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Enjoy the season with New Zealand stories about friendship, adventures and family secrets; relax by watching a movie from the library’s latest DVD collection; or start a new craft project. Enrich your summer cuisine with delightful recipes from around the world and read romantic sagas in Spanish.

Library News

New Zealand

Always eclectic, new additions to the New Zealand Collection this month feature stories from a museum curator, a kiwi sanctuary, photography, poetry, the sad history of post war state care of children and lastly a murder mystery. The new book shelves of the NZ Collection have something to interest everyone.

Syndetics book cover The unburnt egg : more stories of a museum curator / Brian Gill.
“Museum natural history collections have been called libraries of life. In The Unburnt Egg Brian Gill continues his spellbinding stories from more than thirty years as a curator. Some tales are so bizarre they read like fiction: a population of ship rats decimating the entire wildlife of an island and then collapsing; birds leaving their young to be raised by other birds; frogs and lizards living in trees and flying. Others reveal the painstaking detective work involved in solving mysteries presented by police, biosecurity agencies, government departments and members of the public. Frogs’ legs on sale as chicken, a feather hidden in a bag of sugar, a live boa constrictor on a street in snake-free New Zealand–it’s all in a day’s work.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Through the eyes of a miner : the photography of Joseph Divis / Simon Nathan ; with assistance from Les Wright and Brendon Wilshire.
“Joseph Divis (1885-1967) photographed life in New Zealand mining towns where he lived and worked between 1909 and 1935. His images provide a unique record of life in some small communities, especially the now-abandoned town of Waiuta, near Reefton.” (Introduction)
Syndetics book cover Mister Hamilton / John Dickson.
Mister Hamilton, John Dickson’s first collection in eighteen years, is an appealing, questioning mix of elements. Over a base of South Island bedrock (granite, schist, greywacke), Dickson has peopled this quietly fiery collection with day-to-day working voices and narratives, sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes charged with a political consciousness and lyrical intensity. Shot-through with veins of jazz, rock and blues, quizzical religiosity and a streak of the absurd, this book takes a fresh look at the streets and lawns and people of urban and suburban ‘Pig Island’ and offers some thoughtful, wisely pitched and immensely likeable poems.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover My father’s ears / Karen Goa.
“When an Italian immigrant’s harsh but intriguing past catches up with him, his skeptical daughter Sophie sets out to discover the truth about her father, his affair with a Romanian trapeze artist and a mysterious New Zealander claiming to be his son. This twisting tale of secrets and social dilemmas is set against a remarkable and moving history of Italian immigration.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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DVDs

As always, a wide variety of DVDs have been added to our extensive collection. They include recent smash hits such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Me before You and our very own Hunt for the Wilderpeople. As for TV series, check out very popular Peaky Blinders. Season three.

florence Florence Foster Jenkins.
“Despite lacking pitch, rhythm and tone, Florence Foster Jenkins became one of America’a best-known sopranos. Born in 1868 to wealthy Pennsylvanian parents, Florence was a talented young pianist but her life was thrown into turmoil when she eloped with Frank Jenkins, a man twice her age. The marriage proved a disaster and Florence was forced to abandon her dreams of a musical career. Then her father died in 1909 and, newly installed in New York, she used her considerable inheritance to fund her passion, setting up a prestigious music club. Many young singers owed their start to Florence, but she too yearned to perform and began giving regular recitals that quickly attracted a cult following. And yet nothing could prepare the world for the astonishing climax of her career when, at the age of seventy-six, she performed at the most hallowed concert hall in America.” (Back cover)
cover image Peaky Blinders. Season three.
“Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is drawn into a maze of global intrigue in the electrifying third series of Steven Knight’s acclaimed family saga.Approached by a secret organisation on his own wedding day, Tommy finds himself at the centre of an international arms deal that could change the course of history. In a sphere where no one reveals their true intentions until the game is up, Tommy has to contend with a White Russian exile whose brutality knows no bounds, a priest with a killer dog, a beautiful Duchess even more manipulative than him, and a powerful entity at the heart of the British establishment that will stop at nothing to accomplish its reactionary aims. The pressures they inflict upon Tommy are carefully chosen and exquisitely unpleasant.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Me before you / New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present a Sunswept Entertainment production.
“Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year old goes from one job to the next in order to make ends meet. Taking a job at the local ‘castle’ she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Eye in the sky.
“London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The mission suddenly escalates from a “capture” to a “kill” operation as Powell realizes that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission. From his base in Nevada, American drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is poised to destroy the safe-house when a nine year old girl enters the kill zone just outside the walls of the house. With unforeseen collateral damage now entering the equation, the impossible decision of when to strike gets passed up the “kill chain” of politicians and lawyers as the seconds tick down.” (Product description, amazon.co.uk)

