SAM MANNERING & KAREN MCMILLAN, BEATNIK PUBLISHING, H/B, $45
THIS IS A BOOK for the many people who, at some point in their lives, will go through cancer treatment. The authors, Karen McMillan of Beatnik Publishing and food writer Sam Mannering ( Sunday, Cuisine), write from experience – both have battled cancer in the past – and the book is filled with practical tips and easy-to-prepare, nutritious and delicious recipes suited to people who aren’t well. Mannering has taken into account the palate changes that can occur during treatment and as such, his recipes feature warm, comforting flavours rather than strong and spicy ones, but blandness is banished. A chapter of teas, infusions and smoothies is followed by comforting soups (think pumpkin, coconut and lemongrass), fresh salads (salmon, buckwheat, fennel, capers and dill), nourishing mains (Moroccan chicken with preserved lemon, kumara and spiced yoghurt) and feel-good baking (pear and walnut gingerbread), many of which have been developed specifically with combatting nausea in mind. It’s all interspersed with tips for dealing with exhaustion and appetite loss, caring for skin and hair and battling the blues.