Books of the week

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This is the first foray into pub­lish­ing for Auck­land-based food writer Kelly Gib­ney. Whole­hearted is beau­ti­ful in its tex­tured, dove grey-cov­ered sim­plic­ity, and we wouldn’t ex­pect any­thing less from the ex­pe­ri­enced stylist and pho­tog­ra­pher.

In a crush of cook­books car­ry­ing on about “clean eat­ing”, Gib­ney’s healthy col­lec­tion is re­fresh­ing. She en­cour­ages read­ers to “for­get about di­ets and just learn to cook a few more recipes with qual­ity in­gre­di­ents”. Hear, hear.

The book is bro­ken down into meals, and the start of each chap­ter lists its recipes. Be­side each, a code to de­note all the “frees” – gluten free, dairy free, nut free, grain free, vego and ve­gan.

Got dairy-free friends com­ing for brunch? Try buck­wheat crepes. Mak­ing sweets for a ve­gan? They’d love the co­conut and lemon tapi­oca pud­ding. This is a help­ful book when it comes to cater­ing for even the most par­tic­u­lar eaters among fam­ily and friends.

And, for those who can eat freely, it will still ap­peal. Charm­ing pic­tures, achiev­able recipes and in­gre­di­ents you know are good for you.

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