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Community Languages

Enjoy our latest additions to our Spanish collection featuring romance, suspense, family sagas and more.

Syndetics book cover Cinco esquinas / Mario Vargas Llosa.
“«Él había pensado que, después de todo, un periodista puede ser a veces útil. “Y también peligroso”, concluyó. Tuvo el presentimiento de que nada bueno saldría de esta visita.»
La idea de esta novela comenzó con una imagen de dos señoras amigas que de pronto una noche, de una manera impensada para ambas, viven una situación erótica. Luego se fue convirtiendo en una historia policial, casi un thriller, y el thriller se fue transformando en una especie de mural de la sociedad peruana en los últimos meses o semanas de la dictadura de Fujimori y Montesinos. Me gustó la idea de que la historia se llamase Cinco esquinas como un barrio que, de alguna manera, es emblemático de Lima, de Perú y también de la época en la que está situada la historia.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Cicatriz / Juan Gómez-Jurado.
“Simon Sax is a lucky guy. He’s young, smart and is about to become a billionaire by selling a great invention. And yet, he feels lonely. His success contrasts with his lack of social skills. He joins a dating site where he falls in love with Irina, with the inexperience and passion of a teenager. But she has an enigmatic scar on her cheek, and carries a dark secret…” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Divorcio en el aire / Gonzalo Torné.
“La tercera novela de Gonzalo Torné.
Divorcio en el aire empieza cuando Joan-Marc y Helen se marchan a un balneario para tratar de salvar su matrimonio. Ese espacio se convierte en el eje de una historia que relata el origen de su relación con Helen, primero en Madrid y luego en Barcelona, así como la biografía del propio Joan-Marc: su educación, su iniciación al sexo, las desastrosas relaciones con su familia, sus problemas financieros y el reencuentro, ya a las puertas de la madurez, con antiguos compañeros de clase, a los que la vida ha situado en posiciones insospechadas.
En este sentido , Divorcio en el aire habla de una cuestión fundamental: la dificultad de asumir el paso del tiempo y su irreversibilidad.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Guía astrológ̤ica para corazones rotos / Silvia Zucca.
“¡Bienvenidos al club de las desdichadas intergalácticas! Me llamo Alice y hasta hace unos meses mi autoestima estaba por los suelos. Mi ex estaba a punto de ser padre y un hombre imposiblemente sexy acababa de aparecer en la oficina, lo que no me ayudaba demasiado. Entonces a mi vida llego Tio, mi entrenador astrológico personal, para explicarme que mis problemas no eran debidos a un complot cósmico sino a la posición de los planetas en mi carta astral. Así que lo único que podía hacer era ponerme en manos de la obra y averiguar qué sorpresas me tenían reservadas las estrellas. Y os aseguro que lo que descubrí fue mucho más que eso y, sobre todo que, cuando se trata del amor, el destino no está escrito en el cielo.” (Syndetics summary)

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Cooking

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

Syndetics book cover Spain : 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 cover France : 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 cover Greek : 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 cover Eat 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)

