Tuesday, January 31, 2017
In A Pickle
Sauces, Pickles, Chutneys and Relishes
by Kirsten DayRRP $29.99 - Bateman
In today’s society there is a growing consciousness of food miles, along with a commitment to eat fresh, slow and seasonally. Alongside this is the growing unease about preservatives and additives in shop-bought food, warring with concern about food waste ... But don’t get in a pickle about it! Kirsten Day has a solution by using natural methods that allow you to enjoy local and seasonal fruits all year round.
Kirsten shows how easy it is to preserve your own produce, and how to pick up great tips on getting the best out of you preserving. This delicious collection of recipes will appeal to both beginners and the seasoned preserver, and additional recipes and meal ideas highlight the wonderful ways you can use the preserves you make.
The sauces, pickles, relishes, chutneys and jams contained In A Pickle provide tasty and flavoursome treats that will add some zest and flair to the blandest of meals. Showcased by sumptuous photographs from the talented Todd Eyre, In A Pickle is a visual feast.
In A Pickle also includes recipes for companion pieces — crackers, sables and biscuits, breads, pastries and dough, and even ricotta, as well as meal suggestions, from snacks to salads, barbecues to full meals, and even a cake.
‘I love that the flavours you get in home preserves are far superior to any of those you will find in store-bought products. Once you have made a recipe a couple of times, you will feel confident enough to experiment with different combinations of fruits, vegetable and spices to create your own unique preserves,’ says Kirsten.
‘I try to preserve only the quantity I know we will eat in less than a year, although this is sometimes hard when the fruit trees produce more than you can eat. Over the years I have installed an empty-jar policy to everyone I give my preserves to: if they return the jar, I will refill it and give it back. This saves me having to buy jars every time!’ she says.
Kirsten discovered that, by giving away some of her pickles, chutneys and sauces to family and friends, she got a feel for which recipes were going to become favourites. These tried-and-true favourite recipes fill the pages of In A Pickle.
As many recipes currently available cater for large quantities, Kirsten has reduced the size of many of the recipes in her book so that you can have smaller quantities but a wider range of preserves in the pantry.
Kirsten says, ‘I love to enjoy the produce from my garden and the local markets all year round, which preserving allows me to do. I am learning more and more about preserving, the more I do. I enjoy the process in preserving — there is something therapeutic in the aromatics in the air as you gently stir your next creation. And there is a sense of self-satisfaction when you have created a delicious product for everyone to enjoy.’
Kirsten is the author of Kiwiana Cupcakes, Cake Pops and Whoopie Pies published in 2013.
Macmillan, RRP $39.99, Trade Paperback
Part big idea, part exposé, Louise Stephen shines a light on the global forces behind our modern diet, and how we have been eating ourselves sick for the last 100 years.
Former business analyst Louise Stephen contracted a flu in her early thirties, an illness that would lead to dialysis and then a kidney transplant. A once reasonably healthy, middle-class professional, Louise was perplexed as to how she could get so sick. She started investigating the world of food and medicine, applying her business mind and research skills to the task.
What Louise has uncovered will not only change the way you eat, but also the way you think about the people who make your flavoured milk, breakfast cereal and tomato sauce. Big Food is picking up where big tobacco left off, making multi-million dollar profits by selling us food that is destroying our health. Not only this, governments and peak health bodies, recipients of generous donations, are paving the way.
ABOUT THE AUTHORLouise Stephen is a former corporate strategy consultant for KMPG then PWC. After overcoming crippling health problems, Louise enjoys life in Melbourne with new vitality, passionately investigating modern food and health practices and their pitfalls. She lives with her husband and son.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Living the Healthy Life by Jessica Sepel
Macmillan, RRP $39.99, Paperback
A practical and holistic 8-week plan to healing your life, body, nutrition and your relationship with food.Clinical nutritionist and health blogger Jessica Sepel is fast becoming one of Australia's most sought out wellness and lifestyle advocates.
Living the Healthy Life is her practical and holistic 8-week plan to healing your life, body, nutrition and your relationship with food. Expanding on her philosophy from The Healthy Life, Jess will teach you how to quit fad dieting forever, give yourself the freedom to stop the guilt surrounding food, and to overcome body stress and anxiety.
She explores the benefits of sleeping more, nourishing your cleansing functions and optimising your thyroid function. Jess shares more meal plans tailored to balance your hormones, increase energy levels and nutritional advice for vegans. Including helpful tips for eating out, snacks on-the-go, mindfulness and positivity, you'll have everything you need to heal your life.
Packed with over 200 new recipes that prove healthy eating can be fun, simple and delicious.
ABOUT THE AUTHORJessica Sepel (BHlth, Adv Dip Nutritional Medicine) is a clinical nutritionist, author and international health and travel expert. She is also the beloved voice behind 'JSHealth', passionately advocating how to achieve a balanced lifestyle through wholefoods and a healthy relationship with food to her vibrant social media community on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. Jess is also a regular contributor to Vogue Australia's Spy Style, Well+Good NYC, PopSugar and MindBodyGreen and brand ambassador for CottonOn and Nature's Way Wholefoods and Vitamins. Jess's book The Healthy Life is based on her popular and previously self-published ebook The Clean Life. Living the Healthy Life is her second book.
Friday, January 27, 2017