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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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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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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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New book from slow cooker converts

January 27, 2012
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New book from slow cooker converts

All New Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes, by Simon & Alison Holst (Hyndman Publishing, RRP $25): I have a couple of slow cookers and am a big fan of the easy meals that can be produced with the help of these great little kitchen staples. I bought my first one way back in the mists...

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Baking: so hot it’s cool

December 22, 2011
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Baking: so hot it’s cool

New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker, with Dean Brettschneider (Penguin, RRP $35): Baking is one of those retro things that has suddenly become cool again and television has jumped on the bandwagon with New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker, which isn’t quite as dodgy as the name might suggest. No, this show doesn’t involve scantily clad...

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Quick and Christmassy

December 12, 2011
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Quick and Christmassy

4 Ingredients Christmas, by Kim McCoster (Random House, RRP $35): I hate to be the bearer of bad news folks, but Christmas is just around the corner. Really, it truly must officially be the festive season because a certain large coffee-selling corporation broke out their special Christmas cups last week. Christmas is a busy...

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