Book reviews April 2019

MCD editor Claire Smith takes a look at some of the latest titles to hit the bookshelves

Dining at Dusk

Stevan Paul

Murdoch Books


RRP $45

 At dusk, as the sun sinks towards the horizon, there is a magic moment. Dining at Dusk follows the golden hour of dusk around the globe – from Samoa, through Australia, India, Europe, Morocco, and Brazil, to the USA and Mexico – celebrating the evening with Italian cicchetti, Spanish tapas, yakitori, ceviche and more.

The work day is done, and it’s time for food and drinks with friends. Here you’ll find simple-to-prepare recipes with roots in local culinary and cultural traditions, each paired with the ideal drink and a thoughtfully curated playlist – the perfect cookbook for elegant, laidback gatherings with friends.

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16:8 Intermittent Fasting

Jaime Rose Chambers



RRP $34.99 

Jaime Rose Chambers is a practising dietitian who sees countless patients looking for advice on how to manage their weight.

She prescribes intermittent fasting as a matter of course, saying it’s by far the easiest and most effective tool for healthy weight control that she’s seen.

This handy guide will tell you everything you need to know about fasting, including the latest science of 16:8 and 5:2, and how intermittent fasting can not only help you control your weight, but also helps lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and protect against heart disease.

Lengthening the Shadow

Dave Burt


Mary Egan Publishing

RRP $30

Continuing ill health and countless surgeries sent Auckland businessman Dave Burt spiralling down into the depths of despair and hopelessness.

Something had to change. With a mate, he enrolled for a 10-week ‘ultimate body transformation’ regime at the local gym.

This thoughtful, insightful book is the remarkable story of how, with a wonderful woman at his side, and the right support, Dave fought back.

His 10-week diary will make you laugh and cry, but above all it will provide rare insight into those who are struggling with depression.

Our Planet


Alastair Fothergill

Random House

RRP $55

The companion to the groundbreaking documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Our Planet presents a new view of the world, using stunning photographic images and graphics to reveal animal behaviour and environmental change that we’ve never seen before.

This book, while a portrait of a planet in peril, is also one of a planet that can be restored. Featuring some of the world’s rarest creatures and previously unseen parts of the Earth – from deep oceans and remote forests to ice caps – Our Planet takes nature-lovers deep into the science of the natural world.

The Internal Flame

Dr Roderick Mulgan


Wild Side Publishing

RRP $39.99

In The Internal Flame, Dr Mulgan, co-founder and CEO of Lifeguard Health, provides new insights into silent inflammation, longevity and the science of functional food.

Mulgan says that even if you’re already leading a healthy lifestyle, there’s still more you can do to fight sickness and disease.

He explains how functional foods, also known as nutraceuticals, bioactives, and superfoods, are thosse that are almost drug-like in their capacity to suppress inflammation.

Read about what inflammation is, why grape seeds are so good for you, and how to enjoy chocolate so that it actually does you some good!

Stargazer: A Step-by-step Guide to the Southern Sky

Dorling Kindersley


DK Knowledge

RRP $37

If your children or grandchildren have a fascination with the stars, they’ll love this guidebook to the Southern Hemisphere.

Stargazer takes you through the constellations one by one, linking them together as you progress, using easy-to-follow star routes that guide you across the celestial sphere.

Complete with practice exercises, stunning colour photography of nebulas and galaxies, and amazing facts about our solar system and beyond, Stargazer is a reliable and exciting new guide to our skies.

The perfect book for budding astronomers, and a great way to get the kids off their devices and connecting with the wider world.

The Fast 800


Dr Michael Mosley

Simon & Schuster

RRP $35

Six years ago, Dr Michael Mosley started a health revolution with The Fast Diet, sharing his findings around the power of intermittent fasting.

Recent studies have shown that 800 calories is the magic number when it comes to successful dieting – it’s an amount high enough to be manageable yet low enough to speed weight loss and trigger a range of desirable metabolic changes.

In his latest book Mosley brings together all the latest science (including a new approach: Time Restricted Eating) to create an easy-to-follow programme to help you achieve your health goals.

Star Crossed

Minnie Darke



RRP $37

Justine Carmichael is a young journalist working her way up the editorial ladder within her local community magazine.

At around the same time as she bumps into her old friend Nick, she also takes on the role of managing the popular horoscope column.

Looking for ways to get Nick’s attention, and knowing that he bases his big decisions in life on the magazine’s horoscope column, Justine has the idea of making a few minor tweaks to ‘Aquarius’.

A lighthearted, funny and romantic read that fans of Marian Keyes and Liane Moriarty will love.

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