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Craft

Give your creativity a fresh start with gorgeous ideas from this selection of our latest craft books. Discover some glorious designs for quilts, inspired by the rich colours of the terracotta walls and the white churches of the Mediterranean. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover Knit together, share together : simple knitting for all the family / Marja de Haan ; translated by Barbara Mee.
“Knitting can bring generations together. This practical and beautifully illustrated book, which contains step-by-step knitting instructions and patterns, was inspired by a granddaughter knitting a simple doll’s sweater, her grandmother knitting the doll itself, and the girl’s mother knitting a matching sweater for her daughter. Even young children can learn to knit the basic stitches, and this book features projects suitable for every age and stage of experience. Knitting not only stimulates the mind and develops motor skills and dexterity but is also a way of creating something useful, with love, which can be cherished.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Knitting for the outdoors : merino handknits for active Kiwis / Gillian Whalley-Torckler ; photography Darryl Torckler.
“Merino wool is the best for warmth and comfort, especially in garments for active outdoor people. This book features quick knits in modern designs and includes hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hoodies and vests which look good anywhere and appeal to men and women, girls and boys.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Bible sampler quilt book : 96 quilt blocks inspired by the Bible / Laurie Aaron Hird.
“Devotion meets design in a stunning sampler quilt honoring both the Old and New Testament! Evoke the spirit of favorite Bible passages in fabric with this gorgeous how-to guide from renowned sampler-quilt author Laurie Aaron Hird. In The Bible Sampler Quilt, Laurie pairs scripture with beautifully pieced blocks representing significant people, themes and events from The Bible. Inspired by well-loved Bible passages, The Bible Sampler Quilt invites you to create a quilt that is both beautiful and spiritually uplifting.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Kaffe Fassett’s quilts in Italy : 20 designs from Rowan for patchwork and quilting.
“Che bella! Kaffe’s inspiration for the 20 new quilts in this book was drawn from the exquisite, richly colored villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. The region, with its terracotta walls and handsome black and white churches set off by jewel-like glimpses of the Mediterranean, is beautifully reflected in the colors and patterns created by Kaffe and his team of designers. In addition to the gallery of quilts, the book provides detailed information on how to make each featured quilt, along with general practical patchwork and quilting information and a visual summary of Kaffe’s latest fabrics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Holiday highlights – Home & Garden Newsletter

Enjoy some delightful recipes and cooking techniques and discover some gorgeous designs for knitting and quilting. Use clever ways to overcome stress and fear, regain good health and avoid pain with some great ideas found in the latest library arrivals, including new books about cooking, crafts, health and personal development. Take a look at the ones we have chosen for you, and  have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Library News

Cooking

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

Syndetics book cover Malaysia : 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 cover Spain : 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 cover France : 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 cover Greek : 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)

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Craft

Give your creativity a fresh start with gorgeous ideas from this selection of our latest craft books. Discover some glorious designs for quilts, inspired by the rich colours of the terracotta walls and the white churches of the Mediterranean. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover Knit together, share together : simple knitting for all the family / Marja de Haan ; translated by Barbara Mee.
“Knitting can bring generations together. This practical and beautifully illustrated book, which contains step-by-step knitting instructions and patterns, was inspired by a granddaughter knitting a simple doll’s sweater, her grandmother knitting the doll itself, and the girl’s mother knitting a matching sweater for her daughter. Even young children can learn to knit the basic stitches, and this book features projects suitable for every age and stage of experience. Knitting not only stimulates the mind and develops motor skills and dexterity but is also a way of creating something useful, with love, which can be cherished.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Knitting for the outdoors : merino handknits for active Kiwis / Gillian Whalley-Torckler ; photography Darryl Torckler.
“Merino wool is the best for warmth and comfort, especially in garments for active outdoor people. This book features quick knits in modern designs and includes hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hoodies and vests which look good anywhere and appeal to men and women, girls and boys.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Scrap quilt secrets : 6 design techniques for knockout results / Diane D. Knott.
“Turn your scrappy mess into a quilting success! Armed with the easy-to-use S.C.R.A.P.S. system (style, contrast, repetition, accent color, palette, and selvages), you’ll sew extraordinary quilts from every last bit of the fabric you love–even the tiniest scraps. Personalize 16 beginner-friendly quilts using the blank coloring pages, or apply the concepts to tackle any scrap quilt you want to make. These 5 must-know scrap secrets will forever change the way you look at scrap quilting!” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Kaffe Fassett’s quilts in Italy : 20 designs from Rowan for patchwork and quilting.
“Che bella! Kaffe’s inspiration for the 20 new quilts in this book was drawn from the exquisite, richly colored villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. The region, with its terracotta walls and handsome black and white churches set off by jewel-like glimpses of the Mediterranean, is beautifully reflected in the colors and patterns created by Kaffe and his team of designers. In addition to the gallery of quilts, the book provides detailed information on how to make each featured quilt, along with general practical patchwork and quilting information and a visual summary of Kaffe’s latest fabrics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Health

Fight pain and regain health through a blend of strength and flexibility with this month’s selection. Get the latest edition of the New Zealand First Aid handbook, just in case… and reflect on the history and scope of modern medicine with the definitive illustrated doorstopper.

