese”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book cover7000 islands : a food portrait of the Philippines / by Yasmin Newman.
7000 Islands is a beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide to Filipino food and an insight into the culture and history of the Philippines, which will appeal to foodies and travellers alike. The book is divided into 13 chapters: Dipping Sauces (shallot and olive pickle); Breakfast (eggplant omelette); Soups (Chicken Binakol); Everyday Food (braised pork with black beans); Seafood (crab and young coconut ginataan); Party Food (stuffed beef roll with rich tomato sauce); Barbeque Food (chargrilled stuffed squid); Rice and Noodles (native paella); Vegetables and Salads (cucumber salad); Bar and Finger Food (sweet potato and prawn fritters); Snacks (sweet Filipino shortbread); Desserts (young coconut pie); Drinks (ginger tea). Filipino food can be seen through the prism of its colourful and unique history – with influences from Malaysia, Spain, China, Mexico and the US adding to the cuisine’s rich texture.” (Sydetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpain : A Culinary Road Trip / Mario Batali with Gwyneth Paltrow ; art direction and design by Douglas Riccardi and Lisa Eaton ; written with Julia Turshen ; photography by Moises Saman ; additional photography by Quentin Bacon.
“From Mario Batali, superstar chef and author of Molto Italiano and Italian Grill, comes an eating tour throughout Spain with his friend Gwyneth Paltrow. Spain…A Culinary Road Trip is the companion book to the prime-time public television series Spain…On The Road Again. The premise is simple: Mario Batali and Mark Bittman are single-minded, food-obsessed friends who are constantly on the lookout for the food, wine, and cooking that is unique to Spain–and in this series they will find it. Gwyneth Paltrow and the Spanish actress Claudia Bassols are eager to enjoy all the pleasures the country has to offer, and each pair will be lured into the worlds of the other. The foursome take the ultimate road trip adventure, showcasing the pleasures of Spain, the country’s regional cuisine, art, history, and culture, as they’ve never been seen before. Hundreds of gorgeous and candid photos, anecdotes, and more than seventy recipes from Mario appear in this scrapbook of the dream vacation through Spain.” (Syndetics summary)

New Cooking books in April

Enjoy our eclectic selection for this month.

Syndetics book coverA Bird in the Hand : chicken recipes for every day and every mood / Diana Henry.
“In A Bird in the Hand , Diana Henry o­ffers a host of new, easy and not-so-very-well-known dishes, starring the bird we all love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKenkō Kitchen / Kate Bradley ; photography by Elisa Watson.
“In Kenko Kitchen, Kate Bradley shares a range of healthy and delicious foods that are easy to prepare, with ingredients available from the local store. Featuring a host of vegan recipes that are also gluten- and sugar-free for those with fructose and gluten intolerances, and delicious raw food, detoxifying, and macrobiotic recipes, Kenko Kitchen is perfect for everyone from whole foods newcomers to long time whole-foods devotees, health-conscious food lovers, vegans, and those with dietary intolerances.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNote-by-Note Cooking : The Future of Food / Hervé This ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise.
Note-by-Note Cooking is a landmark in the annals of gastronomy, liberating cooks from the constraints of traditional ingredients and methods through the use of pure molecular compounds. 1-Octen-3-ol, which has a scent of wild mushrooms; limonene, a colorless liquid hydrocarbon that has the smell of citrus; sotolon, whose fragrance at high concentrations resembles curry and at low concentrations, maple syrup or sugar; tyrosine, an odorless but flavorful amino acid present in cheese–these and many other substances, some occurring in nature, some synthesized in the laboratory, make it possible to create novel tastes and flavors in the same way that elementary sound waves can be combined to create new sounds. Note-by-note cooking promises to add unadulterated nutritional value to dishes of all kinds, actually improving upon the health benefits of so-called natural foods….” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClean Slate : A Cookbook and Guide : reset your health, detox your body, and feel your best / from the editors of Martha Stewart living.
“This book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet, with delicious and healthy recipes that make it easy to do just that…You’ll find guidelines for re-stocking your pantry with whole grains, beans and legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats; glossaries of the best sources of detoxifiers, antioxidants, and other health-boosting nutrients; and menus for a simple 3-day cleanse and a 21-day whole-body detox, with easy-to-follow tips and strategies for staying on track.”–Publisher.

