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Simple steps to Indian cooking

May 19, 2017
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Simple steps to Indian cooking

Little India at Home, by Little India (Penguin NZ, RRP $40): I had no idea that Little India was first opened in Dunedin nearly around a quarter of a century ago. Now the chain has outlets throughout the country and has become a favourite among lovers of Indian cuisine, from Invercargill to Auckland. Based on...

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Tasty and healthy go hand-in-hand

September 7, 2015
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Tasty and healthy go hand-in-hand

Nadia Lim’s Good Food Cookbook, by Nadia Lim (Random House, RRP $50): Nadia Lim’s Good Food Cookbook is simple, easy and packed full of healthy and nutritious recipes to cater for everyone. As a dietician, you can trust Nadia to create the best option for the whole family, while still providing recipes that are...

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Recipes to set the tastebuds tingling

July 27, 2015
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Recipes to set the tastebuds tingling

A Bit of What You Fancy, by Jo Seagar (Random House, RRP $55): Jo Seagar has done a good job of finding 130 recipes that help inspire tasty dishes. You do not have to flick far to find recipes – balsamic roasties, slow-roasted pork belly with lemon and fennel seed crackling, easy strawberry cheesecake...

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Stein’s life story worth a read

April 3, 2015
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Stein’s life story worth a read

Under a Mackerel Sky, by Rick Stein (Random House, RRP$40): He is revered around the world for his love of food and those who produce it, for his passion for seafood and, of course, his late dog Chalkie. But Rick Stein was not always such a much-loved celebrity chef. As he admits, he is...

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‘Bluebells’ takes the cake

December 23, 2014
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‘Bluebells’ takes the cake

Bluebells Cakery, by Karla Goodwin (Random House, RRP $50): You have probably looked at the covers of dozens of cookbooks and thought “I could never make that”. Looking at the cover of Bluebells Cakery, at a six-tier pastel-coloured cake, decorated with delicate ribbon-ruffle icing I thought the same thing Only, I had a crack...

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Trio of books look at NZ’s architectural heritage

October 12, 2014
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Trio of books look at NZ’s architectural heritage

New Zealand’s Lost Heritage, by Richard Wolfe (Hew Holland Publishers, RRP $50): The preservation of our historic buildings is often a topic of debate in this country, with passionate arguments for (it’s our history) and against (usually the cost). We haven’t always had a great record when it comes to keeping our bricks and...

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Healthy eating begins, as it always did, with real food

August 23, 2014
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Healthy eating begins, as it always did, with real food

Optimum Health the Paleo Way, by Claire Yates (Exisle Publishing, RRP $40): It seems every week there is some new fad diet promising to fight flab in some miraculous way, but the so-called paleo diet is proof that there is really nothing new under the sun. The paleo way is is all about a...

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McCloud picks favourites and explains why

January 11, 2014
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McCloud picks favourites and explains why

The Best of Grand Designs, by Kevin McCloud (HarperCollins, RRP $55): After 14 years of Grand Designs on television, Kevin McCloud has pulled together some of his favourite homes from the TV show and packaged them in this hard cover collection that shows an amazing range of homes and personalities. If you’ve never seen...

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A classic for the kitchen

November 27, 2013
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A classic for the kitchen

Dulcie May Kitchen: Everyday, by Natalie Oldfield (HarperCollins, RRP $45): Following on from the earlier success of her Gran’s Kitchen and Gran’s Family Table cookbooks, Natalie Oldfield has produced another winner packed with recipes that are both desirable and accessible. All too often, modern cookbooks tend to feature ingredients that no normal person has...

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Low cost doesn’t mean low flavour

March 31, 2013
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Low cost doesn’t mean low flavour

Feed the Family for $15 or Less, by Sophie Grey (Random House, RRP $35): It’s easy to make food taste spectacular if you’re chucking expensive ingredients into the equation but making great-tasting food that will appeal to the whole family and keep the budget under control is a little more of a challenge. With...

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