Post Script: Roast; The New Classics – Louise Franc

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Roast

The New Classics

Louise Franc

Simon & Schuster Australia

Smith Street Books

ISBN: 9781925418460

 

Description:

A collection of classic and more innovative roasting recipes–from a simple roast turkey to roasted peaches with creme fraiche. Get more from your oven–and update your roasting techniques–with this classic and contemporary collection of delicious roasting recipes.

 

Chapters cover meat, poultry, vegetables, fish & seafood, sides, and desserts, and contain more than seventy classic and more contemporary recipes including beef cheeks in red wine, classic roast turkey with spicy cranberry sauce, beef pot roast, roasted lamb shanks with cannellini beans, mustard-glazed roast leg of ham, sticky roast pork ribs, roasted ducks with cherries, whole-roasted harissa cauliflower, and slow-roasted peaches with lime mascarpone.

 

My View:

Who said roasts are just for winter? This contemporary cook book has all the classics plus so much more. I can have a different roast meal every day of the week! Brilliant!

 

This is a gorgeously styled and presented book – I love that each recipe is accompanied by a full size image of the completed dish. This is such an important detail when you are cooking with new to you ingredients or when you haven’t tasted or tried the particular dish before – it’s so good to know how it should at least look when cooked.

 

There are so many great recipes here, something for everyone. My favourites are the one pot and the slow cooked meals; they give me more time to read.  Once these types of meals are prepped and in the oven I can let the dishes cook away whilst I take the opportunity to do more important things.

 

Recipes that instantly appealed to me? I can’t wait to try the roasted cauliflower recipe. I keep seeing this dish on trendy restaurant menus. Friends are raving about this dish.  And for something entirely new to me – roasted white chocolate dip with grissini, I will let you know how that turns out.

 

What is your favourite roast?

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Post Script: Raising Boys in the 21st Century – Steve Biddulph

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Raising Boys in the 21st Century

Steve Biddulph

Finch Publishing

ISBN: 9780648100898

 

Description:

First published in 1995, Raising Boys was an instant bestseller and to date has sold over a million copies worldwide. Few books have stayed in the hearts and minds of parents everywhere as much as Raising Boys. Now in an increasingly complicated and nuanced world, raising boys to become emotionally strong, kind and resilient men is even more important and relevant. In response to calls from parents around the world Steve Biddulph has completely updated and revised his seminal work to include all the latest international information and advice for parents on all the key issues of today such as :

Gender

Brain and hormonal development including latest findings on testostetrone

Transgender/gay/sexuality development

Boys and crying

Boys and ‘bad’ behaviour

Reading and communication

Countering the effects of porn

Steve says:

Right now, the world badly needs good men. Your boy can be one of those who grow up so much better, and help to heal the world. Thank you for joining the boy revolution. As the 21st century rolls on, it’s badly needed. Enjoy your boy, love him well, and set him free to fly in his own special way.’

 

My View:

This book just make such sense (and has the science and psychology) to back it.  This is not just a book about raising boys, it is a book about raising happy, openhearted, strong, resilient children.  This book is a boon to all parents, grandparents, carers, teachers and anyone who has social interaction with boys. Read, listen, grow.

 

Post Script: Brain Rules For Ageing Well – John Medina

 

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Brain Rules For Ageing Well

John Medina

Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781925322903

 

Description:

‘This is much more than the usual self-help book.

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How come I can never find my keys? Why don’t I sleep as well as I used to? Why do my friends keep repeating the same stories? What can I do to keep my brain sharp?

 

Scientists know. Brain Rules for Ageing Well, by developmental molecular biologist Dr John Medina, gives you the facts — and the prescription to age well — in his engaging signature style.

 

With so many discoveries over the years, science is literally changing our minds about the optimal care and feeding of the brain. All of it is captivating. A great deal of it is unexpected.

 

In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr Medina showed us how our brains really work — and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools to match. Now, in Brain Rules for Ageing Well, he shares how you can make the most of later life. In a book destined to be a classic on ageing, Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humour breathe life into the science.

