Our reviewers take a look at cookbooks available in stores now.
Nadia Lim's Good Food Cookbook
By Nadia Lim (Random House, RRP $50)
Reviewed by Lea Mason
Nadia Lim's Good Food Cookbook is simple, easy and packed full of healthy and nutritious recipes to cater for everyone. As a dietician, you can trust Nadia to create the best option for the whole family, while still providing recipes that are quick and easy and don't need hours spent on them to prepare a tasty meal.
Nadia starts each section with helpful and nutritional ideas that make each mealtime healthy and exciting. All recipes clearly state if they are gluten free, dairy free or vegetarian, along with the key facts about how much carbohydrate protein, fat and energy is in each meal. Nadia ensures that each meal is packed with loads of fresh fruit and vegetables, while still being tasty.
BOOK REVIEW: I Am Pilgrim
By Terry Hayes (Bantam Press, RRP $38)
Award-winning screenwriter Terry Hayes has made an undoubtedly successful move from writing for the viewer to writing for the reader.
Hayes has an impressive track record: he trained as a journalist, then worked in newspapers and produced a radio programme in Australia before writing the screenplay for Mad Max 2. He also co- produced and wrote some of Australia's most famous offerings for both the big and small screen, including Dead Calm, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Bodyline.
I Am Pilgrim is a cracking crime thriller that features murder (of course), stolen eyeballs and Pilgrim: the code name for a man who doesn't exist.
Pilgrim once headed a secret spy unit for the United States before he disappeared into anonymous retirement.
BOOK REVIEW: After Liff
By John Lloyd and Jon Canter (Faber and Faber, RRP $29)
Subtitled "the new dictionary of things there should be words for", this little hard-covered gem picks up where The Meaning of Liff left off back in 1983.
That original book was written by John Lloyd and the late Douglas Adams of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fame.
Adams died in 2001 and while his humour and clever wordplay had a big role in the success of that first book, Lloyd certainly has the chops to stand up to the scrutiny of the fans, with his work as producer of the likes of To the Manor Born, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Blackadder, Spitting Image and (my favourite) QI.
Add to the mix Jon Canter - a man who has written stand-up comedy for Lenny Henry, worked as a journalist and been a script editor for Fry and Laurie, and you have a pretty good combination.
BOOK REVIEWS: Gone
By James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Century, RRP $37)
James Patterson is always a good option for summer reading and the sixth novel in the best-selling Michael Bennett crime thriller series is - as always - easy to read and packed with action.
No surprises there I suppose: Patterson might turn out a gazillion books every year but (fortunately) for the most part they are good reading.
When Detective Michael Bennett arrested drug cartel boss Manuel Perrine, he thought Perrine's reign of terror was at an end and that he would get justice for the murder of his best friend.
However, during the trial, Perrine escaped. Then, Perrine's wife was killed during a bloody shootout and now he wants to make Detective Bennett pay.
BOOK REVIEW: Who Killed Scott Guy? The case that gripped a nation
By Mike White (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37)
It's an interesting title because while journalist Mike White doesn't offer any facts or opinions about who did kill Scott Guy, he presents an abundance of evidence about who didn't.
White investigated the 2010 murder of Feilding farmer, husband and father Scott Guy for a year and sat through the entire five-week trial of the man police charged with Guy's murder: his brother-in-law Ewen Macdonald.
White had exclusive access to defence lawyer Greg King and his team, and the book is unashamedly presented from the perspective that while Macdonald admitted the other reprehensible acts for which he is still in prison, he couldn't possibly have killed Guy.
There are still many uninformed people who believe that if Macdonald had the capacity to kill neighbours' stock and perform callous acts of vandalism and arson against the property of Scott and Kylee Guy and others, he must have killed his brother-in- law as well. No doubt Greg King's sensational dismantling of the Crown's case will not change their thinking, even though the jury who sat through the trial found Macdonald not guilty of that crime.
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