Syndetics book coverDigestion : Eat Your Way to Better Health / Dale Pinnock.
“Tackle digestion complaints and eat your way to better health with TV’s Medicinal Chef and nutrition expert Dale Pinnock. Around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time and this book explains how changing your diet can help you to alleviate symptoms.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHealthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia : 100 fantastic recipes based on extensive, in-depth research / Margaret Rayman, Katie Sharpe, Vanessa Ridland & Patsy Westcott ; photography by Will Heap.
“Dementia affects nearly 36 million people worldwide, with 7.7 million new cases every year, and has a dramatic impact on sufferers and their families. There is evidence, however, that a healthy lifestyle and diet, especially in mid-life, can help to reduce the risk of developing dementia. In this much-needed book, Margaret Rayman and her team of nutritional experts give clear and effective guidelines on how to adapt your diet and lifestyle to help protect you against this condition.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe 52 new foods challenge : a family cooking adventure for each week of the year / Jennifer Tyler Lee.
“In this book, and the Crunch a Color game that complements it, we meet a mom, advocate, and inspiration who helps families move from bland to bountiful plates from the freezer section to the farmers market. Through an ingenious and simple game, The 52 New Foods Challenge inspires kids, their parents, friends, and families to get into the kitchen to cook, taste, and eat healthy, unprocessed foods together.This book may actually help families save the health of our children, our nation, and perhaps our planet as well!” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverFood, Fashion, Love / Fleur Wood ; creative direction by Kristina Ammitzboll ; photography, Rob Palmer.
“Tumble down the rabbit hole and into the wild and whimsical world of Fleur Wood, one of Australia’s leading fashion designers and an enthusiastic home cook. Discover what inspires, motivates and sustains her, from flower-scented baths and tisanes to old-fashioned portraits, love-heart lockets and food with soul. Fleur shares her knowledge and passion for all things vintage and offers a window into the creative processes that drive her covetable collections. Indulge your senses with fabulous fashion, cutting-edge style and plenty of mouth-watering recipes in this visual feast from the immensely creative and talented Fleur Wood.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmy’s Baking Year : Seasonal Recipes from Britain’s Youngest Baker / Amy-Beth Ellice.
“Let Britain’s youngest baker take you on a mouth-watering journey through the seasons in her first collection of inspiring recipes. From cute cupcakes, macaroons, cookies, tarts, and classic sponges, to sticky puddings, jams, and gingerbread, there is an indulgent treat to suit every occasion.” (Book Jacket)

The Greengrocer's DietThe Greengrocer’s Diet : what starts as a diet becomes a way of life / Judy Davie.
“Judy Davie The Food Coach believes that, in an era of expensive health food ‘products’ and complex but highly restrictive diets, the best approach to weight loss and better health is relatively simple and based on readily available ingredients with an emphasis of fresh produce. Vegetables and fruit are the lowest calorie and highest nutrient options around. If eaten seasonally and prepared well, they are also cheap and delicious.The Greengrocer’s Diet is a complete seasonal-based eating program that promotes long-term weight loss and good health….The book includes over 220 delicious recipes all beautifully photographed, seasonal lists, meal plans, nutritional guidelines for every dish and clear, safe advice on occasional fasting. Other benefits of the diet include lowered blood pressure, improved digestion, better sleep, improved skin and hair quality and big increases in energy levels….” (Books in Print)

New Cooking books in February

Here are some cookbooks which may help keep you on track with your new year’s resolution to stay healthy.

