Harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis
Auckland (so far)
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced baker, this book is designed to provide you with all the baking and decorating techniques you’ll need to become a confident and creative cake, cupcake and cookie maker. Giovanna Torrico outlines easy-to-follow recipes and advice about essential tools, then guides you through the planning and preparation stages, including baking and icing tips and how to layer and stack a cake. A salad can be a few ingredients tossed together in a bowl with a dressing, but acclaimed NZ chef Peter Gordon shows that salads are versatile and fun dishes, and that when ingredients come together, they can either be very similar in texture and colour, or oppose each other. If you want to check out some of the recipes from this book for free, go to www.theguardian.co.uk and search for ‘Peter Gordon’s six delicious salad recipes’. This book will help anyone to create dazzling arrangements. Flowerschool’s Ariella Chezar walks readers through the nuts and bolts of creating a variety of small flourishes, tonal arrangements, branch arrangements, handheld bouquets, wreathes, garlands, grand gestures, and more, all accompanied by detailed photography.