Reads that inform and inspire.
A Woman’s Huts and Hideaways by Gill Heriz, Cico Books, $40
We’ve all heard of the man cave before, but this book showcases more than 40 ‘she sheds’ and other retreats for women to escape to. Following her book The
Woman’s Shed, Heriz’s interest in small spaces designed by women has led her to sharing more huts and hideaways – from beachside boltholes to urban huts and sleek studio sheds. An inspiring collection of beautifully shot images help to reinforce Heriz’ statements of how easy it can be to create a small and special space of your own.
Cooking with Beer By Mark Dredge, Dog 'n' Bone, $45
More than 65 recipes for cooking with beer for every occasion: tasty main meals, lazy brunches and yes, even dessert. Dredge has travelled the world for this book which includes the best to match with your newfound culinary creations.
Spiralise! By Pete Evans, MacMillan Publishers, $40
Spiralising is the latest trend for preparing food and a great way to increase your vegetable intake by replacing traditional pasta and noodles with veggie noodles. Pete Evans shares delicious and healthy recipes for every family member, think creamy pumpkin carbonara with parsnip noodles and pulled lamb burritos with chipotle mayo and carrot noodles.
Botanical Style By Selina Lake, Ryland Peters and Small, $50
All things botanical are totally trending, and combined with author Lake’s signature romantic-vintage style, transforming your home into a leafy haven has never been easier. Sections on industrial, boho, vintage, tropical and natural botanical styles.
Leading from Behind: Winning while coming last By Niva Retimanu, Random House, $40
Newsreader Niva Retimanu shares her inspiring story of being an overweight, heavy-drinking junk-food fan to a motivated, health-conscious marathon runner. Life with Niva is one big crazy and fun adventure, and you’ll see nothing comes easily on her marathon journey – like the time she got caught in a storm during the Queenstown marathon of 2014, to when she lost the disabled athlete she was meant to be guiding in New York. A motivating read that encourages people of all shapes and sizes to get out and do something active.
Good + Simple By The Hemsley Sisters, Penguin NZ, $65
A vibrant cookbook by UK sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley and a follow-up to their bestseller The Art of Eating
Well. More than 140 affordable and nutritious recipes along with a section on the Hemsley + Hemsley principles of eating well.
The Happy Life By Lola Berry, MacMillian Publishers, $40
Nutritious and wholesome recipes plus an extensive and heartfelt guide to wellness in all areas of your life - including exercise regimes, sleep tips, at-home pamper treatments and advice on strengthening your relationships with others. This book is beautifully presented and easy to follow – a guide you’ll keep referring to for years to come.
Crafting with Mason Jars and other Glass Containers By Hester van Overbeek, Cico Books, $35
Create stunning additions to your home, garden or special event, or gifts for loved ones. An inspiring collection of ideas to use mason jars, glass bottles and other glass vessels with projects including hanging lights, drinks dispensers, table setting jars and natural room scents.
Ready to Soar By Naomi Simson, Harlequin, $30
Your personal individual roadmap to turning your passions and ideas into a business you love. Author Simson shares her personal experiences and the advice of the many business founders she has mentored and coached through their journeys. Practical advice on pitching, planning, and developing your business ideas.
Pipi at home By Alexandra Tylee, Penguin Random House, $65
Follows the bestselling Pipi the cookbook – and perfect for those who enjoy rustic ambience and delicious, homely food. Recipes use simple and seasonal ingredients for every kind of meal – as well as elaborate dishes for special occasions.
The Soul Searcher’s Handbook By Emma Mildon, Simon & Schuster $33
Find the spiritual goddess within you, with inspiration and know-how on aromatherapy, astrology, meditation, feng shui and other mind, body and spirit practices. Auckland author Mildon has become an internet sensation with her ability to provide fun spiritual wisdom to her generation.