Cookbook Review: Food Fashion Friends

[rating:4.5] If the stunning cover with its embossed typeface and gorgeously retro greenhouse tea party doesn't hook you in, the subtitle surely will - recipes and styling for unforgettable parties. And, yes they are unforgettable... most happily - in a good way. Gone are the days of the … [Read more...]

Book Review: Real Money Advice for Divorce

[rating:4.5] From the team behind comes this third advice-packed manual on conquering money matters - namely, surviving the complicated and oft devastating rift that is divorce. Analaura and Wilson Luna are a husband and wife team who spend their lives counselling and … [Read more...]

Review: At Home by Bill Bryson

[rating:5] Let's just get to the heart of the matter. It's going to be tough to explain how much I loved this book. This may help: my heart raced every time I saw its black, cloth-bound cover (the gorgeously-styled dust jacket was, of course, packed away carefully to be reunited with said book after … [Read more...]

Book Review: Play by Stuart Brown MD

[rating:4] We all know how vital the experience of play is for children and their mental, emotional and physical development. Even the most basic playtime encases a world of wonder and advancement in children on a hollistic level, well into their tweens and even teens. It's sad, then, that as we … [Read more...]

The Place Where Dreams Come True – Anaheim Disney

In 2008, my husband and I made the impetuous decision to snaffle the kids out of school and head to Disneyland. To abscond. To play hooky from life. Irresponsible? Maybe. Naughty? A little. Exciting? Oh yes! because we’re not talking Hong Kong Disney – oh no. Nor Paris, Tokyo nor Florida. Phhht. W … [Read more...]

Book Review: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

It astounds and delights me when authors write first books that are totally enthralling and emotionally satisfying – as though they have been penning novels for many years and have the experience and wherewithal to rustle up something fabulous at the drop of a hat. Not one to suggest author Helen S … [Read more...]

Cookbook Review: Eat Vegetarian by Sam Stern

Sam Stern has always been passionate about food - since he was a kid. Well, actually, he still is a kid. Or a teen. He's a Teenage Chef who published his first cookbook at fourteen and is now releasing his fifth book - Eat Vegetarian - a fresh take on flavoursome food from the youthful tastebuds of f … [Read more...]

Cookbook Review: Creole by Babette de Rozières

I have a serious love affair with Phaidon, who consistently release some of the most coveted books on the reader planet, and this latest addition is yet another book to teeter on the covetable pile. Creole cuisine is a frontrunner in the world’s historical collection of fusion foods. One of the f … [Read more...]

Ending Unfair Trade, one Eco-Friendly Mum at a Time

Emma Davidson may be ‘just’ a young Australian mum of three young children, doing the regular stuff Australian mums do but she is also a quiet force when it comes to the world’s continuing injustice over unfair trade practice. Emma runs Brindabella Baby – an online and retail boutique based in Canbe … [Read more...]

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

Barack Obama's appointment as President of the United States has, of course, been one of the pinnacle moments in modern history, carving out an entirely new direction for the future of one of the world’s superpowers, and subsequently, the world. Like the moon landing, September 11’s horrific eve … [Read more...]

Nigella Lawson Quick App Collection

If you're anything like me - baulking over every family dinner you ever cook - you'll be thrilled to know you can now slip Nigella Lawson into your hip pocket and whip up a culinary nightly storm in the kitchen. Renowned and admired for her simple, quick as a flash, unpretentious meals, Nigella is … [Read more...]

Review: Our Family Table by Julie Goodwin

I remember watching Julie Goodwin face the judges in the final round of MasterChef, revealing what kind of cookbook she would write if she became Australian's first MasterChef winner. It was when she talked of a family cookbook that celebrated her love of food and her desire to connect with and … [Read more...]

E-Book Piracy With Author Meg Cabot

E-book piracy is becoming a serious issue for publishers worldwide, particularly now that e-book purchasing is beginning to rival hardcopy sales. When Dan Brown's blockbuster novel - The Lost Symbol was first released in September 2009, Amazon sold more digital copies for its Kindle e-reader than … [Read more...]

Book Review: Body Blitz Diet by Anna Richardson

Ho hum and carrot sticks. Diet books seem to be ten-to-the-fried-egg dozen right now, coming out of every fat-gobbling orifice - as usual. Sure, it's because Australia is officially one of the fattest nations on earth, but it's also because so many of us want to feel good again. No greater testament … [Read more...]

It’s an Awesome World with Dallas – WIN!

When American writer Dallas Clayton decided to write a book for his young son, he knew the book’s theme would be on dreaming big. Penning the text in 10 minutes and taking 6 months to complete the illustrations, Clayton may have chosen a big dreams theme for his story, but he surely never dreamed h … [Read more...]

Q & A with Lynette Mattke of PicPocket

Lynette Mattke may have conceptualized PicPocket Books only a year ago, but her pocket business is already growing into something grown-up size. Wanting to bring quality picture book literature to digital media, Lynette’s fabulous vision now allows children aged 2-8 to take their favorite picture b … [Read more...]

Book Review: Raising Confident Happy Children

What do we want for our children other than a lifetime of health? Confidence and happiness, of course. As parents, it's probably all we could ever wish for, most especially because these two elements form the basis for so much else - like fulfilment, achievement, success (whatever your definition of … [Read more...]

Australian Teens Protective of their Online Identity

Comforting new research conducted by Habbo Australia, the world’s largest virtual world for teens, shows that although young people perceive the internet as a valuable tool for building relationships with people they know in real life, Generation Z is generally vigilant, alert and discerning when it … [Read more...]

Young Adult Fiction Review: Gamers’ Quest

Although I love young adult and teen fiction, I must admit, it was a stretch for me to open the cover of Gamers’ Quest, a novel featuring computer-generated artwork on its cover. I ain’t a gamer and I certainly ain’t a teen, nor a be-pierced, sword-wielding maniac. What is this going to do for me? Ho … [Read more...]

Book Review: Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

It's no wonder Eat Pray Love created a world-wide phenomenon in book sales (and simultaneous world-wide gasping in recognition). The book was really good. Even though I've not been through a heart-rending, psyche-altering divorce like author Elizabeth Gilbert, I could still immerse myself utterly in … [Read more...]

Book Review: How to Make Money on eBay

My first ever eBay find was a duo of Coles Funny Picture books – and I’ll never forget staring at the eBay screen in wonder and elation when I found these titles after a totally unexpectant search for the precious books my grandfather had once left me – books that mysteriously disappeared in the haze … [Read more...]