Syndetics book cover100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks : Easy recipes for natural energy and weight control the healthy way / Emily von Euw.
“Juices and smoothies are packed with the vitamins and nutrients you need to nourish your body. And Emily von Euw, creator of has recipes that are so delicious you’ll be drinking to your health every day.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverGluten-free & Easy : Over 80 Simple Recipes for the Gluten Intolerant / Sara Lewis.
Gluten-free & Easy can make adapting to a gluten-free diet easy. There are 100 recipes and step-by-step guides to making gluten-free pastries, breads, cakes and more, and a glossary of gluten-free ingredients such as flour mixes and xanthan gum, it is the only book you need to change your diet for ever. A wide range of dishes is included. There are bakes, such as cakes, breads, tarts and pies, as well as other treats that are conventionally gluten-based, such as dumplings, pancakes, pasta and Chinese sauces.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Wild Wisdom of Weeds : 13 essential plants for human survival / Katrina Blair ; foreword by Sandor Ellix Katz.
“When you encounter a weed, do you pull it, spray it-or consume it? Blair, a holistic health and sustainable living educator, recommends the latter. In the first few chapters of this title, she emphasizes the importance of wild plants as food and medicine. The remaining chapters profile 13 edible weeds commonly found worldwide near human habitations: amaranth, chickweed, clover, dandelion, dock, grass, knotweed, lambsquarter, mallow, mustard, plantain, purslane, and thistle. Many are frequently classified as noxious or invasive, but Blair encourages us to see them not as enemies to be eradicated but as allies to nourish body and spirit.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe Healthy Cook / Dan Churchill ; art director, Jay Beaumont ; photography, Michael Marchment ; styling, Madi Coppock.
The Healthy Cook is set to revolutionise the way you look at healthy cooking, being one of the first cookbooks to provide the macronutrient (Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates ) information for each meal, all in a simple table. Readers will learn about what they are actually digesting just from a quick glance. An efficient and easy way to understand how balanced your days really are. Wanting to know what to cook for dinner but are sick of reading whole recipes? Using the innovative Slider Bar The Healthy Cook will help you find the perfect dish for the occasion as it assesses time, skill set and how healthy the meal is.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreens + Grains : Recipes for deliciously healthful meals / Molly Watson ; photographs by Joseph De Leo.
“People are eating more greens and grains and feeling virtuous about the abundant vitamins and minerals and invaluable protein and fibre. Best of all, these foods are utterly delicious! The 45 creative recipes in this book combine greens and grains in dishes for all meal occasions that burst with flavour, colour and lusciousness. These flexible recipes not only make weeknight dinners, many requiring only one pot, but also provide a comprehensive reference of cooking methods for dozens of grains, from quinoa to rye berries….This is an indispensable book for the health-conscious home cook.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuper Seeds : Cooking with power-packed chia, quinoa, flax, hemp & amaranth / Kim Lutz.
“Chia, hemp, flax, quinoa, and amaranth are tiny powerhouses that are considered some of nature’s perfect foods. Hemp, for example, delivers a whopping 5 grams of protein in a two-tablespoon serving–a true super food that provides a perfect balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving, making hemp a superb addition to vegan and vegetarian diets. All five of the super seeds featured in this hardworking book take a star turn in 75 delicious recipes, both savory and sweet…. These super seeds are gluten-free, too!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Grain-free Family Table : 125 delicious recipes for fresh, healthy eating every day / Carrie Vitt.
“Offers organic, family-friendly, and grain-free recipes that satisfy a paleo lifestyle, including blackberry apple crisp, zucchini fritters, creamy chicken, vegetable, and tomato soup, and pecan pie.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNatural Food that Makes You Happy / Pascale Naessens.
“Pascale Naessens is a bestselling culinary author. With her books, she created a new vibe where people can enjoy food and lose weight at the same time. Her recipes are recommended by doctors and osteopaths and are the proof that tasty food can also be healthy. This book presents delightful dishes that are easy to make and packed full of flavour; food that makes you happy, beautiful and energetic. This book is not a diet book, it is a way of living and thinking.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Happy Pear : Recipes and stories from the first ten years / David & Stephen Flynn ; photography by Alistair Richardson.
“After ten glorious years in which David and Stephen Flynn of the Happy Pear Cafe’ have made healthy eating exciting, they now share their formula – make the cooking easy and fun and pack the dishes with mind-blowing flavour, texture and colour. Simple!” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverClean Eats : Over 200 delicious recipes to reset your body’s natural balance and discover what it means to be truly healthy / Alejandro Junger, M.D.
“A cardiologist presents gluten- and dairy-free recipes in this companion cookbook to the Clean diet programs. Many recipes are appropriate for cleansing, gut health, and vegan diets.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHonestly Healthy Cleanse / Natasha Corrett.
Honestly Healthy Cleanse is a cookbook for food-lovers who want to look and feel fabulous. In a world full of processed and sugar-dense food, gourmet vegetarian Natasha Correett has created 4 cleansing recipe plans suitable for every occasion to help get you back on track. From a nurturing weekend of juices, smoothies and soups to a 6-day slimdown, and from a high protein cleanse if you’re exercising hard to a 28-day plan to permanently change the way you eat, the book is packed full of deliciously healthy food.” (Book Jacket)