Book reviews: February 2020

A good book is a must-have for any road trip. Here’s a quick look at some of the latest titles on the bookstore shelves.

The camping cookbook

Sara Mutande & Andrea Lo Vetere

Beatnik Publishing

RRP $25


A compilation of recipes and practical advice for anyone who doesn’t want to give up the pleasures of eating well while camping. Each recipe is specially adapted for camping and tramping.

The recipes are presented in easy-to-follow steps that will appeal to not only beginners but also advanced-level cooks. All are designed for the practicalities of camping life, with weight, space and time limitations in mind.

However, they are also ideal for cooking at home. Who wouldn’t love a fresh and delicious pizza made quickly using only one pan? As well as being of direct interest to campers, it is a beautiful gift for any food- or camping-lover. The book is divided into three main sections: equipment and supplies, home preparation, and recipes.

Be in to win a copy of The camping cookbook.


Competition ends 07th February 2020.


The world that we knew

Alice Hoffman

Simon & Schuster

RRP $45


In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her 12-year-old daughter Lea away to save her from the Nazi regime. Hanni finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it’s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea.

Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked. Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses and a school in a mountaintop village where 3000 Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she’s destined to be.




Before the coffee gets cold

Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Macmillan Publishers

RRP $24.99


n a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than 100 years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time. In the book, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold.

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?




Csiro low-carb quick & easy

Professor Grant Brinkworth and Pennie Taylor

Macmillan Publishers

RRP $39.99


The CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has been dedicated to the practical application of knowledge and science for society and industry since 1928. Today, the CSIRO ranks in the top one per cent of world scientific institutions in 12 out of 22 research fields.

The CSIRO low-carb diet has proved phenomenally successful in helping people lose weight and transform their health through a low-carb eating plan in combination with regular exercise.

Due to popular demand, this book contains more than 100 new low-carb-friendly recipes that can be cooked in 20 minutes or less, making it easier than ever to incorporate this way of eating into a busy lifestyle.

It includes an update on the science, answers to all your FAQs, two weekly meal plans with shopping lists, and plenty of ideas for meals, drinks and snacks.


The edible garden cookbook & growing guide

Paul West

Macmillan Publishers

RRP $39.99


The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide is a book about growing food wherever you may be and however much space you have. It is about cooking with fresh, seasonal produce and about celebrating life through sharing food with friends, family and community.

The book has lots of practical advice, with information on how to set up a garden using a sunny windowsill, courtyard, backyard and even no yard.

There are step-by-step guides on building a no-dig garden and the best way to compost depending on the space you have, as well as an A-Z guide for growing the most popular veg.

It’s a great guide, including easy recipes, that will inspire and give you the confidence to try your hand at growing produce and making more of your food.


Puppy zen

Mark Vette


RRP $45


World-renowned dog behaviourist and psychologist Mark Vette shows you how to train your new puppy for a trouble-free life. Mark’s first book, Dog Zen, had just 40 pages on puppies — this book goes into full detail about all ages and stages, and how to do the right thing at the right time.

Following a quick look at the role of pups within the wolf pack, and how dogs evolved from wolves, this book gives a day-by-day, week-by-week guide to the fundamentals of training your puppy and building a happy lifelong bond between the two of you. Puppy Zen is a detailed and practical guide, combining the latest cognitive science with modern, loving, training techniques.




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