Syndetics book cover End everyday pain for 50+ : a 10-minute-a-day program of stretching, strengthening and movement to break the grip of pain“You’ve probably heard that as you get older, you are guaranteed to have more muscle and joint pain. That’s simply not true. These chronic ailments arise from years of decreased activity and poor posture—not aging. End Everyday Pain for 50+ presents a complete 10-minute-a-day program to correct previous damage, develop healthier joints, and stay pain free at any age. This book’s step-by-step approach provides quick relief and lasting solutions by fixing your body’s alignment through simple stretching and movement. No matter what part of your body is hurting, End Everyday Pain for 50+ offers a treatment to heal it.” (From Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover Strong is the new beautiful : embrace your natural beauty, eat clean, and harness your power
“Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about “losing weight fast,” and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Lindsey lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world, tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out, and kicks readers into high-gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image, with the tips and tricks she’s learned as a pro.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The New Zealand first aid handbook.
“This completely new edition of The New Zealand First Aid Handbook has been revised and updated by St John in 2016. Accidents and emergencies can occur at any time and in any place – and the action of people first on the scene often determines the outcome. The information in this comprehensive guide is essential for a wide variety of situations, from road accidents to bush walks, from the workplace to the home.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Medicine : the definitive illustrated history
“Follow the greatest stories of medicine and its breakthroughs, with incredible coverage of disease, drugs, treatment, and cures. Medicine covers the gory pitfalls and miraculous breakthroughs of medical history from trepanning, bloodletting, and body snatching to brand new developments in IVF and gene therapy with compelling stories and stunning illustrations. Clear diagrams explain major diseases such as cancer, and trace the progression of medical treatment through the centuries, from ancient healers and herbalists to scurvy and smallpox, and the World Wars to modern psychiatry.”(Syndetics)

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Personal Development

Times of crisis trigger stress and fear in the face of events we have no control over. This month’s books will inspire to find the power AND emotional agility within to help you not only cope with life’s trials but to thrive.

Syndetics book cover Happy : why more or less everything is absolutely fine
” Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness, and come up with all sorts of different definitions and ideas for how we might live a happier life. This book explores the history of happiness from classical times until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. His aim is to reclaim happiness for us all, and enable us to appreciate the really good things in life for what they are. Fascinating, entertaining and revelatory, this is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if there must be more to life.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Happiness and other small things of absolute importance / Haim Shapira ; translated from the Hebrew by Baruch Gefen.
“Join Haim Shapira as he navigates the terrain of happiness exploring and contemplating an eclectic range of theories and insights into the conflicts we face as we interpret and consider our lives on our journey to creating our own happiness.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The universe has your back : transform fear to faith
“In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover What if this is heaven? : how our cultural myths prevent us from experiencing heaven on earth
“Following her near-death experience as shared in the New York Times bestseller Dying to Be Me , Anita Moorjani knows well the truths that exist beyond common knowledge and acceptance. The clarity she has gained has led her to further understand who she was born to be. Part of that truth has involved contemplating the cultural myths infused into our everyday lives. Moorjani asserts it is now time for questioning in order to help us reach our fully informed, authentic selves.”(Syndetics)

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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)

December Community & Languages Newsletter

Welcome to this month’s book and DVD selection featuring history, cooking and crafts, foreign literature, awarded films, and more! A good range of topics to offer you lots of ideas, instant inspiration and entertainment. Have fun!

Library News

New Zealand

This month the New Zealand Collection takes a walk down memory lane reflecting on the New Zealand of childhoods. We also take a look into the Rugby World and the success of the All Blacks.

