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No matter how well we’ve adapted to sourcing our recipes on a tablet, hands-on hard copy cookbooks remain popular additions to the kitchen bookshelf, as evidenced by a raft of new titles released in time for Christmas gift-giving.

9781631060328Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse

Can’t stand kale? Me either! There’s no need to hide your distaste from diet and fitness nerds who declare you evil if you don’t relish the bitter green goblin. This refreshing book offers plenty of juice, smoothie, salad and raw food recipes simply created both with kale … and equally nutritious kale-alternatives in a range of green vegies and fruit. Soups, casseroles and healthy summer party finger food as well. The best laid-out book ever, encouraged me to open it every day.

By Shauna Martin & Mayim Bialik (Murdoch Books) RRP: $24.99

Recipe and images from Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse by Shauna R. Martin


  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 peach
  • handful of spinach
  • 3-4 sprigs of mint
  • 0.6cm ginger root
  • 125g pineapple chunks.

Chop produce, run all ingredients through juicer, allow to settle, scrape off foam. Enjoy!

9781743364185My Street Food Kitchen

That other recent Aussie trend – roaming food trucks – has now become a fixture here, as in so many other countries. This collection gathers the spice, sweetness and tang of 150 exotic snacks from food trucks and markets around the world and guides the reader into creating them in the home kitchen. Tacos, curries, dumplings, souvlaki, empanadas, felafel and more, from the US to China and Taiwan, the Middle East to South America, are made easy for the everyday home cook.

By Jennifer Joyce (Murdoch Books) RRP: $39.99


9781741968972Kitchen Mojo

Paul Mercurio is known as a guy who can never put a foot wrong, including in the kitchen. This, his third cookbook, offers 120 solutions for when you’re Home Alone (“Feeds 1” the footnotes say); entertaining a crowd of mates to watch the cricket or footy (Pulled Pork for oven or barbecue); mouth-watering vegetable dishes; meat-based dishes; a seafood section (Lobster Linguine – yum!); and Feeding the Rug Rats.

A rare and welcome compendium, notably non-food snob!

By Paul Mercurio (Murdoch Books) RRP: $39.99

Superfoods, wholefoods, vegan nosh, spiralising vegie noodles, and fermented foods (this last one a means of acquiring probiotics directly from your diet) are the flavours of 2016 with no fewer than 10 new recipe compilations featuring natural nutrition strategies with a delicious spin – including for kids – due out before Easter from Murdoch Books alone.

Keep an eye out in February for Reversing Diabetes, a food and lifestyle plan with 70 recipes to put diabetes into remission, by eminent Australian diabetes dietician and medico, Dr Alan Barclay.

Susie Boswell

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