Book reviews: September 2016


The MCD team has selected the best of some recent inspiring reads.

The eat real food cookbook Eat -real -food

David Gillespie
Macmillan, $40

David Gillespie has warned us of the dangers of sugar for a decade. More recently he has alerted us to the toxins in seed oil. Expanding on his 2015 bestseller Eat Real Food, David shows us how to… well… eat real food – not the sort manufacturers put in front of you but the stuff that will optimise your health and that of your family.

David Gillespie is a former corporate lawyer, the best-selling author of the Sweet Poison books, Big Fat Lies, Free Schools and Toxic Oil.

I Quit Sugar: slow cooker cookbook Slow -cooker -I-quite -sugar

Sarah Wilson
Macmillan, $40

Sarah Wilson taught the world how to quit sugar in eight weeks and then went on to teach everyone how to cook delicious essentials, simply. She incorporates her mindful, sustainable and economical practices to bring back the ‘slow ‘n’ low’ approach of slow cooking which create densely nutritious meals with no or very low sugar.

They are designed to feed the family, individuals and people on-the-go. Sarah is a New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur.

How it Works: The Dad The -Dad

Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris
Penguin Books NZ, $21

This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird Books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them. The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope.

It features original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text. Look out for these cheeky, funny, ironic books on a variety of topics. You’ll cry laughing.

The Jet Project Jet _Project

Sam Pease
Random House NZ, $38

If you have ever dreamt of running away to see the world, best-selling author Sam Pease will inspire you. She did exactly that for nearly two years with her son Jet. Their 600-day adventure took them all over the world. Sam’s refreshing, hilarious and moving travel stories will make you smile.

Jet’s diary and priceless observations on his ‘eccentric’ mother will make you laugh out loud. This isn’t just an entertaining travel book: it’s also a how-to guide full of tips on how to parent-on-the-move in a way that lets you relax and enjoy the experience.

You’ll also learn how to get the best deals on everything from flights to sights, and discover the benefits of slow travel and unschooling.

The Moment She Left Moment -She -Left

Susan Lewis
Random House NZ, $37

The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author takes the reader to Kesterly-on-Sea. The town is full of secrets. Some are darker than others; many are shameful. One is even deadly. Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is breaking up. So when a young female student disappears without trace, she throws herself into the search.

Meanwhile, the town’s beloved Rowzee Cayne has just discovered that she is terminally ill and doesn’t want to burden her family and friends with the news. Andee and Rowzee don’t know it yet, but their journeys are going to help them uncover a secret. This is one that is going to affect them more than they could ever imagine.

The Flying Doctor Flying _Doctor

Dave Baldwin
Random House NZ, $40

From the author of Healthy Bastards, the man known as the ‘Flying Doctor’ is back, this time with his misadventures, escapades and high jinks from a life of medicine, aviation and hunting. For the first time, Dave Baldwin, known throughout the backcountry as The Flying Doctor, shares his tales from life lived at full-throttle.

From his early years struggling with dyslexia to graduating from med school, from learning to fly and joining the New Zealand Air Force to becoming a cardiologist at Palmerston North Hospital and setting up a general practice in Bulls, Dave’s early life was certainly a life less ordinary.

Dave is also the founder of the Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs, a precision landing, short take-off and landing competition held annually at Omaka Airfield in Blenheim.

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