Syndetics book cover Taking my mother to the opera / Diane Brown.
“Many readers will recognise the New Zealand so vividly portrayed here, as Brown marshals deeply personal events and childhood memories in a delightfully astute, understated personal memoir.” (Abridged back cover)
Syndetics book cover A life on film / Geoff Murphy.
“‘I’m taking this bloody car to Invercargill!’ It was the line that had cinema audiences cheering. Goodbye Pork Pie became an instant classic, and announced the arrival of a major new talent in director Geoff Murphy. With his next two films, Utu and The Quiet Earth, he cemented his reputation as a pioneer of New Zealand cinema. He’d come a long way from his days as a struggling school teacher, and then a member of a madcap band of merry pranksters known as Blerta, founded by his great friend and collaborator Bruno Lawrence. But it was the same sense of adventure – with a healthy dose of Kiwi ingenuity – that defined every stage of his career. In this candid and funny memoir, Geoff Murphy looks back on a life in (and on) film – from do-it-yourself shoots in the 1960s to epic work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Black obsession : the All Blacks’ quest for World Cup success / Gregor Paul.
“This thought-provoking book is a search for answers to the vexing phenomenon of why the world’s undisputed greatest rugby team can’t win the World Cup. It is an in-depth investigation that explores how societal change, combined with the arrival of professionalism, has impacted on the ability of the All Blacks to perform on the biggest stage. The end result is a compelling and authoritative read that gives the most detailed and comprehensive answer to a question everyone has asked but no one has ever satisfactorily answered.” (Abridged Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The antipodeans : a novel / Greg McGee.
“Beginning with the return to Venice of an old and sick man determined to confront his past, and accompanied by his daughter who is escaping hers, The Antipodeans spans three generations of a New Zealand family and their interaction with three families of Northern Italy. From Venice to the South Island of New Zealand, from the assassination of a Gestapo commander in the last days of Italian resistance in WWII to contemporary real estate shenanigans in Auckland, from political assassination in the darkest days of the Red Brigade to the vaulting cosmology of particle physics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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DVDs

The highlights of new arrival DVDs include the long-awaited Woman in Gold and A Royal Night Out. Check out our new DVDs here and reserve the items you like.

cover image Woman in gold.
“Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image A royal night out.
A Royal Night Out is a film about one perfect, glorious evening in the lives of two real-life princesses. They are Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor and the night is 8 May 1945, V-E Night. The whole of London is on the streets to celebrate the official end of World War II in Europe. It is known the young princesses, aged 19 and 14, slipped out of the palace to join the communal euphoria and went dancing at the Ritz. They apparently returned to Buckingham Palace just after midnight. Directed by acclaimed UK director Julian Jarrold, A Royal Night Out is an affectionate ‘what-if’ story about the adventures Elizabeth and Margaret might have had on the joyous night that brought the whole of London together.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Indian summers.
“Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, this epic drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Dior and I.
“A thrilling behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’s highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as Christian Dior’s new Artistic Director. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage is nothing short of magical.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image The salt of the earth : a journey with Sebastião Salgado.
“For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus.” (Syndetics summary)

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Community Languages

Explore some delightful additions to our Community Languages collection including history, romance and suspense. Enjoy!

