Book Reviews

one dish dinners

One-Dish Dinners | Penny Oliver

Ever since I watched a Jamie Oliver re-run (yes I prefer those to Lucille Ball) where he confessed that after a long day at work in the kitchen as an apprentice he used to come home late at night and have a huge one pan fry-up with bacon, eggs, sausage, black pudding, tomatoes and a bit of everything else I…

cut the crap

Cut The Crap | Ruth Field

According to the ubiquitous Google the definition of the word ‘diet’ (as a noun) refers to the ‘kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats’; ‘a special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons’; or as a verb the word diet is used to suggest an attempt…

discontent and its civilizations

Discontent And It’s Civilisations | Mohsin Hamid

When I was teaching The Reluctant Fundamentalist to my Year 12 VCE students in Melbourne last year, one of the most oft-repeated questions that came up as part of our discussion, was whether author Mohsin Hamid, was in fact writing a semi-autobiographical tale. Was the Pakistani author who had spent considerable years in America blurring the line between fact and…

Alana Valentine

Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah | Alana Valentine

Islam has many facets. The term functions to indicate a religion and cultural institution but the word itself often triggers a chain reaction of spasmic responses that range from disbelief and disgust to fascination and curiosity. But stories are slowly being unveiled. Literally. And Alana Valentine’s ‘Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah, published by Currency Press, is one step towards offering a…

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