 

Brain Rules for Ageing Well is organised into four sections, each laying out familiar problems with surprising solutions. First up, an overview: looking under the hood of an ageing brain as it motors through life. The second part focuses on the feeling brain, using topics ranging from relationships and stress to happiness and gullibility to illustrate how our emotions change with age. The third focuses on the thinking brain, explaining how various cognitive gadgets such as working memory and executive function change with time. Each section is sprinkled with practical advice: for example, a certain style of dancing may be better for your brain than eating fish. Medina explains not only how taking certain actions can improve your brain’s performance, but also what is known about the brain science behind each intervention.

 

The final section is about the future. Your future. It’s filled with topics as joyful as retirement and as heartbreaking as Alzheimer’s. Medina connects all of the chapters into a plan, checklist-style, for maintaining your brain health. You may already be experiencing the sometimes unpleasant effects of the ageing process. Or you may be deeply concerned about your loved ones who are. Either way, Brain Rules for Ageing Well is for you.

 

My View:

What a wonderful insightful read – so relevant and so well written – the information is presented in a manner that is at times humorous (filled with anecdotes that hit the spot), informative, practical and sometimes a little sad.  I love the 10 Brain Rules for Aging Well (summarised in the introduction.)

 

  1. Be a friend to others, and let others be a friend to you.
  2. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
  3. Mindfulness not only soothes but improves.
  4. Remember, it’s never too late to learn – or teach.
  5. Train your brain with video games.
  6. Look for 10 signs before asking, “Do I have Alzheimer’s.”
  7. MIND your meals and get moving.
  8. For clear thinking, get enough (not too much) sleep.
  9. You can’t live forever, at least not yet.
  10. Never retire, and be sure to reminisce.

 

Do you include any of the 10 rules in your day?

 

 

 

Post Script: The Smart Baby Cookbook – Lauren Cheney

 

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The Smart Baby Cookbook

Boost your baby’s immunity and brain development

Lauren Cheney

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781760631741

 

Description:

A doctor-approved and parent-tested cookbook for increasing your infant’s immunity and brain development.

 

A blueprint for your child’s nutrition and brain health

 

Doctor-approved and parent-tested, the Smart Baby Cookbook helps you give your young one a head-start for a healthy life, beginning with the best first foods, through to finger foods and family meals.

 

Including:

The science behind ‘SMART’ foods and their effects on immunity and brain function

Meal planners organised by baby’s age and stages of development, plus advice for starting solids

Easy-to-make family favourite recipes designed for maximum nutrition

Budget-friendly recipes with minimal prep and no separate cooking required

 

When chef Lauren Cheney’s baby was born with a rare immunity disorder, she threw herself into researching the best foods that could help him thrive. Drawing on advice from child health experts, she developed recipes for nutrient-packed everyday meals. Now with this empowering guide, her advice and recipes are available for families everywhere, helping to nourish the bodies and brains of the little ones we love.

 

**Lauren is launching a Smart Baby food range with a national supermarket chain.

 

My View:

The world of science and nutrition is constantly being updated and I am pleased to find this cookbook is a sensible, easy to follow narrative with recipes that have been created and tested by a real mother (and chef) for her own child –  what more could you ask for?

 

 

It’s Ok To Feel The Way You Do – Josh Langley – Award Winner and All-round Nice Guy

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Press Release
Josh Langley’s inspiration book It’s OK to Feel The Way You Do was awarded 2018 Small Publisher’s Children’s Book of the Year Award.

Bunbury author, Josh Langley has won the Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA), Small Publisher Children book of the year for ‘It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do’, a powerful and fun book to help children understand their feelings. This is the fourth book in his inspirational children’s series.

What a terrific acknowledgement of a wonderful author and his little books with big messages. Josh’s books have been adopted by parents, children, grandparents and even government departments within Australia and overseas.
In the aftermath of receiving his award Josh was already looking to the future, “I’m excited about the new possibilities for Being You is Enough and It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do and where it’s all going to lead. It also comes at the same time that the Western Australian Education Department agreed to add both books to the Statewide Services and Resources Centre making them available to schools and special programs.” He said.
Head of Big Sky Publishing Children’s division, Diane Evans who worked with author Josh Langley across his much-loved little books with big messages series could not be happier, “As a publisher I love how fresh and unique Josh’s book is. As a parent, I know how powerful his simple messages and illustrations can be in connecting with kids and building self-esteem”.