Syndetics book cover Rue des boutiques obscures / Patrick Modiano.
“Paul Modiano is a French writer who was born on July 30, 1945, in Boulogne-Billancourt. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014 for his lifetime body of work. Modiano’s works explore the traumas of the Nazi occupation of France and the puzzle of identity. His preoccupation with the theme of identity can be seen throughout many of his works including his 2005 memoir entitled Un Pedigree. His mother and father began their clandestine relationship during occupied France. Growing up, his father was absent for most of his life and his mother was away frequently while on tour acting. He was alone much of the time and went to school because of government aid. His younger brother died of a disease at age 10 and this added to his “lost identity” feelings while growing up. Although he is well known in France, only about 12 of his works have been translated into English.” (Bowker Author Biography)
Syndetics book cover Etoile errante / J.M.G. Le Clézio.
“This is the story of two teenage girls on the threshold and in the aftermath of World War II: Esther, a French Jew who flees for Jerusalem with her mother, Elizabeth, just before the German occupation; and Nejma, a young Arab orphaned and unable to return to the ancient city of her birth, Akka, after the Israeli declaration of statehood.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Contigo en la distancia / Carla Guelfenbein.
“Spanish Description: Los laberintos del amor y la mentira, y el talento desigual como desafío de una pareja son los grandes temas de esta novela de Carla Guelfenbein. A Vera Sigall y Horacio Infante los une un amor de juventud y su pasión por la literatura. También un lazo misterioso que dos jóvenes, Emilia y Daniel, intentan desentrañar. Sin embargo, este no es el único enigma en sus vidas. Una mañana, Vera Sigall cae por las escaleras de su casa y queda en coma. Al principio, la noción de que su caída no fue un accidente aparece como una sospecha para Daniel. Pero con los días y las semanas, la duda irá creciendo hasta volverse una certeza. Emilia y Daniel se encontrarán en la búsqueda de la verdad acerca del accidente de la mítica escritora pero, sobre todo, en la necesidad de entender sus propios destinos.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Platos exprés : 175 deliciosas recetas listas en 30 minutos o menos / Liz Franklin ; [traducción, Eva María Cantenys Félez].
“Meal times are an opportunity to unwind and share quality time with your family–talking and laughing while enjoying savory food. This book shows you how to do just that while minimizing preparation and fuss. The cookbook is divided into six easy chapters featuring recipes that can be made in just 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 minutes. Forget prepared supermarket convenience meals or take-out. Instead, discover how to create scrumptious meals from fresh ingredients–quick. These recipes are loaded with homemade taste, are significantly cheaper than frozen dinners, and can be made in only a matter of minutes.” (Syndetics summary)

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Cooking

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

Syndetics book cover Salads 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 cover From 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 cover Janella’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)

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Craft

There’s nothing more satisfying than making Christmas cards and gifts for your family and friends and you will find lots of new library books, packed with magical ideas and inspiration to help you make this season special.

Syndetics book cover Half yard Christmas : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric / Debbie Shore.
“Are you craving a crafty, creative Christmas? Let Debbie Shore show you how to create all the accessories you’ll need in the latest addition to her best-selling Half Yard series. Featuring six themed chapters – rustic, traditional, contemporary, monochrome, Scandinavian and kids – there’s something for everyone: you can select your favourite Christmas style or mix and match throughout your home. With over 30 simple, stylish projects requiring only half yards of fabric, this book will have you feeling festive in no time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Handmade interiors / project editor, Laura Palosuo.
Handmade Interiors is the most comprehensive guide to soft furnishings and home sewing projects on the market. Handmade Interiors leads you through sewing projects such as how to sew curtains, a cushion cover or a Roman blind using step-by-step instructions and images. Compiled by experts in home design who offer advice on fabrics and variations to tailor to your specific home decoration needs. The easy to follow format makes this the perfect guide for novices and experts alike, covering the whole process of creating professional looking furnishings, from measuring, all the way through to installing your finished project.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Rubber band bracelets : 35 colorful projects you’ll love to make / Lucy Hopping.
“Everyone’s crazy for rubber-band jewelry! Discover how to make 3 fantastic designs for yourself and your friends. All you need to make the basic bracelets are colourful rubber bands, a loom that you can make yourself, a hook, and a clip or split ring–it’s that simple! The patterns in this book show you how to make a whole host of different items that you can customize by choosing your own colourways. Every one of these projects, from a pretty diamond bracelet to cute ladybug and bee bracelets, will inspire you to get crafting. All the projects have clear step-by-step illustrated instructions, so you’ll be an expert in no time!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Neck effects : 30 scarves, wraps, and cowls to knit for now.
“Nurture your neck! Neck Effects offers knitters a creative collection of 30 fresh, fashion-forward neckwear designs featuring Cascade Yarns’ Heritage line of luxurious, easy-care superwash merino blends. From cozy cables to delicate lace to stunning Fair Isle, knitters of every skill level will find projects that are destined to become modern classics–and that will make great gifts for anyone with a love of knits and a sense of style!” (Syndetics summary)

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