Book Reviews

Girl in the Spiders Web

The Girl In The Spider’s Web | David Largercrantz

Stieg Larsson died in 2004 from a heart attack, but the question is: did Lisbeth Salander die with him? Larsson’s father and brother (who own the rights to the famous Millennium series) went against the wishes of his partner Eva Gabrielsson and commissioned David Lagercrantz to continue the story. But it’s not really a continuation. The story sits within its…

The Game Chef

The Game Chef: Wild Recipes From The Great Outdoors | Angelo Georgalli

The Game Chef: Wild recipes from the Great Outdoors is Angelo Georgalli’s companion to the TV series that celebrates organic produce and seasonal feasting. Shot in Wanaka it’s a picture-postcard tour of incredible vistas, and for the most part, it’s hard not to love this incredibly exquisite collection of curated images and recipes. Georgalli’s passion and commitment to eating local…

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Gene Genius | Dr. Margaret Smith & Sue Williams

I’ll begin with a quick disclaimer. I’m fascinated by genetics. I even studied the subject at university and I’m a performing arts graduate so go figure – but a mild obsession with the subject doesn’t make me an expert. So please accept that the following review is somewhat informed, though by no means a scholarly critique of Dr. Margaret Smith…

Whole recipes

Whole Recipes for Simple Wholefood Eating | Bronwyn Kan

WHOLE Recipes for simple wholefood eating is not just a collection of recipes. In fact, it actually began as a university project and is more accurately an edited anthology which features some of New Zealand’s ‘notable health, wellness and food-oriented businesses and blogs’. Bronwyn Kan has brought ten women and their recipes together (The Raw Kitchen, Mondays Whole Foods, Be…

Eating Clean Living Paleo

Eating Clean Living Paleo | Rachel Devcich

On the Inside cover of Eating Clean Living Paleo there is a chalkboard guide to Paleo 101. This is author Rachael Devcich’s informal, easy-to-read (and understand) summary of what it means to eat Paleo. There is research, but as she suggests, you can go do that yourself. This cookbook isn’t about converting you – it’s about embracing food. The second…

Comfort-Food-Holst

Comfort Food | Simon & Alison Holst

There is perhaps no better time to write a review on Simon and Alison Holst’s Comfort Food than on a cold rainy Auckland night – especially with the knowledge that something delicious is simmering on the stove. No it’s not from the cook book sadly but it is a slow cooked Brazilian fish stew. I’ll be honest. I adore comfort…

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The Forever Man | Eoin Colfer

If you ever thought fairy stories were for children – you’re behind the times. I encountered the magic of Eoin Colfer through the Artemis Fowl series and instantly fell in love with a story of an arrogant young nerdy thirteen-year-old who has to depend on some super high-tech fairy power from a girl. Brilliant said my fourteen-year-old self. Just brilliant.…

writers diet

The Writer’s Diet | Helen Sword

Reviewing Helen Sword’s The Writer’s Diet has probably been one of my biggest challenges. Not merely because I’m simultaneously comparing my own writing (and nervously wondering if it’s in a permanent coma after numerous linguistic heart attacks) but because I’m engaging in a meta-reading exercise of Sword’s own work. It’s a great title. Even if you’ve never gone on a…

going paleo

Going Paleo | Pete Evans

Pete Evans (of MasterChef Australia fame) is a familiar face for most of us friends across the ditch, and here in Aotearoa he’s spreading the love for good food too – but this time it’s not a cooking contest but an advocacy project. That’s right, because, despite having a wealth of detailed knowledge with regards to nutrition, Evans admits that…

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The Utopia Experiment | Dylan Evans

What will our world be like post the apocalypse? Without specifying exactly what would propel the chain-reaction of cataclysmic proportions (global warming, rise of peak oil, limited resources of fossil fuels; there seems to be no lack of stimulants) it seems a reasonable notion to at least contemplate a world that could potentially rise from the proverbial ashes. A world…

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