Food & Wine

Flatter's Survival GuideFlatter's Survival Guide
by Lauren Earl

Each year, thousands of young New Zealanders leave home to embark on the great flatting adventure. For many it signals the start of one of the most exciting, liberated times in their lives. For others, chaos and recklessness reign, resulting in gargantuan overdrafts and student loans, malnourishment, and inappropriate interpersonal relations. As appealing as this sounds, there are serious downsides to flatting failures - neglect of study or work, crises of confidence, abject misery and - in the worst case scenario - return to the parental fold. This book is designed to prevent these misfortunes and more.

The Colour of FoodThe Colour of Food
by Anne Else

When Anne Else married at 19, although she'd grown up above a grocery shop she'd never cooked a meal. Despite a shaky start she went on to become an enthusiastic cook - with a little help from Nancy Spain, Katharine Whitehorn, Elizabeth David, and the Duchess of Windsor ('Watch out. If you don't take care you may serve an entire meal pinkish mauve, from lobster bisque to sherbet.') In this captivating take-you-there memoir, Else tells of her life, from marriage and motherhood to becoming a feminist, divorcing and remarrying, finding her birth mother, heartbreakingly losing family members, and in her sixties forging a lively community of new friends through her food blog. Delicious recipes from every era of her cooking career are included.

Vinacular=Vinacular
by Scott Kennedy and John Saker

The perfect gift for everyone who enjoys life, love, laughter and good wine, this book is charmingly written by John Saker and full of delightful and imaginative full-colour illustrations by Scott Kennedy.

One Magic SquareOne Magic Square
by Lolo Houbein

This inspiring book has caused a big buzz overseas. Its secret of success: anyone can start growing their own food in a matter of minutes. There are no fancy photos, no complicated instructions ... just down-to-earth, easy-to-follow ideas for square-metre plots.

How to Drink a Glass of WineHow to Drink a Glass of Wine
by John Saker

New Zealand has become one of the world's great wine-drinking and producing countries. After six years as a top wine writer, John Saker has blended a thousand impressions, delicious experiences and startled taste buds into an engrossing guide to the world's most loved - and debated - beverage.

'If you read only one book about wine, make it this one'
SIMON WILSON, Cuisine

Mouthful: Simple & Stunning Party Food=Mouthful: Simple & Stunning Party Food
by Danielle Bowater

The book so many people have been waiting for. Innovative cook Danielle Bowater shows how to create delicious party finger food with ease - and present it with style and aplomb.