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) is an annual celebration that celebrates the connection between Australian readers and the ‘book makers’ – authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers, who unite to create the must-read books of the year.

Josh’s new book for Find Your Creative Mojo: How to overcome fear, procrastination and self-doubt to express your true self will be available in September 2018. (Big Sky Publishing).

 

My View:

Josh Langley is a remarkable human being – full of life, supportive, encouraging and talented  (artist, writer, speaker…) and generous. I met Josh at a writers festival a few years ago and have kept in touch by social media (http://www.joshlangley.com.au ) and over the odd cup of coffee.

 

I was thrilled when Josh’s inspirational children book (life lessons here can be applied to humans of all ages) won this ABIA award – the book is gorgeously illustrated, easy to read and brilliantly observed. To say I am a fan is an understatement. I cant wait to read Josh’s new book Finding Your Creative Mojo  (another timely message from the universe I think). Go Josh!

 

A Book I Know Many Have Been Waiting For

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The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book

150 delicious recipes to mend your gut and boost your health and wellbeing

Dr Clare Bailey with nutritionist Joy Skipper

Simon and Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781925640779

 

Description:

The companion cookbook to the international No. 1 bestselling Clever Guts Diet

Australian and New Zealand edition 

150 delicious recipes to help you nourish your body from the inside out

Your gut is key to your physical and mental wellbeing – home to your microbiome, an army of microbes that influences your weight, mood and immune system. In this companion book to Dr Michael Mosley’s bestselling Clever Guts Diet, Dr Clare Bailey and food and nutrition consultant Joy Skipper offer the definitive toolkit for bringing your gut back to optimum health.

With 150 delicious recipes, ranging from healing broths and fermented foods to enzyme-stimulating salads and meals rich in pre- and probiotics, this book shows you how to put into practice Dr Mosley’s revolutionary two-phase gut repair programme and then to incorporate the core principles into your daily life.

This book is for everyone – for anyone looking to undo the damage done by processed foods and antibiotics, to IBS and food intolerance sufferers, and anyone wanting to cut sugar cravings, boost their mood and immune system, and even lose weight naturally. The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book is packed with nutritional information, meal planners and all the advice you need to mend your gut and boost your health and wellbeing.

‘The life-changing new plan that’ll make you healthier, happier and slimmer’ Daily Mail

 

My View:

As you are  most likely aware I am a big fan of all things gut health and of this particular series of books and documentaries.  This book is presented in an easy to read language and full of recipes that will not break the bank to make; most ingredients are already in your pantry/fridge/freezer; Sausage and Mediterranean veg tray bake, beef and orange stew with mushrooms, black bean beet burgers, vegetable and paneer curry…slow roasted shoulder of lamb…and healthy nutrient bars and cakes, there is something here for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

Post Script: The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris

Echo Publishing

ISBN: 9781760403171

 

Description:

The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.

Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tetovierer – the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.

His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.

This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz- Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.

Extraordinary – moving, confronting and uplifting… a story about the extremes of human behaviour: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I recommend it unreservedly’—GRAEME SIMSION

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz has the quality of a dark fairy-tale. It is both simple and epic, shot through with compassion and love… Everyone should read it’—HUGH RIMINTON

 

An extraordinary story of a single and singular life and its great love’—ASHLEY HAY

 

 

My View:

How can a book be chilling yet so beautiful simultaneously? Be so horrific yet speak of never ending love on the same page? Be so confronting yet engage and enthral?

 

A book of some many contrasts, such pain and yet there is so much love on these pages, this is perhaps the best creative memoir you will read. There would not be many people who do not already know of the atrocities committed at Auschwitz, but do you know of the stories of survival, of friendship, of courage, of love, of doing “what I can to survive” (p.33)? This is a remarkable narrative told with brutal tenderness; a view through a lens of love.

 

This has already garnered a place in my best reads of 2018, I am sure it will soon be on your best read list too.